The history of Lane Furniture Company dates back to 1912 when John Lane purchased a small packing-box plant in Altavista, Virginia. He encouraged his 21-year-old son, Edward Hudson Lane, to create a chest factory in the new plant, despite his son’s minimal manufacturing experience.
Since John Lane and his son were not sure how successful the company would be in the future, they did not include their names in the company name. Instead, the newly-formed company was incorporated as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company. John Lane served as president of the company, and Edward Lane as the vice president and general manager. However, after noticing the company’s potential and immense growth, the Lanes changed its name to The Lane Company in 1922.
In 1951, the company grew from distributing cedar chests to adding occasional tables. In 1956, it ventured into the case goods business and later, the accent pieces business in 1965. In 1972, John Lane acquired a small chair company called Action Industries in Tupelo, Mississippi. The Lane Furniture Company grew in profits and product variety over the next 20 years to become one of the leading companies in the upholstered furniture industry. As of 2015, Lane operates under the Heritage Home Group, which consists of brands such as Hickory Chair, Henredon, Drexel Heritage, Pearson and Thomasville.