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Muscatine is known as the “Pearl of the Mississippi”. Why, you may ask? In 1887, a German immigrant named John Boepple started a thriving pearl button industry here on the banks of the Mississippi. In turn, Muscatine became the world’s largest pearl button manufacturer.

Before coming to work in Muscatine, I had no idea what to expect. After living here for a summer during my internship at The HON Company, I can confidently say that I have accomplished a lot throughout the summer, grown professionally, and learned about the town and its culture. And, of course, I’ve eaten a lot of great food along the way.

Brothers in law C. Maxwell Stanley and Clement T. Hanson partnered with former colleague H. Wood Miller to found the company in 1944. Their goal was to create jobs for those returning from World War II.  Then known as Home-O-Nize, they started out making kitchen cabinets and recipe boxes. Later, leaders made the decision to change the name to The HON Company. This official name change came in 1967 as we changed our focus to office products. Upon realizing that HON needed a bigger space to accommodate the growing company, we moved into our current location which, coincidentally, was the old U.S. button factory.

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HON has done a great job incorporating many different aspects into my 10-week internship program. Building professionalism, networking, and connecting with leaders within the company has been a great learning experience for me. By attending a variety of Lunch and Learns hosted by the company, I’ve gained a broader prospective about the corporation as a whole. Networking at these events in particular has given me a leg up within the business and new insight into possibilities for the future.

Connecting with other interns and learning about the areas and focuses that they work in is a great way to learn more and gain insight into the business. The interns all have a variety of different perspectives about the business and it is exciting to hear about their experience and projects they worked on.

Outside of work, I’ve been able to explore and enjoy the beautiful city. Being from the suburbs in Minnesota, I was not exactly sure what to expect. My roommates and I had the opportunity to explore the city and dine at many unique restaurants. From eating tasty Italian at Mamma Mia with the view of the Mississippi, to frequent walks around Weed Park, or sliding into the pool at the Muscatine Aquatic Center, it has been a pleasurable experience over all.

Muscatine has a small town feel coupled with a rich history and something for everyone. Overall, my internship at The HON Company has been a great experience. Not only did they work to build me professionally, but they were able to teach me skills and give me lasting knowledge for the future.

 

Written by Brenna Johnson, HON Intern

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Living in a business world can be challenging at times. An important thing to remember? There’s a time for business and there’s a time for fun. Office furniture, for instance, can be the best of both worlds. Your office can be fun and exciting, while also maintaining the business professional vibe. Here are some tips on how to keep it fun and professional in the office:

 

Try It Out!
There are now tools available that make office furniture enjoyable. One, for instance, would be the HON Chair Chooser. This tool allows people to customize and design the chair they are looking for while engaging their interest with interactive fun. Mix and match your fabrics to lighten up the room! Picking your design allows you to choose the business professional setting you and your customer need to get things accomplished while adding in a splash of entertainment.

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Get Social!
Using online media for business is a great way to get your business out there! Coming up with new, creative ideas to peek your followers’ interest allows you to work professionally with other members while keeping it fun. HON’s social media exemplifies our incredible members while still showcasing the product we have to offer. While there are multiple social media outlets, it’s all about finding the one that meets you and your customer’s needs.

Work It Out!
How you connect with your customers and members is vital. The experience your customer has says a lot about the environment you create. When working with customers, keep it positive and new to keep them engaged. Similarly, HON continually strives to improve every aspect of the company. By doing this, our members get involved and work together to optimize our business and our customer’s experience.

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No matter what type of business you conduct, there’s always a way to make it engaging and interesting. Try it out! Create a new social media campaign with your team, or pick out fabrics and laminates for your new conference room. Office furniture is an everyday part of the business world, so why not make it fun and professional, all in one?

Share your ideas for keeping it fun and professional below!

 

When I was about four years old, I remember hearing the words every child dreams of in a toy store: “Pick out a toy!” I can remember fancifully wandering down the aisles and being absolutely riveted by a particular stuffed bunny. Why did it catch my eye? It was the only pink bunny left in a field of white ones.

