Awards + Recognition

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.