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10/2001

First U.S. LEED-Certified Manufacturing Plant Opens

Our wood facility in Caledonia, MI  opens and becomes the world's first manufacturing plant to receive LEED Certification for Environmental Excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council. Silver certification...

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Sustainability
09/11/2001

Attwood Assists After Terrorist Attacks

Attwood Corp., a Steelcase subsidiary, completes a rush order of a thousand plastic components for use in ventilator kits used by rescue workers in New York City.  Employees at Attwood work through the...

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Communities
08/27/2001

PolyVision® Acquired

Steelcase acquires PolyVision®, which allows us to offer a greater variety of visual communication tools, from standard whiteboards to fully interactive plasma displays. The acquisition also sets the...

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Company
04/02/2001

Steelcase debuts in Fortune 500

On April 2, 2001, West Michigan's largest employer, Steelcase Inc., climbs into the Fortune 500 list for the first time.  Ranking number 481 with net sales revenue of $3.2 billion, a 21 percent increase...

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Company
02/08/2001 - 04/22/2001

Workspheres Exhibit at MoMA

The Steelcase Advanced Concepts Research and Development group partners with the MIT Media Laboratory to present "Atmosphere," a piece in the Workspheres exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.  Atmosphere...

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Products
2001

Lean Manufacturing Efforts Begin

Steelcase begins lean manufacturing efforts in earnest. Based on the Toyota manufacturing model, the program has reduced our global footprint from approximately 17.4 million sq. ft. in fiscal year 2000...

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Company
2001

Cachet® Chair Introduced

The Cachet® chair, designed by Peter Jon Pearce, is introduced. It is an ergonomical, stackable chair designed for healthcare and research applications where comfort and cleanability are key; Cachet is...

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Products
04/2000

End of an Era: 454 Production Ceases

One of the few remaining hand-upholstered chairs, the ConCentrx 454 Series ends production after 22 years. Since its introduction in 1977 as a state-of-the-art ergonomic chair, over 3,000,000 454 chairs...

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Products
2000

Steelcase University Learning Center Opens

The Steelcase University Learning Center opens. A former manufacturing site, the facility is a showcase for our products and insights about learning, collaboration and increasingly mobile work.

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Company
2000

DesignTex® Technology Wins Awards

DesignTex®, a Steelcase Design Partnership® company, wins awards for Climatex Lifecycle “environmentally intelligent” fabrics, including one for best example of sustainable design in product design...

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Sustainability
2000 - 2004

New Corporate Identity Introduced

We begin using the new Steelcase identity which is vivid, bright and fun. The bold new look is meant to match our strong new aspiration: Transforming the ways people work.

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Company
2000

E-Commerce Sales First Offered to Steelcase Customers

Internet storefronts make purchases easier for customers. Steelcase expects more than 50 customers to purchase products through the new e-commerce program by the end of 2000.

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Company
1999

Please Is Europe’s Best-Selling Office Chair

Please seating (pictured) launches in Europe. With independent support for both the thoracic and lumbar regions, Please is the only chair with two separate backrests. Other globally influential products...

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Products
1999

Awarded for Waste Reduction

Our plant in Tustin, California (pictured) is recognized by the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP), an annual program sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. The Tustin facility's...

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Sustainability
1999

Leap® Chair Introduced

Leap®, a revolutionary, high-performance task chair, is introduced. Leap seating technology has 23 issued and pending patents. Because of revolutionary LiveBack® technology that separately supports the...

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Products
1999

Successful Mentoring Program Expands

After one year, HOSTS mentoring program of 30 students in two grades results in one student progressing three grade levels, 15 students two grade levels, and the rest one grade level. Steelcase expands...

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Communities
12/17/1998

Werndl® Büromöbel AG Acquired

Steelcase acquires Werndl® Büromöbel AG, Germany's second largest wood office furniture manufacturer. In April the following year, Steelcase will acquire the remaining 50% of Steelcase/ Strafor S.A....

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Company
03/11/1998

Pathways® Introduced

Pathways®, a first-ever portfolio of products integrating furniture, worktools, technology and interior architecture, launches. The Post and Beam architectural framework and Privacy Wall products redefine...

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Products
02/18/1998

Steelcase Goes Public

Steelcase becomes a publicly traded company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SCS.

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Company
05/1996

TNT™ Furniture System Introduced

TNT™, the newest furniture system from Steelcase Strafor with elegant styling for the European market, is introduced. TNT becomes Strafor's best selling desking system (pictured is TNT*, an evolution...

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Products
1996

Criterion® is the Best Selling Chair

The Criterion® chair, designed to meet customer health, safety and comfort needs, becomes our best-selling chair.

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Products
1996

WorkLife Center Opens in NYC

The first Steelcase WorkLife Center opens on Four Columbus Circle (4CC) in New York City. The Center is devoted to helping customers address workplace issues and create environments that can help achieve...

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Company
1996

Investment in IDEO

Steelcase makes an equity investment in IDEO, located in Palo Alto, CA. In 2007, IDEO will begin a 5-year buy-back program.

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Company
12/1995

Leadership Community Opens

Under Jim Hackett's direction, the Steelcase Leadership Team abandons their private office, and moves into the Leadership Community -- an open office area designed to promote greater collaboration, faster...

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Company
1995

“Rooms That Work” Introduced

A collaborative project among Steelcase, AT&T and Marriott, the intent is to enhance office services for travelers. “Rooms that Work" will be equipped with a large table, mobile writing desk, adjustable...

