The La-Z-Boy chair is a staple in many U.S. homes, and one of many companies that use lean manufacturing. "The difference for us has been that we have a really good lean foundation, and we have invested in training and in our people. So, our execution of the fundamentals is really good." La-Z-Boy also has a lot of customization options with their products, and implementing lean manufacturing techniques can certainly help make that type of production possible. They not only stay current in technology with their manufacturing, they have added features to their products as well such as USB charging stations!
In a few weeks, more than 100 million Americans will be tuning into Super Bowl LII. At press time, the two teams were not known, but one fact is certain: Many fans will be watching the big game from the comfort of a La-Z-Boy recliner. La-Z-Boy Inc. has come a long way since 1927, when cousins Edward M. Knabusch and Edwin J. Shoemaker partnered to invest in a furniture business in the small town of Monroe, MI. The two men set out to design a chair for what they called “nature’s way of relaxing.” Using orange crates to mock-up and refine their idea, they invented a wood-slat porch chair with a reclining mechanism. The seat moved forward as the back reclined. Within a year, the cousins were producing an upholstered version of the chair for indoor use. Read More
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