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The History of American Seating

We reflect on our rich history to show a track record of success, and to learn from our experience and continue to deliver the quality expected from every American Seating product or solution.

American Seating was originally founded as Grand Rapids School Furniture in 1886. Our first product set our history of innovation in motion: the combined student desk and chair unit. When introduced, it was the first of its kind, and the design revolutionized classroom seating. This was the first in an ever-growing list of breakthroughs. The success of that initial product launch helped us expand over the years into other major markets, including Education, Entertainment, Sports, Transportation and Office.



Founded as Grand Rapids School Furniture. First combined student desk and chair unit.

American Seating furnishes McPhearson Opera House with 900 seats. The venue is still open today.

Delivered the first tilt-back opera chair

The name is changed to its present day – American Seating Company

First sports installation at the famous Fenway Park in Boston, MA

American Seating manufactures and installs the seating for Chicago's Wrigley Field

Produced over 5 million chairs for the military during World War II

First all-purpose steel folding chair

Bodi-Rest – one of the first stackable chairs ever made

American Seating Company becomes the first to develop outdoor, blow-molded plastic seats.

Vanguard Tablet Arm Chair – one of the first of its kind. Its design is still seen today.

The Acton Stack Chair is introduced

American Seating Celebrates 125 Years

Us Family tables and chairs debut