Continued consumer optimism and integration within the industry has excited office and contract furniture manufacturers for 2000.
THOUGH TOTAL U. S.
shipments have fallen for the first time since George Bush took office in the Oval Office, with major furniture makers still seeing 1999 as a profitable year, according to the survey of wood and wood products in the 12-year contract furniture industry. Nearly three-
Respondents to the W & WP survey said that 1999 of people were either \"very good\" for their respective companies or \"the best year ever \".
The remaining 27% of respondents said their company was rated \"fair\" in terms of overall business last year \".
These answers are encouraging given the support of commercial and institutional furniture manufacturer
International data show that industrial shipments actually fell nearly 1% last year. (
See the 90-page chart. )
Reduced to $12.
24 billion is the industry\'s first decline since furniture shipments fell by more than 8% in 1991.
Thomas Ryden, executive vice president of BIFMA, said that although dollar shipments were lower than in 1998, this figure should be considered in combination with the industry as a whole.
\"Some companies may have increased their profits by 15 to 20%, while orders from larger manufacturers may be reduced,\" says Leiden.
This is what happens a lot of times.
We \'ve seen some smaller manufacturers really have good years.
\"2000 prospects: excellent surveyed manufacturers seem ready to build on the success of 1999, and 94% of surveyed executives expect to do the same or more business in 2000.
Only 6% of respondents believe that 2000 will lead to a decline in sales in their respective companies.
Although statistics were only available in the first two months of 2000, BIFMA\'s data showed that sales in the industry increased by 6% compared to January and last February.
This percentage is in line with BIFMA\'s forecast for the association\'s total growth of 4-6% in 2000 last year.
\"Now, the industry looks very good,\" says Leiden . \".
\"Manufacturers are very optimistic and positive now.
This optimism has been replaced by other manufacturers and consumers.
People seem very optimistic about what will come in the next 12 months.
\"Although the shipment value of contract manufacturers fell for the first time since 1991 last year, most executives surveyed still believe that last year was a good year for the industry and profits will increase this year.
\"We saw an excellent sale of timber case items in 1999,\" said Haworth Inc . \"
\"We also made physical sales on wooden chairs and launched new products.
\"The company also mentioned their commitment to niche and the role niche markets play in helping them increase their profits.
By developing these segments, the company has established its position and demonstrated to other companies the key to long-term development
\"We focus on our major niche markets and remain loyal and true,\" said Philip Swy of MTS Seati . \".
\"Our main focus is on this area.
This is not rocket science.
We just feel like the company has a commitment to specific niche customers.
\"As there have been several high-profile mergers and acquisitions since last May, the merger has helped to drive the consolidation of the market industry to continue.
Some are designed to promote the market.
Other companies merged with businesses offering access to previously untapped markets, expanding and increasing opportunities for profit and future expansion.
\"I think we will continue to see (
(M & A)
In the industry, \"says Leiden.
\"It\'s a healthy thing.
This could be a very positive event and for the big manufacturers this year, I think it works well for all the parties involved.
\"The leading way is to buy Chicago, IL-
Headquartered in Shelby Williams Industries, ranked 11 out of last year\'s top 25 surveys
Louis, Missouri, ranked 13.
Falcon products now have annual sales of more than $0. 222 billion, and in this year\'s survey, the company rose two places to 11.
Two of the top four companies also bought the top 25 members last year.
Acquisition of Herman Miller No. 16 No. 2-
Georg Brickell ranked fourth
Ranked Haworth to buy Smed International No. 15.
Both mergers have proved beneficial to all interested parties, and have proven compatible so far, lyrden said.
\"There are various reasons for the company being acquired, not just because the company is in trouble and is looking for someone to take over,\" says Leiden . \".
\"In the case of Smed and Geiger Brickel, the initial management is still there and the transition is very smooth and barely noticeable.
Haworth and Herman Miller have both acquired profitable companies that have helped them fill in market areas or niche markets where they are not involved at all, or are not as strong as they are now.
