Awards + Recognition

National Receives 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for Early Intervention Program

National has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Labor for their exemplary efforts to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards. National received the 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the Innovations for General Industry, large-sized company category for their Early Intervention Program. This program encourages employees to report early any discomforts associated with their jobs and avoid repetitive motion injuries. These reports are reviewed by an outside resource, typically a physical or occupational therapist, who then makes ergonomic or process improvements and recommends specific stretches to reduce or eliminate the cause of discomfort.

The annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards are a result of a partnership among government, business, and safety leaders including the Indiana Department of Labor on behalf of Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The award provides recognition for companies based on best practices of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses, and salutes those who have made safety and health a top priority.

“It’s an honor to be named a winner of 2018 Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the category of Innovation for our Early Intervention Program,” said Vince Cooke, National’s Director of Safety. “Through open communication with our employees we can identify potential risks and work to eliminate those risks. Our vision is to be ‘injury free’ and the Early Intervention Program has been a tremendous benefit to our people.”

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National’s Danville Facility Earns Beacon Award for Dedication to Environmental Protection

National’s Danville, KY, facility has been recognized by the Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (KY EXCEL) program for their continued dedication to environmental protection. Their Danville, KY, facility was awarded the KY EXCEL Beacon Award in the Performance Improvement category for their noteworthy 20% absolute emission reduction in VOCs for 2016. The Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance awarded National with this honor for their exemplary achievements in the reduction of air pollution.

The KY EXCEL program is a voluntary program that is open to any individual, organization, community, or business that wishes to improve and protect Kentucky’s environment in ways that extend beyond Kentucky’s environmental requirements. National is one of only thirty manufacturers in Kentucky that have chosen to participate in this voluntary program designed to further their commitment to protecting Kentucky’s resources. Both of National’s Kentucky based facilities (located in Danville and Fordsville) are involved with this program.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Mike Potter, National Danville’s Plant Manager. “It’s an example of the passion this team has for our environment. The entire Danville team is committed to protecting our environment and all of its natural resources. We strive to ensure our future generations have a spectacular place to enjoy with their families.”

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National’s Fordsville Facility Earns SHARP Recertification for Workplace Safety

National’s Fordsville, KY, facility has been recertified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) for excellence in workplace safety. Their Fordsville, KY, facility is one of only thirteen companies that have earned SHARP status within the state of Kentucky.
 
“Congratulations to National Office Furniture in Fordsville on achieving another SHARP status,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey. “Earning this status is a coveted title for companies all across the country, and it is a great accomplishment for one of the Commonwealth’s own to be recognized for this prestigious achievement. Our top priority at the Labor Cabinet is to help ensure Kentucky’s workers stay safe on the job, and I am pleased to recognize the employees of National Office Furniture for all of their hard work in helping achieve this goal.”
 
The SHARP designation was designed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to encourage and recognize excellence in occupational safety and health among smaller employers. Qualified consultants at the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, who are experienced in helping employers develop safety and health management plans, provide assistance and training to employers at no cost.

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National’s Kozmic Collaborative Collection Receives GOOD DESIGN Award

National’s Kozmic Collaborative Collection has been named a 2017 GOOD DESIGN Award Winner from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in the Furniture Category. The award is presented to the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world. Winners are selected among thousands of submissions from leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic designers from over 48 countries, representing the most influential and visionary corporations around the world.

The GOOD DESIGN award is the oldest and most prestigious design awards program that honors the best manufacturing and design talent, worldwide. This award is organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies. The GOOD DESIGN award encompasses new consumer products, graphics, and packaging designed and manufactured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

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National Awarded “Furniture and Systems, Casegoods, Seating, and Accessories” Agreement with Premier

National has again been awarded a Purchasing Agreement for Furniture and Systems, Casegoods, Seating, and Accessories with Premier. Effective January 1, 2018, this three-year contract extension allows Premier members to take advantage of special pricing and terms, pre-negotiated by Premier for Furniture and Systems, Casegoods, Seating, and Accessories.

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 150,000 other providers and organizations. Their comprehensive databases of actionable data, clinical best practices, and efficiency improvement strategies help to improve their members’ quality outcomes while safely reducing costs. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare.

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National Recognized as First Furniture Manufacturer to be Awarded Fitwel Certification

National has been recognized as the first office furniture manufacturing company to become Fitwel Certified. Created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA), Fitwel rates workplaces that promote positive health outcomes for occupants. This recognition reinforces National’s commitment to providing a healthy workspace for its employees.
 
