La-Z-Boy ded­i­cated to lo­cal his­tory

■ La-Z-Boy donates $25,000 to mu­seum 45 years af­ter do­nat­ing first chair.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

When La-Z-Boy came to Siloam Springs in 1973 and be­gan pro­duc­tion in the former Pet Milk Plant on Lin­coln Street, the com­pany had the fore­sight to do­nate the first chair off the assem­bly line to the Siloam Springs Mu­seum.

Forty-five years later, the lo­cal fac­tory, now lo­cated on Coun­try Club Road, is ex­po­nen­tially larger, but the com­pany is still ded­i­cated to lo­cal his­tory. The La-Z-Boy Foun­da­tion re­cently do­nated $25,000 to spon­sor a man­u­fac­tur­ing/in­dus­trial ex­hibit at the Siloam Springs Mu­seum when it re­opens in 2019, ac­cord­ing to Katie Ren­nard, mu­seum board pres­i­dent.

“La-Z-Boy In­cor­po­rated is proud to op­er­ate in the Siloam Springs com­mu­nity,” said Au­dra Far­rell, La-Z-Boy Siloam Springs hu­man re­source man­ager. “It has truly been an honor to work side by side with Katie, Don (War­den, mu­seum di­rec­tor), and the mu­seum lead­ers to sup­port a wor­thy cause to pre­serve the his­tory of Siloam Springs. Im­por­tantly, fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple set by our founders, Ed­win J. Shoe­maker and Edward M. Knabusch, La-Z-Boy is com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of life in the com­mu­ni­ties in which we live and serve through lead­er­ship, fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions and vol­un­teer ef­forts.”

The man­u­fac­tur­ing/in­dus­trial ex­hibit will per­ma­nently bear La-Z-Boy’s name, but it will fea­ture dis­plays from many of the man­u­fac­tur­ers in Siloam Springs’ long his­tory of in­dus­try, Ren­nard said. The do­na­tion will help

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When the first La-Z-Boy chair rolled off the assem­bly line at the com­pany’s new plant in Siloam Springs 45 years ago, the com­pany had the fore­sight to do­nate it to the Siloam Springs Mu­seum. Re­cently, the La-Z-Boy Foun­da­tion do­nated $25,000 to the mu­seum for a man­u­fac­tur­ing/in­dus­trial ex­hibit in the newly ren­o­vated mu­seum when it re­opens in 2019. Pic­tured, from left, are Sarah Starkey, Jeff McGar­rah, Mary Nolan, Don War­den, Paul Dil­beck, Neil Erter, Au­dra Far­rell, Don Austin, Mike Wil­mon, Katie Ren­nard, Rick WIl­moth and Kevin Har­mon.

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