The Northern Furniture Company was founded on January 5, 1881 (incorporated 1886) by George B. Mattoon in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Its industry was furniture and its headquarters remained in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

It was bought out by the C. Reiss Coal Company in 1916. It was acquired by Franklin Industries, Inc. in 1962. In 1965, R-Way discontinued the manufacture of household furniture and shifted focus on commercial furniture. The company was acquired by Reiss Industries in 1987. The company shut down in 1992 and manufacturing of select R-Way furniture components were transferred to Reiss Industries' Watertown, WI. plant.



  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • New York City, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • St. Louis, Missouri


George B. Mattoon (1881-1886)

Mattoon Manufacturing Company (1886-1904)


Northern Furniture Company (1904-1949)

R-Way Furniture Company (1949-1993)


  • Bedroom & Dining Room Furniture


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