The History of Compatico
Compatico was started in the 1980’s by four individuals who, with a long and successful history at Herman Miller, identified a need in the office furniture industry. Remanufacturers of used Herman Miller™ Action Office™ Systems needed a source to purchase lost or damaged parts. Hence, Compatico for "compatible" parts.
In 1989 Glenn Steil acquired Compatico to enhance his business of distributing Guilford of Maine fabric to furniture refurbishers and remanufacturers as well as to many major furniture manufacturers. At that time, Compatico became the sister company of Steil Inc. until in 1990, he sold Steil Inc. to Guilford of Maine. He retained Compatico and expanded its business by introducing compatible parts for other system products as well. By the mid-1990s, Compatico further built its reputation by introducing complete, new office furniture systems to office furniture dealers. Its products were designed to integrate with Herman Miller™ Action Office™ (Series 1™ and Series 2™) and Steelcase™ Avenir™ products. More importantly to dealers, it positioned them with a strong product base that was both profitable and allowed them to be competitive.
As the founder of compatible and interchangeable office parts and an early innovator in manufacturing compatible new office systems, Compatico continues to look to the future. In 2004, former Michigan Lt Governor Dick Posthumus joined the company and led many new changes, including the introduction of freestanding desks and new design-oriented systems, expansion of export sales and developing a GSA contract program. In 2006, Posthumus led three other midwest business and community leaders to purchase the company from Steil.
Today Compatico manufactures, assembles and supplies new office furniture systems to customers in every state, the Caribbean, Canada, and South America. It also has the largest warehouse selection of office furniture parts for the remanufacturing of existing office furniture—a significant contribution to sustainability of our resources by making reuse of existing furniture products both practical and cost-effective. While it delivers quality products at prices usually below major manufacturers, Compatico is recognized especially for its personal customer service.
Whether your needs are for entirely new furniture systems, adding to Herman Miller™ AO1™, AO2™ or Steelcase™ Avenir™ systems already in place, or to obtain parts and components for remanufacturing or life-cycle service parts, Compatico, is a smart choice. Compatico's systems are UL listed, meet ANSI/BIFMA standards, and are backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.
Compatico is located next to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the world headquarters for the office furniture industry. We will continue to focus on service, stability, value and responsiveness. If you want “customer first service”, try Compatico on your next office system project. You won’t be disappointed.
Customer First Service
At Compatico you are a name and a face. You won’t get lost in the “corporate shuffle.” Our organization is flexible to meet your needs. We have a “live” person answering the phone and you have direct access to our entire team; president, business development, project managers and customer service.
Dealers, facility managers, designers and end-users have found that new Compatico Office Systems are equal in quality to that of major manufacturers at a significant cost savings. Combining savings and our Customer First Service they frequently become repeat customers.
We stock each and every part listed in our catalogs and can ship parts orders within 72 hours and system orders within a few weeks. We have a limited lifetime warranty on our systems products, and our component parts sold individually for one year.