Recognizing Steelcase for 100 Year Anniversaryby Representative Bill Huizenga
Posted on 2013-01-02
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of
a great West Michigan company and leader in the office furniture
industry. Steelcase, Inc. began serving Grand Rapids, MI in 1912 as the
Metal Office Furniture Company. Today, Steelcase is known as a company
of innovation and integrity.
Since the creation of its first product, the fireproof metal wastebasket, Steelcase was able to look forward in innovation and safety. Steelcase continued to move forward in the world of office furniture, when in 1953, they became the first in the industry to produce office furniture in colors. Examples of Steelcase's attention to creativity and safety continued to be shown throughout the years. Steelcase ultimately proved itself to be a company that cared about much more.
Steelcase has also been a company that focuses on its people and their capabilities. This is easily seen in their diversity and community leadership programs. Steelcase employs fair and honest hiring practices, and seeks to raise awareness of diversity issues by creating partnerships with other companies that support diversity.
Steelcase has demonstrated a commitment to local involvement, contributing to over 100 community organizations around the United States. Additionally that philanthropic spirit carries over into the culture of the Steelcase team, where the employees volunteered nearly 4,500 hours of community service in 2010 alone.
These ideals continue to set Steelcase apart, and the company is now recognized as a symbol of excellence around the world. Steelcase now employs over 11,000 people worldwide, and 3,500 people in West Michigan. Today, the company's product line has expanded to over 500 items, and serves over 110,000 companies around the globe.
Steelcase has proven itself to be a company built on great ideas, and continues to live up to this model as they move forward. Steelcase has recently introduced the ``100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years'' program. The movement looks to create a dialogue with people from around the world, and showcase their ideas and perspectives in a film centered on the future of the changing world of work.
Thank you, Steelcase, for your commitment to the Second District, the greater Grand Rapids area, and happy 100th anniversary.