Marshall Furniture's history since opening in 1986 has been marked by opportunity and growth. Learn about our transition from simple roots to our current status as a successful commercial AV furniture manufacturer with an unparalleled and versatile product line.

1980s - THE BEGINNING

In 1986, Marshall Furniture is established, operating out of a small shop using a table saw and pin head router to manufacture.

1986

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Marshall Furniture is formed, building wooden rolling carts for corporate boardrooms.

 

1986

1986

First Lectern MLCT MFI Grayslake Flyer 1 3First brochure is issued, promoting wooden rolling monitor carts.

 

1990s - MOMENTUM

The '90s were marked by progress, with Marshall Furniture making its first move to a larger facility, implementing a 3D drawing service, and expanding the custom product line.

1993

Marshall Furniture moves to Grayslake IL.

1993

Mid 1990s

Marshall exhibits for the first time at InfoComm, featuring fine wood furniture in 10x10 booth.

One of the first Infocomm Shows

1993

First Lectern MLCT MFI Grayslake Flyer 1 3The first custom lectern is introduced, model MLCT-35, expanding the product line to include standard lecterns.

1993

1995

1995 2D DrawingComplimentary drawing service expands to include 2D drawings shown with equipment in place.

1997

Website is launched.

1997

1998

The Ellipse style lectern is introduced, paving the way for more complex builds in the future.

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1998

In response to growing demand, Marshall Furniture moves to larger facility in Grayslake, IL to expand business.

Grayslake

1998

1999

First Lectern MLCT MFI Grayslake Flyer 1 3New CAD software is implemented in the design department, allowing complimentary line drawings to now include both 2D & 3D views.

2000s - OPPORTUNITY

The new millennium marked the biggest challenge for Marshall Furniture - moving into a brand new 32,000 square foot facility shortly after 9/11. In the face of an unpredictable economy, Marshall Furniture knew they needed to adapt, so a Quick Ship line was developed in response, which turned into an overnight success. The shifting landscape of the 2000s provided the perfect opportunity for Marshall Furniture to expand into the economy realm, ultimately opening the door to additional markets and customers.

2000

The veneer division is formed to address and manage custom veneer orders.

New Veneer Division

Veneer Equipment

2000

2001

Marshall Furniture moves to a larger 32,000 sq foot facility.

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2001

Marshall Furniture becomes a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute and begins following their specific, high-quality standards for design and build.

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2001

2003

CNC automated machinery is installed, easing the manufacturing process for large volume orders and ensuring precision and efficiency for all orders.

2006

The melamine division is formed, subsequently leading to the product development of the ELCO lectern.

ELCO 32 almond front

2006

2007

The Quick Ship line is formally introduced and products are advertised with a 30 day lead.

2010s - GROWTH

At the start of the 2010s, Marshall Furniture began to expand rapidly, exhibiting at more tradeshows, implementing more automated machinery, and adding production personnel and staff to the growing sales and design departments.

2010

An in house logo division is formed to offer laser engraving and multi color logos for corporate and school branding.

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2010

2010-2012

IMG 5776Additional CNCs are added to keep up with the demand for large volume orders.

 

2011

Marshall Furniture begins building courtroom technology furniture, further expanding its custom product line.

25265 Front web

2011

2011

Marshall Furniture begins using Sketchup to amplify their design services and color rendering capabilities.

MFI SKP image

2011+

Marshall Furniture expands national trade show presence by exhibiting at CTC, UB Tech, and NeoCon.

MFI NeoCon

MFI UB Tech

MFI CTC

2011+

2012

Marshall Furniture begins partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to offer sustainability sourced material for finished products.

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2012

The MWSP-ADA is introduced, a custom, height adjustable, and wheelchair accessible workstation with AV functionality.

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2012

2019

The metal department is established, allowing Marshall Furniture to fabricate miscellaneous parts for work orders.

Plasma Cutter

2020s - FUTURE

Marshall Furniture's hard work, perseverance, dedication, and experience has contributed to their success over the last 35 years. As we look to the future, we're excited to continue growing our brand, connecting with customers, and offering unparalleled products.

2020

Marshall Furniture installs a Zoom room, upgrading their video conference capabilities, increasing their outside sales presence, and introducing real-time product demonstrations.

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2020

2021

Marshall Furniture celebrates 35 years in business.

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