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 manufacturingfacilities strategically 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, Hearth & Home Technologies and Omni Workspace.
The HON Company has manufacturing facilities located in Muscatine; Cedartown, GA; and Florence, AL; as well asdistribution centers in Muscatine and Lithia Springs, GA. Showrooms are located in Muscatine; New York, NY;Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C.
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.
The Home-O-Nize Company began in the production of kitchen cabinets; first in Davenport, IA 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.
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.
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. The HON Headquarters building was renovated in 2009 with a goal of interplaying history and place with direct, real world examples of effective office design to demonstrate how thoughtful architecture, smart planning and HON furniture come together to create a great workplace. The renovated space greets visitors with a loft-like atmosphere of crisp contrasts, linear lighting and a universal workstation concept. 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.
The HON Company provides workplace furniture for small and medium-sized businesses. Its core product offering includes workstations, desks, chairs, tables and storage.