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Herman Miller Closing Nemschoff Chair Plant


SIOUX CENTER, IA - Herman Miller Inc. will close the Nemschoff healthcare chairs plant that it acquired in a deal finalized in January 2011 and move production to Sheboygan, WI.

Herman Miller Closing Nemschoff Chair PlantThe closing will result in the loss of 111 jobs staged in increments throughout the summer, according to ABC affilliate KSFY TV.

WHBL reported that Sioux Center's loss is Sheboygan, WI's gain. Up to 45 jobs will be added at the Nemschoff plant  there. Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren was quoted, "I'm looking forward to having more jobs here in Sheboygan for the citizens'."

Nemschoff was founded in 1950. Herman Miller initiated a buy-out of the Sheboygan-based healthcare furniture company in 2009 in an effort to grow its presence in that market. Last year Herman Miller fianlized the payment on that deal, spending $3 million to settle buyout obligations and eliminate remaining contingent payments based on sales of the acquired medical chair business.

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