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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
1963

Steelcase Coordinated Offices Introduced

A national advertising campaign introduces Steelcase Coordinated Offices (SCO). The message: Steelcase can meet all office furniture needs, including color coordination and installation.

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Products
03/16/2012

Steelcase Celebrates 100 Years

Steelcase completes a century of industry, innovation and expansion. From simple beginnings as a manufacturer of safes and files for the Macey Company, to the designing and creation of our own metal and...

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Company
1970

Steelcase Canada, Ltd. Expands

Steelcase Canada expands to almost 350,000 square feet of manufacturing space.  The newly expanded Markham facility in Ontario includes offices, showroom, and production facilities. The plant manufactures...

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Company
1954

Steelcase Canada Ltd. Founded

Fred A. Bell founds Steelcase Canada Ltd. in Don Mills, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto), the first operation located outside of the United States. The facility includes 15,000 square feet of showroom and...

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Company
1978

Spectrum Logo Introduced

The Steelcase spectrum logo is introduced. The rainbow of letters in clean, modern styling represents elegance and the wide range of colors offered in Steelcase furniture. The motor fleet Steelcase logo...

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Company
circa 1932

Specialty Desk Introduced

The growing office industry creates new demands for worksurfaces.  Metal Office Furniture Co. introduces the Burroughs machine desk, designed specifically to accommodate the Burroughs adding machine....

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Products
1917

Servidor Company Founded

The Servidor Company is incorporated. Later, Metal Office Furniture Co. will acquire Servidor and manufacture Servidors for hotel rooms, Receivadors for home deliveries, and Closidors for home closets. ...

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Industry
1973

Series 9000® Introduced

Steelcase introduces Series 9000®, soon to become the world’s leading systems furniture line and garnering multiple awards. With the explosion of the "white collar" worker and computerized offices,...

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Products
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
06/15/1973 - 11/30/1973

Sears Tower Installation

Steelcase executes the largest single shipment in the industry: 43,565 pieces of furniture in 400 truck loads for 7,000 Sears & Roebuck employees in over 44 floors of Chicago's Sears Tower. The Sears...

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Company
1944

Retirement Benefits Offered

Metal Office Furniture Co. offers retirement benefits to employees. Only 250 such plans exist in the United States.

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Communities
1966 - 1988

R.C. Pew Elected President & CEO

Robert C. Pew (II) is elected President of Steelcase Inc.  In 1980, the title changes to "Chief Executive Officer." Pew's history with the company includes: manufacturing expediter (1952); superintendent...

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Leadership
1932

Production of Vegetable Spray Units

As another means of surviving the Depression, Metal Office Furniture Co. produces Vegetable Spray Units under the Terrell name. These units are designed for grocery store displays, helping fruits and vegetables...

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Products
1977

President Ford Speaks at United Way Luncheon

At this momentous occasion, organized by Steelcase's own Frank Merlotti, President Gerald R. Ford is the guest speaker at the annual United Way kickoff luncheon. Our commitment to the United Way annual...

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Communities
1954

PolyVision® Corporation Founded

PolyVision® Corporation is founded as Information Display Technology, Inc. in Suwanee, Georgia. The company changes its name to PolyVision Corporation in May 1995. In 2001, Steelcase will acquire PolyVision...

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Industry
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
1980

Pohlschröder Joint Venture Formed in Germany

We begin a joint venture with Pohlschröder GmbH KG in Dortmund, West Germany. Pohlschröder began manufacturing metal safes in 1855, and now focuses primarily on office furniture, while also manufacturing...

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Company
2006

Pledge to Reduce Environmental Footprint

Steelcase pledges to reduce our global environmental footprint by 25% by 2012, which means keeping careful watch on greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste. Since the goal reset...

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Sustainability
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
1926 - 1958

Plant #2 is Built

The new plant (pictured in the background) is built adjacent to Terrell's Equipment Co. (later called Plant #3), with whom we had formed a partnership.  This second plant provides over 97,000 square feet...

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Company
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
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
1975

Paperflo® Introduced

Paperflo®, the industry’s first modular paper-handling system for use with systems furniture, is introduced. A key attribute is keeping work accessible. Timothy, a cartoon tiger, is one of many successful...

