We got some welcome news recently, which we’ve been sharing far and wide. If you haven’t heard, burkeMICHAEL+ is now Pittsburgh’s exclusive Haworth dealer in the region. Rather than a blog post this month, we thought you might like a peek at the press release, with quotes from our fearless leader and ringmaster, Mary Frances. We’re very proud of this new status, and what it will mean for our partners and clients. Read on!
PITTSBURGH, PA., November 15, 2021 – burkeMICHAEL+, one of the region’s leading contract furniture dealerships, is now the exclusive provider of Haworth-brand office furniture in the Pittsburgh market.
“This is a very big deal for businesses and organizations in our city,” burkeMICHAEL+ CEO Mary Frances said Monday. “Every Haworth client in Pittsburgh, and every company in Pittsburgh that wants to use Haworth in their workspace, can now benefit from a consistently excellent customer experience through burkeMICHAEL+ .”
A certified woman-owned enterprise, burkeMICHAEL+ is the company behind some of the region’s most innovative offices, providing workspace design services, top-tier products, and certified installation for more than 50 years.
“The nature of office space has evolved significantly in the past five years, and the pandemic has fasttracked even more seismic change,” said Mary Frances. “People are splitting time working remotely, and there’s a nation-wide labor shortage. Workers are in the drivers’ seat right now. Offering workspaces that prioritize employee happiness and wellbeing is how companies will stay competitive, and retain excellent workers.”
According to Mary Frances, the days of cubicle farms and fluorescent lighting are long over, and employers who haven’t stayed current are falling behind, fast. “Employees are demanding better spaces. They know they deserve a place that supports their best work. That means thoughtful design, natural light, collaborative areas, and furniture that doesn’t leave them aching at the end of the day.”
Haworth is a leader in the contract furniture industry, and their products and research have kept business moving since 1948. Mary Frances continues, “Our expertise is creating work environments that physically demonstrate employer’s commitment to their teams. Haworth is our most important partner in supporting that commitment.”
Mary Frances sees companies extending their investment in workspaces to remote workers, too. “Forward-thinking employers are supporting worker flexibility by supplying their teams with the same high-quality products in home offices (think height adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs, and high quality monitors). Says Mary Frances, “Those are the companies that will keep their best people. We stand ready to make it happen.”
ABOUT BURKEMICHAEL+ burkeMICHAEL+ is a certified women-owned business, (r)evoluntionizing workspaces through research, design, technology and the built environment. A Haworth Preferred Dealer, burkeMICHAEL+ has been supporting workspace change since 1970, with in-house design, project management, installation and maintenance services, led by the core belief that every employee in every industry deserves a place that supports their best work.
ABOUT HAWORTH Globally, Haworth, Inc enriches spaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help create beautiful rooms and achieve business goals by supporting collaboration and innovation. Research, knowledge and design are at the center of the company’s strategy and foster a deep understanding of built environments, culture transformations and agile workplace needs. With a strong history of craft, innovation and 400 patents, Haworth is committed to protecting and restoring the environment; creating economic value; and supporting and strengthening communities. Founded in 1948, Haworth remains family-owned, serving markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 650 dealers and 7,500 employees. Headquartered in Holland, Michigan, U.S.A, the company has net sales of $2 billion USD.
Mary Frances Hogan
President + Ringmaster