About Us

Born and raised in West Michigan!

Symbiote was founded on the principle of creating products for the underserved markets. We specialize in custom products to make your space how you the user want it.

Our founder, Travis Randolph, began his career with Herman Miller®. He was on the team who launched the original modular system for healthcare. His ideas translate into ergonomic products for laboratories and technical environments. As part of our legacy, Symbiote furniture integrates with Herman Miller® Co/Struc® and Action Office® systems today. Click through these slides to view our story.

1984

Symbiote Established

Travis Randolph was a key player on the Herman Miller® team that introduced Action Office®, the world’s first systems furniture. Later, he founded Symbiote in 1984 to pursue his own designs.

"My whole career has been spent on the cutting edge of design, research and development. And, after all those years of working with people and products, I'm very pleased with where Symbiote is today and proud of how we've become experts in the technical and laboratory furniture industry."- Travis Randolph, President

Symbiote's founder Travis Randolph smiling and seated at an Action Office Desk Prototype in 1984

1989

Action Factory

In 1989 when the Action Factory line closed, Symbiote secured the rights to Action factory products and were free to improve the design.

Symbiote workstations with pegboards, overhead lights, bin storage, shelves, lower drawer storage in a factory in 1989

1991

Ergonomics Drives Innovation

The HAM (Height Adjustable Mechanism) was introduced with ergonomic accessories to improve productivity and reduce worker injuries.

Symbiote workstations with hardwood surfaces, overhead lights, shelves, lower drawer storage in an aerospace lab in 1991

1993

Custom Tables for Boeing

Boeing needed long, height-adjustable tables to manufacture wiring and cable harnesses for the wings of jet airplanes. The result was a height-adjustable mechanism stretched into 8-16 foot long tables with electrical and hydraulic hook-ups.

electric height adjustable Symbiote ErgoStat being delivered to Boeing factory in 1993

1995

Technology Lab Launch

Technical lab systems furniture is introduced at NeoCon, along with BlueSky Symbiote's proprietary CAD program (at the time), to help customers with space planning.

Symbiote workstations with laminate surfaces, power overhead and at stations at a technology lab in 1995

1996

Symbiote Expansion

Symbiote moves from Holland, Michigan to a larger 65,000 square foot facility in Zeeland. Engineering upgrades reduce production times for special orders and new products, including rack mount accessories.

electric height adjustable Symbiote ErgoStat with laminate surface, overhead lighting, plug strip, storage in 1996

2000

Tech Growth

Tech labs, LAN centers and other electronics-intense workplaces emerge practically overnight. Symbiote delivers modular components, cable management systems and heavy-duty construction.

Symbiote workstations with laminate surfaces, pegboards filled with tools, lower shelf at a technology lab in 1996

2006

Healthcare Market Growth

The ErgoStat workstation is ideal for prep-and-pack workstations or any healthcare-related lab. It has stainless steel tops, magnification lights, a keyboard tray and monitor arms to keep tasks easy and within reach.

height adjustable Symbiote ErgoStat prep/pack station with stainless steel surface and bin storage at a medical lab in 2006

2009

Introduction of Casework

Base cabinets, Mobile cabinets, sink cabinets, wall cabinets and floor cases were added to our catalog.

Symbiote UltraFrame island workstations with upper/lower cabinets, sinks, power, gas valves in a medical laboratory in 2009

2011

4-Legged Table

The 4-Legged table is the most heavy duty table we make. It supports 1,000 pounds, evenly distributed, to protect your equipment investment.

manual height adjustable Symbiote 4-Legged tables on casters with lower shelves and phenolic surfaces in a school science lab

2015

Life Science Market

The need for durable furniture for hospital pharmacies and clinics is evident and Symbiote is developing more products to support the Life Science market.

2016

Electric Ergostat Pro

As one of the first companies to develop a height adjustable table with riser frame, the ErgoStat Pro has a greater range of adjustability and can be accessorized with battery pack for wireless maneuverability.

electric height adjustable Symbiote ErgoStat Pro with corner surface, riser frame, display/bookend/lower shelf, plug strip

2019

Product Development

Custom products, including tables, electrical and data raceways and finish details.

custom power plugs and data chases configuration below height adjustable Symbiote UltraFrame workstations

2020

CET Extension Launch

Symbiote moves it's planning software to the Configura CET Designer platform. Allowing collaboration with the design community.

2021

CarbonNeutral Certification

In an effort to preserve this world for future generations, Symbiote achieved carbon neutrality and earned the CarbonNeutral company certification for the year 2021!