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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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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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1953

Community Chest Record Set

All previous Metal Office Furniture Co. records were smashed when 87% of all employees donated to this year's Community Chest campaign, meeting 100%-plus of the goal.  The Community Chest name may have...

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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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1933

Employment Levels Maintained Despite Depression

As Metal Office Furniture Co. sales reach their lowest point during the Depression, employees are divided into part-time groups and wages lowered to 25¢/ hour so that everyone continues to earn an income....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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12/27/1951

Steelcase Foundation Formed

A form for a Trust Indenture is submitted for the establishment of a charitable foundation to be known as “The Metal Office Furniture Company Foundation.” Over time, the Company has donated a portion...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1955

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