Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The new Aeron work stool

The new and innovative Aeron work stool is now available for order.

areon work stool

A perfect complement to the Aeron family of seating, the work stool is already an award winner. It was on display in December at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, where it won the Attendees' Choice Award. The award is given to products that conference participants say offer the best opportunity to increase productivity and profitability while improving workplace health and safety.

Considering the work stool's heritage, the award is really not a surprise.

"Aeron helped redefine high performance and comfort in a work chair," says Judy Leese, Workplace Knowledge Consulting/Ergonomics. "Now the Aeron work stool is doing the same."

areon work stool

Performs like the work chair
"The work stool shares the ergonomic benefits of the Aeron work chair," Product Manager Maria de la Barrera says. "In fact, it's called a 'work stool' because it delivers the performance of a work chair. The stool is designed for comfortable and healthful day-long sitting - just at a higher surface."

Like the Aeron work chair, the work stool offers the pressure distribution and aeration of the Pellicle® suspension; the superior body support and balance of the Kinemat® tilt; and the active sacral support of PostureFit®.

And in typical Aeron fashion, the work stool features an important ergonomic innovation: the height-adjustable, full-circle Fine-Tune footring, which can be adjusted by the user while in a seated position.

"The Fine-Tune footring is easy and intuitive to operate," de la Barrera says, "which increases the likelihood that people will adjust it to the proper height and gain its ergonomic benefits."

When the footring is properly adjusted, sitters feel no pressure on the backs of their legs, ensuring that blood circulation is unimpeded and comfort is long term.

The Fine-Tune footring moves up and down with the seat pan, so when a sitter adjusts the seat height, the footring stays in the right position. The wide design of the Fine-Tune footring provides superior support, and its tread helps keep feet from slipping off.

The stool comes in two seat heights. Each is height adjustable to fit a broad range of user sizes. The low stool adjusts 24 1/2 to 29 inches (better for 36-inch-high work surfaces). The high stool adjusts 27 1/2 to 34 inches (better for 42-inch-high applications).

The work stool also incorporates other adjustment features of the work chair: tilt limiter, tilt tension, forward seat angle, and arm height and angle.

Broad application
Its array of ergonomic features makes the work stool ideal for a variety of applications, including office, hospitality, banking, manufacturing, science and health labs, education, and healthcare.

And since it bears a strong family resemblance to the Aeron work chair and has the same finish and Pellicle offering, environments that combine work chairs and stools now can have a consistent Aeron look for all their seating.

De la Barrera is expecting the work stool will be another big Aeron hit. "It's new, it's innovative, and it's very comfortable," she says. "It's exactly what many customers have been looking for in stools."

For more information on the new Herman Miller Aeron work stool or to place an order in the New York / New Jersey Metropolitan area, please contact your bfi sales representative or call one of our offices nearest you.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Herman Miller, Inc., Tops Industry in FORTUNE's 'Most Admired'

Editors Note: It's good to know that our top manufacturer that we represent is top in its class!

For the 19th time in the past 21 years, Herman Miller is ranked as the "Most Admired" company in its industry in FORTUNE magazine's annual survey broadly measuring the reputation of America's corporations. The company also placed in the Top Ten among all firms surveyed in the category of Innovation.

The results, to be published in FORTUNE's March 19, 2007, issue, rate Herman Miller first among all companies in its industry in four of the survey's eight key attributes of reputation--Innovation, People management, Social responsibility, and Quality of products/services.

Herman Miller is the only Michigan-based company to place No. 1 among the magazine's distinct industry listings.

"It's great that FORTUNE recognizes our efforts to build a creative culture at Herman Miller--and to be voted first in our industry in innovation is especially meaningful," said Brian C. Walker, Herman Miller's President and CEO. "The people of Herman Miller have earned this recognition with their commitment to excellence--and their drive to enrich the lives and businesses of our customers."

The magazine characterizes the annual listing as "the definitive report card on corporate reputations." To compile the Most Admired list, FORTUNE enlisted the help of Hay Group, which sorted the FORTUNE 1,000 and the top foreign companies operating in the U.S. into distinct industry lists, each containing the ten largest companies. A total of 616 companies in 68 industries were surveyed.

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 $1.7 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2007, the company was once again cited by CRO magazine in its annual listing of "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.