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Kentwood Office Furniture Celebrates its 40th Anniversary: Launches New Brand Identity and Corporate Website

July 15th, 2016 by Paula McCarty

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Kentwood Office Furniture, Inc., the Midwest’s leading provider of environmentally conscious new, previously owned, and thoughtfully remanufactured commercial furniture and interior solutions, is celebrating its 40 year anniversary by refreshing its corporate brand identity and launching a new mobile-first corporate website (kentwoodoffice.com) designed to support the needs of its expanding customer base.

“We have spent the last 40 years committed to bringing outstanding choice and value to our customers.  Our business has grown considerably using this success formula, supported by our corporate values, which are based upon integrity and trust.  Together they have resulted in great solutions for our customers and a wonderful place to work for our employees,” said Art Hasse, Chairman of Kentwood’s Board of Directors.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Announces Executive Leadership Changes

October 12th, 2015 by

Kentwood Office Furniture announced today the appointment of Robert (Bob) Von Kaenel, Jr. as the company’s new President succeeding Art Hasse who will remain with the company as Chief Executive Officer.  In this new role, Mr. Von Kaenel will have full responsibility for all company operations for all Kentwood Office Furniture ESOP locations.

“The organization has experienced significant growth over the past several years” commented Art Hasse.  “We look forward to building upon our strong foundation and look to strategically expand our comprehensive portfolio of innovative product and service solutions to best support our expanding customer base.”

The Board of Directors of employee-owned Kentwood Office Furniture went through a long evaluation process before making this selection.  Hasse noted that “we are pleased to have found a terrific leader in Bob who understands our unique culture and brings to the company a wonderful understanding of our industry along with extensive management experience.”

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Grand Rapids Christian Welcomes Students to Renovated Facility

October 8th, 2015 by

News_imagesGrand Rapids Christian Middle School purchased an existing vacant school building to accommodate an anticipated 430 students in grades five through eight.  They purchased the building with a vision to update the existing footprint into a flexible learning environment that would be more conducive to today’s instructional practices.  It was essential for the renovated building to include several common areas that would be used for a variety of instructional and social purposes.  With a focus on the future, spaces were created that the school could grow into as enrollment continues to increase.  Kentwood Office Furniture worked with the school system to outfit the new space with furnishings that would complement the vision.  Kentwood Office was chosen as the exclusive furniture vendor for this project based on a previous strong performance in the high school furniture installation.  Staff and students alike are pleased with the space and are excited to continue their educational journey in the newly renovated building.

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Project Details

Industry: Education

Application: Reception, Private Office, Classroom, Art Room, Music Room, Commons Area

Products: Fleetwood, Remanufactured Herman Miller Systems, Russwood Library Furniture, HON, Trendway


Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Project Coordinator

April 7th, 2015 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — April 7, 2015 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Hilliary Edwards has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Project Coordinator / Sales Administrator in the Grand Rapids office.  Edwards received a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University.  She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Townsquare Media where she served as Account Manager.


Kentwood Indy Takes Time to Volunteer

March 17th, 2015 by

The staff of Kentwood Office Furniture Indianapolis spent a morning volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank. It is such a blessing to be able to give back to this vibrant community.

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At Gleaners Food Bank, we accomplish our mission by securing and storing food and grocery items – which we ultimately redistribute to more than 350 Hunger Relief Agencies who serve Indiana’s hungry. From our delivery services to our special programs, Gleaners’ distribution process plays a major role in the fight against hunger throughout the state of Indiana.

Click here to learn more about Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.


Kentwood Office Furniture Expands Staff in Indianapolis Office

February 24th, 2015 by

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — February 24, 2015 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Sara Tokoly has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Account Manager in the Indianapolis office.  Tokoly received a BA in Interior Design from Purdue University.  She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Business Furniture where she served as Design Specialist.


Kentwood Office Furniture Announces Relocation of Chicago Area Showroom

January 13th, 2015 by

Kentwood Office Furniture announces the move from Addison to Lombard, Illinois.  The combination of the Addison store and Wood Dale warehouse into a single, more centralized location in Lombard will provide faster turnaround to customers looking for immediate solutions to their office furniture needs.

The new 12,000 square foot space, located at 330 W Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL, incorporates a new office furniture showroom, a used office furniture showroom, as well as, an inventory warehouse for pickup of quick ship products.  The interior of the space was designed to facilitate browsing and simplify furniture decisions for clients. The showroom will be fully staffed with a team of designers ready to help create the ideal space for organizations of all shapes and sizes.

