Sauder Transit Corp


Sauder is the world's leading manufacturer of ready-to-assemble furniture and the story began in 1934 when Erie Sauder started a woodworking business in a barn behind his Archbold, Ohio home. He made custom cabinets and church pews and crafted small tables from the remaining wood; being a frugal businessman, he could not waste even the smallest bit of fine wood. This slowly led to him producing inexpensive occasional tables which caught the attention of a traveling salesman in 1940 who placed an order for 25,000 tablesÂâ€Ãƒ‚¦ on this order was built Sauder Woodworking.
Sauder introduced an entirely new concept – a patented table that could be assembled in the home- in 1951. This snap-together table marked the beginning of the ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture industry. Since then, the company has manufactured and provided well-crafted and moderately priced home & office furnishings for more than seven decades. This commitment to quality, design, and personalized customer service has helped make them the sixth largest furniture manufacturer in the United States and one of the most recognized names in the industry. Headquartered in Archbold, Ohio, Sauder produces nearly 25 percent of all RTA furniture sold in the United States and employs approximately 3,000 individuals with sales totaling nearly $500 million in 2005. Sauder markets more than 30 distinct furniture collections in a full line of RTA furnishings for the home, including entertainment, home office, bedroom, kitchen and storage with a range of over 600 items.

Sauder Woodworking Co. is a privately held second and third generation, family-run business with subsidiaries that includes\Progressive Furniture, a manufacturer and importer of traditional solid wood, veneered and laminate furniture. The company is presently the nation's leading manufacturer of church seating and a major provider of institutional seating; and Studio RTA, an importer and distributor of home office, entertainment and art and hobby RTA furniture. As a combined effort, all these three companies bring the overall corporate revenues to nearly $750 million and total employees to nearly 3,800.