C.F. Martin & Co. Cuts the Ribbon on New State-of-the-Art Warehouse
The 200,000 Square Foot Space Will Enable Guitar Maker to Meet Current and Future Market Demand
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
C.F. Martin & Co. announced today the grand opening of their brand-new, state-of-the-art warehouse located at 130 Commerce Lane in Tatamy, Pennsylvania, just a short drive from the company's Nazareth headquarters.
The spacious warehouse will allow the iconic guitar maker to meet growing market demand for their instruments and strings and it was designed to accommodate expected future growth for generations.
After many years of searching for just the right location, the company broke ground on the new warehouse in early March of 2020 and consolidated their previous warehouse operations from four locations into one. The new warehouse has been operational since October 1st, 2021.
With sustainability always at the forefront of every business decision, the nearly two-centuries old company made sure to design their new warehouse for the future of our planet, as well as the future of the company, leaving no detail to chance.
The warehouse has a 30-year roof that can accommodate the installation of solar energy which is on the company's roadmap. The installation of solar panels is expected to offset 100% of its electrical use. Additionally, runoff water from the property enters two large, lined retention basins and is pumped into an irrigation field on the property.
The warehouse includes a state-of-the-art HVAC system that maintains a constant temperature of 68-75 degrees and a relative humidity of 40-46 percent. This is crucial for proper storage of their instruments, even for short periods of time. The building and its HVAC system is monitored by a sophisticated monitoring system that will alert company personnel if the temperature or humidity fall outside of the designated range.
Possibly the most impressive step the company took to ensure the safety and health of their products is that the entire 200,000 square foot space is fully protected with 13 ½ inches of multi-layered insulation to maintain the proper environmental atmosphere more efficiently. They even added extra insulation under the entire roof.
“The new warehouse will allow us to run our operations with greater efficiency and cost savings." said Chris Martin, the company's Executive Chairman and former CEO. “It also gives us the ability to better service our existing and future customers in a timelier manner while lowering our carbon footprint."
“Speaking of warehouses," Chris continued, “Martin Guitar is part of the past, present and future of the Lehigh Valley. I want to personally extend an invitation to all of the new companies and their management teams that have moved into the Lehigh Valley over the past few years to please get more actively involved with the many local charitable organizations that help support our Lehigh Valley."
The company is pursuing LEED Silver Certification. Currently, Martin occupies half of the 200,000 square foot space and will lease the other half to a third party.