National received this honor by incorporating evidence-based design and policy strategies that support the physical, mental, and social health of its occupants. Fitwel measures the following aspects when determining certification: Impacts Community Health, Reduces Morbidity and Absenteeism, Supports Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations, Instills Feelings of Well-being, Increases Physical Activity, Promotes Occupant Safety, and Provides Healthy Food Options.
 
“We are excited to become the first office furniture manufacturer to be recognized for achieving Fitwel certification,” said Kevin McCoy, National’s President. “We look forward to sharing our Fitwel journey and helping to encourage health and wellness among our supply and customer community. I would like to offer a special thanks to Angie Kleinhelter for spearheading all our wellness strategies.”

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National Receives Best Boardroom Presentation at Design Connections

Interiors and Sources Magazine named National as delivering the Best Boardroom Presentation during their Design Connections event. Collectively, the design professionals in attendance vote to determine which boardroom presentation is the most compelling and informative for each of the markets represented. National won for the Healthcare market. In addition to this honor, National was nominated for the Best Overall Design Award.

Design Connections offers a forum for architect and design professionals to discuss the latest commercial design trends and solutions. This invitation-only event sparks one-on-one interactions that are industry specific and vertical segment focused.

National Receives American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Achievement Award

The American Heart Association has awarded National with the Bronze Workplace Health Achievement Index Award. This achievement is bestowed upon companies that take significant steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. The American Heart Association evaluates the overall quality and magnitude of workplace health programs, and provides reports to those companies identifying potential areas of improvement.

National’s dedication to workplace health is evident through their on-site activities, health club reimbursement programs, and daily wellness opportunities. Health and wellness screenings are offered to all employees and company sponsored yoga and exercises classes are also available. National is committed to changing corporate culture by motivating employees to increase their activity levels and encouraging smart eating choices.

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National Recognized as One of America’s Safest Companies

National has been named One of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today Magazine, the leading magazine in occupational health and safety in the workplace. National received this honor because it has injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for its industry while supporting comprehensive training programs and integrating safety into its corporate culture from the management level to employee involvement. EHS Today also distinguished National for its ability to provide innovative solutions to safety challenges and communicate the value of safety to employees and customers.

“At National we are very passionate about our Vision of being injury free,” said Vince Cooke, National’s Director of Safety. “To be named by EHS Today as one of “America’s Safest Companies” is an honor. Our low injury rate is attributed to each and every employee making good choices to avoid injury. Management at every level has shown a commitment to safety by demonstrating its value in everything that we do while driving continuous improvement. We will continue our journey to be injury free. Every National employee is responsible for achieving this award.”

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National Receives REACH Award from Premier, Inc

Premier presented National with the REACH award at their recent Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. As one of only two organizations to receive the award this year, National accepted this distinction as a top performer and for its growth and support of Premier’s REACH program.

“Non-healthcare markets are expansive and growing rapidly,” said Joan Ralph, Group Vice President, Continuum of Care, Premier. “We are thrilled to recognize National with this honor as they work to offer high-value products and services.”

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company with an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. Their comprehensive database includes actionable data, clinical best practices, and efficiency improvement strategies help to improve their members’ quality outcomes while safely reducing costs.

“National proudly accepted the REACH Award for outstanding performance and growth in Education Sales at the 2017 Premier Breakthrough Conference,” said Michael Roch, Vice President of Sales, National. “We were honored to receive this award and look forward to continued success and building a strong partnership with Premier.”

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National Receives ISO 14001:2015 Certification

National recently received recertification of the ISO 14001 standards. National’s Environmental Management System has been certified to ISO 14001:2004 since 2008 and recently received the upgraded certification to ISO 14001:2015.

The internationally acknowledged ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification recognizes companies that have adopted environmentally responsible practices in their business processes. ISO 14001 helps organizations improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste, thus gaining a competitive advantage and the trust of stakeholders. Certified entities must demonstrate continuous improvement in their systems and their approach to environmental impacts to maintain their certification.

“This ISO 14001:2015 recertification really echoes our dedication to our Vision and Guiding Principles,” said Greg Meunier, National’s Vice President of Global Operations. “We are committed to helping communities be great places to live and this recognition acknowledges our continued efforts to comply to the highest standards of quality and environmental responsibility. Through our materials, products, processes, services, and most importantly, our people, we have sustained and advanced our ISO certification.”

