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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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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 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.


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.


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 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 Furniture Adds Order Fulfillment Manager

February 4th, 2014 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — February 4, 2014 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Michelle Louters has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Order Fulfillment Manager in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office.  Louters received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Calvin College. She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from VanerumStelter where she served as Supply Chain Manager.

 


Kentwood Office Furniture Expands Capabilities with Purchase of Worksurface Manufacturer

January 16th, 2014 by

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — January 9, 2014
  – Kentwood Office Furniture (KOF) announces today the purchase of worksurface manufacturer Brys Industries, a full service supplier of engineered wood products and components. Brys Industries, established in 2003, has a great reputation around the industry for producing high quality products. The transaction was finalized in late December, and announced internally to all KOF employees last week. Brys Industries, now KOF Wood Solutions, will continue to manufacture laminate worksurfaces and other related products out of its current 36th street facility.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Inventory Manager

September 3rd, 2013 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — September 3, 2013 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Greg VanKoevering has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Inventory Manager in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office.  VanKoevering comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Excel Office Interiors where he served as Warehouse Manager.


Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Designer in Grand Rapids Office

July 16th, 2013 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — July 16, 2013 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Karenann Ford has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Design / Sales Administration in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office. Ford received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Charter House Innovations.


Remanufactured Furniture Keeps Pace with Office Furniture Trends

June 18th, 2013 by

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – June 4, 2013 –  In the office furniture world, it is quite obvious that the way office environments are designed has changed.  Three big factors impacting how these spaces are planned are 1) the tough economic climate, 2) individual and group communication and 3) the use of technology.  Kentwood Office Furniture (KOF) today announces new remanufactured product solutions that keep pace with these emerging requirements.

For several years, manufacturers have focused their development efforts on products that provide more flexible open spaces, where communication and connectivity can happen.  A more recent trend is the scramble to drastically reduce the purchase prices.  The budget conscious customer, previously not a primary focus, has now become a main target for many of the larger office furniture manufacturers.  Price points have come down, but obtaining an affordable environment that supports new modes of work can still be out of reach.  The answer for many can be found by looking in the direction of remanufactured furniture solutions.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Adds Designer to Grand Rapids Staff

February 1st, 2013 by Jeff Klein

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — January 3, 2013 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Abbey Harvard has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Designer / Sales Administration in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office.  Harvard received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design and Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Columbo’s Floors To Go.


Kentwood Office Furniture Expands Staff in New Indianapolis Office

November 7th, 2012 by Jeff Klein

November 1, 2012 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Tamara Alkhatib has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Interior Designer in the Indianapolis office.  Alkhatib received a BS in Interior Design from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.  She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Granite America.

Steve Berry has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Manager of Business Development in the Indianapolis office.  Berry received a BS in Communication from Michigan State University.  He comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from Bradford Systems where he served as Senior Sales Representative


Kentwood Office Furniture Celebrates Grand Opening of Indianapolis Office

October 16th, 2012 by Jeff Klein

 

Indianapolis, Indiana — October 16, 2012- Kentwood Office Furniture celebrated its expansion into the Indianapolis market with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at their Indianapolis showroom on Thursday, September 27th, 2012.  Kentwood Office Furniture’s Grand Rapids management team joined the President of the Indianapolis office and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce President for the event. “We are excited to see the addition of a premier office furniture company like Kentwood to our area. Their strategic location brings growth to the northeast corridor and allows them to conveniently offer their high grade remanufactured, pre-owned and new office furniture, to both Indianapolis and Fishers”, says Dan Canan, Fishers Chamber of Commerce President.

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Kentwood Office Furniture Expands into Indianapolis Market

August 2nd, 2012 by Jeff Klein

August 1, 2012 – Kentwood Office Furniture (KOF) is pleased to announce their recent expansion into the Indianapolis, Indiana market. The new Indianapolis showroom, located at 7226 East 87th Street, Suite E, Indianapolis, IN 46256, will focus on providing customers with quality new, used and remanufactured office furniture solutions.  The Indianapolis location will house a new product showroom with mid ranged product solutions offered by companies like Hon, Global and Doane Keyes Premiera.  In addition, there will be a used product display of affordable, high quality products from major office furniture manufacturers like Steelcase, Herman Miller and Haworth.

Kentwood Office also brings top notch remanufactured office furniture solutions to Indianapolis customers.  For over 35 years, Kentwood Office Furniture has been the Mid West’s premier specialist in high quality remanufactured products.  As one of the first major office furniture dealers in the remanufacturing and wholesale industry, Kentwood Office has earned a reputation for providing good, better and best quality product solutions to the right place, at the right time, and at the right price. The remanufactured product solutions include Herman Miller and Haworth products. “Our outstanding group of dedicated employees and our wholesale unit that buys and sells large quantities of used office furniture from companies throughout the USA, combine to provide very cost-effective solutions for every customer”, says Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Laura Hopson.  Remanufactured furniture is not only a cost effective approach but a sound environmental decision, keeping still-useful products out of landfills and reducing the strain on our country’s precious natural resources.  Kentwood Office Furniture has a commitment to sustainability.   Remanufactured furniture is an excellent choice for organizations to furnish an environmentally responsible and productive workplace.

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Kentwood Office Furniture adds to Sales Force

May 8th, 2012 by Jeff Klein

NOVI, Michigan – April 27, 2012 – Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Mark Schwarz has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Senior Account Manager  in the Novi, Michigan office.  Schwarz received a BS in Communications from Grand Valley State University and has a wealth of experience in project management for commercial construction and company relocations and expansions.  He comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from ViSalus Sciences where he served as Project Manager.


Kentwood Office Furniture adds Sales Administrator in Grand Rapids Office

February 28th, 2012 by Jeff Klein

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – February 21, 2012 – Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Melanie Vargo has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Sales Administrator  in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office.  Vargo will be receiving a BBA in Marketing from Grand Valley State University this Spring.


Kentwood Office Furniture adds to Sales Force

February 14th, 2012 by Jeff Klein

NOVI, Michigan — February 10, 2012 — Kentwood Office Furniture announced that Denise Byrwa has joined Kentwood Office Furniture as Senior Account Manager  in the Novi, Michigan office.  Byrwa received a BS in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University and has over 15 years experience in the industry.  She comes to Kentwood Office Furniture from WorkSquared.