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The little pink bunny came home with me that day. So, you may ask, why did it stand out from the crowd? The pink bunny was different.

In a sea of white bunnies, HON is the company that stands out. From being made with pride in the USA to our member culture, HON delivers practicality and innovation:

 

Made in the USA

For nearly 75 years, HON has been dedicated to designing, engineering, and manufacturing most of our products right here in the USA. We’re based in Muscatine, Iowa, the heartland of America. When you buy HON office furniture, you’re buying durable products built with confidence.

 

Member Culture

Our members are dedicated to serving our customers, community, and society. Every year, we raise money for numerous charities around the globe. Between 2002 and 2017, HON has raised more than $5.2 million for City of Hope, a global leader in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases. We’re empowered to serve – and happy to give back to our community.

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An Effortless Experience

When you call our Customer Support team, our goal is to answer you in a minute or less. Our experienced members are trained to make your case their priority – and to find a solution to any question you have. From ordering to expediting, we strive for an effortless experience.

 

Sustainability

We’re committed to sustainable business practices. From using 27,000 gallons of reclaimed paint annually to fabric recycling that keeps tons of waste from landfills every year, we aim to make a smaller impact every day. Moreover, 72% of our products are Level Certified. HON Green isn’t just our favorite color – it’s our commitment.

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Our Product

Whether you’re looking for your next private office or the collaborative space next door, be assured that HON’s product is built to last. We’re confident in the value, quality, and durability that HON products deliver. Our Full Lifetime Warranty is our assurance to you that our product will be free from defective material or workmanship for the life of the product.

 

We’re a One Stop Shop

Our breadth of line allows you the ability to specify your entire project with our company. Welcoming spaces, offices, benching, cafes – we have it all at the right price. With all of our available options, it’s easy to see how HON meets your needs.

 

With HON product, you’ll be receiving quality, made in the USA product that’s durable and sustainable. We’re confident that you’ll have an effortless experience and that we can meet your furniture needs.

Stand out from the crowd: choose HON.

As my parents once told me, “There is a time and place for everything.” Your working career may take you places and spaces you never imagined; why not make a time and place for everything? With HON, you can! HON has many products that allow you to adapt to constantly changing work spaces. How does HON’s collection meet those needs? I am glad you asked! Let’s explore some of our favorites:

 

Greet Your Guests

There is no doubt that the first thing you do for guests is greet them as they walk in the room. A simple handshake just won’t do. Why not give them a space that greets them as they enter the room? With the Greet series, guests can walk into a room and feel instantly welcome with comfortable furniture that puts them at ease. This series offers multiple options such as corner chairs, club chairs, and armless chairs to mix and match for a tailored space.

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Accommodate Your Needs

With the Accommodate series, you and your guests can feel motivated, whether that’s in a café, meeting space, or office. These chairs are comforting and allow people to be versatile and productive all at the same time. Accommodate works with you by offering multiple styles to fit your setting needs, such as a guest chair, counter-height stool, café-height stool, and bariatric chair.

 

Arrange Your Meeting Space

Now that you know how to Greet and Accommodate your guests, let’s Arrange! With Arrange tables, you can mix and match to seat as few or as many guests as needed. These tables work with multiple seating series making it flexible to meet workplace needs. Similar to Accommodate, this series offers Café table tops in different styles as well as seated, café, and counter height options.

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No matter the space, HON helps you make it what you want. Need an office space where you can focus and motivate yourself to achieve daily goals? Try HON! With constantly changing workspaces, find what allows you to comfort and motivate you and your guests all at the same time.
Now that you’ve seen some of our collections, only one question remains: Why not HON?

