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02/18/2016

10 Years on Fortune’s Most Admired

Fortune has recognized Steelcase Inc. (NYSE:SCS) as one of its 2016 “World’s Most Admired Companies” in the Home Equipment and Furnishings industry sector. Steelcase, the global leader in its industry,...

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02/08/2016

Global Workplace Report

Steelcase introduces its first Global Report: Engagement + The Global Workplace conducted in 17 countries, receiving positive customer response and media traction globally including in the United States,...

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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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07/2013

Innovation Center Opens in Grand Rapids, MI

The Steelcase Innovation Center was created to foster behaviors of an innovation culture such as idea sharing and prototyping, and to leverage global talent. Steelcase researchers studied the process and...

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03/2013

Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” 2013

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

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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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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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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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03/02/2012

Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” 2012

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...

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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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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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2008

WorkLife India Opens

WorkLife Centers in Bangalore and Delhi, India, open.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2001

Lean Manufacturing Efforts Begin

Steelcase begins lean manufacturing efforts in earnest. Based on the Toyota manufacturing model, the program has reduced our global footprint from approximately 17.4 million sq. ft. in fiscal year 2000...

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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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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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2000

E-Commerce Sales First Offered to Steelcase Customers

Internet storefronts make purchases easier for customers. Steelcase expects more than 50 customers to purchase products through the new e-commerce program by the end of 2000.

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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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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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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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1996

Investment in IDEO

Steelcase makes an equity investment in IDEO, located in Palo Alto, CA. In 2007, IDEO will begin a 5-year buy-back program.

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12/1995

Leadership Community Opens

Under Jim Hackett's direction, the Steelcase Leadership Team abandons their private office, and moves into the Leadership Community -- an open office area designed to promote greater collaboration, faster...

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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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1991

Global Presence Expanded

Our global expansion continues. Steelcase facilities are now located on six continents, with manufacturing sites in 11 countries, and products marketed in 68 countries.

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03/08/1990

Details® Founded

Details® launches in New York City and becomes part of the Steelcase Design Partnership®. A few of the many products introduced are the Articulating Keyboard Support designed by ID Two in San Francisco,...

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1989

CDC Opens: Context® Furniture Installed

The Steelcase Corporate Development Center, a pyramid-shaped facility for research and development, opens.  This building was designed to increase collaboration and includes Steelcase's new curvilinear...

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06/1987

Steelcase Design Partnership® Forms

Steelcase Inc. forms the Steelcase Design Partnership®, a group of high-design oriented office furniture companies serving special market niches. Under the umbrella of The Steelcase Design Partnership...

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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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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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1983

44th Street Corporate Headquarters Opens

Steelcase's new Corporate Headquarters opens in Grand Rapids and is lauded as "a textbook example of how to organize human resources in the optimum work environment."  Located at 901 44th Street SE, the...

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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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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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06/1978

Acquisition of Vecta®

The Steelcase Grand Prairie, Texas, plant opens when we acquired Vecta Contract Inc. (Vecta®), a manufacturer of architectural furnishings (e.g. lobbies, lounges, conference rooms for universities,...

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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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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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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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06/1972

Designs in Wood Introduced

With the purchase of Hardwood Designs in California and plans to build a wood furniture plant in North Carolina, Steelcase prepares to introduce Designs in Wood.

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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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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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1964

Attwood Corp. Acquired

Steelcase acquires Attwood Corp., a source of quality plating and plastic extrusions for our products. David D. Hunting, Jr., formerly treasurer of Steelcase, is appointed president.

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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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1962

50th Anniversary Celebration

As Steelcase celebrates our 50th anniversary (pictured), we are expanding across North America with a new facility in La Mirada, California and an expansion to the plant in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada.

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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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12/01/1954

Company Name Change: Steelcase Inc.

The Company name officially becomes Steelcase Inc., differentiating it from competitors who use variations of “metal office furniture” in their names. This change allows us to capitalize on our successful...

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1955

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