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HON Introduces Huddle – New Multi-Purpose Table Line

March 22nd, 2010 by Jeff Klein

In today’s office, work happens everywhere – in training rooms, project rooms, large offices -and more often than not, in an impromptu spot where two or three people want to quickly put their heads together to solve a problem.  To provide the ideal solution for today’s office, the HON Company is pleased to introduce the new Huddle™ collection of multi-purpose tables.  These thoughtfully designed tables feature smart design, flexibility, and a choice of base, edge and finish options to meet the needs of smart, agile businesses.

For more information on the Huddle family of multi-purpose tables, visit www.huddle.hon.com


Kentwood Office Furniture Employees Join the 2nd Annual Grand Rapids Design.Build Competition to Help End Hunger

March 22nd, 2010 by Jeff Klein

Grand Rapids, MI – The “Canstruction®” project in Grand Rapids is planning its 2nd annual design/build competition, to be held at the West Michigan Home & Garden Show in March 2010. Teams will build scupltures made entirely of canned food to help raise awareness and end hunger in Grand Rapids.  The public will be able to view these sculptures on display from March 4-7, at 31st Annual Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.  The competition will benefit the Salvation Army’s Booth Family Services, a member of the ACCESS Pantry Network.

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Kentwood Office Furniture employees were part of a team which built a sculpture of “the Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. For more information, and photos of structures, visit www.canstruction.org Click on participating cities/Grand Rapids.  View MLive video on the event here.


Trendway introduces TrendWall Clear

January 2nd, 2010 by Jeff Klein

TrendWall Clear divides space by using a combination of aluminum framing elements, architectural inspired doors and ½” tempered glazing.  The system accepts modular power and data, or can be hardwired in the field.  It offers several unique architectural door options that truly differentiate it from other systems.

TrendWall Clear, a sleek floor-to-ceiling storefront solution that combines high-end aesthetics with practical features.

Visit Trendway’s site for more details


The HON Company Introduces New Logo and Branding

December 30th, 2009 by Jeff Klein

For some time now, there has been a “buzz” in the office furniture industry reflecting the direction of the second largest office furniture manufacturer, the HON Company. To better reflect the energy within HON and the “at-your-service” attitude of its members, the company has introduced a new logo and branding initiative – the first such endeavor in more than 40 years.

Visit HON’s site for the full press release


Announcing the $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare Environments

November 5th, 2009 by Jeff Klein

The healthcare industry is faced with many challenges, so National would like to do its part in assisting caring organizations with an opportunity to win a $25,000 Gift of Inspiration.  Healthcare organizations can enter November 1 through March 31, 2010.  Simply register your organization at www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com/Healthcare, and you will be automatically entered to win the $25,000 Gift of Inspiration.  It really is that simple.  No purchase necessary, no strings attached.


Kentwood Office Furniture Angel Tree Drop Off Site

November 1st, 2009 by Jeff Klein

Kentwood Office Furniture is proud to be an Angel Tree drop off site again this year. Bring a new, unwrapped toy in for the Angel Tree toy drive, and Kentwood Office Furniture will give you a coupon for 20% off the marked price of any item in the Used & Clearance Showroom.


Kentwood Office Furniture Hosts West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s September Meeting

September 22nd, 2009 by Jeff Klein

September 14, 2009 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Meet, greet and share knowledge at our September “Meet the Experts” lunch event at Kentwood Office Furniture.  For member and guests alike this is a key opportunity to gather practical information that will help you reduce costs, kick start sistainability activities or move your efforts to the next level.  Multiple, concurrent and rotating sessions will allow you to spend time with atleast three different topic tables to discuss: Environmental Management Systems, Product Design & Development, Facilities, Logistics, Marketing, and Remanufacturing.


Kentwood Office Detroit relocates to Novi

September 21st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

NOVI, Michigan – October 7, 2008 – Kentwood Office Furniture has relocated its Detroit area showroom from Livonia to 40500 Grand River Ave, Suite D, Novi, MI  48373. The new showroom is conveniently located near the 1-275 and 1-96/I696 area and is situated to serve the Detroit business community.

With approx 5,000 square feet, this new showroom is over double the size of the previous facility.  Product on display includes new furniture from HON, National, Great Openings, Basyx, Global and much more.  Kentwood also displays remanufactured systems furniture from Herman Miller and highlights its new in-stock Fundamentals Express workstation line.  The 1,500 square foot warehouse houses the Used Furniture Outlet featuring high quality gently used chairs, files and desks for immediate customer pick up.

The new facility also features a fully stocked and updated Design Resource Center available for use by the trade and our customers.


Kentwood Office “Go Green” featured in MiBiz

September 21st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Go green – save green
Monday, September 29, 2008 – MiBiz
By Jessica M. Secord | MiBiz
jsecord@mibiz.com

GRAND RAPIDS – Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Kentwood Office Furniture is doing its part to keep the environment green.

In addition to new office furniture, the company now offers remanufactured and used furniture product lines, not to be confused with refurbished or reconditioned.

As capital has become tighter across the country, many companies appear to be looking for lower-cost, high-quality solutions for their workspaces. The company believes remanufactured furniture can meet those needs. Remanufactured and used furniture as a percentage of the Kentwood Office Furniture’s business has grown steadily over the last several years.

Read the entire article here (pdf)

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

This article appeared in the Monday, September 29, 2008 issue of MiBiz, read by upper management executives in West and Southwest Michigan. Print subscriptions are free to qualified individuals who are employed in West and Southwest Michigan. For further information about MiBiz, visit http://www.mibiz.com/.


