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1928

Cousins Edward Knabusch and Edwin Shoemaker, ("the two Eds") create the first folding wood-slat porch recliner. Apparently, the prototype was made from orange crates 


1929

The porch recliner is upholstered, allowing for indoor, year-round use; the La-Z-Boy name is chosen

 


1931

The patent for La-Z-Boy is issued, and the partners license the right to manufacture the chair to existing companies

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1941

La-Z-Boy incorporates; and stops chair production to create plane parts for World War II. 


1947

Production of recliners resumes; and matching ottomans are introduced. 


1952

The first La-Z-Boy recliner with built-in footrest is introduced. 


1960

La-Z-Boy begins making rocker recliners; and opens its first factory outside Michigan in Mississippi. 


1970

The company offers recliners with electric controls. 


1972

The company goes public; 600 people buy shares in over-the-counter trading. 
 

1975

The company introduces recliners that move away from walls. 
 

1986

The company introduces power recliners and power-assisted lifts.

 
1987

La-Z-Boy begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 


1989

The company opens its first La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. 


1993

The company's new line of recliners offers massage and heat; another line targets customers with smaller body types. 


1999

The company offers recliners with built-in beverage coolers, phones, caller ID, and motorized-massage options. 


2000

La-Z-Boy and Microsoft team up to offer the Explorer E-cliner, a recliner with built-in WebTV Internet access and tools. 


2001

The company introduces chairs for children. 

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