Anthro Corporation

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Anthro Corporation is a private company founded in Portland, Oregon, U.S. in 1984. The company designs, manufactures, and sells ergonomic furniture for technology. Anthro is based in Tualatin, Oregon.


Anthro was founded in 1984 by Shoaib Tareen and Cathy Filgas as a subsidiary of Tektronix. The first products were carts for engineers and personal computer users. The first product that Anthro designed was the AnthroCart, a small, mobile cart for desktop computers.

In 1987, the company founders purchased the company from Tektronix.

In the early 1990s, Anthro moved all of their manufacturing processes in-house. This was done to create faster lead times than they had when purchasing manufactured products from vendors.

Over time, Anthro built on the AnthroCart with more complex products, including electric lift tables, power supply carts, laptop storage and charging carts, and radiology reading room tables.[1] The company's revenue rose to $38 million for 2014.[2] In January 2015, the company was bought by Nortek Inc. for an undisclosed sum.[3]


Anthro manufacturers ergonomic workstations, equipment carts, wall-mounted workstations, and PACS reading room furniture.

Carl's Table[edit]

The Carl's Table line of desks was designed for radiology reading rooms. The largest model includes a side shelf, footrest, height-adjustable legs, electrically controlled shelves, and background lights.[4][5][6]

Height-adjustable desks[edit]

Anthro offers a variety of height-adjustable desks and tables. These allow the user to electronically raise and lower the desk height, enabling the user to sit or stand at their desk.[7][8][9][10]

Shadow program[edit]

Anthro introduced the Shadow Program shortly after the company was founded in 1984. The Shadow Program designates one employee each week to observe and develop a relationship with a fellow employee in an unfamiliar department.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anthro History" (PDF). Finance Business News. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  2. ^ Giegerich, Andy (January 22, 2015). "Inside the sale of Tualatin's $38M tech furniture maker". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Giegerich, Andy (January 21, 2015). "Following $38M year, Tualatin maker of standing desks sold". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dream Reading Rooms Require Team Effort". Health Imaging. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Anthro releases ergonomic table". Health Imaging. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Anthro Corporation Presents the New Carl's Table(R), Model CT08". Business Wire. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  7. ^ "Workstation company takes sit-stand challenge". KOIN6. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Can Anthro "Walk the Talk?" Employees Embark on a 30-Day Sit-Stand Challenge to Prove What the Company Really Stands For". CNBC. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Anthro Proves Their Sit/Stand Furniture Works - With Their Own Employees". Archived from the original on 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Can Anthro "Walk the Talk?"". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  11. ^ "Walk a Mile in My Shadow". Fast Company. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 

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