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La-Z-Boy Tennessee in Dayton, TN Named 2012 IW Best Plant Winner

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Throughout the country, small, medium and large furniture makers are increasingly relying on high-end nested based wood machinery, which includes CNC routers and finishing technology, to manufacture their products . . . companies like La-Z-Boy Tennessee in Dayton, TN which was just named one of six manufacturing facilities for the 2012 IW Best Plant Winner.

Profiles of all the winning facilities can be found online at

Founded in 1927, La-Z-BoyNorth America’s largest manufacturer of upholstered furniture and the world’s leading producer of reclining chairs was among one of six winning companies named in The 23rd Annual Industry Week”Best Plants Awards”.

As highlighted in the January issue of Industry Week, the 2012 Best Plants winners set high expectations and their smart and determined efforts mean they deliver.

Previously, the Lazy Boy facility has also been recognized with numerous other awards, including the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health, which was presented earlier this year by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Among many of the key lean manufacturing elements met by Lazy Boy that garnered them the award was their initiation of cell-based manufacturing, which replaced time and labor intensive wood products production lines with assembly stations which incorporate a variety of machining centers.

Kurt Darrow (CEO/President/Director, La-Z-Boy) as quoted in previous press releases announcing lazy Boy’s initial nomination for the award said . . . that the dramatic changes in manufacturing processes have been able to maintain La-Z-Boy’s legendary standards for high quality while reducing the company’s backlog of products from nine or 10 months in the 1970s to just nine or 10 days now. Additionally, “cellular manufacturing” process that increases efficiency and gives our American employees more job satisfaction and ownership of the products they craft on our behalf.

Nearly 1,300 associates work at the Dayton, Tenn. location and manufacture La-Z-Boy’s fully customizable furniture line including sofas, chairs, ottomans and more.

Headquartered in Monroe, Michigan,  The La-Z-Boy’ Upholstery Group companies include Bauhaus, England and La-Z-Boy.    And the operating units in the Casegoods Group include American Drew, Lea and Hammary, as well as Kincaid.


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