Steven J. Cage
Steven Cage is the Founder of Stratosphere Quality, LLC and serves as an Advisory Board Member. Steve began Stratosphere Quality on February 13th, 2009 and has grown the company to 140 million in annual revenue with over 2,500 employees. Stratosphere Quality is the largest inspection and sorting company in North America.
Steve has spent close to 40 years in the automotive manufacturing industry, as an entrepreneur, making a huge difference in the quality of their products. After graduating from Lawrence Central High School in 1970, he worked his college summers on the Chrysler production line in the early 1970’s.
Steve was intrigued by the manufacturing waste and inefficiency in the automotive industry at that time. It was then that he envisioned the creation of the sorting and inspection industry to help automotive suppliers and OEM automotive manufacturers with their quality. Steve revolutionized the idea of preventing defective parts from entering the manufacturing facility and keeping the assembly from stopping with very specific high-volume organized quality processes.
Steve started his own third-party inspection and sorting business in 1980 from his garage. The company he founded in 2009, Stratosphere Quality, has grown into the largest sorting and inspection company in North America. Stratosphere Quality has been named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America List from 2013 – 2016. The company was also designated one of the 2017 Largest Private Companies in Indiana.
Stratosphere Quality has earned industry-wide recognition from OEMs, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers for implementing processes and technology that significantly improved quality issues throughout the supply chain. Additionally, Stratosphere Quality has been awarded the prestigious Supplier of the Year for Industrial Services Award twice from Honda of America. Stratosphere Quality has continued to expand their geographic reach throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. Diversification into markets outside of the automotive industry continues to be a key focus along with new technology and innovative solutions that will improve the quality assurance industry.
With the sale of Stratosphere Quality to Sojitz Corporation and Green Tec Corporation, Steve will remain involved as an Advisory Board Member. Steve will continue to use his vision and expertise to provide insight into the changing dynamics of the automotive industry and the quality inspection business as a whole.
Steve resides in Fishers, Indiana and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Berry College, where he graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in Accounting. Steve’s passion for the automobile industry led him to open the RPM Collection in Fishers, Indiana. The Muscle Car Museum is home to the world famous Indianapolis 500 Pace Car that crashed at the start of the 1971 race as well as over 30 other cars including the famous George Barris-built “Eleanor,” show car that promoted the movie Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage.