MONROE, Mich. (March 30, 2012) – This year, La-Z-Boy celebrates its 85th year of manufacturing and marketing legendary furniture. Since its inception in 1927, La-Z-Boy has evolved into a household name, providing great-looking and innovative furniture for homes around the globe. The company will commemorate 85 years of quality, comfort and style with a company-wide anniversary celebration at its headquarters and other locations across the country.
In their hometown of Monroe, Michigan, young cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker started a partnership to make furniture 85 years ago, in particular a chair that reclined. What started off as a handshake became La-Z-Boy, one of the world’s primary furniture manufacturers, and a true American success story. With corporate headquarters that remain in Monroe, five U.S. manufacturing plants and four distribution centers, La-Z-Boy honors its American heritage by employing more than 5,000 people nationwide.
“La-Z-Boy has a proud history of comfort, quality and innovation. From the development of the Reclina-Rocker® recliner in 1961 to today’s PowerReclineXR™ chair, La-Z-Boy has been at the forefront of reclining technology,” said Kurt Darrow, Chairman, President & CEO of La-Z-Boy. “Today, we are pleased to also offer a wide range of great looking furniture beyond our iconic recliner including over 60 comfortable sofas with 800 fabric and leather options so that customers can customize products to meet their specific style.”
Recliners, sofas, stationary furniture and more are available in hundreds of fabric and leather covers at more than 309 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores, 549 in-store La-Z-Boy Comfort Studios and other independent retailers. La-Z-Boy also offers consumers a wide variety of casegoods (wood) furniture products under the brand names of American Drew, Lea, Hammary and Kincaid. And, in addition to the La-Z-Boy brand, the company also includes well-known upholstery companies and brands Bauhaus and England. Many of these products are sold through La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores.
“The two Eds would be proud to see how far La-Z-Boy has come since their handshake in 1927,” said Darrow.
CAPTION INFORMATION: From left to right: Steven Rindskopf, Corporate VP Human Resources, Doug Collier, CMO and President International, Mark Bacon, President La-Z-Boy Branded Business, Kurt Darrow, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Mike Riccio, Chief Financial Officer stand in front of a custom-made anniversary cake in the shape of the popular La-Z-Boy Demi sofa.