Steelcase was originally founded in 1912 in Michigan USA, as the Metal Office Furniture Company. The company’s legacy of innovation began with its first product - the fireproof metal waste basket. This product was a leap forward in safety and productivity for its time when, a century ago, cigar and pipe smokers risked workers’ lives because of fires caused from ashes dumped in wicker waste paper baskets. Today, Steelcase continues its focus on innovation with global product solutions for business, health care and education, all based on research and insights about the changing nature of work, what workers need today and how the workplace can help organizations compete in a complex, interconnected world. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading, and publicly traded company with fiscal 2011 revenue of approximately $2.4 billion.