Herman Miller Inc was incorporated in Michigan in 1905. The Company researches, designs, manufactures, and distributes interior furnishings, for use in various environments including office, healthcare, educational, and residential settings, and provides related services that support organizations and individuals all over the world. The Company's products are sold through independent contract office furniture dealers as well as the following channels: owned contract office furniture dealers, direct customer sales, independent retailers, and the company's online store. These systems and products are designed to be used together. The Company also offers a broad array of seating (including Embody, Aeron, Mirra, Setu, Sayl, Celle, Equa, and Ergon office chairs), storage (including Meridian and Tu products), wooden casegoods (including Geiger products), freestanding furniture products (including Abak, Intent, Sense and Envelop) and the recently introduced Thrive portfolio of ergonomic solutions. The Company's products are marketed worldwide by its own sales staff, independent dealers and retailers, its owned dealer network, and via its e-commerce website. Salespersons work with dealers, the architecture and design community, and directly with end-users. Independent dealerships concentrate on the sale of Herman Miller products and some complementary product lines of other manufacturers. It is estimated that approximately 74 percent of the Company's sales in the fiscal year ended June 1, 2013, were made to or through independent dealers. The remaining sales were made directly to end-users, including federal, state, and local governments, and several major corporations, by the Company's own sales staff, its owned dealer network, or independent retailers. The Company's furniture systems, seating, freestanding furniture, storage and casegood products, and related services are used in office/institution environments including offices and related conference, lobby, and lounge areas, and general public areas including transportation terminals; health/science environments including hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities; industrial and educational settings; and residential and other environments. The Company's manufacturing materials are available from a significant number of sources within the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. The Company has 137 active United States utility patents on various components used in its products and 33 active United States design patents. Its main competitors are Haworth, HNI Corporation, Kimball International, Knoll, and Steelcase.