On Wednesday, January 6, 2010, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., United States Senator for Pennsylvania, visited Martin Guitar. Senator Casey was elected to the United States Senate in November, 2006. He serves on five Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. This was the first time that a United States Senator has ever visited Martin Guitar.
The Senator, members of his Staff, and members of the media were personally given a tour of the museum and factory by Chris Martin. The tour was followed by a presentation of gifts to the Senator, which included the two-book set Martin Guitars: A History, and Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference. In addition, a framed and signed poster of the Martin Origins Dreadnought artwork was presented, and will be on loan to the Senator for the duration of his career as United States Senator. The poster will be displayed at the Senator’s Lehigh Valley office in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Senator Casey gave a PowerPoint presentation entitled "Creating Jobs and Promoting Economic Growth" for ten Lehigh Valley community and business leaders, which included Chris Martin (Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer) and Keith Lombardi (Martin President and Chief Operating Officer). Feedback regarding the presentation and an exchange of ideas on how to stimulate the economy then followed. A number of guitars from Martin's core line, which included a DC-1E, DC-16OGTE, D-28, D-42, and D-100 Deluxe, were elegantly displayed in the Visitor's Center conference room where the jobs forum took place. At the conclusion of the forum, the Senator personally thanked Chris Martin and the employees of Martin Guitar for their hospitality.