Employee owned. People centered.
Since the very beginning, KI has been doing more than manufacturing furniture. We’ve been listening. Learning. Helping our customers create unique and inspiring spaces for the people they serve. Not simply because that’s our business. But because that’s how we can make a difference in the lives of others—for our customers and end users, our own people and the communities we call home.
- Brian Krenke, chief executive officer, KI
Great contract furniture starts first with listening and offering expert advice and personalized solutions. Inspiring design reaches out from that first relationship.
Furnishing Knowledge Since 1941.
1941 - 2000
100 Series® folding chair is its flagship product.
The first of many collaborations with Giancarlo Piretti.
2001 - Today
KI wins NeoCon Showroom & Booth Design Competition, Large Showroom.
Trellis also wins BUILDINGS' Product Innovation Grand Prize for Technology Support.
Pallas® Textiles receives Best of NeoCon Silver and Interior Design Best of Year Awards for the Valetudo Collection.
Doni® seating, Ruckus® classroom collection, Evoke® architectural wall and Sway® lounge seating win industry-leading furniture design awards.
KI’s Tattoo® collection wins a Best of NeoCon® gold award at the 2018 NeoCon World's Trade Fair. These awards showcase design excellence and innovation.
Dick Resch sells majority shares from Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to KI employees, making the company 100 percent employee-owned for the first time in its history.
Dick Resch becomes executive chairman of the board.
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council names KI a GREEN MASTER LEVEL within its Green Masters Program. This program recognizes companies for their sustainability accomplishments and ideas for future sustainability actions.
Presented by EDspaces & Learning By Design, this award celebrates innovative product design that augments learning, improves students' well-being and is based on research and customer collaboration.
Making an Impact
We believe we’re in a unique position to create positive change in the world around us. And we take action to carry out that responsibility in four key areas.
Sustainable practices to preserve and protect our world.
We’re committed to responsible manufacturing, sustainable product design and environmental stewardship.
A focus on health and well-being.
Within our walls and in the community, KI supports initiatives that improve health and promote wellness.
Nurturing a culture of inclusion and diversity.
We believe our best work comes from an inclusive environment, where the diversity of our voices makes us stronger together.
Making a positive impact in the communities we serve.
We wouldn’t be who we are without the communities that have embraced us. We’re dedicated to giving back.