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Cramer

For 120 years, the name "Cramer" has been synonymous with dependable products and quality service to the American office.

Since the company sold its first industrial strength safe from a Kansas City storefront, the Cramer story has been one of rare endurance and adaptability. Few companies operating in the 1880s were able to adjust to the rapidly changing business climate.

The business took its current form when Hallmark Cards, Inc., another Kansas City company, asked Cramer to produce a custom chair for their artists in the 1930’s. The artists could not find a chair at the appropriate height and with angles that met the unique demands of their craft.

Roy Cramer, Sr. observed these mass production artists at work and saw an opportunity to serve the unique requirements of American office workers in challenging environments. In 1934, the Cramer Posture Chair, featuring an adjustable upholstered seat and back, was born, and Roy staked the company’s future on product innovation – chairs designed to support the posture and comfort of every seated worker. Cramer Posture Chair Co. was born.

This vision set the stage for the company’s growth for decades to come. Cramer continues to produce commercial seating designed for unique and demanding environments. From WWII Bombers to modern day call centers, Cramer chairs are known for their quality and durability.

In 1940, Cramer sold its safe business, and in the 1950’s, expanded their product line to include rolling ladders and step stools. With Cramer’s capabilities in bending and stamping aluminum and steel, manufacturing ladders and stools was a natural extension of their existing products.

Cramer engineers invented the concept of the “ladder bell”, the retractable caster with a circular housing, that they placed on a ladder to protect the casters and ladder legs. A few years later, an engineer had the idea to make a life-size version of the ladder bell itself for use as a step stool. That idea eventually bore the Kik-Step®, the original rolling-step stool.

Today, Cramer is still focused on those core businesses as well as developing new, innovative products in both the seating and elevation businesses.

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