Office and contract companies continue as market leaders
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The largest manufacturers and designers of office and contract furniture are large, progressive pacesetters in the industry, and are an important part of the FDMC 300.

The FDMC 300 is a group of the 300 largest cabinet, furniture, millwork, store fixture, office/contract and component producers in North America. Sales for the FDMC 300 group of companies grew 5 percent in 2016 over the previous year to $48.786 billion.

Here, we detail the 10 largest office and contract furniture producers.

The year 2016 was the fifth straight in which the group of FDMC 300 companies reported sales increases. This period of growth has come after five consecutive years of declines from 2007 to 2011.

The full list of 300 companies is also online,

1. Steelcase Inc. makes seating, lighting, storage, furniture systems, interior architectural products, technology products and related products and services. The Grand Rapids company has 10,700 employees and manufacturing plants in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Gaines Township, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Athens, Alabama; City of Industry and Corona, California; High Point, North Carolina; Clymer and Dixonville, Pennsylvania; Okmulgee, Oklahoma; and Tijuana, Mexico. Divisions include Coalesse, Turnstone, Steelcase Health, Details and Vectra. Annual sales for fiscal 2017 were reported as $3.032 billion in March 2017.

2. Herman Miller Inc. manufactures contract/office furniture and related services, and residential furniture, including desks, office systems, office chairs, healthcare systems, manufacturing and laboratory systems, home office, occasional and education furniture in nine locations in Atlanta, Georgia; Holland, Spring Lake, and Zeeland, Michigan; Hildrebran, North Carolina; Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Melksham, England; Dongguan and Ningbo, China. The Zeeland, Michigan, company reported annual sales of $2.265 billion. Divisions include Nemschoff, Geiger, Maharam and ELA International. The company has 7,600 employees.

3. Haworth Inc. is based in Holland, Michigan, and makes contract/office furniture including  systems furniture, office chairs and seating, desks, filing/storage, casegoods, tables (computer, conference, occasional, training, work), and upholstered guest chairs. The company reported annual sales of $1.82 billion for 2015, the most recent completed year. Haworth has 7,000 employees and 17 manufacturing locations including Big Rapids, Holland, Kentwood and Ludington, Michigan; Bruce, Mississippi; High Point, North Carolina; Canada; China; France; Germany; India; Portugal and Spain.

4. HNI Corp. makes contract/office furniture; including desks, credenzas, filing/storage, office systems, office chairs, bookcases, conference tables, home office furniture, and glass walls with annual sales of $1.704 billion. HNI’s divisions include Allsteel, Gunlocke, HON, HNI International, Maxon, Paoli, Artcobell, HBF, Lamex, and bpergo. The company’s 8,500 employees are located in 10 manufacturing locations, including Cedartown, Georgia; Mt. Pleasant and Muscatine, Iowa; and Wayland, New York.

5. Knoll Inc. is based in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, and has KnollExtra, KnollStudio, KnollTextiles, and Spinneybeck divisions. There are six manufacturing locations in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Michigan; East Greenville; Toronto, Ontario; Foligno and Graffignana, Italy. Knoll’s 4,000 employees make contract/office furniture including office systems, office seating, desks, casegoods, file and storage cabinets, executive office furnishings, tables, lounge chairs, sofas, contract textiles and leathers. Sales were $1.16 billion.

6. Global Group is based on Downsview, Ontario, and has some 40 locations and 4,500 employees. Global makes contract/office furniture, RTA furniture, office chairs, office seating, filing/storage, desks, office systems, conference tables, bookcases, sofas, upholstered chairs, swivels, meeting/training room, hospitality, healthcare, and education furniture. Sales were estimated to be $1 billion.

7. KI, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has KI Europe, Pallas, Spacesaver, Middle East, AFP and Sebel divisions. The company makes contract/institutional furniture including chairs, ergonomic seating, conference tables, filing/storage, university/classroom furniture, auditorium seating, wall systems, adjustable work surfaces and healthcare furniture in nine locations: Pontotoc and Tupelo, Mississippi; High Point, North Carolina; Green Bay, Bonduel, Manitowoc, Fort Atkinson and Two Rivers, Wisconsin; and Pembroke, Ontario. The company employs 3,000. Annual sales were estimated to be $650 million.

8. Kimball International Inc. reported annual sales of $635.1 million. The Jasper, Indiana, company makes office and hospitality furniture and cabinet products. Kimball’s 3,015 employees are in eight manufacturing locations in  Borden, Jasper, Salem and Santa Claus, Indiana; Danville and Fordsville, Kentucky; and Martinsville, Virginia. Divisions include Kimball Hospitality, Kimball Office and National Office Furniture.

9. Teknion Corp. makes contract/office furniture; including office chairs, office seating, filing/storage, desks, office systems, conference tables, bookcases, love seats, sofas, upholstered chairs and architectural wall systems. The Toronto-based company has 21 manufacturing locations, including  Calgary, Alberta; Concord, Markham and Toronto, Ontario; Montmagny, St. Vallier; and St. Romuald, Quebec; Clayton, North Carolina, and Malaysia. We estimated sales at $500 million, and the company has 3,400 employees.

10. OFS Brands Inc. is based in Huntingburg, Indiana, and makes contract/office furniture, including desks, filing/storage, open plan, conference tables, office chairs, office seating, healthcare, education and hospitality furniture. The company has 1,650 employees. Manufacturing plants are in Huntingburg, Indiana; Huntington Beach, California; Leitchfield, Kentucky; and Archdale, North Carolina. Divisions are OFS, First Office, Carolina, Loewenstein and Highmark.



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Karl Forth

Karl D. Forth is online editor for CCI Media. He also writes news and feature stories in FDMC Magazine, in addition to newsletters and custom publishing projects. He is also involved in event organization, and compiles the annual FDM 300 list of industry leaders. He can be reached at [email protected].