Erie Sauder was born In Archbold, Ohio back in 1904 to Daniel and Anne. He attended school only to stop in the eighth grade. He was a cabinet maker by trade however, he worked for the Archbold Ladder Company. In 1934, he opened his own business and of course that is the rest of the story.
He started out making kitchen cabinets and other wood products upon request. An order came in from a local chicken hatchery that needed a specialized stick to insert between incubator cages. The order was enough to feed their family at five dollars per week. A few years later a church burned down, he was given an order for church pews, that lead him to become a leading manufacturer of church furniture.
In 1951, he came up with an idea, that keeps his business thriving to this day. he died in Archbold, Ohio in 1997, at 92.
What you may not know about Erie J. Sauder is that he invented a knock-down table that could be assembled by the average person with minimal skills. He expanded the line to include cocktail tables, end tables, step tables and corner tables. His invention started the ready-to-assemble furniture industry. Until tomorrow keep that smile going, pass it on