OBI Environments acquires Herman Miller-owned Workplace Resource Montreal

OBI Environments (OBI), formerly known as Ottawa Business Interiors, has announced that it will acquire Workplace Resource Montreal, a corporately owned dealership of Herman Miller, Inc. The sale is expected to be completed on Mar. 1.

OBI is the oldest privately owned Herman Miller dealer in Canada, and offers a comprehensive range of products and services for the office, healthcare, government, higher-education, hospitality and small-business markets. OBI was founded in 1974 by Michael LeClair, and is managed today by Chris LeClair. The LeClairs have earned an outstanding reputation in the community for their extensive offering of products and services, including in-house design, project management and installation, as well as highly specialized training in the healthcare industry.

Says Curt Pullen, Herman Miller’s president of North America. “We have a tremendous contract distribution channel and have enjoyed a long presence in the Montreal market. The opportunity of working more closely with OBI in these markets presents a tremendous opportunity to build upon our strong base and to serve additional customers. We’re excited to have a dealer with such an outstanding reputation expand into this market. Together, Herman Miller and OBI will continue to provide inspiring, high-performance spaces that will deliver tremendous value to our customers in Quebec.”

Says OBI president Chris LeClair, “We are extremely excited to expand our operations in the Montreal market; it is an important step towards growing our company and delivering increased service and support to our diverse client base. With 40 years of experience providing exceptional customer service and an outstanding team who share a deep passion for design, quality and community involvement, we are eager to surpass customers’ expectations. The new office will be the first of many exciting changes for the company in 2014.”


OBI Environments is committed to providing the best service available in the industry, and always serves as its customer’s advocate. OBI has aligned itself with some of the finest manufacturers in the world, and is the exclusive provider of Herman Miller furniture for Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Dedicated to continuous improvement, OBI consistently examines its processes, procedures, training and services to ensure the best possible experience. OBI has made a commitment to keeping up with the latest developments in ergonomics, minimizing their environmental impact, using the latest technology, and community outreach.


Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2013, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.