Sauder Woodworking furniture is manufactured using taditional solid wood, veneered, and laminate furniture provided by one of their subsidiary companies, Progressive Furniture. It is the largest maker of ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture in the United States and is one of the nation's largest residential furniture manufacturers. Sauder markets distinct furniture collections in a full line of RTA furnishings for home, including entertainment, home office, bedroom, kitchen and storage. Sauder is a third generation, family-run company.
In 1934, Erie Sauder started a woodworking business in a barn behind his home. Not wanting to waste scraps from expensive fine wood, he began producing inexpensive occasional tables. With an order of 25,000 tables from a traveling salesman, Sauder Woodworking Co. began. In 1951, Sauder introduced an entirely new concept - a patented table that could be assembled at home. The snap-together table marked the beginning of the ready-to-assemble furniture industry.