Friday, October 28, 2005

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Alliance with Brandrud, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has negotiated a marketing alliance agreement with Brandrud, Inc., a leading manufacturer of seating products for healing environments and community spaces.

Brandrud, a 50-year-old firm located in the Seattle suburb of Auburn, WA, has an extensive product portfolio that is primarily focused on the healthcare market. As a market leader in the design and manufacture of healthcare seating, Brandrud's products complement Herman Miller for Healthcare's comprehensive offer of clinical products and office furniture for healthcare facilities.

The alliance provides Herman Miller dealers and sales personnel with significant new capabilities to meet customers' needs for product solutions in patient rooms, exam rooms, treatment areas, and lobby and lounge areas.

The agreement takes effect immediately. Herman Miller will distribute the full range of Brandrud's products throughout North America, including Canada and Mexico.

"Healthcare is a huge opportunity for Herman Miller, and Brandrud is a great fit," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This alliance will help build on the terrific momentum we're experiencing with Herman Miller for Healthcare--and it's an added bonus that some of Brandrud's soft seating for lobby and lounge areas will enhance our higher education and work environment offerings."

Brandrud's Co-President Lee Falck called the alliance agreement a "powerful pairing of innovation, culture, and values. Brandrud is committed to problem-solving design, as is Herman Miller. Brandrud is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility, and Herman Miller is the acknowledged industry leader in that regard. Brandrud and Herman Miller both are known for great people practices--and attentive customer service. We are well matched in our history and approach as we enter this alliance."

Brandrud designs personal spaces within public places through its innovative seating collections and related furnishings for the healthcare and education markets. The company blends research, design talent, materials, fabrics, and sustainability practices in its aspiration to set new design standards.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn, and live by researching, designing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations, and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture-management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.51 billion in revenue during fiscal 2005. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. In fiscal 2004 Herman Miller was named recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2005 the company was again included in Business Ethics magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and was cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry. The company trades on the NASDAQ market under the symbol MLHR. For additional information visit www.HermanMiller.com.

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