We started where we still are.
Hanover, Pennsylvania. In 1944, Wilton Carlyle Dinges creates the Electrical Machine and Equipment Company (Emeco) and employs local steel workers. World War II brings a big uptick in business. Specifically, a government commission for a particular kind of chair. A chair to withstand the American Navy.
Life on a ship is tough. Salt water. Salt air. The occasional torpedo blast. Survival will require a very resiliant material.