With home offices in Tacoma, Emerald Home Furnishings is a full-line supplier to home furniture retailers throughout North America. Started in 1962 and adding an import division in 1993, Emerald Home Furnishings now occupies a 200,000 square foot building for its 70 employees that houses corporate offices, the northwest showroom and mattress manufacturing facilities and owns a fleet of trucks that cover 11 western states. The company has showrooms in Tacoma, Las Vegas and High Point, North Carolina and imports about 1,500 40-foot containers yearly.
There are five factory warehouse facilities in Haining City (Shanghai), China as well as a warehouse facility in Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. The company has sourcing offices in Haining City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Saigon, Vietnam for its long-time employees abroad.
Emerald Home Furnishings prides itself on being an exemplary community member; each year they host an open house in Tacoma hotels for all its retailers nationwide. This June they will host a dinner and piano bar at the Varsity Grill. Last August, the company continued its two decades-old tradition of hosting a charity golf tournament, raising $7,500 for the childhood education group Jumpstart.
David Beckmann, President of Emerald Home Furnishings, makes about four international trips per year, visiting Malaysia, Vietnam and China, and will be present to receive the award at The World Trade Center Tacoma’s Globe Awards Dinner & Auction, May 21, 2009.
G.F. Train International Business Award
The award commemorates George Francis Train, a legendary Boston Yankee who had a special place in his heart for Tacoma. Train was the most prominent promoter in the groundbreaking for the transcontinental railroad in Omaha and claimed credit for the selection of Tacoma as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, coining the appellation “City of Destiny.”
The award was developed in recognition of the tremendous importance that international business means for our region and for its significant economic and cultural contribution to our community.
TVW Broadcast: The 2009 Globe celebration can be viewed at TVW. Follow this link.
Business Examiner: Globe Awards honors businesses that triumph with trade here.
Tacoma Weekly: Globe Awards highlights innovators in tough economy here.
21 2009 Emerald Home Furnishings
20 2008 Jack Fabulich, Port of Tacoma
19 2007 Kirk Company
18 2006 BNSF Railway
17 2005 Toray Composites (America), Inc.
16 2004 Bill Matthaei, Roman Meal Company
15 2003 Steve Seher, Auto Warehousing, Inc.
14 2002 Sagem MORPHO, Inc.
13 2001 Art Morrison, Art Morrison Enterprises
12 2000 L. T. Murray, Jr., Murray Pacific Corp.
11 1999 Kyle Smith, Smith-Western Company
10 1998 Phil Lelli, I.L.W.U., Local #23
9 1997 Greg Schellberg, Evergreen Partnership
8 1996 Weyerhaeuser Company
7 1995 George Russell, Frank Russell Company
6 1994 Hun & Chun Choe, J.C. Auto Part Group, Ltd.
5 1993 Darrell W. Jesse, Jesse Engineering
4 1992 Fred Haley, Brown & Haley/Almond Roca International
3 1991 Chuck Doan, Port of Tacoma
2 1990 Ted Kennard, B.A. McKenzie & Co.
1 1989 Kathy Cobb, Puget Sound National Bank