“We are excited to have moved to such a great area.  Our location is extremely easy to find and more centrally located,” says Jim Doenges, President of Kentwood Office Furniture – Chicago. “Being near I 355 provides easy access for visitors coming from downtown, as well as the West, North and South Chicago suburbs.”

Kentwood Office Furniture is focused on providing outstanding service and a turnkey solution.  From space planning to project management, Kentwood Office Furniture’s team of experts is available and ready to make moving or expanding offices and workspaces an easy process.  For more information, please visit the new showroom located at 330 W Roosevelt Rd, Lombard, IL or contact by phone at 630.693.2263.


Thank You For Supporting Salvation Army Angel Tree

December 18th, 2014 by

Kentwood Office Furniture would like to thank our employees, customers, and the many community members who donated to the Salvation Army Angel Tree toy drive. Many children will be blessed by this generosity!  Kentwood Office Furniture pitted employees against one another in a fun change war competition this year with all proceeds being used to purchase additional toys.  Merry Christmas!

Angel Tree Toy Collection


Updated Furnishings Create Bright, Fresh Space in Historical Building

October 28th, 2014 by

CB_newsA local real estate company was ready to update their office space located in a historic downtown Lafayette building.  The client’s current furnishings included 25 year old dark and tired workstations which did not reflect their current brand.  Kentwood Office Furniture’s design team evaluated the current space and provided a proposal for the client’s review.  The proposal included a mix of products that met the customer’s design, functionality and budget needs.  Kentwood utilized remanufactured Herman Miller Action Office workstations with glass toppers to brighten the space and improve sight lines throughout the office.  New, streamlined seating provides a sophisticated, high-tech aesthetic with employee comfort and ergonomic benefit at the forefront.  A custom reception station provides the perfect first impression.  As central Indiana’s real estate needs continue to grow, the client is now positioned to provide the ongoing leadership the region has come to expect.

Project Details

Industry: Real Estate
Application: Open Office, Conference Room, Reception, Lobby
Products: HON Invitation Seating, HON Ceres Seating, HON Nucleus Seating, Sit On It Wit Seating, Remanufactured Herman Miller AO2 Workstations, YB Normal Custom Woodworking Casegoods


Design Services Create Space Poised for Efficiency and Future Growth

September 30th, 2014 by

Office Furniture InstallationA health care technology company was experiencing steady growth and needed to find a larger facility to support that growth. They selected a location and were faced with the task of furnishing the space. Through a series of productive pre-design meetings, Kentwood Office was able, in partnership with the client, to design the perfect environment to support current business and future growth. Kentwood Office helped organize critical path schedules that would keep construction and interior furnishings moving forward in concert. This helped the project to be installed on time and within budget. Kentwood staff monitored all aspects of the installation which allowed their management to focus on the transitioning of personnel and process to its new environment.

Project Details

Industry: Health Care Technology
Application: Open Office, Private Office, Conference Room, Collaboration Space
Products: Remanufactured Herman Miller Workstations, HON 10500 Casegoods, HON Preside Tables, HON Ignition Seating, National WaveWorks Casegoods, Metalworks Cayenne Filing, Great Openings Pedestals, Kentwood Office Custom Tables, Kentwood Office Custom Markerboards

 


Kentwood Office Furniture Pleased to be 2014 Goodwill Award Recipient

September 23rd, 2014 by

Kentwood Office Furniture is pleased to be honored as the 2014 Goodwill Industries Legacy Partner Award Recipient.  Kentwood Office Furniture has helped cultivate change for individuals and our communities through the power of work.  For decades, Art Hasse, President and CEO of Kentwood Office Furniture, and his entire team have invested in Goodwill through employee volunteering, financial contributions, donation initiatives and the hiring of Goodwill program participants.

Kentwood Office Furniture is honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Legacy award and looks forward to continuing to play a positive role in Goodwill’s mission.


Join Team Kentwood for the Grand Rapids Heart Walk!

August 8th, 2014 by

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Kentwood Office Furniture is proud to be participating in the 2014 Grand Rapids Heart Walk.  The Heart Walk is a fun family and corporate event with 1- and 2-mile walk routes celebrating success, inspiring change and creating hope for West Michigan in the work to build lives free of cardiovascular disease.  This is a wonderful opportunity to join together in the fight against the No. 1 killer of men and women in West Michigan and the nation.

