Smead is a world-leading provider of filing and labeling solutions with a rich American history. In 1906, when paper filing systems were vital to the operation of many private and government entities, file folders were secured with rubber bands or string, which deteriorated and made filing work slow. Charles Smead designed the first Bandless File, a faster filing solution without the need for rubber bands or strings. Smead’s biggest break came during World War II, where large government contracts for file folders allowed them expand into new plants.
Now Smead sells it’s organizational supplies internationally to large chain store retailers and government organizations. If you work in an office, chances are you’ve relied on Smead products to stay organized, or used filing solutions that were inspired by Smead’s innovation.