Peace of Mind for John Deere
Given its nearly 175-year history as a maker of implements to work the land, the John Deere Company—not surprisingly—has always been a good environmental steward. So when they began a major renovation of their Illinois headquarters to create work environments that were more open and collaborative, they turned to the Herman Miller rePurpose program to help them dispose of their existing furniture.
"We didn't want it to go to a landfill," says Craig Mack, Manager of Deere & Company's General Office Facilities. "We had tried to donate unused furniture previously on our own, but it wasn't working out. So when Jeannette Smith of Pigott (a local Herman Miller dealership) told us about rePurpose, we decided to go with it."
Mr. Mack says the process was "very seamless. Green Standards (Herman Miller's partner organization) lined up the recipients, Pigott handled everything in terms of delivery, and we had the peace of mind knowing the furniture was going to someone who could really use it."
Several local organizations benefited from the donation, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Salvation Army, a home for the blind, a small daycare center and Habitat for Humanity.
"The timing was fabulous because our affiliate organization was getting ready to move into the building next to ours," says Cindy Kuhn, a Director at Habitat. "We were able to furnish it all with the donated furniture, which was in really good shape. We were thrilled to receive it."
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