In 1927, Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker decided to create a chair that would be "nature's way to relax". They used a few orange crates as a mockup to show off their design. A wood-slat porch chair was created with a reclining mechanism so users could sit back and enjoy themselves. Unsurprisingly, this new design was a huge success.
They held a contest to decide the name of the chair, and when a twelve year old girl commented, "You guys look like lazy boys sitting in these chairs" the name stuck.
The La-Z-Boy Recliner received a new update in 1961 that included a footrest. La-Z-Boy began to make furniture and sofas a few years later.
Today, La-Z-Boy trades on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbol $LZB.
La-Z-Boy continues to research and develop new ways to improve our products. We continue to find new ways to live comfortably with the same innovative spirit that we started in 1927.
Is La-Z-Boy made in USA?
La-Z-Boy furniture is mostly manufactured in America. This is done in three manufacturing plants, six distribution centres, and more than 100 retail outlets located throughout the country.
La-Z-Boy's American Manufacturing Plants
La-Z-Boy's manufacturing plants produce an average 8,000 pieces per day, and employ more than 7,500 Americans. They are located in Dayton, TN, Siloam Springs, AR, and Neosho, MO.
American-Sourced Parts & Materials
The steel, springs and foam used in LaZ-Boy products is all sourced from America. They get the steel from Tennessee and Alabama, the springs from Indiana and North Carolina, and the Hardwood from Kentucky and Louisiana. These materials and parts are then made into La-Z-Boy furniture at one of their five regional manufacturing facilities.