Step One is a division of H.T. Hackney Co., based in Knoxville, Tenn., and one of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S. Established in the early 1990s, Step One was created to market products exclusively through larger retailers and big-box stores. Its goal is to offer the best value in the North American marketplace, with all research and development focused with this consumer in mind. Manufacturing and sourcing operations are located in several hubs around the world, helping consumers access today’s looks at affordable prices.