Collaborations

Emeco on U.S Navy ships

Emeco was originally founded following a collaborative project with Alcoa to develop a seaworthy chair for submarines and warships. The Navy chairs are impervious to corrosion, non magnetic, lightweight and most importantly incredibly strong - attributes of aluminum that we have now grown to appreciate and love. By the end of the 1950's Emeco aluminum chairs outfitted all famous U.S Navy Ships and submarines including the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus. Emeco also worked hand-in-hand with the famous Walter Dorwin Teague in development of chairs for the Air Force Academy in Colorado. U.S. government became the largest purchaser of Emeco chairs following World War II through the 1970s. Eventually, the end of the cold war marked a significant decrease in the size of the U.S. military, and as a result, sales of the Navy chairs plummeted.