Manufacturers & New Years, v. 6: Relaxing on New Year’s Day

By January 1, 2006General

Blogging from AustraliaToday’s final look at how Manufacturers impact the New Year’s celebration is written from the Myella Farm Stay. Its New Year’s Day and while most people will be relaxing, we plan on engaging in all sorts of farm activities that you might otherwise see from “The Simple Life.”

Speaking of relaxing, New Year’s Day is synonymous with relaxing after a late evening by spending time with family or watching football. For that, its appropiate that for our final profile we turn to Monroe, Mich.-based La-Z-Boy, Inc.

Founded in the 1920s as the Kna-Shoe Manufacturing Company by two young cousins, Edward M. Knabusch, a woodworker, and Edwin J. Shoemaker, a farmer, one of their first products is perhaps its most famous: the recliner. The story of the recliner began as an innovative chair designed for “nature’s way of relaxing.” It was a wood-slat folding porch chair that followed the contour of a person’s body, both sitting up and leaning back. A year later, the first upholstered chair came about when a customer suggested they upholster it and market it as a year-round piece.

Things have really evolved since La-Z-Boy first introduced the recliner in 1928. Over the subsequent decades, the company has grown annual sales to $2 billion and is one of the world?s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home and office, as well as for the hospitality, health care and assisted-living industries.

The Manufacturers Blog wishes everyone a safe, happy and prosperous 2005.