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Herman Miller

Leading maker of office furniture.

855 East Main Avenue
Zeeland, MI 49464
Employees: 5,616
CEO: Brian Walker
Stock Symbol: MLHR

Website: http://www.hermanmiller.com

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Herman Miller, Inc., creates great places to work through the design, manufacture and distribution of furnishings, interior products, and related services. The company is known for its sleek furniture design including the Aeron office chair.

Company products include:
-Office and healthcare furniture systems and accessories
-Freestanding furniture products for office, healthcare, and learning environments
-Office and institutional seating
-Small office, home office, and residential furniture
-Filing and storage products

The company has manufacturing and distribution facilities located in the United States in Atlanta and Canton, GA; Lake Mills, WI; Holland, Zeeland, and Spring Lake, Michigan; as well as in China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

Herman Miller is represented through subsidiaries and corporate offices, independent dealers, and licensees in over 100 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

Herman Miller operates several U.S. subsidiaries: Geiger, located in Atlanta, GA, and Lake Mills, WI, specializes in the production of high-quality wood furniture for the corporate office. Herman Miller for Healthcare focuses on the needs of the health-care environment. Herman Miller for the Home offers classic modern and home office design to consumers.

In fiscal 2012, total sales were $1.721 billion, a 4.5% increase, and net income was $75.2 million.


The company began in 1923 when its founder, D.J. DePree, along with his father-in-law, Herman Miller, and others purchased the Star Furniture Company in Zeeland, Michigan. In the 1920s Herman Miller manufactured traditional home furniture. That direction changed in 1931 when DePree saw how contemporary furniture design addressed real needs.

This problem-solving approach proved to be pivotal in Herman Miller's history. During the three decades of his leadership, D.J. DePree transformed Herman Miller from a small residential furniture company to a recognized innovator in contemporary home and office furniture design. DePree's commitment to integrity in product quality and business relationships led him to cultivate partnerships with some of the period's most outstanding designers: Gilbert Rohde, George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Isamu Noguchi. By the early 1950s, although still a small company, Herman Miller had gained a worldwide following for its modern furniture designs.

The company had net sales of $262,000 in 1923. Sales grew to $25 million in 1970, the year the company went public.


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Adoption Assistance
Auto/Homeowners Insurance
Child- and Elder-Care Referral
Credit Union
Dental Insurance
Economic Value Added (EVA) Bonus
Educational Assistance
Employee Assistance Programs
Employee Product Discounts
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Family Medical Leave
Funeral/Bereavement Leave
Insurance: Health, Universal Life, Life, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Short- and Long-Term Disability
Insurance Continuation
Health Services
Holiday Pay
Legal Services
Length-of-Service Bonus
Long-Term Care Benefit
Profit Sharing and 401(K)
Reimbursement Accounts
Retirement Income Plan
Service Awards
Vacation and Vacation Purchase Option
Vision Care Plan

Updated July 19, 2012