Michigan Star Furniture Company becomes the Herman Miller Furniture Company when D.J. De Pree convinces his father-in-law, Herman Miller, to purchase the majority of shares of Michigan Star Furniture Company. De Pree becomes the first president of the Herman Miller Furniture Company, which continues to manufacture reproductions of traditional home furniture.
D.J. De Pree founds the Herman Miller Clock Company. The clock company makes traditionally designed clocks and later adds Gilbert Rohde designs.
A millwright dies on the job. De Pree visits the family, where the millwright's widow reads poetry authored by her husband. De Pree, deeply moved, makes a commitment to treat all workers as individuals with special talents and potential. The story of the millwright becomes part of Herman Miller lore.