\"Employee recruitment and profit margin are the most concerned issues with the lowest unemployment rate in recent memory, and employee recruitment/retention and employee compensation are the most concerned issues for contract and office furniture executives.
30% of executives said they were very concerned about the recruitment and retention of employees, and 50% said they were very concerned. Twenty-
2% of executives are very concerned about worker pay, and 44% are very concerned about employee pay.
Respondents also noted that they were using various options to address staffing and retention difficulties.
Finding employees is a top priority for most companies surveyed, and executives say all avenues are being explored.
\"Now, we are looking for alternative recruitment strategies,\" said Paul Simons of Mayline Group . \".
\"We are looking for every option to find and hire the people we need.
Robert Huber, CEO of the Indiana furniture industry, added that his company wants not only to hire competent employees, but also to train and retain existing employees of the company and to increase automation, to reduce the pressure on employees.
\"We continue to invest in the training of existing employees and change wages and benefits,\" said Hubler . \".
\"In order to reduce our labor demand, we have also invested a lot of money in equipment procurement.
\"12 annual contract furniture surveys on the survey of wood and wood products were mailed to companies believed to have annual sales of more than $30 million.
In addition, a page of forms was mailed to executives, factory managers and supervisors to understand their concerns in the industry.
W & WP thanks for the help of individuals who participated in this year\'s survey.
Companies interested in participating in next year\'s investigation should contact deputy editor John Evans (847)6344347; fax (847)634-4379.
Be sure to visit the website iswonline of W & WP.
Com, expand to see the top 25.
The top five Steelcase Inc.
Established in 1912, no.
The product line of Steelcase includes seating, warehousing, furniture systems, interior building products and technical products.
A new timber manufacturing plant in MI Gaines Township is expected to be fully completed by 2001, with a total of 700 employees.
Compared to the existing steel box Wood facility in MI Kentwood, the plant will reduce emissions by 70%.
The new factory will allow case to switch from a large number of solvents
Water-based finishing system used by Kentwood factory
Based on the finishing system.
One of the company\'s current initiatives is to convert its steel processing system to a new low
Powder spraying technology.
The three financial targets that Steelcase plans to achieve by 2003 are to increase net sales to $6 billion, achieve a profit margin of 14% of operating income and reduce operating expenses to 22% of net sales.
Herman Miller (no. 2)is a 75-year-
Old International company mainly engaged in the manufacture and sale of furniture, furniture systems, products and services
Accommodation and nursing facilities.
The company acquired Gege Group in 1999. (Geiger Brickel), No.
W & WP ranked Top 25 last year.
Georg Brickell is a high-production company.
Good quality wood furniture for the custom furniture industry, including cabinets, independent furniture and seats.
Introduced in March 2000, more and more new material furniture lines, Herman Miller\'s alliance with textile design company Jhane Barnes textiles, textiles and Maharam Luna.
According to the company, the iconic designs of each company will be integrated into the standard options on Herman Miller\'s products, many of which are exclusively available.
Hongye (no. 3)
Specializing in valuable design and manufacturing-
Fireplace Technology Company in Hon, March 2000
The subsidiary finally acquired two leading distributor of fireplace products from the US fireplace company.
Sales of the United Group were $1999, or nearly $0. 2 billion.
Hung hon said the company will continue to make strategic acquisitions with complementary products.
The company\'s target includes 30% of sales from products launched in the past three years, increasing productivity by 8% per year, and strive to become the leading supplier of office product distributors, wholesalers and super store office furniture in the country.
The largest ever acquisition of Haworth Industrial Corporation, Haworth (no. 4)
International office furniture manufacturers, buy international, Calgary, MATLAB, modular office manufacturers and $1999 for 0. 248 billion (U. S. $171 million).
The acquisition was completed in March 2000.
In addition, Haworth recently acquired most of the interest of Groupe Lacasse, a leading laminated office furniture designer and manufacturer based in St. Pie, QUE.
Lacasse reported Canadian sales of $1999 to $93 million (U. S. $64 million).
In other news, Haworth received 1999 American generals.
The national furniture center Evergreen Award recognizes its leadership in recycling, waste reduction and innovative environment projects. Knoll Inc.
