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  Today's Date: Thursday March 26, 2015    Current MMQB Index: 6064.88 -106.93 (-1.79%) on a volume of 2,574,066 shares. Year to Date Change: + 2.55%
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   Herman Miller Inc.
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   Steelcase Inc.
Steelcase Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Fell 3.8%
IN MANUFACTURERS  Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 
For the year revenue grew 2.4% thanks to a strong showing in Europe.

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Will CIFF in China become an important international show for North American manufacturers to attend and/or exhibit at?

Freight disruption on West Coast causes Furniture delays
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  IN MANUFACTURERS  Monday Mar 23, 2015 
Added to the shipping problems, East Coast ports, which were used to ease the strike backlog, were quickly clogged by the increase in traffic

CIFF preview
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  IN TRADE SHOWS  Monday Mar 23, 2015 
MMQB will be providing complete coverage of this important show beginning later this week.

AIS Consolidates its Factories
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  IN MANUFACTURERS  Monday Mar 23, 2015 
AIS will employ about 400 workers in Leominster, MA once the transition is complete, and that number is expected to continue to increase.


Features
MMPI practices what it preaches with its new Mart Offices
MMPI did a good job of sharing the love, so to speak, as their new office is an amalgamation of new and used furniture.

HOK Product Design arm creates Furniture you don't (or won't)
The products coming from HOK Product Design are diverse, to say the least, and go well beyond office furniture.

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Briefing
Nienkamper Named One of Canadas 50 Best Managed Companies
Indiana Furniture Celebrating 110 Years
Odds & Ends Week of March 23, 2015
Odds & Ends Week of March 16, 2015
IIDA Accepting Applications for its First Student of the Year Award
Odds & Ends Week of March 9, 2015
New Strategies Group formed by Industry Veterans

Configura's Partner Meetup
by ROB KIRKBRIDE  IN TECHNOLOGY  Monday Mar 23, 2015 
About 50 people attended the Partner Meeting, some coming from the major West Michigan manufacturers and others from far flung parts of the globe.

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Architecture Billings Index rises in February
IN BUILD CONSTRUCTION 
As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

Herman Miller Reports Flat Third Quarter North American Sales
IN MANUFACTURERS 
Management express disappointment in the momentum of their North American segment, where growth rates have lagged their expectations for the past two quarters.

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  • Furniture Industry Veteran Purchases Flairwood Industries
    IN MANUFACTURERS 
    Flairwood Industries, a West Michigan-based manufacturer and supplier of cabinets and carts for the education, healthcare and contract furniture markets, has been acquired by Wayne Baxter, an experienced leader in office furnishings and product marketing.

    9to5 Seating affiliate Made in America Seating Secures Financing for Facility
    IN MANUFACTURERS 
    Made in America Seating Corporation, a manufacturer of ergonomic office seating and an affiliate of 9to5 Seating, announced it has secured nearly $16 million in financing through a loan from SunTrust Bank and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) equity from SunTrust Community Capital and National New Markets Fund.



      
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