History

Historical news:

July 2009 LED Illumination Sales offering 40 and 60 Watt Incandescent replacements with dimmable versions, Fluorescent & Halogen replacement lamps, Flood Lighting and Explosion Proof Lighting.

April 1, 2008, “Could your walls be making your employees sick?” Contemporary office construction can make office life easier, but the use of more complex materials can also result in an unhealthy environment. Conventional wall systems can contribute to the problem if they emit volatile organic compounds, known as “VOC’s.” Be sure you’re doing everything possible to create a healthy office environment by using environmentally friendly movable wall systems from M/W International. Our contemporary demountable partitions are certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute.

March 1, 2008, “Who would have thought that our walls could end up helping the environment, and our bottom line?” Wall systems from M/W International can be one more way your company can demonstrate commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment. That’s because our demountable partitions are certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute. Strengthen your corporate environmental responsibility program and your bottom line by using the beautiful and economical partitions from M/W International.

February 1, 2008, “Looking for ways to take your company green? The secret may be in your walls…” evaluating sustainability opportunities – including those related to energy use, environmental impact, indoor environment quality, water conservation, and waste management – facility managers can make a significant impact on the bottom line.

Our products are in complete alignment with the growth sectors of the Northeast Ohio (NEO) region where we are headquartered. The region’s progress is being led by companies such as The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, who are world-class leaders in the industry most responsible for improving people’s quality of life, and healthy productivity in the workplace. They are at the forefront of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of indoor air. We are intent on joining them in creating a healthy office environment where everyone can breathe easily.

The Original Movable Wall Company Goes Green
“Helping NEO Companies Go Green, Right Down to the Walls”

In November 2006, M/W was awarded a 2000 workstations contract for the State of Ohio. Because of our modularity, aesthetics, cable management, price, and the ergonomic professional environment that was achieved, repeat business continued from the State of Ohio. Additional 1000 units at 50 separate satellite offices around the state and a further 1,500 were delivered over the next several years. “Our ability to stage the initial order in a timely manner was critical as employees are moving into new workstations while the entire facility kept running uninterrupted.” Joseph Bucalo said. “The client is also pleased with the modular architectural design concept that allows Genesis to fit any office configuration.”

In October 2006, M/W Intl. was awarded a prominent $2.5 million dollar project supplying floor to ceiling walls (FC-150) for a large historical U.S. Government institution responsible for archiving all published documents. M/W effectively utilized new product design while capturing cost effective interfaces by reusing existing product. Accomplishing upgraded appearances while saving money.

April 2004 New plant for Mills Wall and FC-300 Walls opened in Norwalk, Ohio.

In 2002 an alliance was formed with Genesis to penetrate the GSA Government market for integrated furniture systems. M/W is the GSA contract holder and those orders flow through M/W from Genesis dealers and reps.

Beginning September/October 2000 to present, contracts from Miele, State Department, Rolls Royce, Orlando Operation Center, Washington Naval Ship Yard, MTD Tractor, Pepsico, Chemical Abstract, Library of Congress and others being installed.

In August 2000 General Service Administration (GSA) amends M/W contract to include FC-300 movable wall partitions.

In 1999 M/W International submitted all life safety-testing requirements to General Service Administration for contract covering Mills Wall product and stackable office systems.  A twenty-year contract was awarded in August 1999.

January 1997 joint sales and product development was begun with Genesis tiled stackable panel systems.

In August 1996, existing Mills management matched the twenty-cents-on-the-dollar Steelcase offer and acquired ownership of all Mills Wall Tooling, Technology and Customer Lists, which constituted 75 years of drawings, assembly technology and 12 truckloads of tooling and equipment. M/W International, Inc. emerged from that purchase.

In 1996 Maars, with European sales problems, realizing that the Mills Wall product needed a large infusion of manufacturing capital, proposed selling the Mills Movable Wall product line to Steelcase. The sale to Steelcase never occurred because of a profit turnaround in the restroom compartment business, which allowed Maars BV to recover their initial investment by selling the Mills restroom business, Cleveland engineering office and mid-Ohio factory to Bradley Accessories.

The Mills Company was purchased in 1989 to provide Maars BV of the Netherlands a Demountable Partition Wall product to compete in Europe with Clestra-Hauserman. The Clestra operation was a joint venture between Steelcase and Hauserman. It was dissolved in 1989 when Hauserman declared bankruptcy and “product rights only” were purchased by Steelcase and the French government.

By 1986, through a lack of capital investments, the death of the founder and poor management, Mills was relegated to being the supplier of wall parts and restroom compartments only.

By 1970 Mills was the dominant supplier of both, movable wall and toilet partition products, with sales over $35 million in 1970 dollars at 35% profit margins.

In 1934 Mills invented metal restroom compartments.

In 1932, based on designs by a sheet metal products engineer, the company entered the architectural wall market when one of the first manufactured wall systems in the world was produced.

The Mills Family started the Mills Walls Company in 1921 as a manufacturer of prefabricated metal factory window frames in Cleveland, Ohio also initializing production of  all steel factory partitions.