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Products
1914 - 1943

P.M. Wege Elected President

Peter Martin Wege is elected president of Metal Office Furniture Co. (MOFC) in 1914 when MOFC separates from Macey Furniture Company.  He takes the reigns from Alexander W. Hompe and will hold the position...

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Leadership
1939

Our First Chairs

Metal Office Furniture Co. begins chair production in a section of the Desk Plant (Plant #2). Since 1926, we had been sourcing chairs for customers; this is our first entry into the manufacture of our...

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Products
09/01/1960

Original Factory Donated to The Salvation Army

Instead of selling the first Metal Office Furniture Co. factory, Steelcase gifts the 156,000 square foot building, assessed at $385,000, to The Salvation Army. The gift of the facility allows The Salvation...

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Communities
1978 - 1989

Opinion Surveys on Office Environments Conducted

Steelcase is first in the industry to commission opinion surveys on office environment issues. From 1978-1989, we commission five surveys to better understand and provide for the needs of the contemporary...

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Industry
11/2011

OpenIDEO Partnership

Steelcase has partnered with OpenIDEO to explore the topic of revitalizing struggling cities around the world. A website allows everyone to give suggestions on how to reinvigorate and help restore areas...

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Communities
1927

On Board with Lucky Lindy

Metal Office Furniture Co. makes and installs a custom-built desk aboard the Tri-motor plane that Charles Lindbergh uses for publicity tours around the United States after his transatlantic flight. The...

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Products
04/2006

Nurture® by Steelcase Launched

Nurture® by Steelcase launches to provide user-centered solutions in healthcare. Nurture views the healthcare environment as an integral part of the healing process and provides holistic solutions that...

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06/2010

node® Chair Introduced

The node® chair, a collaborative effort between IDEO and Steelcase, launches. The first product from Steelcase Education Solutions, it is an active learning classroom solution by enabling mobility and...

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Products
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
1942

Naval Contracts Won

Metal Office Furniture Co. wins a $254,000 contract to make lightweight, sturdy steel furnishings for U.S. Naval cruiser class ships. As a result of the war, all manufacturing of steel furniture for commercial...

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Products
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
04/28/2011

NanoSphere Finish Added to Designtex® Finishes

After four years of development, DesignTex® is the first company in the U.S. contract market to add NanoSphere to its repertoire of textile finishes. NanoSphere features a natural self-cleaning benefit...

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Sustainability
03/16/2015

Munich Innovation Center Plans Announced

On March 16, 2015, Steelcase announces the plan for opening a new Learning + Innovation Centre in Munich, Germany, to begin operating in mid 2016. In order to foster and accelerate innovation, this...

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Company
1946

Multiple 15 Desk Introduced

Metal Office Furniture Co. introduces a postwar desk that has been in design since 1942. “Multiple 15” is designed on 15-inch dimensions, allowing for better space planning in open offices. By 1960...

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Products
12/13/1957

Move to 36th Street

The demand for our office furniture led us to outgrow many of our aging facilities.  Land was purchased on 36th Street in Grand Rapids, MI in the mid 50's. The Shearing Plant is the first building to...

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Company
03/16/1912

MOFC Incorporated

The Metal Office Furniture Co. is incorporated after Peter M. Wege moves to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  With the help of 11 investors, Wege's dream of competing in "The Furniture City" amongst wood furniture...

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Company
1968

Mobiles Introduced

Steelcase introduces the Mobiles office suite – merging  Multiple 15, Sunshine Styling and Convertibles. Coupled with Movable Walls (panels that efficiently divide space for workers in an open office...

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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
1977

Middle East Dealer Organization Established

Steelcase is the first major U.S. office furniture manufacturer to establish an extensive dealer distribution organization in the Middle East, covering Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

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Industry
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
06/2012

Living on Video

Steelcase unveils concepts for spaces and technology that optimize video interations at work, create an intuitive, dynamic and natural video experience, and address key barriers, such as light and sound...

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Products
1976

Lighting Evaluation Laboratory Opens

The first Lighting Evaluation Laboratory is established by Steelcase in Grand Rapids to find ways to cut office energy costs.

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Sustainability
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
circa 1914

Liberty Bond Boxes Introduced

Metal Office Furniture Co. begins manufacturing Liberty Bond Boxes for Swift & Company to use as a premium.  After the Swift contract expires, we add the bond boxes to our regular production line,...

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Products
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

1955

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