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Marsh Furniture: Family Owned and Future Focused for Over a Century
In 1906, Julius Everett Marsh, Sr. founded the Marsh Furniture Company. From his one-room shop in High Point, North Carolina, Marsh and his crew of dedicated carpenters crafted functional and decorative furniture for the kitchen at a time when the “kitchen cabinet” was relatively unheard of.
At the turn of the century, furniture was made for the bedroom, dining room or den (not the kitchen). These first ornate freestanding cupboards, or “kitchen safes,” were sold through retail stores and met with enthusiasm from consumers.
As Marsh continued to define the “modern kitchen cabinet,” more features were added over time. Some models were among the first to be shipped ready-to-assemble, and others included tilt-out flour bins with built-in sifters, sliding tambour doors, enameled metal work surfaces (the precursor to today’s counter tops), or casters to make cupboards portable.
Left: Mid-century view of our expanding factory; Right: cutting edge assembly line (for 1956).
We weathered the great depression with tenacity by broadening our customer base and adding iceboxes, butcher tables, and even pinball machines to our standard product offerings.
After the depression, Marsh pioneered the next idea in kitchen cabinetry and developed pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets with separate wall and base units. This new twist on the large and bulky “kitchen safes” further streamlined and modernized kitchen cabinets and made them readily available for contractors who could then easily build them into new homes. The phenomenal success of this concept established Marsh as a leader in the new construction industry and provided new opportunities for product development.
Since the mid-century, Marsh has developed and expanded our offerings to continue to provide our customers with quality cabinets featuring popular materials, styles, finishes and accessories. We now have hundreds of kitchen dealers and builders who also supply our cabinetry “factory direct” throughout the country.
Now in our second 100 years, Marsh remains a family-owned company with a longstanding commitment to quality and service.
But perhaps more importantly, we are proud to continue our tradition as a responsible employer, dedicated to not only to our customers’ satisfaction, but also that of our employees, their families, and their communities.