The HON Company

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The HON Company
Type Subsidiary
Founded (1944)
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Muscatine, Iowa USA
Key people Stan A. Askren, Chairman & CEO; Jerry Dittmer, President; C. Maxwell Stanley, Clement T. Hanson and H. Wood Miller, Founders
Products Office furniture, chairs, filing, workstations, tables, desks and education furniture
Parent HNI Corporation
Website www.hon.com

The HON Company designs and manufactures office furniture including chairs, filing cabinets, workstations, tables, desks and education furniture. Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, The HON Company has manufacturing facilities located throughout the United States, and offers its products through a nationwide network of dealers and retailers.

The HON Company is the largest operating company of HNI Corporation, the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in North America. Sister companies include Allsteel, Gunlocke, HBF, Paoli, Maxon, and Hearth & Home Technologies.

The HON Company has manufacturing facilities located in Muscatine; Cedartown, Georgia; and Florence, Alabama; as well as distribution centers in Muscatine and Lithia Springs, Georgia. Showrooms are located in Muscatine; New York City, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington, D.C.

History[edit]

The HON Company was incorporated as The Home-O-Nize Company on January 6, 1944 by brothers-in-law C. Maxwell Stanley and Clement T. Hanson along with H. Wood Miller. The company was founded with the intent of providing employment for those returning from duty in World War II.[1]

The Home-O-Nize Company began in the production of kitchen cabinets; first in Davenport, Iowa and then in the old US Button Company factory in downtown Muscatine. Following the short-lived production of kitchen cabinets, the company began manufacturing aluminum gas bottle hoods on contract for Stampings, Inc. With the scrap left-over from the hoods they made flower identification labels, beverage coasters, and recipe card file boxes. For a brief period The Home-O-Nize Company also produced pick-up attachments for John Deere / Deere & Company combines, Iowa Corn Pickers for Associated Manufacturers Inc., and did contract work for local companies such as Red Jacket, Carver Pump, Collins Radio, G.W. Timmerman and Peter Products. In the end it was the recipe file boxes that paved the way for The Home-O-Nize Company's entry into the office furniture and supply industry.[1]

In the early 1950s the office products division of The Home-O-Nize Company became The H-O-N Division, and in 1967 it officially became The HON Company. Their parent company, Home-O-Nize, changed its name to HON INDUSTRIES Inc. in 1968 and changed again to its current name, HNI, in 2004.[1]

In 1980 The HON Company moved from the HON INDUSTRIES Inc. headquarters at 414 East Third Street in Muscatine into its current headquarters at 200 Oak Street, the former home of the Huttig Manufacturing Company.[1][2] The HON Headquarters building was renovated in 2009. The HON Company Headquarters showroom is also designed to achieve LEED CI certification, which is aided and inspired by the sustainable advantages of HON furnishings.[3]

Products[edit]

The HON Company provides workplace furniture for small and medium-sized businesses, universities, large corporations, and government offices. Its core product offering includes workstations, desks, chairs, tables and storage.

Environmental Responsibility[edit]

In 1947 The HON Company started out making products from pieces of scrap metal generated from its contract businesses. More than 60 years later, The HON Company practices a comprehensive program to conserve raw materials and reduce waste. Today, environmental management is firmly ingrained in all of The HON Company's manufacturing processes. The HON Company defines waste as anything that does not bring value to the customer, and life cycle considerations are a significant part of all product development efforts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rodengen, Jeffrey. True to our Vision. Ft. Lauderdale: Write Stuff Enterprises, Inc. 2004.
  2. ^ http://www.huttig.com/aboutHistory.aspx
  3. ^ Smith Group, retrieved 2010-05-03 

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