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National Products Receive Seal of Endorsement from the Global Educator Institute

National’s Essay seating collection, Fold flip/nest tables, and Whimsy impromptu seating have earned the Global Educator Institute (GEI) Seal of Endorsement, placing them as among the best teaching products available today. Each product was tested in classrooms in five school systems. At the end of the six-week evaluation process, teachers provided detailed feedback via GEI’s comprehensive rubric. Each product’s endorsement is based on its success in these main categories: Educational Impact, Effectiveness, Design, Durability, Functionality, and Value. The GEI endorsement reflects real-world success and places National’s products among the best-designed, most effective products for learning and the learning environment.

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National Named Top Recognized Brand in Contract Magazine Survey

What a great treat to have on our desks when we returned from the holidays! National was named as one of the top recognized brands within 7 categories of Contract Magazine’s 2016 Brand Report. The Brand Report is a survey for Contact readers conducted by a 3rd Party that asks questions about which manufactures the readers specify/recommend/purchase in various categories. Readers’ responses were unaided, meaning that no brand name prompts or lists were provided. Respondents were screened to ensure participants were within an architectural or design capacity in one of four types of companies: architectural firm, design firm, firm providing both A&D services, or corporate A&D function not affiliated with an industry manufacturing or distribution company.

Thanks to the Contract readers for naming National as a top of mind brand.

Farrah Seating Wins Interiors and Sources Readers’ Choice Award

National’s Farrah Seating took home top honors from Interiors and Sources magazine by winning the “Best Furniture” category in their Readers’ Choice Award. Each year, Interiors and Sources magazine hosts a Readers’ Choice award contest and asks readers to vote for their favorites in categories ranging from carpet and wallcovering to furniture and textiles. The contest highlights the latest and most innovative products in the market. 

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MeTEOR Education Names National a Gold Partner

National was honored with a Gold Partner Status award from MeTEOR Education. Top suppliers are rated by MeTEOR Education based on their sales support, operational excellence, growth potential, and product innovation. MeTEOR Education employees participated in detailed and comprehensive surveys to determine the winners. MeTEOR Education is a leading educational services partner that works with education providers to help them design and implement innovative, high-impact learning environments.

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National’s Boston Showroom Receives LEED-CI Silver Certification

National is pleased to announce that their Boston Showroom has been awarded LEED-CI Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The showroom, designed by CBT Architects, received this certification for energy and water usage, lighting, and material selections, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for buildings and communities that guides their design, construction, operations, and maintenance toward sustainability. It’s based on prerequisites and credits that a project meets to achieve a certification level.
 
“We are proud of this accomplishment. This honor celebrates National’s ongoing dedication to sustainability within our facilities, our showrooms, our products, and our culture,” said Mendy Claridge, Director of Sustainability, LEED AP ID+C, National Office Furniture.

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Danville KY Facility Earns Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award

National’s Danville, KY, facility earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARPS) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This award encourages and recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health. Both National locations in Kentucky, Danville and Fordsville, are recognized as being 2 of the 21 businesses in Kentucky to receive this distinction out of 115,000 eligible business establishments throughout the state.

National Earns Fit-Friendly Worksite Award from American Heart Association

National has been recognized as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This is the third consecutive year that National has been honored by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. The Fit-Friendly Worksite program helps companies encourage their employees to make health and well-being a priority. The American Heart Association works to change corporate cultures and motivate others to increase their activity levels. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs and this lack of regular physical activity raises the risk of medical problems, including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. National offers its employees on-site health and wellness screenings, company sponsored yoga and exercise classes, and health club reimbursement programs to incorporate wellness opportunities daily. “Workplace health continues to be an important way to improve the well-being of the workforce and your organization is a leader in this effort,” said American Heart Association’s Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer. “Thank you for your role in building a culture of health and providing employees with healthy choices.”

National Office Furniture Headquarters Earns Green GOOD DESIGN Award

Green GOOD DESIGN identifies the world’s most important and influential examples of sustainable design, and National’s Corporate Headquarters recently received this distinction. Located in Jasper, IN, National’s 50,000 square foot facility was selected from hundreds of submissions from 22 nations. Award winners are judged on innovation, sustainability, and ecologically responsible design, among other requirements. The annual competition is sponsored by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

“Green GOOD DESIGN celebrates and honors the most innovative and sustainable architectural projects from around the world, and we are extremely proud to receive this distinction,” said Kevin McCoy, National President. “We proudly share this recognition with the members of our in-house design team, as well as our design partner, Gensler.”

National Receives Continuum of Care Award and Horizon Award from Premier, Inc.

