Steelcase values and history
Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace products, furnishings and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations.
We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion and nearly 13,000 employees around the world. The leadership team is based at the global headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Steelcase Inc. encompasses three core brands -- Steelcase, Turnstone and Coalesse – and several sub-brands, including Nurture, our healthcare division.
Steelcase was founded in 1912 by a few people with a strong commitment to integrity and doing the right thing for their customers, employees, business partners, associates and neighbors.
Their principles became the foundation of our company, passed on from decade to decade. Our employees are our greatest asset and living these values is at the core of all that we do, just as it was in the past.
At Steelcase we:
- Act with integrity
- Tell the truth
- Keep commitments
- Treat people with dignity and respect
- Promote positive relationships
- Protect the environment
Steelcase began in 1912 as The Metal Office Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
We received our first patent in 1914 for a steel wastebasket -- a major innovation at a time when straw wastebaskets were a serious office fire hazard. That led to metal desks, and we've led the way with product and service innovations ever since.
Today, our portfolio of solutions addresses the three core elements of an office environment: interior architecture, furniture and technology. We changed our name to Steelcase in 1954 and became a publicly held company in 1998.