Friday, October 28, 2005

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

CHICAGO, IL - Herman Miller, Inc., announced at its Global Sales Conference here today that it has entered into a marketing alliance agreement with Bretford, Inc., a manufacturer of award-winning furniture products for training, meeting, visual display, and library applications.

Bretford is highly regarded for its innovative designs and complete solutions for meeting rooms, conference rooms, and learning spaces. Bretford provides a broad offering of tables, technology support, and visual display products that meet a wide range of customer needs. The family owned company, founded in 1948 and based in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park, IL, also has an array of open-plan office solutions that will be distributed exclusively through the Herman Miller dealer channel beginning January 1, 2006.

The Bretford alliance offers expanded product choices for Herman Miller clients in the contract office market. The alliance is also an important component of the company's strategy to enhance and expand its ability to provide highly effective environments for learning activities in corporate facilities, colleges, and universities.

The agreement takes effect immediately and provides Herman Miller dealers and corporate sales personnel with access to all of Bretford's products. Bretford's alliance with Herman Miller is for the North American marketplaces of the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

"Bretford's comprehensive offer of beautifully designed products for meeting and learning environments is a wonderful complement to Herman Miller's product offering," said Charley Vranian, executive vice president of North American Emerging Markets for Herman Miller. "This marketing alliance will allow both companies to better serve our customers, and provides our dealers with an exclusive set of great products from a company that shares our values and our dedication to design and innovation."

Added Mike Briggs, president of Bretford: "We're thrilled to strike up this alliance with an industry leader whose history, values, and core competencies of innovation, design, and high quality are in sync with our own. Just as there is a Herman Miller way of doing business that is a model for our industry, we practice a Bretford way that is similar: Do the right thing. Do it with passion. Do it with pride. We think the combination of Bretford and Herman Miller will be an unbeatable proposition in the contract office and higher education marketplaces. This alliance opens a new and exciting chapter in our company's history."

Vranian hailed Bretford's strength in problem-solving design, integrating technology into their solutions, and commitment to sustainability and the environment as attributes that contribute to the attractiveness of the alliance.

For nearly 57 years, Bretford has spent time and energy developing, manufacturing, and selling product solutions that help people learn and work to the best of their ability.

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

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