I think it is really interesting that a significant percentage of the highest end furniture in big corporate offices on both coasts and everywhere else was made in Olmsted County.
Two of the top competitors in that niche are based right here - Tuohy in Chatfield and Halcon in Stewartville.
I wrote about a new product line from Tuohy in Thursdays column and today I followed that with a piece about Halcon winning a top industry award and expanding its Stewartville plant.
The slow bounce back of the corporate office market is good for both of those companies and for two local communities.
Here's some from my piece today on Halcon. The full deal is in today's print edition.
These are sunny days, even halcyon days, at Halcon in Stewartville.
As the high-end office furniture maker gears up for an expansion to accommodate its growth, its new product line won top honors at the industry's most prestigious show.
Earlier this month, Halcon's new Motus Collection of transformable executive tables, cabinet and accessories won the Best of Competition Award at NeoCon World’s Trade Fair 2011.
"It is a really big achievement," says Executive Vice President Ben Conway.
The conference, the largest of its kind in the United States, is where companies such as Steelcase and Herman Miller show off their new office furniture designs.
"It's where everybody goes to compete," he says. "We're just this small company in Stewartville competing against billion-dollar corporations."
Halcon's new Motus Collection was named the best out of all of the 325 new products on display at the show.
These awards put the cherry on the top of what Conway describes as "a huge rebound year" for Halcon.
After picking up many new contracts, the manufacturer plans to add to its workforce of more than 200 people.
And Halcon is about ready to break ground on a new 12,000-square-foot expansion expected to be finished by October.