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Furniture company gives employees personal climate-Control devices

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Some employees at Zeeland, Mich.-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller complained they were too hot. Others said they felt cold. So the firm created a personal climate-control device for office buildings and gave one to each employee in one of its offices.

“We like to focus on solutions to problems that people face in the work environment,” says Susan Koole, a corporate communications associate.

The company launched C2, a $280 desktop personal climate-control device, in January. The product has won several industrial design awards.

The C2 isn’t a space heater. Employees can control the device’s temperature settings between 65 and 101 degrees, as well as the airflow’s direction and speed. The machine can affect a 12- to 18-inch space around the user and automatically shuts off after four hours. The C2 uses 90% less energy than a typical space heater.

About 100 Herman Miller employees use the C2, and Koole says more employees will get their own soon.

Contact: Susan Koole at (888) 443-4357 or answers@hermanmiller.com.

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