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2003

Eliminating VOC Emissions

Steelcase reaches a key environmental milestone by eliminating the emission of almost all volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from its metal finishing operations based in Michigan. This is the result of...

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Sustainability
03/2003

WorkSpace Futures Formed

The WorkSpace Futures group is formed to conduct research into the ways people work and how to enhance the experience. The group is devoted to unlocking insights in work, workers, and the workplace, relying...

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Company Insights Lab, 2010
2004

Think® Chair Introduced

The Think® chair is launched at NeoCon in the U.S. and at Orgatec in Germany. Marketed as "a chair with a brain and a conscience," this 99% recyclable chair is developed by a project team made up of Steelcase...

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Products 2004-Think-Chair-Introduced
2004

Steelcase is the Industry’s Patent Leader

During the past decade, Steelcase has secured more patents than any other company in the industry, with more than 1,400 domestic and international patents and design registrations.  The new (2010) Global...

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Industry new image to come end of March
08/28/2004

Athens, AL Plant Celebrates 25 Years

Our Athens, AL plant celebrates 25 years of manufacturing with an open house, plant tours and a Steelcase show truck. The Athens plant started out manufacturing systems furniture panels and storage products. ...

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Company Athens, AL Facility
03/28/2005

Consolidation Announced

As part of Steelcase's goal to build a lean, more flexible industrial system, we announce plans to consolidate West Michigan manufacturing operations on the Kentwood Complex and move toward the sale of...

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Company Connect12 Logo
2006

Steelcase International WorkL@b Opens in France

WorkL@b, the new Steelcase International Headquarters, opens in Strasbourg, France.  The facility is designed to foster innovation, support the international culture of the Company and improve employees'...

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Company Steelcase International WorkL@b
2006

Steelcase UK Partners with Green-Works

Steelcase UK forms a partnership with Green-Works, a not-for-profit social enterprise which provides redundant office furniture for re-use by schools, charities and community organizations. By re-distributing...

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Sustainability Green-Works Logo
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 Environmental Equation Logo
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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Nurture by Steelcase Logo, 2006
2007

Steelcase Named Best Corporate Citizen

Steelcase is ranked No. 17 on CRO’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens, marking our first appearance on the list. The annual list recognizes best practices in the area of corporate responsibility and...

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Communities Think® Disassembled for Recycling
2007

Cradle to Cradle Product Certifications Awarded

Pathways® Privacy Wall is the first ever certified movable wall system to receive Cradle to Cradle product certification. The Montage® freestanding system, Siento® and Move™ seating, 100 and 500 Series...

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Sustainability c2c
09/14/2007

Ultra Group Acquired

To help Steelcase meet the needs of our large and small customers throughout Asia, we acquire the Ultra Group, one of the leading furniture manufacturers in China. Ultra Group was founded in 1993 with...

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Company Ultra Group Logo, c.2007
2008

WorkLife India Opens

WorkLife Centers in Bangalore and Delhi, India, open.

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Company WorkLife Center in Delhi, Interior
2008

Energy Credits Purchased

Steelcase purchases renewable energy credits from the Wege Wind Farm in Texas. The Farm includes eight giant wind turbines that generate enough energy to power 2,925 homes for a year. Over five years we...

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Sustainability Wege Wind Energy Farm
2008

Green School Makeover

PolyVision® environmental ceramicsteel™ is installed in Kelly Creek Elementary School during ABC Television's Extreme Makeover “Ford Educate to Escape” green school makeover contest. The PolyVision...

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Communities Green School Project
05/2008

Coalesse Formed

Responding to blurring distinctions between office and home as places for work, Steelcase launches Coalesse, a new premium brand that provides products for work/life settings. It’s a...

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Company Coalesse-Logo
2009

Steelcase Ranked Second for Efforts Against Climate Change

Steelcase is ranked as a top Michigan-based company in the home and office furnishings industry for combating climate change by Climate Counts, a New Hampshire-based non-profit organization dedicated to...

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Sustainability Climate Counts Logo
2009

Collaboration Solutions Introduced

Steelcase launches a set of collaborative solutions including: c:scape®, media:scape® (pictured), i2i®, and cobi®. These products are designed to help people connect more easily with each other and...

