Martin Guitar Undergoes Annual Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Audit

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C.F. Martin & Co. was audited today by primary auditor Samantha St. Pierre and observing auditor Gweneth Langdon—Chain-of-Custody Associates of the Rainforest Alliance, SmartWood Program. C.F. Martin & Co. is audited annually regarding FSC Chain-of-Custody certification compliance, and has been FSC Chain-of Custody certified from 1997 to 2004 and 2007 to present. Many co-workers across all functional areas are involved in maintaining the Company’s FSC compliance.

The auditors performed walk-throughs of the Nazareth manufacturing facility, Print Shop and newly opened Distribution Center in Forks Township, Pennsylvania. A variety of co-workers were interviewed during this process. In addition to the walk-throughs a comprehensive review of the Company’s FSC Chain-of-Custody supplier lists, annual volume summaries, product group schedules, documented control systems, training documents, FSC trademark use approvals and Occupational Health and Safety records was conducted.

“It was great to see such organization on the shop floor, and the fact that your facility is open to the public is impressive,” said observing auditor Gweneth Langdon at the conclusion of the audit. “It was refreshing to see the level of commitment to adherence of the current FSC standards. During the audit today it was apparent that everyone is committed to sustainable sourcing practices.” A detailed report of the audit will be issued to C.F. Martin & Co. in approximately two weeks.