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News Archive

May 22, 2017

National Introduces New Casegoods, Product Enhancements, and Surface Materials

National announces the expansion of its product offering to include a new casegoods collection and the enhancement of existing lounge seating, tables, and cushions programs. ... Read More

May 16, 2017

National Receives GEI Seal of Endorsement for Essay, Fold, and Whimsy

Three National products have earned the Global Educator Institute (GEI) Seal of Endorsement, placing them as among the best teaching products available today. ... Read More

May 05, 2017

National Employees Donate Shoes to Soles4Souls

Across the nation, National’s employees collected new and gently used shoes to donate to Soles4Souls. Our manufacturing facilities, HQ, Design Facility, and showrooms collected over 1,100 pairs of shoes. ... Read More

April 28, 2017

National Launches CET Designer Extension

National now has a free, National-branded hybrid extension on CET Designer, giving the ability to easily insert any of our products into projects. Our extension, containing all National series, can be downloaded from Configura’s Marketplace.  ... Read More

March 28, 2017

National Outfits UAB Medicine Facility with Its Robust Offering

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine was challenged to create a new facility for their billing and patient services teams, call center, and patient access departments. The existing 193,000 square foot facility needed to provide employees with individual workspaces, as well as training spaces and open collaboration areas.... Read More

February 20, 2017

National Introduces Kozmic and Maneuver Collaborative Collections

National Office Furniture introduces inspiring and innovative solutions that bring fresh design and functionality to their portfolio. Their new Kozmic and Maneuver collections focus on interaction and bringing people together.... Read More

February 16, 2017

Facilities and Showrooms Collect Cards for St. Jude

At all of National’s facilities and showrooms across the nation, we collected cards to donate to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.... Read More

January 26, 2017

National Office Furniture Launches SpecStudio Online Visualization Tool

Find a National chair you like but having a hard time imagining what it would look like in a specific upholstery or finish? How about wood arms vs. metal arms and platinum or black? Enter SpecStudio.... Read More

January 17, 2017

National Outfits Makerspace with Unique Product Solutions

Southridge High School’s newly designed makerspace challenges students to be more creative and develop their problem solving skills. ... Read More

January 04, 2017

National Recognized as a Top 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.... Read More

December 30, 2016

Interiors+Sources Magazine Names National as Best Presenter

The “Design Connections – Education” event, held by Interiors+Sources magazine, is an event that connects education designers with industry contacts to exchange ideas and share the latest in new products. During this event, Christine Gould (A+D Rep, Chicago) and Lisa Schmidt (Learning Marketing Manager) had the opportunity to interact with many A+D professionals that focus on the education market.... Read More

December 23, 2016

Drive for Charity Event Raises Money for Crisis Connection

Employees at our National Headquarters participated in a Drive for Charity event to provide gift cards to our local Crisis Connection.... Read More

December 23, 2016

National Employees Give Back

During the holiday season, some members of our leadership and HR teams donated their time to help with Home Instead Senior Care’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. ... Read More

December 19, 2016

Happy Holidays

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Holiday season. Whether you are braving the cold and enjoying snow, or keeping warm in sunnier places, we want to send you our holiday wishes. You’ve been a dear partner to us and we look forward to what’s in store for 2017. We wish you peace, success, health, and happiness throughout the holiday season and the year ahead.... Read More

December 08, 2016

Farrah Seating Wins Interiors and Sources Readers’ Choice Award

Each year, Interiors and Sources Magazine hosts a Readers’ Choice Award contest for categories ranging from carpet and wallcovering to furniture and textiles. We are excited to announce that our Farrah Seating won the "Best Furniture" category and will be featured in the upcoming Interiors and Sources’ issue. ... Read More

December 01, 2016

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. ... Read More

November 14, 2016

National and Gensler Release White Paper About Designing Headquarters

National Office Furniture released a White Paper about the process of designing and outfitting their new Corporate Headquarters. National partnered with Gensler, a global research-based design firm, to develop a Pre-Occupancy Survey and a Post-Occupancy Survey to gather metrics on how employees felt in their current workplace, the criticality of various work styles, and suggestions for workplace improvement. ... Read More

November 14, 2016

National Introduces Alloy Benching

National’s newest introduction balances the need for personal space with the desire to collaborate. Alloy benching is a lighter scale series that meets the demands for seated and standing height workspaces, as well as double and single-sided configurations. By allowing users to be near each other, but still have their own distinct space, Alloy makes interaction effortless.  ... Read More

November 08, 2016

Farrah Lounge Collection Named Finalist in Interiors & Sources Readers’ Choice Contest

Interiors & Sources Magazine has named National’s new Farrah lounge collection as a finalist in their Readers’ Choice Contest. This contest highlights the latest and most innovative products in the market and asks readers to vote for their favorites.  ... Read More

October 24, 2016

National Introduces New Lounge and Tables Collections

National Office Furniture introduces Farrah seating and tables, Grin lounge seating, and Footings collaborative tables. These three new introductions further expand upon National’s dedication to bring innovative products to the marketplace. Farrah, Grin, and Footings address today’s ever changing workplace and evolving work styles. ... Read More

October 17, 2016

Coming Soon – Alloy Benching

Alloy benching bridges the gap between offices and open plan by balancing personal space and the need to interact. This lighter scale benching series offers options to meet the demands for seated and standing height workspaces, as well as single-sided configurations. By allowing users to be near each other, but still have their own distinct space, Alloy makes interaction easy and effortless.... Read More

September 28, 2016

National Announces New Volunteer Time Off Program

National recently announced a new company-wide Volunteer Time Off program (VTO). National Gives Back allows employees to use paid time away from work to help positively impact their community. ... Read More