National has been honored with two awards from Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. National was recognized with the Continuum of Care Award and the Supplier Horizon Award. Winners were announced during Premier’s 2016 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in National Harbor, MD. As a recipient of the Continuum of Care Award, National was recognized as a top performer for its growth and support of Premier’s non-acute care members, which includes senior living facilities, physician practices, ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health organizations, imaging centers, and labs. National also received the Supplier Horizon Award in recognition for its support of Premier members through exceptional local customer service and engagement, value creation through organizational excellence, and commitment to lower costs.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine Names National's HQ as One of the Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters

Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine released its 2015 list of the Most Sustainable Corporate Headquarters, and our Corporate HQ is on the list. The magazine article highlights some of the sustainable elements found in our HQ, such as energy efficient lighting, furniture that enhances indoor air quality, and low flow water fixtures. We partnered with Gensler to include sustainability as a key element in the design of our HQ, and believe that the extra attention to sustainable design has contributed to a boost in productivity and morale in employees and guests alike.

Fordsville, Kentucky, Facility Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award

National Office Furniture’s Fordsville, Kentucky, facility received the 2015 Ohio County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award. National was honored at the annual awards ceremony for their dedication to creating employment opportunities, commitment to the community, and ongoing growth and success throughout the past year of operation.

The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors select nominees that meet the above requirements and also demonstrate initiative and innovation in business. Chamber members then vote and choose a recipient. The Entrepreneur of the Year winner must also have sound employee relations and a commitment to customer service. All of these factors create a balance between employee satisfaction, company success, and community involvement.

The Fordsville facility was honored with this prestigious award in recognition of their growth and development in the Fordsville area as well as ongoing efforts dedicated to safety, quality, and continuous improvement.

Pictured: Keith Beatty, Director of Facilities and Finish Operations

“Creating Spaces Where People Want to Be” Video Wins Telly Award

The video production company that produced our “Creating Spaces Where People Want to Be” video has won a Telly Award for our video. Congratulations to Fire & Rain for winning this prestigious award. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders in film and video productions, web commercials, TV commercials, and broadcasted programs. This premier award honors the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The 2015 Telly Awards included nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, and we are so excited that our video won.

Pictured: Kevin McCoy, President

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Kimball International Recognized as Great Place to Work®

Kimball International, parent company of National Office Furniture, has been recognized as a 2015 Great Place to Work!

This distinction is based on a survey of employees throughout Kimball International and across all aspects of the business. Policies, practices, and demographics were evaluated and employees were surveyed to measure the employee experience. Of the 1,125 employees that responded to the survey, more than 4 out of 5 employees reported that they are comfortable being themselves at work and are proud of what they do.

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Kimball International Recognized by Forbes

Our parent company, Kimball International, Inc., was recognized by Forbes as a trustworthy company in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL) is a leading manufacturer of design driven, technology savvy, high quality furnishings sold under three brand units providing furniture solutions for the workplace, learning, healing, and hospitality markets.

Mio Collaborative Tables Honored by Interior Design Magazine

Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year (BoY) Awards recognizes the best and brightest in the design industry in categories from furniture to flooring to textiles. Mio Collaborative Tables were chosen as an Honoree of the 2015 BoY Award in the Furniture: Contract/Tables category. Over 1,800 entries in 142 categories were submitted and nearly 60,000 votes were cast by the A+D industry.

Mio collaborative tables combine technology, functionality, and beauty. Mio’s tech-savvy base conceals cords, and base doors provide a hidden area to stow cords. With bases available at standard or bar height, and a variety of worksurface shapes and materials, Mio is the right fit for any style or application.

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Essay Seating Wins Platinum Award for New Product of the Year

Essay seating has been recognized by College Planning & Management Magazine and School Planning & Management Magazine as a Platinum Award winner in their 2015 New Product of the Year contest! Essay will receive an award and be highlighted in the upcoming issues of School Planning & Management Magazine and College Planning & Management Magazine. Essay is also featured on Spaces4Learning.com.

The New Product of the Year Award program is designed to honor the outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers and suppliers whose product or services are considered particularly noteworthy in helping to improve the learning environment. “We introduced our New Product Awards program to give us the opportunity to honor companies that go above and beyond in helping to improve the learning environment,” said Deborah P. Moore, executive editor/publisher of School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management. “Research shows that there is a direct correlation between quality learning environments and improved student success – and these companies are leading the charge to make schools a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn.”

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National Recognized as Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite for 2015

We are excited and proud to announce that we have been recognized as a Platinum Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association, for the second year in a row! The Fit-Friendly program acknowledges worksites that make their employees’ health and well-being a priority. National offers its employees on-site health and wellness screenings, company sponsored yoga and exercise classes, and health club reimbursement programs to incorporate wellness opportunities daily. We strive to make fitness fun and encourage employees to add movement into their daily activities.