GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Knoll Inc. has announced that it will be closing its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids.

The announcement was made Thursday.

Knoll says that 180 hourly and 30 salaried positions will be lost. 

The company says it is consolidating its manufacturing facilities in North America as part of an initiative to optimize its operations.

The Grand Rapids plant will be “substantially closed” by the end of the second quarter of 2020. The closure will be complete by the end of 2021.

The manufacturing performed at the plant will be transferred to other operations in East Greenville, PA; Muskegon, MI; and Toronto, Ontario.

Workers will be given severance packages and some will be offered positions at other Knoll facilities.

“We are deeply grateful to our entire Grand Rapids team and the broader Kent County community,” said Knoll Office President and COO, Chris Baldwin. “We are enormously proud of our Grand Rapids associates’ dedication, but must remain particularly vigilant about our long-term competitive position. After a comprehensive analysis of our North American operations, we determined substantial benefits could be realized as a result of this restructuring.”

 

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