Robert Buehler, President
4465 Roger B Chaffee Mem Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49548, United States
Additional InformationGrand Rapids, Michigan was established on the bank of the Grand River where during the second half of the 19th century, the city became a major lumbering center due to the river's ability to carry lumber to mills. This brought businessmen to the city to set up furniture making companys such as Berkey and Gay, Widdicomb, Sligh, Hekman and Phoenix - who were amoung some of the most prominent. For this reason, Grand Rapids was nicknamed the "Furniture City of America." After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture. National home furnishing markets were held in Grand Rapids for about 75 years, concluding in the 1960s. Today, Grand Rapids is considered a world leader in the production of office furniture.