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Herman Miller tests new product in Cascade

CASCADE, MI - Travel through an airport and notice all the people racing for any available electrical outlet.  Passengers who need to charge their laptops and smart phones have limited options at many airports around the country.  This could change if office furniture maker Herman Miller gets its way.

Herman Miller tested a prototype power strip designed to attach to the company's passenger seats in the terminal at the Gerald R Ford International Airport in Cascade last week.  The Zeeland company manufactured the passenger seats in the waiting areas at the Ford Airport and numerous other airports across the country. Airlines and airports are looking for ways to retrofit existing seats in waiting areas with electrical outlets, according to researchers at the airport test. 

The prototype power strip is designed to attach to the back of the seats.  The electrical sockets are positioned in the same location as a seat belt connection in a car.  Herman Miller temporarily installed the power strips in the waiting areas of Gates 15 and 16 on Concourse A.  Researchers interviewed passengers who used the power strips November  17 - 24.  The next step is to share the research with the decision makers at Herman Miller.


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