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Products media:scape® and cobi®
03/09/2009

Steelcase Mexico Receives Industry-First Award for Social Responsibility

Our operations in Mexico receive the distinction of "Socially Responsible Company" at the 2009 Latin American ESR Conference in Mexico City. This is the first award for our Mexico site, and we are the...

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Communities Amex Employee with Plaque
2010

Flexframe Workwall Introduced

Steelcase launches the Flexframe Workwall, which activates vertical space for storage, display and the integration of technology.

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Products Flexframe Workwall
06/2010

EcoCradle Packaging

Steelcase begins using Ecovative Design's EcoCradle packaging, made with agricultural byproducts like seed hulls and mushroom roots, EcoCradle requires very little energy to produce and it provides the...

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Sustainability EcoCradle Packaging Pieces
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 node® Classroom Seating
2011

Community Support

Since 1912 we've made community support initiatives around the world an integral part of our operations. Steelcase is dedicated to using our resources to provide for communities and projects in line with...

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Communities Steelcase Employees Volunteer for the 2011 Day of Caring
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 NanoSphere/ DesignTex® Ad
08/16/2011

WorkCafe Opens

The WorkCafé at Steelcase Global Headquarters opens. This is the first renovation of the cafeteria since the building opened in 1983. It is designed for work and nourishment, and has quickly become a...

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Company WorkCafé from Stairs, 2011
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 OpenIDEO Logo, 2011
12/01/2011

First Asian Market Merit Recognition

Our Manifesto system and i2i® collaborative seating received Merit Recognition in the Product and Industrial Design category at the Design For Asia Awards 2011.  The award for Manifesto (pictured) is...

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Products Manifesto System
01/2012

Collaboration Tools for Active Learning Environments Introduced

At the Consumers Electronic Show held in Las Vegas, Steelcase introduced media:scape mini and media:scape mobile as a way to adapt to the changing learning environment. After years of research, it has...

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Products 11-0002998
03/02/2012

Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies”

Steelcase Inc. is recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine's 2012 "Most Admired Companies" in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector. Our ranking is sixth overall in this sector, and is joined by...

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Company
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 balloondrop
04/2012

Steelcase Inc. Recognized For Sustainability Leadership In Michigan

Steelcase Inc. is recognized by two organizations for its sustainability efforts – Michigan Green Leader awards and Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies.  

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Sustainability
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 VODAFONE010
10/04/2012

Stock Exchange Bell Ringing

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary, Steelcase Inc. executives and guests visit the New York Stock Exchange to ring the 9 AM bell on October 4, 2012.  President and CEO James Hackett, joined by...

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Company bell ringing 2012
01/2013

Workspring celebrates second Chicago location

Workspring, what we like to call "an enhanced workspace destination," has opened its second location in downtown Chicago. Workspring is a hosted business facility that offers space for individual work,...

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Company workspring_2013
02/25/2013

Gesture Chair Launches

Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. It was inspired by the movement of the human body and created for the way we work today.  Available fall...

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Products gesture-3-core-interfaces
03/2013

Steelcase ranks 4th in Fortune 500

Fortune Magazine has recognized Steelcase Inc. as one of its “Most Admired Companies” in the Home Equipment, Furnishings industry sector for 2013. This year, Steelcase is ranked in fourth position...

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Company Fortune-2013
06/2013

V.I.A. Launches in North America

Steelcase launches V.I.A. ™, vertical intelligent architecture, designed to create spaces that help fuel the innovation process, in June 2013 NeoCon.  V.I.A. hosts the latest large-scale video and display...

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2013, Products V.I.A
03/01/2014

Keane becomes 9th CEO

Effective March 1, 2014, Jim Keane becomes the ninth leader in the Company's 102 year history.  Keane replaces Jim Hackett who stepped down after nearly 20 years as President and CEO.  Keane, a Chicago...

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Leadership Jim_Keane_CEO_SteelcaseInc_2014_646
03/13/2014

Growing a renewable energy future

Steelcase is the first major company in the commercial furniture industry to purchase non-emitting renewable energy certificates (RECs) equivalent to 100% of its global electricity consumption.  Our...

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Sustainability WindFarm_F

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