Steelcase to Close Famed Pyramid…


Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, July 27, 2009

Steelcase was to office furniture manufacturing what GM was to automobile manufacturing. (Not entirely accurate but certainly close enough for a blog post.) The point being, Steelcase was once the big-dog, safe, secure, well-paying employer in its world. In the salad days of 1989, it built an innovative, seven story pyramid as its new Corporate Development Center. Twenty years later, it’s closing the building and consolidating the workers in a rather bland corporate structure. So it goes. Here’s hoping it can be reused and not become a relic of an ancient time. (I hear it has got some really nice office furniture!)

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