About Steelcase

Who We Are
Our Heritage
Our Values
Our Locations

Who We Are

Who We Are

Steelcase leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential.

Our comprehensive portfolio is anchored by two core brands: Steelcase, Coalesse. Together with our partners, we design spaces to help people work, learn and heal.

And because protecting the environment is in our DNA, we drive sustainable social, economic and environmental change through our decisions and actions. At Steelcase, we don’t just do what’s right, we do what’s best — for people and for the planet.

Our Heritage

Our Heritage

History

Established in 1912 as the Metal Office Furniture Company, our first patent for a metal wastebasket meant safety for office workers. In crowded cities where fires spread quickly, replacing wicker with steel was a lifesaving innovation.

Founders Peter M. Wege, Walter D. Idema and David D. Hunting built the business in Grand Rapids, Michigan–a city then known as “The Furniture City” because of its many wood furniture manufacturers.

By 1919 the company began to establish its dealer network, making desks, cabinets and other products available nationwide. Officially known as Steelcase Inc. beginning in 1954, the company grew globally and executed the largest single shipment in the industry in 1973, providing over 400 truckloads of furniture for Chicago’s Sears Tower. Steelcase became publicly traded in 1998.

We’ve been looking forward since the beginning. From our early years to 21st-century breakthroughs, Steelcase turns insights into innovations and pushes limits to transform and reimagine the workplace.

Explore our heritage and our history

Our Values

Our Values

Our Values

More than 100 years ago, our founders made a commitment to do business differently. Our seven core values ground us and push us to do more and be better every day. 

At Steelcase we:

  • Act with integrity
  • Tell the truth
  • Keep commitments
  • Treat people with dignity and respect
  • Promote positive relationships
  • Protect the environment
  • Excel

Quick Facts

Founded 1912
First Patent 1914
Number of Employees 12,700
Number of Dealers Over 800
Revenue $2.6 billion (FY21)
Brands Steelcase, Steelcase Health, Steelcase Learning

Coalesse, Designtex, AMQ, Smith System, Orangebox

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Executive Team + Board of Directors

A commitment to excellence, creativity and innovation. Take a moment to meet some of the leaders who shape our vision.

Executive Team

Board of Directors

Recent News

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September 14, 2021

Steelcase Outlines ESG Goals and Priorities in Annual Impact Report

The fiscal 2021 Steelcase Impact Report shares key commitments and accomplishments around the company’s environmental, social and governance efforts.
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August 16, 2021

Steelcase Teams Up with Kontrol Technologies to Provide Air Quality Monitoring and Viral Detection Technology

The exclusive relationship with Kontrol’s BioCloud® Technology will provide real-time detection of airborne pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 to help make workplaces safer as organizations return to the office.
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June 16, 2021

Steelcase Recognized as One of America’s 50 Most Community-Minded Companies

Today, Steelcase has been named a 2021 honoree of The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light.
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June 15, 2021

Textiles Are Unlikely Source of COVID-19 Transmission, Finds First-Ever Study of Virus Surrogate on Contract-Grade Fabrics

As more employees return to the office, results highlight low risk of surface-to-surface transmission, adding to global body of knowledge on how long the virus remains active on porous materials.
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April 19, 2021

Jim Keane, President and CEO of Steelcase Inc., Announces Retirement

Sara Armbruster to Become President and Chief Executive Officer, Effective October 4, 2021 GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan; April 19, 2021 –
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March 10, 2021

Steelcase Introduces More Than 40 New Products for New Employee Needs in the Office

"Work tents” for privacy, Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 85” cart and wall mounts for better collaboration and innovative boundary and storage solutions to create a room within a room – all created for emerging work trends.
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February 1, 2021

Steelcase Named One of the World’s Most Admired Companies

For the 15th time, the company earned a place on Fortune Magazine’s prestigious list for its innovative spirit and commitment to social responsibility, among other respected attributes.
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January 28, 2021

Steelcase Earns Top Designation as “Best Place to Work” for LGBTQ Equality

Company receives a perfect score of 100 on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
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January 21, 2021

New Data from Steelcase Shares the Highs and Lows of Working from Home and its Impact on the Future Workplace

No Commute, but a Worsening Sense of Isolation - 95% expected to return to the office in some capacity as engagement, productivity and innovation suffer when workers unsatisfied at home.
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January 6, 2021

Steelcase Named One of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek

Steelcase recognized among top 400 U.S. companies for giving to communities in which they operate.
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August 25, 2020

Steelcase Announces Carbon Neutrality and Goal to be Carbon Negative by 2030

Carbon reductions targeted across company operations to align with ambitious climate science goals
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July 20, 2020

Steelcase Announces Relationship with Italian Furniture Maker Mattiazzi

Alliance offers designers and customers access to the family-owned company’s portfolio of furniture through the reliable Steelcase dealer network.