American Futures

Holland, MI & The Big Three

The American Futures

James and Deborah Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly journalists have set out to rediscover America….reinvention and resilience

http://www.theatlantic.com/special-report/american-futures

Their first stop was Holland, MI…..30 miles south of Muskegon. Holland is a Lake Michigan lakeshore town…..with some highly successful businesses. Holland also has a viable downtown with an unusal innovation….snow-free walkways…..underground steam conduits that melt the snow with the steam generated from the nearby power plant.

Holland is also associated with the top 3 manufacturers in the office furniture industry; Steelcase (Grand Rapids)….Haworth (Holland)….Herman Miller (Zealand).

In the early 80’s, I visited all three manufacturers on a consulting project….Haworth somewhat newer than Steelcase and Herman Miller. All three were well-managed businesses….with Herman Miller standing out because of its design influences and leadership by Max dePree.

The article by James Fallows adequately describes Holland.  A plus to the story is the idea of flying to the story locations in a small aircraft.

http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/

http://depree.org/max-de-pree/

www.steelcase.com

www.haworth.com

www.hermanmiller.com

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