SSI SCHAEFER's business evolved from light metal fabrication to complete warehousing systems. SSI SCHAEFER now markets one of the most complete product lines for warehousing, materials handling, transport and storage. Other product offerings include office interiors, heating units, cabinets, drawer units, racking, rack-supported buildings, mezzanines, workshop equipment, metal, plastic and conductive storage containers, and a wide range of products for the waste and recycling industry, including drop-off containers for infectious waste. SSI SCHAEFER also operates one of Europe's most successful mail-order businesses, with over 20,000 items in their catalog.

SSI Schaefer began operations some 60 years ago in the Siegerland region of central Germany, a traditional steel smelting and processing area. Since then it has grown into an organization that encompasses a dozen different manufacturing plants in steel and plastics, subsidiaries in 22 countries around the world and over 7,000 employees. It was, and still is today, a privately held and operated company.

Schaefer Systems International, Inc., the North American subsidiary of the SSI SCHAEFER group of companies, established headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1989. Since then, it has undergone tremendous growth. Facilities in the Westlake Business Park in southwest Charlotte have expanded to four buildings.

The manufacturing plant in Charlotte is equipped with injection-molding machines rated from 850 tons to 3,300 tons. Twenty hot-stamping machines are available for imprinting. All of the equipment is state-of-the-art computer controlled, with all phases of production monitored by 33 different information screens 24 hours a day. Production capacity for the plant is 700,000 roll-out waste containers annually, and 1.2 million returnable shipping containers per year. It supplies the Canadian, Mexican and U.S. markets.

SSI SCHAEFER's production facility in Lodi, California, includes over 6 acres of property and a 38,000 sq. ft. injection-molding manufacturing plant, with an annual capacity of 500,000 units.

Total integrated systems design, down to the smallest detail, have earned SSI SCHAEFER an international reputation as a leader in the manufacture of refuse containers, returnable packaging and storage systems. The scope of SSI SCHAEFER's investment in the U.S. is a demonstration of its confidence not only in its products, but also in the U.S. as a viable marketplace for quality products. All SSI SCHAEFER products are backed by over 60 years of experience in the industry and a total commitment to quality. SSI SCHAEFER's manufacturing operation is ISO 9001 certified, guaranteeing consistent quality every time.