Hickory Business Furniture, now known as HBF, was organized in 1979 as a contract furnishings division of The Lane Company, Inc. of Alta Vista, Virginia. The first manufacturing employee was hired in mid 1980 and manufacturing operations officially began January 1981 with a total of 34 employees. The first order of HBF produced furniture shipped to a dealer in Chicago in March of 1981. HBF Textiles was organized as a division of HBF in late 1987. HBF Textiles supplies a variety of distinctively designed upholstery fabrics and leathers, as well as drapery and sheer materials, to the contract industry.Today HBF and HBF Textiles employs over 300 people in their manufacturing locations located in Hickory, NC. HBF is now a wholly owned subsidiary of HNI. During the last twenty-five years HBF has become recognized within the contract furnishings industry as a leader in bringing to the marketplace innovative and award-winning designs. HBF's expansive portfolio of products includes side/conference and guest seating, executive and management seating, lounge seating, occasional tables, conference and casegoods products. HBF has supplied products to many Fortune 500 companies, sport facilities, retailers and residential customers.HBF and HBF Textiles has representation in all areas of the US, along with Canada, Mexico, England, Hong Kong, China, Japan and the Middle East.