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Products
1995

Middle East Production Begins

Steelcase forms a joint venture with one of its dealers, Jeraisy Group, located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to create Steelcase Jeraisy Ltd., the only major manufacturer of office furniture with local production...

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Industry
1995

Personal Harbor Wins IDEA Gold Award

Personal Harbor (introduced in 1993) wins the Gold Award in the 1995 Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) competition. Featured in Business Week’s 1995 Best Product Designs of the Year,...

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Products
12/1994 - 02/28/2014

J.P. Hackett Elected President & CEO

James P. Hackett is elected President and CEO. Hackett's history with the Company includes: various sales and marketing positions (1981); regional manager in Houston, Texas (1984); director of national...

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Leadership
1994

Lifetime Warranty Introduced

The new Steelcase Lifetime Warranty sets an industry standard and highlights the durability and longevity of our products.

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Industry
1994 - 1994

F.H. Merlotti Elected Interim President

After Jerry K. Myers resigns, Frank H. Merlotti (Sr.), former President and CEO, agrees to act as Interim President of Steelcase Inc. until a replacement can be found. Merlotti's history with the Company...

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Leadership
1993

Turnstone® Founded

Turnstone® is founded as a subsidiary of Steelcase to cater to the needs of small business and home office workers. The name comes from the Ruddy Turnstone (depicted in the current logo), a small, hardworking...

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Company
1992

Furniture in 48 Hours Available

Steelcase introduces the first 48-hour delivery program, providing select products twice as fast as our competitors.

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Industry
1991

First to Filter Effluent from Paint Tanks

Steelcase Strafor becomes the first company in Europe with a new unique system of filtration of effluent from the paint tanks.

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Sustainability
1991

Global Presence Expanded

Our global expansion continues. Steelcase facilities are now located on six continents, with manufacturing sites in 11 countries, and products marketed in 68 countries.

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Company
1991

Details® “Wastebasket” Introduced

A fire-retardant wastebasket composed of 100% recycled content is developed by Details® and called "Wastebasket." It is made of high-impact polystyrene derived from post-consumer waste. The unique product...

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Sustainability
12/1990 - 1994

J.K. Myers Elected President & CEO

Jerry K. Myers is elected President and CEO of Steelcase Inc. Myers comes from TRW Corp. in Cleveland. His primary initiative is "World Class Performance" -- a continuous-improvement process with the following...

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Leadership
03/08/1990

Details® Founded

Details® launches in New York City and becomes part of the Steelcase Design Partnership®. A few of the many products introduced are the Articulating Keyboard Support designed by ID Two in San Francisco,...

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Company
1989

Environmental Excellence Award

The State of Michigan presents us with a Resource Stewardship Award for Environmental Excellence for being the first company in Michigan to restore a prairie ecosystem surrounding the Steelcase Corporate...

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Sustainability
1989

Context® Introduced

Context, a free-standing furniture system, is introduced. Context components allow a few modular pieces to be combined to yield a great variety of workstations and islands.  Our promotional video launch...

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Products
1989

CDC Opens: Context® Furniture Installed

The Steelcase Corporate Development Center, a pyramid-shaped facility for research and development, opens.  This building was designed to increase collaboration and includes Steelcase's new curvilinear...

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Company
1988 - 1990

F.H. Merlotti Elected President & CEO

Frank H. Merlotti (Sr.) is elected President and CEO of Steelcase Inc. Merlotti's history with the Company includes: plant manager (1964); vice president of manufacturing (1967); senior vice president...

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Leadership
1988

$1 Million Gifted to GR Public Museum

Steelase completes our year-long 75th anniversary by donating $1 million to the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  The museum used this money toward their "Furniture City" exhibit that stayed in place for nearly...

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Communities
06/1987

Steelcase Design Partnership® Forms

Steelcase Inc. forms the Steelcase Design Partnership®, a group of high-design oriented office furniture companies serving special market niches. Under the umbrella of The Steelcase Design Partnership...

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Company
1987

Steelcase Inc. Turns 75

Steelcase reaches the 75-year milestone. We are the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture, systems furniture, office lighting and computer-assisted programs for those who plan,...

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Company
1987

Meyer May House Opens

Steelcase opens the fully restored Meyer May House, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the public. Designed for Meyer S. May by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 and completed in 1909, the house is an outstanding...

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Communities
1986

Sensor® Chair Introduced

The Sensor® chair is introduced at NeoCon. An ergonomic chair scaled in three sizes, Sensor is designed to sense and support the body’s movements. Developed in concert with West German designer Wolfgang...

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Products
1985

Stow & Davis Furniture Co. Acquired

Steelcase acquires Stow & Davis Furniture Co., a well-respected manufacturer of wood office furniture, based in Grand Rapids, MI. The acquisition provides us with an additional 1 million square...

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Company
1985

Steelcase Joins Corporate Angel Network

Steelcase, along with other corporations, works with the non-profit Corporate Angel Network to fill empty seats on our aircraft to fly cancer patients to and from treatment centers at no charge.

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Communities
1983

44th Street Corporate Headquarters Opens

Steelcase's new Corporate Headquarters opens in Grand Rapids and is lauded as "a textbook example of how to organize human resources in the optimum work environment."  Located at 901 44th Street SE, the...

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Company
1983

National Environmental Award

Our engineers pioneer a high solids paint process that earns the Company a National Environmental Industry Award for Excellence in Air Pollution Control, jointly from the President's Council on Environmental...

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Sustainability

1955

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