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
The porch recliner is upholstered, allowing for indoor, year-round use; the La-Z-Boy name is chosen
The patent for La-Z-Boy is issued, and the partners license the right to manufacture the chair to existing companies
La-Z-Boy incorporates; and stops chair production to create plane parts for World War II.
Production of recliners resumes; and matching ottomans are introduced.
The first La-Z-Boy recliner with built-in footrest is introduced.
La-Z-Boy begins making rocker recliners; and opens its first factory outside Michigan in Mississippi.
The company offers recliners with electric controls.
The company goes public; 600 people buy shares in over-the-counter trading.
The company introduces recliners that move away from walls.
The company introduces power recliners and power-assisted lifts.
La-Z-Boy begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company opens its first La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery.
The company's new line of recliners offers massage and heat; another line targets customers with smaller body types.
The company offers recliners with built-in beverage coolers, phones, caller ID, and motorized-massage options.
La-Z-Boy and Microsoft team up to offer the Explorer E-cliner, a recliner with built-in WebTV Internet access and tools.
The company introduces chairs for children.