Knoll to Close US Manufacturing Facility

Knoll to Close US Manufacturing Facility

Knoll to Close US Manufacturing Facility

(JANUARY 17, 2020) Workplace furniture and design company Knoll has announced the closure of its production site in Grand Rapids (MI).

Knoll’s manufacturing operations in Grand Rapids are set to be substantially closed by the middle of 2020, with a final shutdown expected by the end of 2021, the firm confirmed in a press release. The decision will result in the loss of about 210 jobs comprising 180 hourly and 30 salaried positions.

“After a comprehensive analysis of our North American operations, we determined substantial benefits could be realised as a result of this restructuring,” stated Knoll Office COO Chris Baldwin. The company expects to make annual savings of up to $11 million, although the plan will also entail costs of more than $18 million.

Knoll said it would continue manufacturing and distributing all product lines currently made in Grand Rapids, with production moving to its other locations in North America. Existing facilities in East Greenville (PA), Muskegon (MI) and Toronto (Canada) will not be affected by the restructuring plan.

Knoll is not the only US-based office furniture manufacturer to be reorganizing its production footprint. Earlier this week, Kimball announced plans to consolidate its manufacturing operations. - (OPI)