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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
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
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
1964

Steelcase Inc., California Founded

Steelcase Inc., California is officially organized. However, our products have been sold on the West Coast since 1920 by Hunting-Roberts Co. Edgar H. Hunting remains President and E.C. "Curly" Roberts,...

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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
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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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
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
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
2002

Steelcase Named to Top 10 Socially Responsible Companies

Despite one of the most severe year-over-year declines ever recorded in the office furniture industry, Steelcase continues to be the leading global brand, with close to double the revenue of our competitors,...

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Communities
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
10/2016

Steelcase Recognized as One of the Most Civic-Minded Companies in the U.S.

Steelcase is recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in the nation as a part of the Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light that sets the standard for corporate civic engagement and...

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Communities
1958

Steelcase Sponsors Junior Achievement

Steelcase begins a long history of sponsoring the Junior Achievement program in Grand Rapids. Each year, Steelcase advisors "help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate...

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Communities
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
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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08/05/1974

Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. Joint Venture Formed

Steelcase, in a 50% joint venture agreement with Strafor-Facom (a division of Forges de Strasbourg), forms Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. This new arrangement allows for the manufacture of Steelcase chairs in...

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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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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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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
1953

Sunshine Styling Color an Industry First

Metal Office Furniture Co. expands the palette for metal office furniture with Sunshine Styling. The new colors, inspired by David D. Hunting’s trip to Arizona, are Desert Sage, Blond Tan, Mist Green,...

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Products
1982

Support Services Offered for Designers

The Steelcase Environmental Support Services (ESS) department is established and software is developed to help position us as The Office Environment Company.  The ESS Survey Analysis collects and analyzes...

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Industry
06/10/2014

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase

Susan Cain Quiet Spaces by Steelcase were the result of Steelcase research and insights combined with Susan Cain's book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking." In order to...

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1934

Suspension File Patent

Metal Office Furniture Co. patents suspension file cabinets and introduces double-wall drawers for added ease and durability.

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Products
1979

Tech Center Opens

The Technical Center opens on the 36th Street complex, part of a two-year expansion plan in Grand Rapids, North Carolina, California and Alabama. Approximately 8,000 people are trained here in the first...

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Company
12/23/1936

Terrell’s Equipment Stock Purchased

Terrell’s Equipment Co., which was founded in Grand Rapids in 1908, manufactured steel cabinets, lockers and shelving. Metal Office Furniture Co. had obtained a controlling interest in Terrell in 1925,...

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Company
1921

The Birth of the Brand

Turner Advertising in Chicago promotes the Steelcase® trademark to emphasize the durability of Metal Office Furniture Co. products and adds the tagline, “Found Where Business Succeeds”— an advertising...

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Company
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
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
1976

Top Companies Standardize on Steelcase

Over 80 percent of the top 100 FORTUNE rated banks, insurance companies and corporations include Steelcase products in their standardization programs.

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Industry
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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1957

U of M Custom Library Furniture Produced

Steelcase produces the Company’s first official library furniture for the University of Michigan. The chair is custom steel-tubing, later evolving into the very popular 1200 Line of office chairs. This...

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Products
1918

U-Channel Invention

Peter M. Wege discovers how to use U-channels to make sheet steel stronger, yet lighter, in weight.  Wege and Metal Office Furniture Company receive a patent for the a manufacturing process using U-channel...

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Products
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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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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Products
1959

Vecta Contract Inc. Founded

Vecta Contract Inc. is founded in Grand Prairie, TX under the Tartan name. It is a result of Brunswick Corporation divesting its School Division and Burk-Action Division. Vecta focuses on architectural...

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Industry
1928

Victor Desk Tray Introduced

The Victor desk tray, a new member to the Steelcase Business Equipment family, is introduced joining the Victor Wastebaskets and the Liberty Bond Boxes. Two sizes are available for purchase and the trays...

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Products
1914

Victor Wastebasket Introduced

The introduction of the Victor, a steel wastebasket, is a win-win for all parties. This fireproof product quickly becomes a top seller for Metal Office Furniture Co. Due to the low manufacturing costs...

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Products
1961 - 1966

W.C. Davis Elected President

Wendell C. Davis is elected President of Steelcase Inc. (and appointed as a director). Davis comes from Cribben and Sexton Company in Chicago. While Davis came to Steelcase under a 5-year agreement, he...

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Leadership
1943 - 1961

W.D. Idema Elected President & General Manager

Walter D. Idema, one of the original founders, is elected President and General Manager of Metal Office Furniture Co., succeeding Peter M. Wege after his retirement. Idema's previous history with the Company...

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Leadership
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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05/1971

Word Processing Center Opens

The Steelcase Steno Pool is replaced by the Word Processing Center, an innovative trend in business systems. Electric typewriters are replaced with IBM Magnetic Tape Selectric Typewriters, allowing error...

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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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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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2008

WorkLife India Opens

WorkLife Centers in Bangalore and Delhi, India, open.

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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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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
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
1968

World’s Largest Manufacturer

Steelcase is designated the world’s largest manufacturer of office furniture.

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Industry

1955

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