HOLLAND, MI -- Herman Miller plans to invest $11 million to construct a new health care furniture factory and a new design center.

According to the Holland Sentinel the new operations could bring 600 new jobs to Holland. The paper added that the plans are dependent on the contract furniture company receiving tax credits from the state of Michigan.

WOOD 8 TV reported that the jobs would pay an average of $45,000 a year. Up to 160 of the positions could be created by next year.

Earlier this week, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved tax credits worth $7.8 million over seven years as an incentive for the office furniture manufacturer to invest in Michigan. Herman Miller reportedly had considered building the facilities in Sheboygan, WI, where its acquired Branrud Furniture and Nemschoff Chairs divisions are located.

According to the paper, the health care facilities will include a new headquarters, manufacturing plant and "hospital-like."  Herman Miller operates a permanent showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart dedicated to health care products.

The health care facility would be followed by the phase-two construction of a new design center, the Sentinel  said. It would house Herman Miller’s research and design teams in a working lab space that will also act as a show space. Herman Miller reportedly had considered locating the project in New York City, home of an existing design center.

View video of WOOD 8 TV's report.

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