Awards & Recognition

Awards and recognition are nice, but Kimball International brands and operations are guided by a desire to do the right thing and a commitment to best practices, but we are proud to have received the following honors and achievements.

2016 Awards:

  • Kimball International recognized with the Great Place to Work® designation for the second consecutive year.
  • Kimball International awarded with placement in the Top Ten Public Companies in Indiana, at #6, at the INVESTIndiana Equity Conference.
  • Kimball KORE product won Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Good Design Award.
  • Kimball KORE product won EDspaces Innovation Award in the furniture category for excellence in product design for the learning environment.
  • Kimball's Washington DC showroom achieves LEED-CI Gold Certification
  • Kimball KORE, Splendor and Spruce products recognized as finalists for the Interior Design Best of Year awards.
  • Contract Magazine’s Brand Report ranked Kimball #3 in the Casegoods Category, #5 in the Furniture Systems Category, #6 in the Occasional Tables Category, #6 in the Healthcare Furniture Category, #6 in the Guest Seating Category, #6 in the Desks and Credenza Category, #7 in the Lounge Seating Category
  • Kimball Guide, Mascot, Poly and Dock Table products from Kimball Learning earned the Global Educator Institute (GEI) Seal of Endorsement, placing them among the best teaching products available today.
  • Studio O + A received Honorable Mention for Branded Environments in the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards for the Kimball Chicago Showroom.
  • Philadelphia 76’ers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball named a top Business Accelerator.
  • Kimball selected as sole Furniture Provider to the State of Indiana government.
  • Kimball awarded Best Booth Design at the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter Reveal product expo.
  • National Office Furniture's SEEM (Safety Employee Engagement Model) recognized as a Best Practice at the Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Conference.
  • National Office Furniture’s Headquarters building awarded a Green Good Design award by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The award recognizes important and influential examples of green design.
  • Premier, one of the US’s largest Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO), recognized National Office Furniture with two awards; the Continuum of Care Award for growth and support of Premier’s non-acute care members, and the Supplier Horizon Award for exceptional local customer service and engagement, value creation through organizational excellence, and commitment to lower costs.
  • National Office Furniture recognized for the third consecutive year as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. We were designated as a Gold-level winner
  • Contract Magazine Report ranked National Office Furniture #4 in the Occasional Tables Category, #4 in the Desks and Credenzas Category, #5 in the Casegoods Category, #5 in the Educational Solutions Category, #6 in the Healthcare Furniture Category, #6 in the Guest Seating Category, #6 in the Stacking and Ganging Chairs Category.
  • National Office Furniture awarded National Business Furniture Supplier of the Year Finalist for 2016. We were one of two suppliers to receive the award based on a measurement of 9 different criteria from “Consistent Shipping” to “Quality of Product.”
  • National Office Furniture named Best Sponsor Boardroom Presentation at the Interiors & Sources Design Connections Education event
  • National Office Furniture’s Farrah seating selected by the readers of Interiors & Sources as "Best Furniture" in the Reader's Choice Awards.
  • National Office Furniture honored with a Gold Partner Status award from MeTEOR Education. Top suppliers are rated by MeTEOR Education based on their sales support, operational excellence, growth potential, and product innovation.

2015 Awards:

  • Kimball Canopy product awarded Interior Design Best of Year in Furniture: Systems category.
  • Studio O+A awarded the Interior Design Best of Year for Showroom Design for the Kimball Chicago Showroom Design.
  • National Office Furniture Mio Table series voted as finalist in Interior Design Best of Year in Contract/Tables category.
  • Kimball awarded the 2015 IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Award at Neocon East.
  • Kimball Bloom voted as finalist in Interior Design Best of Year in Seating: Contract/Guest category.
  • National Office Furniture Essay seating product named 2015 Dean's List Award winner by Private University Products and News magazine.
  • National Office Furniture products Essay Seating and Wedge Cushions voted winners in Readers’ Choice Awards by Interiors & Sources magazine.
  • Kimball International designated a Great Place to Work after completing a workplace and culture review by that organization.
  • National Office Furniture was recognized for the second consecutive year as a Platinum Lelve Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association.
  • Kimball International externally recognized as a trustworthy company for third consecutive year.
  • National Office Furniture Essay Seating named a Platinum 2015 New Product Awards winner in Classroom Furniture/Equipment category by both School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines.
  • National Office Furniture's Jasper 11th Avenue facility received 5 year recertification within the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
  • Kimball Dock tables awarded level 3 certification, which is the highest level a product can receive.
  • National Office Furniture – majority of products were approved by the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) for meeting the Safer Chemicals Challenge.
  • Kimball acheives Indoor Advantage Gold for 11 new products.
  • National Office Furniture awarded Telly Award (bronze) for video production of Creating Spaces Where People Want To Be, a collaboration with Fire & Rain.