Noel, founded in 1938 (no. 5)
Make a complete range of office products and have more than 300 dealer networks supported by 100 exhibition halls and regional offices in North America.
On November 1999, Noel announced that a project had been completed.
Private merger with a newly established entity of Warburg, Pincus Ventures, L. OrganizationP.
The new company is merged into Xiaoqiu.
Due to the merger, in addition to the shares owned by members of Fort Worth and Noel management, all shares of Noel\'s common stock were awarded $28.
00 yuan cash per share.
There are about 17 people.
The public holds 7 million shares, accounting for about 40% of the issued shares.
Global Group ranked second in the third consecutive year, global group (no. 6)
, Ranked the top six in the W & WP survey.
The world is more than one
Country of Canada-
Headquartered in m. 1966.
Teknion Corp worldwide. (no. 8)
It went public in 1998 and is listed separately in this year\'s survey.
Kimball International (no. 7)
It is divided into two business units: the electronic contract components Department and the furniture and Cabinet department to display fixtures and furniture for production stores in the office, residential, residential and healthcare industries.
At the end of 1999, Kimball acquired Jackson, a privately held Jackson In Danville, a custom and In-
Sell a range of fully padded seat products and wooden frame chairs for the hotel and healthcare markets, branded Health Wise and Jackson in Danville.
Jackson has factories in Danville and Greensburg, Kentucky.
Kimball also announced plans to build a 130,000-square-
Single board factory in Evansville single board business unit.
The factory will be adjacent to Kimball\'s Indiana mahogany-size wood processing facility in Chandler, USA. Teknion Corp.
At 1999, Teknion (no. 8)
Three new lines for classic office furniture
and systems were introduced: Amicus, a highly adjustable task seat line;
Building wall system Altos;
And leverage, a value-
Engineering panel system.
Teknion has also completed a strategic acquisition of Halcon.
, The manufacturer of wood furniture;
Roy and Breton
Manufacturers of office furniture;
Lion dance Support Private Limited. Bhd. (Malaysia)
Manufacturer of filing, warehousing and seat products.
Teknion\'s production capacity has also increased by 625,000 square feet. KI (
Established in 1941, KI (no. 9)
Manufacturing Office, business, institutional and educational furniture.
In 1999, KI completed an expansion of 456,000 square feet, including seven facilities.
The biggest expansion is Green Bay WI, located in Bellevue, covering an area of 144,000 square feet.
In addition, 7,000 square meters of expansion area has been added to the maintenance and tooling area in Green Bay.
At two other locations in Wisconsin, atkinberg\'s spaceship company added 32,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and KI\'s Manitoba Walker plant received an area of 54,000 square feet.
KI purchased 102,000 at the factory of Pontotoc MS-square-foot facility;
At the high point, the operation of NC, purchased 60,000-square-foot structure;
KI completed 50,000 at the factory in ONT Pembroke-square-foot addition. Virco Mfg. Corp. Virco (no. 10)
Is a supplier of tables, chairs and storage equipment for offices, schools, conference centers, auditoriums, places of worship, hotels and related places.
In early 2000, Virco announced the transformation of its static site into a dynamic business site that allows real-time
Timing of sales, manufacturing and distribution.
The integrated business website will allow customers to order goods, track the sales and delivery status of orders, and access their accounts receivable balances.
The company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2000.
Falcon products (Falcon products)no. 11)
It is the designer, manufacturer and distributor of tables and seats in the commercial furniture industry.
In 1999, Falcon acquired Shelby Williams Industries (No.
W & WP 11 on the list of contract furniture manufacturers in the Top 25 last year)
A company that produces dining chairs and hotel furniture.
Falcon also acquired Thonet with Shelby Wliliams, a manufacturer that provides seats and tables for office, education and healthcare applications.
The acquisition facilitated Falcon 15\'s global manufacturing facility and more than 3,900 employees.
Winsloff furniture, August 1999 (no. 12)
A continuing private transaction was completed by merging with Tirvest furniture
The company\'s public shares received $34 in the east.
