The Madison location continues the long history of office furniture sales and service which began in 1949 with Rowley, Schlimgen & Jones (RS&J). Founded as an office supplies company, RS&J gradually sent so many leads to the growing office furniture division that the supply and machine divisions were sold in the 1990s, and Rowley-Schlimgen became solely focused on corporate interiors.
Rowley-Schlimgen’s first location was on State Street in Madison. After that they moved to 307 E. Wilson Street in the 1960s, which allowed for expansion and warehousing.
When R&S bought out Jones in the late 1970s, they left E. Wilson Street and moved to E. Washington Avenue to showcase their partnership with Steelcase and house an expanded staff.