2014 Awards:

  • Kimball International named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies, for second consecutive year.
  • National Office Furniture Fringe lounge furniture collection chosen as an Honoree in the Interior Design Magazine Best of the Year Awards."ed as finalist in "Interior Design" Best of Year in Seating: Contract/Guest category.

2013 Awards:

  • Kimball -Salem recognized for Workplace Safety and Health by Indiana's Department of Labor.
  • National Office Furniture’s Washington DC Showroom earns LEED ® Silver certification
  • National Office Furniture-Santa Claus facility receives Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
  • National Office Furniture-Danville (KY) facility accepted into Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (EXCEL)
  • Kimball International named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.

2012 Awards:

  • Kimball earns level 2 or 3 Certification for its entire product portfolio, certified by SCS.
  • National Office Furniture-Santa Claus facility awarded LEED® EB Silver certification
  • National Office Furniture’s Atlanta Showroom registered for LEED ® CI certification
  • National Office Furniture-Fordsville (KY) facility accepted into Kentucky Excellence in Environmental Leadership (EXCEL)

2011 Awards:

  • Kimball Hospitality joins the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC) as a Founding Member, to further the Consortium’s goals of establishing the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSPI) as the de facto performance measurement solution for the industry. The Index will include measures of corporate social responsibility, environmental and product sustainability.
  • Kimball headquarters and manufacturing facilities awarded Green Good Design, design’s highest sustainability honor.
  • Kimball | interstuhl Hero seating recipient of the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) Ergonomics Excellence Award.
  • National’s certified product offering grows again, more level® 3 and Indoor Advantage™ Gold options.
  • Indiana Municipal Power Agency Rewards Kimball International Flight Hangar; Facility Recognized for Energy Efficient Lighting.
  • Kimball Seating product lines earn SCS Indoor Advantage Gold Certification.
  • NOF-Fordsville recognized for new environmentally-friendly and efficiency-enhancing UV Finish line by Kentucky Governor Beshear during State of the Commonwealth address.
  • National Office Furniture seating earns Gold for Indoor Air Quality, Two More Desk Series now level® 2.

2010 Awards:

  • The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection honored our National Office Furniture-Fordsville manufacturing facility with its Resource Caretaker Award, based on efforts to conserve Kentucky’s resources.
  • Kimball-Jasper honored for achievements in pollution prevention during the 2010 Indiana Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence program.
  • State of Idaho names Kimball-Post Falls "Pollution Prevention Champion."
  • Kimball-Salem and Kimball-Jasper earn membership in Indiana's Environmental Stewardship Program.
  • Kimball's Hero and Fit seating lines awarded GOOD DESIGN Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

2009 Awards:

  • A number of Kimball International’s Indiana business units were recertified to IDEM’s Partners for Pollution Prevention program.
  • National Office Furniture-Santa Claus receives Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
  • Kimball San Francisco Showroom Recognized in Top Ten Leed Projects by Interiors & Sources Magazine.
  • Kimball Achieves LEED-CI Gold for San Francisco Showroom.
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) welcomes National Office Furniture’s manufacturing facilities in Jasper and Santa Claus, Indiana, as new members of IDEM’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).
  • Kimball earns level certification for its entire product portfolio – one of the first in the industry to have its product certified to new furniture sustainability standard.
  • Kimball achieves LEED-CI “Silver” Certification for Atlanta Showroom.
  • National Office Furniture’s Orange County, California, showroom earns “Silver” certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) standard for
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).
  • Kimball International receives 2009 "GREEN GOOD DESIGN" Award for architecture; Indiana showroom noted for sustainable, environmentally responsible design.
  • National Office Furniture has been accepted into the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) for demonstrating long-term compliance with environmental laws and voluntarily agreeing to implement continuous improvements in sustainability.
  • Kimball earned LEED-CI “Silver” certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its recently completed corporate headquarters.
  • Kimball International’s truck fleet certified by the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency as a “SmartWay” Partner, for its high level of success reducing vehicle fuel usage and emissions.

2008 Awards:

  • National Office Furniture received FSC Chain-of Custody certification as assurance that wood based materials in National products come from forests that meet stringent environmental, social and economic standards.
  • Interior Design magazine distinguished two new products from Kimball – Hum. Minds At Work. and Pura – with Green Star awards for environmental excellence.
  • Kimball and National Office Furniture earned LEED-CI certification for New York Showroom.
  • External auditors officially confirmed that the Environmental Management Systems ( EMS) for Kimball (KO) and National Office Furniture (NOF) units conform with ISO 14001:2004.
  • Kimball Hospitality received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (COC) Certification.


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