September 19, 2016

National Sponsors NFL Play 60 Event to Reverse Childhood Obesity Trend

National is proud to have sponsored and volunteered at the National Football League’s “Play 60” event. For the second year in a row, employees volunteered and encouraged kids to be active to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. ... Read More

September 12, 2016

Chicago Showroom Builds Skills and Relationships with Chicago’s Youth

National’s Chicago showroom was transformed into a playground when we hosted the 2nd annual Refortify event. This three-day event was organized by two local non-profit organizations (Breakthrough Urban Ministries and Refortify Group) and brought over 200 architects, designers, vendors, and visitors into our space. ... Read More

August 19, 2016

National Visits These Upcoming College Career Fairs

During August and September, National will hit the career fair circuit. We’ll be visiting five colleges in Indiana on a whirlwind tour to recruit our next employees. From arts and sciences based career fairs to technology and industrial, we are searching for individuals to join our team. For additional information about open career opportunities, visit www.kimball.com/careers.... Read More

August 06, 2016

National Supports Employee Participation in 5K Run/Walk

Over 100 National employees participated in the 2016 Jasper Strassenfest Wettlauf. During this 5K race/walk, employees were joined by their friends and family and all enjoyed a great morning of fitness. As a part of National’s continued dedication to wellness and health, this is the 5th year in a row that National has covered the entry fee and provided employee participants with a National team shirt, in addition to the Wettlauf shirt. This event is another great example of staying active, supporting community events, and sharing the great personality of National.  ... Read More

July 26, 2016

National Recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association

National has been recognized as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. This is the third year in a row that National has been recognized by the AHA for helping employees eat better and move more. Through the Fit-Friendly Worksite program, the American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures and motivate employees to increase their activity levels. “At National, we value employee wellness. By offering onsite health and wellness screenings, company sponsored yoga and exercise classes, and health club reimbursement programs, we incorporate wellness opportunities daily,” said National’s Angie Kleinhelter, Director of Human Resources. “We are proud and excited to earn this honor and to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite.” ... Read More

July 26, 2016

National Office Furniture Headquarters Earns Green GOOD DESIGN Award

National’s 50,000 square foot Corporate Headquarters, located in Jasper, IN, recently earned the Green GOOD DESIGN Award. This prestigious distinction is presented to the world’s most important and influential examples of sustainable design. Award winners are judged on innovation, sustainability, and ecologically responsible design, among other requirements.  ... Read More

July 15, 2016

National Office Furniture Creates Virtual Reality and 360ᵒ Experience

National is the first within the furniture industry to introduce a 360ᵒ Virtual Reality (VR) video tour that provides users with an interactive showroom adventure. Users of the technology can tour the National Corporate Headquarters and get in-depth views of product solutions. This technology allows users to engage with National’s culture and view product applications, in high definition, from any angle. Through VR technology, guests are immersed in National’s Corporate Headquarters and experience a guided, real-life film tour. By viewing the video with a VR headset or other VR device, such as Google Cardboard, the user has an interactive 360ᵒ virtual reality view of the HQ. This allows the user to “transport” to the Jasper, IN, facility and enjoy an in depth look at the architecture and furniture. Users without a VR device can also take a 360ᵒ video tour of the space from a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting hyperURL.co/NationalVR. ... Read More

June 07, 2016

New NationalOfficeFurniture.com Site Launched

NationalOfficeFurniture.com has been revamped and refreshed. The site includes a myriad of new product images, increased functionality, and responsive design. Enhanced images can be found throughout the pages of the site, including individual product images and entire room scenes. The updated and modern color palette creates inspiration with a fresh, new vibe. With the launch of the new site, innovative functionality has also been added. Enhancements include a new Revit/CAD symbols library, improved navigation, and seating upholstery filtering options, just to name a few. The responsive design allows visitors to enjoy a consistent experience, no matter what type of device they are using. The site will automatically adjust to look fabulous on phones, tablets, and computers.... Read More

May 17, 2016

Greg Meunier Named Vice President of Global Operations

National announces that Greg Meunier has accepted the position of Vice President of Global Operations. In this role, Greg will have responsibility for the organization’s manufacturing facilities, supply chain, engineering, finish operations, continuous improvement, and safety. With over 27 years of experience in operations within Kimball International, this promotion combines Greg’s abilities in manufacturing and continuous improvement with his proven leadership abilities and passion for improved performance. Most recently, he served as Director of Casegoods Operations, with responsibility for the Santa Claus, IN, and Fordsville, KY, facilities. The Vice President of Global Operations is a critical role as National continues to progressively expand their global presence. National has experienced exceptional growth and this role will continue to fuel successes moving forward. Greg’s experience and determination will continue to drive National’s reputation as an operationally superior company, producing great products, on time, and damage-free.... Read More

May 16, 2016

Kimball International Earns Great Place to Work Distinction, Twice

Kimball International, Inc., the parent company of National Office Furniture, has been recognized as a Great Place to Work, for the second consecutive year. This distinction is based on a survey of employees throughout the company’s brand units and across all aspects of the business. Policies, practices, and demographics were evaluated and employees were anonymously surveyed to measure their employee experience. “Our company’s Guiding Principles are the foundation of our organization and have stood the test of time. As stated in those principles, Our People are the Company. We are proud, once again, to be recognized with this certification. The employee feedback we receive from this process helps us identify continuous improvement opportunities with our focus on being the employer of choice in each community in which we have operations,” said Bob Schneider, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Kimball International.... Read More