B Impact Report

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C.F. Martin & Co., Inc.

Acoustic/acoustic electric guitars/ukuleles/strings for fretted instruments
Certified Since: September, 2018
Location: Nazareth, Pennsylvania, United States
Sector: Manufacturing

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When Christian Frederick Martin came to the US from Germany in 1833, he was seeking freedom to do what he did best; build the highest quality guitars. That pioneering spirit and intense focus helped C.F. Martin & Co. thrive for over 185 years and still permeates every aspect of the business today. Family owned and operated for six generations, the company is responsible for legendary innovations, such as "X-bracing," the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size guitar, all of which have been copied by virtually every acoustic guitar manufacturer in the world. The company’s innovative approaches extend to the company’s guitar and specialty string products, its research and development and manufacturing operations, combining the best of craftsmanship with advanced technologies.

Under the leadership of C.F. Martin IV, the company has led the charge to develop alternative materials and sustainable woods for their products and has spent millions of dollars to reduce their carbon footprint. In 1996, the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation was created to help support non-profit organizations that focus on environmental protection, music education, its local communities and disaster relief.

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