The Heart Walk is on Saturday, October 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park in downtown Grand Rapids. For additional information, please visit  www.GrandRapidsHeartWalk.org

 


Company Expansion Brings Opportunity for Beautiful, Functional New Office Space

July 17th, 2014 by

News_imageA local mechanical contractor was expanding their facilities and needed office furniture to outfit the new construction. The client received bids from several area office furniture dealerships.  Kentwood Office Furniture was able to provide an office plan that included an affordable mix of products in this competitive bid situation.  Kentwood provided timely service and worked with the customer efficiently through the design process. Kentwood was able to provide custom casegoods for the conference room that met the customer’s design, functionality and budget needs. The new facility features a portfolio of coordinating products, that not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also enable the customer to get the most out of their new space.

Project Details

Industry: Mechanical Contractor

Application: Conference Room, Break Room, Private Office

Products:  HON Voi Casegoods, HON Motivate Seating, HON basyx Seating, National Waveworks Table, National Aurora Seating


New Comprehensive Space Designed to Serve the Community’s Health Needs

June 19th, 2014 by

metro_newspostA local health care organization was looking to improve their community health care program. To do so, they needed to move from their current location to a new building that was better located and had more space. To complete their health care offerings, they partnered with a dental clinic and a mental health counseling service. While they had some furniture pieces that could be reused, they needed to replace many old, worn out and mismatched pieces. Kentwood Office worked with the client to create a cohesive design and efficient space plan. Kentwood suggested remanufactured Herman Miller stations to outfit the space with functional, up to date stations to house staff and residents in training. The use of glass stackers kept the space open and full of natural light. Trendway TrendWall was the perfect floor-to-ceiling application to create additional private offices that could easily adjust with future changing needs.

Project Details

Industry: Health Care
Application: Reception / Waiting Room, Open Office, Conference Room, Private Office, Break Room, Exam Room
Products: Remanufactured Herman Miller AO2 Workstations, HON Ignition Seating, National Swift Tables, National Eloquence Seating, Global Duet Seating, Safco Sassy Seating, Great Openings Filing & Storage, Trendway TrendWall


Kentwood Office Furniture Expands Indianapolis Sales Team

May 1st, 2014 by

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — April 30, 2014 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Teresa Plummer has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Account Manager in the Indianapolis, Indiana office.  Plummer received a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Purdue University. She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture with over 15 years sales and design experience.

 


Kentwood Office Indianapolis Intern Receives Prestigious Award

April 23rd, 2014 by

Christen Lawless, a Kentwood Office Furniture intern in the Indianapolis office, received  the Outstanding Woman Student Leader award from IUPUI’s Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

The Outstanding Woman Student Leader Award is awarded based on personal characteristics, outstanding academic achievement, the commitment to serving others, and the understanding of the impact strong women can make in the campus community and world.

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Kentwood Office Furniture adds Showroom Manager

April 17th, 2014 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan —April 17, 2014 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Evelyn Parnell has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Inside Sales / Showroom Manager in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. Parnell comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from G.A. Richards Furniture Manufacturing where she served as Contract Document Specialist.


Kentwood Office Employees Participate in National Walking Day

April 2nd, 2014 by

April 2, 2014 is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life.

Kentwood Office Furniture employees laced up their sneakers and enjoyed some fresh air and exercise this afternoon.

Visit MyHeartMyLife.org to learn more about leading an active, heart-healthy lifestyle.

National Walking Day


Kentwood Office Joins ALA in Fight for Air Climb

March 20th, 2014 by

Steve Berry, of Kentwood Office Furniture Indianapolis, joined the Duke Realty team to raise funds for the American Lung Association on March 8 in the Fight for Air Climb at Chase Tower.  The team raised $3,149.50 for ALA through their efforts.

In the event, individuals and teams climb the floors of Chase Tower, – 47, 94 or 141 floors! More than a run, more than a walk, the Fight for Air Climb is a unique event with an exciting challenge for anyone.

The event raises the funds necessary to provide lifesaving education, research and advocacy so we can beat lung disease and soon find a cure.

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Click here to learn more about ALA’s Fight for Air Climb.


Right Look, Right Price for Pro Hockey Administrative Office

February 25th, 2014 by

Hockey Team Administrative Office InstallA minor league hockey franchise signed a deal to bring pro hockey back to the newly renovated State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. This deal also called for the team to house it’s administrative office at the Fairgrounds. The franchise needed furnishings that matched the spirit of their organization, catered to their needs and complemented the colors and unique building design. Kentwood Office Furniture proposed a solution that was functional, aesthetically pleasing and on budget. The new administrative office allows the organization to focus on the tasks and hand and prepare for their inaugural season.

Industry: Sports Entertainment
Application: Lobby / Reception, Break Room, Private Office, Conference Room
Products: HON Seating, Cherryman Industries Casegoods, Cherryman Industries Table, Eurotech Seating

Hockey Team Administrative Office Install