Kentwood Office participates in Watershed Cleanup

September 21st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Every year, volunteers from the community step forward to help keep our river clean by removing trash from along the banks of the Grand River. On Saturday, September 27, 2008, a team from Kentwood Office Furniture joined members from the community, including Mayor Hartwell, to help clean up the Grand River Watershed.  Kentwood cleaned the area from Michigan St Bridge to 6th St Bridge.


Section 179 Deductions

August 1st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

New rules allow you to write-off 100% of your equipment cost in 2008.  On February 7th, 2008, Congress passed a $152 billion economic stimulus package containing beneficial new Section 179 rules that are available to business owners immediately!  Under the revised guidelines, the IRS has granted you tax benefits that could allow you to write-off the total cost of your equipment purchases in their first year of service – But are you taking advantage?


Used: A Market Again

July 1st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Don’t look now, but used furniture is beginning to hit the market again – the first burst of activity since the dot.com era.  Corporate downsizing is pushing lots of used furniture into the pipeline once again, said Art Hasse, owner of Kentwood Office Furniture near Grand Rapids. “There are entire buildings that are being vacated by companies,” he said.  “We’re seeing a lot of downsizing.  That means that there is more used office furniture that’s not that old that’s available.”

The furniture that is being snapped up by resellers is top quality.  Hasse said his company is seeing more used office furniture that is newer as well.  “Mortgage companies, for example, when they downsize, tend to have top quality office furniture,” he said.  “This isn’t a bunch of junk out there.  We’re seeing more good furniture now than there has been for a while.”

The increase in quality furniture hitting the used market also increases the number of used buyers, Hasse said.  Companies that might have bought new are seriously considering a used purchase as a way to cut costs.

“With the tough economy, a company that might typically buy new is turning to used.  They are squeezed from a profit standpoint so they turn to us,” Hasse said.

Kentwood Office Furniture has a new logo and new marketing campaign to promote its environmental efforts.  “The customers that are out there are very green focused.  And when they look at it, the option of used furniture becomes better and better for them.  Buying used furniture is probably one of the best ways to protect the environment, he said.”
Excerpts from Monday Morning Quarterback, July 21, 2008


Kentwood Introduces New Brand

June 1st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Kentwood Office Furniture today unveiled a  new corporate brand and website that further signifies the company’s commitment to the environment.  “Our market research shows that organizations and individuals want office furniture that is environmentally sustainable, they just don’t want to pay more for it” said Matt Wieringa, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kentwood Office Furniture.  “We’re adopting the motto ‘Go Green, Save Green’ because we believe that you can have office furniture that meets your budget and is good for the planet.” A core element of the new brand identity is the new Kentwood Office Furniture logo.  It is designed to convey the company’s strong history and commitment to green.  The new logo also signals a pledge to both design and value. “As a leader in office furniture remanufacturing and recycling, we have been a green business for  over 30 years” said Art Hasse, President of Kentwood Office Furniture.  “Our brand promise has always been simple:  best selection, lowest prices, and good for the environment.” As part of the company’s brand and awareness efforts, Kentwood Office Furniture has launched an improved and updated web site, http://www.kentwoodoffice.com/.  The site features new brand identity, more products, and a streamlined interface for easier navigation.


HON Thinks Green

April 1st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Leading Office Furniture Manufacturer Has
Long History of Environmental Responsibility

Muscatine, IA – April 15, 2008 – Sustainability and environmental responsibility are increasingly important issues in today’s society. At The HON Company, the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in North America, conserving raw materials is not a new concept. In fact, it’s something the company has been doing since its inception.

“More than fifty years ago, HON made recipe card boxes from pieces of scrap metal generated from our contract business,” says Mindy Billingsley, environmental marketing manager. “Today, we practice one of the industry’s strongest and most comprehensive programs to conserve raw materials and reduce waste.”

Beyond HON’s dedication to sustainability in product design, the company also has a number of programs in place to save the Earth’s resources. Having adopted the old adage, “waste not, want not,” back in 1947, it remains part of HON’s DNA and has shaped the company’s ongoing pursuit of environmental stewardship.



Kentwood Office Furniture expands Trendway Partnership

January 1st, 2008 by Jeff Klein

Kentwood Office Furniture is excited to announce an expansion of our partnership with Trendway Corporation in the Detroit, MI marketplace. Since 2006, Kentwood Office’s Jackson, MI location has been a successful dealer partner with Trendway Corporation. “Trendway’s speed and customer service is helping us win with our customers”, say Bob Hogan, Director of Sales in Detroit, “expanding into Detroit will give us the opportunity to broaden our customer base with the exceptional systems products that they bring to market.” The Kentwood Office team in Detroit is excited about the partnership and is looking forward to hosting our existing and new customers for a tour of the Trendway showroom in Detroit.

Founded in 1968 and based in Holland Michigan, Trendway Corporation is a manufacturer of office furniture committed to offering high quality products backed by an exceptional service model. Because Trendway is an employee owned company, every team member takes great pride in what they do-especially in shipping on time. Eighty percent of standard orders ship in 2 weeks or less. Customers can count on their orders arriving on time and complete, because Trendway holds the industry record of 99.9 percent for on-time shipments. If that’s not fast enough, Trendway offers a wide range of products through Trendway Xpress(r). These orders average 3-day shipping. Trendway is so confident in its ability to maintain this superior level of service, they offer the On Time or Free Promise.