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Edsko Hekman was a baker. However, in 1893, when he arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan from the Netherlands, it was his American dream to build furniture. Instead, his expertise in baking grew into the Hekman Biscuit Company, known today as Keebler, the cookie empire. Edsko’s three sons, however, fulfilled their father's dream, founding the Hekman Furniture Company in 1922. With collaborating designer William Halstrick, the firm’s first output was a line of 30 occasional tables. Pieces for the living room, library and hall were gradually added. The firm grew and expanded over the decades, acquiring other plants and companies, and it was purchased by Howard Miller Clock Co. of Zeeland, Michigan in 1983. However, it continues to operate under its own name. During the 1980s, desks and computer cabinets were added to the collection. Hekman has produced furniture in many styles over the years, including Neo-classical, Italian Provincial, French Provincial and Danish Modern. In 1991 it introduced a line of furniture patterned after that of the famous English novelist Charles Dickens; even the marks in the desk made by the author nervously tapping his ring while writing were meticulously reproduced. Hekman has also designed furniture for large hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago and Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Today, Hekman furniture is available for virtually every room in the home: accent tables, end tables, coffee tables, sofas, accent chests, bookcases and shelving, wine cabinets, game tables, dining tables and chairs, credenzas, beds, nightstands, dressers, mirrors, upholstered furniture, TV consoles, desks and more. The company works in a wide range of materials, from acacia, mahogany, mango and walnut to galvanized metal and glass, with many custom finishes, patterns and fabrics available to suit client tastes.