Made in Dayton: La-Z-Boy Furniture

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La Z Boy Furniture is the largest manufacturer of upholstered goods in North
America. For over 40 years, it's Tennessee factory has been the
largest of the company's five plants. Workers take pride in the fact
that items to fit your comfort and well-being, are "Made in Dayton."

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Made in Dayton: La-Z-Boy Furniture

  1. 1. Made in Dayton: La-Z-Boy FurnitureCalvin Sneed2012-02-03 17:48:47 Many of you watch NewsChannel 9 from the comfort of one of the products thats made locally, and shipped around the country and the world.. [La Z Boy Furniture] is the largest manufacturer of upholstered goods in North America. For over 40 years, its Tennessee factory has been the largest of the companys five plants. Workers take pride in the fact that items to fit your comfort and well-being, are "Made in Dayton." The La-Z-Boy plant in Dayton employs 12-hundred people. "Right now, we ship out about 19,000 units per week," says safety director Dennis Poland.Every item used to make a La-Z-Boy product is in-house, from the wood, to the metal spring assemblies..Even the polyurethane foam is pre-cut from patterns for the cushions. "We can either use fiber orpolyurethane foam in all our units," says Ronnie Angel, who heads that department.Probably, La-Z-Boys most recognized item is the lounger.. Today, well watch this team of 6 make a La-Z-Boy lounger.. Between Justin, Jason, David, Josh, Keith, and Nathan, theyve got 15 years experienceon the line. "Every wood-to-wood connection in our frame components has glue," Poland says, as wewatched the beginnings of the lounger.At the next stop, the body of the lounge chair is upholstered by a team member, with materials used bythe [La-Z-Boy Furniture] line for years. "80 yeears of design went into this steel rod, and the patented La-Z-Boymechanism," says Poland."Thats the backbone of our product."The lounge chair back is assembled by another team member, who will then slide it into the seat chassis,which is being upholstered.This is fast-paced work. "This team of 6 is capable of producing over 90 units daily," Poland says, "infact.. their record is 93 units in one day."Stretching the material is hard work. The team permitted me to staple the material, using a high-poweredstaple gun. I got high marks for stretching the fabric without prompting...While one team member works on that activity, another has already made the seat for the lounger."Heavy-gauge springs... thats the longevity of our product," says Poland, "as well as the polyurethane
  2. 2. foam to make the cushions."Everything is tucked and folded.. No raw edges are left exposed.Each team member is in charge of inspecting the previous mans work.The foot rest is attached, then the rocker is applied.. by that time, the back is slid into place, andeverything is in place.And then it was to pass Keiths watchful eye. Hes the quality control manager, and nothing gets by him."Im looking for any staples showing, hanging threads," he says.From there, the next stop is the La-Z-Boy Gallery in Antioch, Tennessee outside Nashville, where thecustomer who ordered it, can pick it up.Over the years, La-Z-Boy Tennessee has done some streamlining of its operations, but the company stillhas well over one-million square feet of manufacturing space in Dayton.. © Copyright 2012 Freedom Communications. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | User Agreement | Site Map

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