Smead Manufacturing


Ever since Charles Smead began his business in 1906 with a product known as the "bandless file," Smead Manufacturing has been a top brand in organization solutions. Devoted to creating products to keep you organized, the company produces the highest quality filing accessories, high-quality shelving solutions and state-of-the-art presentation products. Smead ...Read More

Smead Manufacturing

Ever since Charles Smead began his business in 1906 with a product known as the "bandless file," Smead Manufacturing has been a top brand in organization solutions. Devoted to creating products to keep you organized, the company produces the highest quality filing accessories, high-quality shelving solutions and state-of-the-art presentation products.

Smead is now a woman-owned company well-known for its high quality, environmentally responsible products and innovative organizational systems. For over a half-century, women have guided Smead along an incredible path of success in a traditionally male-dominated manufacturing industry. Pioneering women's entrance into the boardroom, the mother-daughter team of Ebba Hoffman and Sharon Avent have helped blaze a trail for future women-business owners with their high ideals, achieving unparalleled growth, success and environmental stewardship. Under their direction, Smead has become a global industry leader.

In 1955, Ebba Hoffman embarked on a journey which transformed Smead from a relatively small family-owned business into an industry leader. In an era when a woman running a business was a rarity, she accomplished amazing feats by creating a foundation of high ideals within the company and reaching out to the community. Sharon Avent has continued this legacy by leading Smead into the international arena, navigating significant growth and extending the company's philanthropic vision even further. The mother-daughter legacy created during the last 50+ years has earned Smead a unique place in history.

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