Martin Furniture moves production to Asia

Martin Furnitures' the Abby Collection.

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SAN DIEGO — After two decades of producing its home office and entertainment furniture from production facilities in Mexico, Martin Furniture is moving production to Malaysia and Vietnam.

According to Home News Now, the move falls on the heels of the company’s expansion into dining room furniture and fireplace consoles this past October. According to the report, the company plans to streamline the production of these product categories along with its home office and home entertainment lines by centralizing its manufacturing operations in Asia under the oversight of recently hired Gustavo Velez, vice president of imports.

Velez was hired in January 2023 and has more than 30 years of experience in the furniture manufacturing industry, first starting off as an owner of a case goods manufacturer in Tijuana, Mexico. The company sourced products from many countries. In 1999, Velez partnered with a furniture company with sales of $40 million, and through his tenure as executive vice president of Asia operations, he created a platform that enabled the company to grow to more than $700 million in sales.

Based in San Diego, CA, Martin Furniture is an FDMC 300 listed company, ranking #141 with $52.96 million in sales. The company's products are available through major furniture retailers and eCommerce.

Owner Gil Martin began building furniture as a hobby in his garage, and in 1980, he took a bold step and founded Martin Furniture.

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