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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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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
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
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
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
1978

First Lou Harris Study Published

“The Steelcase National Study of Office Environments: Do They Work?“ summarizes the results of a first-ever Louis Harris & Associates Inc. study commissioned by Steelcase on the effects of the...

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Industry
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
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
1977

Begin Testing Speech Privacy

The Acoustics Lab opens in Grand Rapids – making Steelcase the first to test speech privacy in simulated open office conditions.

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Industry
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
1969

First NeoCon

The National Exposition of Contract Furnishings (NeoCon) begins at Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

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Industry
1968

World’s Largest Manufacturer

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

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Industry
1961

DesignTex® Founded

DesignTex® is founded by Harry Paley and Ralph Saltzman in New York City. In 1988, Steelcase will acquire the Company to offer a wider selection of upholstery materials.

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Industry
04/1959

Growing Home Office Market

The Office at Home is a growing phenomenon and a potential market for Steelcase dealers.  Before the advent of the personal computer and fax machine, the home office was used mostly by heads of household...

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Industry
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
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
1948

Dealer Office Planning Assistance Pioneered

Hunting-Roberts Co., the California distributor of Steelcase furniture, pioneers office planning, establishing a new area of dealer assistance that is soon followed by the entire industry.

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Industry
1925

Architect-Designed Office Space

Dealer, E. A. Holscher hires an architect to produce more efficient layout at Missouri-Pacific Railroad offices, which reduces space utilized by 25 percent, and other orders follow.

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Industry
1922

Dealer Network Launched

Metal Office Furniture Co. is one of the first companies known to build an official dealer organization. Our first dealer is in St. Louis, Missouri. By 1968 we will have nearly 900 dealers in all 50 states...

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Industry
1919

Forges de Strasbourg Founded

The French company, Forges de Strasbourg, gets its start as a tool and steel structure manufacturer. Later the company creates a division, Strafor, devoted to the production of office furniture. Strafor...

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Industry
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
1913

Clestra Hauserman Founded

Clestra Hauserman is founded by E. F. Hauserman in Cleveland, OH. This company is credited with creating the industry's first moveable partitions. Later, in the 1970s, Strafor Facom purchases Clestra Hauserman....

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Industry

1955

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