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Herman Miller Builds on Furniture Heritage, Bringing New Jobs to Michigan

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Elizabeth Boyd
(517) 335-6397

Spring Lake Expansion Bringing At Least 360 New Positions

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that Zeeland-based Herman Miller, Inc., one of Michigan’s oldest and most successful office furniture manufacturers, is consolidating its North American systems furniture manufacturing operations into west Michigan. The consolidation is expected to result in a gain of 360 to 380 new jobs for the state.

To encourage the company’s move, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is allowing the use of an existing Single Business Tax credit.

“Michigan is the nation’s number one office furniture manufacturing employer, with Herman Miller playing a key role in the development of this important industry,” Granholm said. “It is encouraging to see the company continuing to build on their heritage here. Herman Miller’s decision to bring this production work north is a testament to Michigan’s attractiveness to industry leaders and to the ongoing dominance of Michigan’s office furniture manufacturers.”

Herman Miller is transferring the manufacturing of its Resolve and Ethospace furniture systems from the company’s Canton, Georgia facility into an existing building at its Spring Lake, Michigan campus to streamline operations and reduce costs. The transfer is expected to be completed by February 2004.

“The opportunity to co-locate our systems furniture operations to better serve our customers has led Herman Miller to make the decision to add production in Spring Lake,” said Herman Miller Chief Financial Officer Beth Nickels. “We have enjoyed our relationship with the Spring Lake community and we respect the talented workforce in this area. We look forward to bringing new jobs and economic opportunities as a result of this expansion.”

Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. Again in 2003 Herman Miller was named among “America's Most Admired” companies by Fortune magazine and included in Business Ethics magazine's “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”

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