Kimball Office donates to Japan rebuilding

JASPER, IN -- In the wake of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Kimball(R) Office and its network of dealers united to raise more than $26,000 for Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design firm dedicated to building a more sustainable future using the power of design. The contributions were raised through individual donations over a two-week period, during a recent meeting of the manufacturer's top-selling distribution partners.

Architecture for Humanity brings design, construction and development services to where they are most critically needed. The organization has ongoing design build programs, but has also collaborated with communities in multiple post-disaster settings both domestically and internationally.

"The images of towns completely washed away had a powerful impact on our dealers and employees," said Jeff Fenwick, Vice President and General Manager of Kimball Office. "We wanted to aid in the country's efforts to build stronger, more sustainable communities, and that is at the heart of Architecture for Humanity's mission."

Architecture for Humanity focuses on four phases to help a community rebuild: relief, recovery, reconstruction, and economic development. Currently, the organization is supporting local professionals in the assessment of damaged structures in Sendai, Japan. Subsequent rebuilding efforts will focus on specific small-scale building projects for local community organizations. Teams of architects in Sendai, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto are forging local partnerships to support the long-term reconstruction efforts of the affected regions, and more than 100 Japanese-based architects and engineers have offered their services.

About Kimball Office

A recognized leader in fine workplace furnishings, Kimball(R) Office has been building its reputation on quality and integrity of design for over 40 years. Kimball Office serves the business and institutional market with desks, seating and open plan furniture in multiple materials and in many styles and options. A full line of products provides solutions to a broad range of businesses and institutions. The company is a brand unit of Kimball International Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), a $1.2 billion publicly traded company headquartered in Jasper, Indiana.

About Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. They are building a more sustainable future through the power of design. By tapping a network of more than 40,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, Architecture for Humanity brings design construction and development services where they are most critically needed.

About Kimball International

Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company's success through personal, professional and financial growth.

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the Company's family of brand names.

SOURCE: Kimball Office

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