Innovating office environments for over 107 years

1910

MOFC Incorporated
March 16, 1912
MOFC Incorporated

1920

Commonwealth Top Customer
1920
Commonwealth Top Customer
First West Coast Sales Made
1921
First West Coast Sales Made
The Birth of the Brand
1921
The Birth of the Brand
Plant #2 is Built
1926
Plant #2 is Built
Entrance into the International Market
November 26, 1928
Entrance into the International Market

1930

Acquisition of Doehler Metal Furniture Company
1930
Acquisition of Doehler Metal Furniture Company
Terrell's Equipment Stock Purchased
December 23, 1936
Terrell's Equipment Stock Purchased

1940

“Honeymoon in New York” Shuts Down the Chair Plant
April 22, 1947
“Honeymoon in New York” Shuts Down the Chair Plant

1950

25 Year Club Organized
1950
25 Year Club Organized
Largest Post-War Order
1950
Largest Post-War Order
Steelcase Canada Ltd. Founded
1954
Steelcase Canada Ltd. Founded
Company Name Change: Steelcase Inc.
December 1, 1954
Company Name Change: Steelcase Inc.
Move to 36th Street
December 13, 1957
Move to 36th Street

1960

50th Anniversary Celebration
1962
50th Anniversary Celebration
Attwood Corp. Acquired
1964
Attwood Corp. Acquired
Steelcase Inc., California Founded
1964
Steelcase Inc., California Founded

1970

September 1975
IBM 1500 PC
Steelcase Canada, Ltd. Expands
1970
Steelcase Canada, Ltd. Expands
Word Processing Center Opens
May 1971
Word Processing Center Opens
Designs in Wood Introduced
June 1972
Designs in Wood Introduced
Sears Tower Installation
June 15, 1973
Sears Tower Installation
Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. Joint Venture Formed
August 5, 1974
Steelcase/ Strafor S.A. Joint Venture Formed
Spectrum Logo Introduced
1978
Spectrum Logo Introduced

1980

Pohlschröder Joint Venture Formed in Germany
1980
Pohlschröder Joint Venture Formed in Germany
44th Street Corporate Headquarters Opens
1983
44th Street Corporate Headquarters Opens
Stow & Davis Furniture Co. Acquired
1985
Stow & Davis Furniture Co. Acquired
Steelcase Inc. Turns 75
1987
Steelcase Inc. Turns 75
Steelcase Design Partnership® Forms
June 1987
Steelcase Design Partnership® Forms
CDC Opens: Context® Furniture Installed
1989
CDC Opens: Context® Furniture Installed

1990

Details® Founded
March 8, 1990
Details® Founded
Global Presence Expanded
1991
Global Presence Expanded
Turnstone® Founded
1993
Turnstone® Founded
Leadership Community Opens
December 1995
Leadership Community Opens
WorkLife Center Opens in NYC
1996
WorkLife Center Opens in NYC
Investment in IDEO
1996
Investment in IDEO

2000

Steelcase University Learning Center Opens
2000
Steelcase University Learning Center Opens
New Corporate Identity Introduced
2000
New Corporate Identity Introduced
E-Commerce Sales First Offered
2000
E-Commerce Sales First Offered
Lean Manufacturing Efforts Begin
2001
Lean Manufacturing Efforts Begin
Steelcase debuts in Fortune 500
April 2, 2001
Steelcase debuts in Fortune 500
PolyVision® Acquired
August 27, 2001
PolyVision® Acquired

2010

WorkCafe Opens
August 16, 2011
WorkCafe Opens
Steelcase Celebrates 100 Years
March 16, 2012
Steelcase Celebrates 100 Years
Stock Exchange Bell Ringing
October 4, 2012
Stock Exchange Bell Ringing
Workspring Celebrates Second Chicago Location
January 2013
Workspring Celebrates Second Chicago Location
Innovation Center Opens in Grand Rapids, MI
July 2013
Innovation Center Opens in Grand Rapids, MI
Munich Innovation Center Plans Announced
March 16, 2015
Munich Innovation Center Plans Announced

2020

January 21, 2020
#1 Fortune Most Admired 2020

We opened our doors in 1912 after 11 business men agreed to invest in Peter M. Wege's dream of opening a steel office furniture company in a city renowned for wood furniture. Since then we've experienced many changes, including our name, but our business vision of always looking toward the future has remained the same.

Here we'd like to share with you a few hundred of the thousands of noteworthy historical moments from our 107-year plus legacy.

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