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress, working together is success.” – Henry Ford

HON may manufacture office furniture, but we sell something much more important: Productivity. What it means to be productive is always changing, and the path to get there is very fluid. Currently, the big buzz words around productivity are ‘collaboration’ and ‘interaction’. Younger generations are driving this change in the typical work day, and I don’t think they are going anywhere. The 9-to-5 gig will continue to be a more group-oriented experience. Workstations will become more dynamic. Private offices will lose their clout. Walls will come down, and teamwork will be at the heart of business. It is time to adjust to the new world and the solution is simple: Between™ Tables.

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Henry Ford said it best, “Working together is success.” So, why not invest in tools that make that success possible? Between is a contemporary table line that is compatible with any space in the office. With three shapes and multiple heights, all available in our full line of HON laminates, there is nowhere this line won’t fit.

Between tables are all about taking all those nooks and extra spaces in your office and transforming them into places that drive productivity. Between is simple. Between is easy. Between is, for all intents and purposes, perfect for that space between. At a competitive price and with a design that makes reconfiguring a breeze, there isn’t much to not love about HON’s newest table line.

Between can be used in a breakroom, a back room, the server room, or even in the hallway. Between is a tool that will help you leverage every square inch of your space to create a productive environment, so that even the smallest of spaces can be the place of the next great innovation. So, whether you find yourself shooting the breeze over lunch, or planning the next billion-dollar acquisition, let Between tables propel you to the next level.

Learn more at hon.com/between.

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The Super Bowl may be over, but here’s how you can get in the game with HON – all year round! “Huddle” up and let’s set the scene…

Monday morning, the clock strikes 8 and your office doors open. You and your team members are suited up for the big day, hoping to make it to the “Super Goal”. But your success depends on the right team, the right strategy and the right tools.

You need an offensive winning lineup of seating to keep you moving forward, each chair playing a different role while working together as a team to be a comprehensive solution for your entire space.

You need to be backed by the strongest, most dependable defensive line in the industry – an unparalleled lifetime warranty.

Your team should practice hard, focusing on Rapid Continuous Improvement and using Voice of the Customer research so you never stop improving.

Play by the rule book of sustainability and uphold the highest standards of sportsmanship, with a HON Ready attitude and an emphasis on corporate responsibility.

Motivate your employees with the flexibility to update your team colors at any time with thousands of fabric and finish options.

Most of all, you need more than fans; you need members who are inspired by practicality and fully invested in helping you grow. When you recruit HON as your office Quarterback, you cheer for the winning team.

Want to “Coordinate” your next play with HON? Visit hon.com today to see how getting in the game with HON can help you reach your goals.

 

HON knows learning doesn’t begin and end in the classroom.  From the front office to the classroom – and every opportunity in between – we craft the products that inspire, engage and connect the ways in which students learn.

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Giving students the tools they need is all about getting them in the right zone.  HON has developed a concept of 4- and 6-zone classroom environments that include multiple types of furniture arrangements and the flexibility to reconfigure quickly to adapt to different learning styles.

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Setting up a four-zone classroom puts the instructor in more control over the peer-to-peer sharing of information and positions the environment to respond to inevitable change.  All four zones can be swapped and moved to support any learning activity.

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A classroom with six distinct zones provides a variety of environments suited to different teaching and learning styles – supporting everything from attentive group focus to active areas for experimentation and idea-sharing.

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In today’s classroom, the teacher is now a facilitator rather than an instructor and these zones help create the environments to support this change.  The key aspects to a zone classroom are flexibility, mobility and reconfigurability.  We can’t predict how the progressive classroom will continue to evolve and change, so we have decided to create spaces that have the flexibility to adapt to all the changes.  Below are some additional examples on how our 4- and 6-zone classrooms can be reconfigured to adapt to different learning and teaching styles.

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A classroom atmosphere that keeps students’ attention is the ultimate goal, because it helps with communication and retention.  HON Learning collections embrace 21st century paradigm shifts in education to support a variety of spaces, pedagogies and technologies. At the end of the day, learning should be fun!

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For more information about trends in classroom design and learning solutions from HON, visit hon.com/learning.

View HON’s K-12 Learning brochure here.
View HON’s Higher Education brochure here.

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