The Paoli Chair Co. was founded in 1926 in Paoli, Indiana. By 1954, Paoli had become the largest manufacturer of occasional chairs in the world. This success continued into the 1960s. In the 1970s Paoli made a switch from the residential market to the commercial market. Now they have been absorbed and the Indiana plant closed as part of HNI Corporation with sister companies the likes of HON, Allsteel, and Gunlocke.