KI is privately held, 100% employee owned and the sixth largest office furniture manufacturer in its industry. We have a global presence and strong connections to the communities in which we reside through active participation in various national and local organizations. Read more about KI below.
How long have you been in the neighborhood?
KI was founded in 1941 in Aurora, Ill. and has been serving the greater Chicago market since that time.
Why the West Loop?
The West Loop is a great mix of businesses from start-ups to large companies. It’s also very dynamic and offers a fresh perspective on the corporate landscape. We are focused on continuous learning and want to interact with potential clients who have new perspectives on the workplace.
What are your top challenges in growing KI?
Our top challenge is that we do not have as much name recognition in the corporate sector as we would like.
Why did you join the West Central?
We believe the diverse corporate landscape of the West Loop fits our go-to-market strategy. We are all about creating partnerships with potential clients and other stakeholders in order to provide customers what they need.
What makes KI unique?
KI is very nimble and in a unique position to provide great total interior fit out solutions from movable walls, office furniture, seating, personalized solutions, test fits and product application assistance.
What gets you up in the morning?
Serving the needs of clients and being engaged in the community. KI and its team members are highly involved in various industry organizations that give back to the community.
What’s your favorite part of the West Loop?
The diversity of people and spaces.
What does the future of KI look like?
KI continues to focus on providing personalized products and services to our clients. We strongly believe that great design is about building a sense of community and creating spaces that forge connections and foster a sense of belonging.
Describe KI in 140 characters or less
KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets.
Today, KI is approaching $700 million in sales and ranks as the sixth-largest contract furniture manufacturer in the industry. KI employs nearly 3,000 people and currently operates nine manufacturing facilities around the globe.
We understand that we couldn’t have enjoyed the continuous growth and success without the support of our employees, the communities in which we work and our valued customers. We give back in every way we can, both through extensive civic involvement and through sustainable practices that go far beyond the minimum requirements. KI continues to grow as we keep faith with the principles that have made us one of the world’s leading contract furniture companies:
listening to our customers
serving their needs
supporting our community
protecting our environment
With that as our foundation, we hope to continue providing smart contract furniture solutions to the markets we serve, including business, educational, university, healthcare and government.
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