Also in August 1999, winslov acquired Miami metal products. (
Pompeii is a leading manufacturer of aluminum Leisure outdoor furniture and a major supplier of the hotel industry.
Americans in Martinsville (no. 13)
A manufacturer of office furniture combined with La-Z-Boy Inc. in 1999.
The company plans to open a new interior decoration facility in 2000.
Irwin seating(no. 14)
It is a global manufacturer providing public seating for cinemas, auditoriums, arenas, performing arts centers and convention centers.
In December 1999, Owen bought a majority stake in sireyer. L.
The name of the company is changed to Irwin Seating (Europe)S. L.
Owen was founded in 1907. Inscape (
Original Office Major)Inscape (no. 15)
Formerly known as an office major)
In June 1999, the new name m was adopted.
In its annual report, the company notes: \"Inscape better reflects the services we provide to our customers today and will better adapt to other complementary businesses we may adopt in the future.
\"Guangfa Co. , Ltd.
Guangfa office furniture was established in 1909 (no. 16)
It is a manufacturer of steel and administrative wooden furniture for China and Shanghai contract office furniture market.
In 2000, the company plans to continue to focus on exceeding customer expectations through product design innovation
Quality products, comprehensive marketing support services, competitive prices and lifetime warranty.
Trendway Corp. Trendway\'s (no. 17)
Roots extend to 1960s on the premise of simple and easy constructionto-
Assembly of classic office furniture
, today is still continuing a kind of creed.
In 1999, the company won the first innovation award in the workplace flexibility solutions category by the Journal of Architecture and architecture interiors. Jami Inc. Jami (no. 18)
Produce a wide range of classic office furniture including modular furniture, conference tables and seating.
Departments such as office furniture, stationary furniture, Harter and Precision of Abco.
Products are sold nationwide through office product dealers.
Wind line business unit OFS (no. 19)
An office furniture manufacturer that has made a firm commitment to the environment by repairing thousands of acres of old furniture
Create hundreds of wildlife zones by planting more than 15 million trees, build and store dozens of small lakes and ponds, and reduce about 15% of VOCs by using air
Auxiliary gun on painted surface.
United States group 1999 (no. 20)
, A professional furniture manufacturer, acquired network cabinet products from local network designers and marketers Denver (LAN)
Rack systems, data cabinets and electronic enclosures that support furniture, standards and customisation.
Mayline also acquired Tiffany Industrial, an office workstation and related product manufacturer, Conway AR, as well as Acme design technology from File and Storage system designers and manufacturer VA Crozet.
Acme Design was subsequently renamed Kwik-File. (
See story on page 101. )
Five Hussey seat companies rising.
Hussey was founded in 1835 (no. 21)
It provides an audience seating system for athletes, stadiums and similar venues.
In recent years, the company has provided seating for several major stadiums, including Denver Coors Field;
Arrow Stadium in Kansas City, KS and Jack Cook Kent Stadium in Washington, DC.
Miller\'s desk was established in 1954 (no. 22)
Produce traditional and modern office furniture.
In 1999, it focused on continuous improvement in product development and manufacturing processes. MTS Seating. MTS Seating (no. 23)
Produce hotel furniture for restaurants, hotels and similar businesses.
In 1999, MTS established a joint venture with GB Burgess, the leading manufacturer of banquet seats in the UK, and established MTS/Burgess LLC.
MTS also opened a 3,000-square-foot showroom in Las Vegas and, in collaboration with supply sources, developed a range of fully soft-furnished furniture and dedicated wooden chairs for accommodation rooms.
Senator Haskel Internationaltied at no. 24)
In 1999, more than 6 new product lines including Wall Street, integrated elements, starting line, ISIS, Axis and highway were launched;
In 2000, the company plans to introduce three new wooden table lines and a new panel system with advanced network cabling and communication capabilities.
Indiana furniture industry
The Indiana furniture company was founded in 1905. tied at no. 24)
Construction of a $5 million facility began in 1999, which will increase the manufacturing capacity of case goods by 50%.
The factory is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2000.
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