Haworth reports 2008 sales of $1.65 billion

n Company includes United Chair.
Special to The Monitor-Herald
HOLLAND, Mich. – Haworth Inc., parent company of Groupe Lacasse-United Chair, has announced 2008 global sales were $1.65 billion.
Sales were essentially flat compared to 2007 sales of $1.66 billion. By continuing to focus on unique, integrated and sustainable knowledge-based solutions for commercial interiors, Haworth moved into 2009 well positioned to come out of the economic downturn poised for growth.
“We feel very confident in our strategies and continue to find a high level of interest from clients in our organic workspace solutions. We will continue to gain market share through innovation and long term investments,” said Franco Bianchi, Haworth President and CEO. “The current global financial crisis is affecting our customers and forcing us to take action to be cost competitive. Haworth is, and has always been, a sound company with a very strong financial standing. The hard work that all of our members are doing now will keep us in that position long into the future.”
Haworth experienced success in several areas during 2008, including:
* Celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary – commemorating Haworth’s growth as a world leader in the design and manufacture of office furniture and organic workspaces.
* The grand opening of One Haworth Center – Haworth’s global headquarters in Holland, Michigan. The completed building has won several awards, most notably the Business Week Architectural Record “Good Design is Good Business” Award.
* Numerous awards and product launches at NeoCon with the Very chair, as well as Castelli for Haworth collection’s NCB Resonate storage system and Mumbai desks and credenzas. For the third time in five years and using the same architectural platform, Haworth’s Chicago showroom was awarded NeoCon’s Best Large Showroom by the International Interior Design Association.
* Haworth continued showroom openings with new and renovated spaces in Toronto, Seattle, Dublin, Madrid and Shanghai.

Mack Spencer