HJ Martin & Son - Company History | Decades of Unsurpassed Service

More than 80 years & 4 Generations

With One Consistent Priority: You.

  • HJ Martin established
  • 1931

    HJ Martin established
    Henry John Martin, with support from his wife Margaret, begins selling paint and tile out of the couple's garage at 337 North Maple Avenue in Green Bay, Wis.


  • Second generation arrives at HJ Martin
  • 1948

    Second generation arrives at HJ Martin
    Patrick Henry Martin joins the family business after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He previously had been a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, flying 44 combat missions.


  • Passing of the founder, new owners
  • 1956

    Passing of the founder, new owners
    Company founder Henry John Martin passes away. Patrick and Mary Ellen Martin become the new owners of HJ Martin.


  • New location and new name
  • 1959

    New location and new name
    Patrick Martin moves the company from 1338 Velp Avenue to its current location at 320 South Military Avenue in Green Bay. The company's name also is changed to HJ Martin & Son at the time.


  • Spacious new showroom, three core lines of business
  • 1960s

    Spacious new showroom, three core lines of business
    HJ Martin & Son maintains three divisions – Commercial Flooring, Glass and Glazing, and Residential Retail Flooring. The company's commercial business focuses on local retail stores, including Jacob's and Wassersteen's, while residential flooring is sold out of the new, expanded showroom.


  • Continued growth as a brand standard emerges
  • 1970s

    Continued growth as a brand standard emerges
    Growth continues for HJ Martin & Son as Patrick builds his business around a commitment to quality, price and service.


  • Beginning of a third generation at HJ Martin & Son
  • 1978

    Beginning of a third generation at HJ Martin & Son
    Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Edward N. Martin becomes a third-generation member of the family business. He is named president in November of that year.


  • New warehouse signals additional growth
  • 1979

    New warehouse signals additional growth
    As the company continues its growth, additional storage space is needed. A 10,000 sq. ft., dedicated warehouse is built.


  • Half a century reached, and celebrated
  • 1981

    Half a century reached, and celebrated
    HJ Martin & Son celebrates a half-century of business by holding a 50th Anniversary Sale.


  • Buying a forklift leads to a Drywall division and future opportunities
  • 1984

    Buying a forklift leads to a Drywall division and future opportunities
    Edward Martin goes to purchase a forklift from a local drywall company that was liquidating its assets. After a conversation with a former employee of the closed business, he decides to start the Drywall division of HJ Martin & Son (now Walls and Ceilings). The move ultimately positions the company for its later success as a national interior contractor.


  • Christmas shopping sparks company's first major national job, and leads to a Fixtures division
  • 1988

    Christmas shopping sparks company's first major national job, and leads to a Fixtures division
    Christmas shopping sparks company's first major national job, and leads to a Fixtures division While Edward Martin is Christmas shopping at a big box retailer in Green Bay, a stocking clerk mentions that the company plans to do some remodeling and that Martin should give them a call. Martin's research and resourcefulness lands HJ Martin & Son a project to do the new "Answer Center" in all of the retailer's locations in July 1988. From this work, the company's Fixtures division is born.


  • The torch passes a second time
  • 1996

    The torch passes a second time
    Edward and Terri Martin purchase the company in May following the passing of Patrick Martin the prior year.


  • Expansion continues with two new divisions
  • 1997

    Expansion continues with two new divisions
    HJ Martin & Son adds a Floorcare division in May 1997. A year later, the company starts a Doors and Hardware division. The two new divisions complement its other services and help to better meet customer needs.


  • Distribution Center opens, providing four times the prior storage and operations space
  • 2000

    Distribution Center opens, providing four times the prior storage and operations space
    Continued growth necessitates additional operating and storage space. A brand-new Distribution Center is added to the original warehouse constructed in 1979. The combined facility provides 42,880 sq. ft. for use by the commercial and residential flooring divisions, the Walls & Ceilings division, and to stage job materials.


  • Glass & Glazing gets a dedicated home, allowing for on-site fabrication
  • 2000

    Glass & Glazing gets a dedicated home, allowing for on-site fabrication
    The Glass & Glazing division first moves across the street from company headquarters to a building dedicated to its operations, allowing for on-site fabrication. Expanding its space in 2003 and again in 2007 (to 61,159 sq. ft.), production in the facility includes everything from simple storefronts, to window walls and skylights, to custom metal and panel fabrication.


  • Neenah Design Center opens
  • 2008

    Neenah Design Center opens
    Expanding the reach of its retail operations, HJ Martin & Son opens a second design center location in Neenah, Wis., making its products and service more accessible throughout the Fox Valley.


  • The fourth generation arrives at HJ Martin & Son
  • 2009

    The fourth generation arrives at HJ Martin & Son
    After spending many summers and working weekends at the family business while growing up, the oldest of Edward and Terri Martin's four children, David Martin (left), becomes a fourth-generation employee of HJ Martin & Son upon graduation from Marquette University.


  • Array of services continues to expand with addition of Merchandising and Planogramming
  • 2009

    Array of services continues to expand with addition of Merchandising and Planogramming
    Under the direction of Tim LaSure and David Martin, Merchandising and Planogramming are added to the services of HJ Martin & Son, complementing the company's nationwide fixture installations. Store remodels, resets and rollout projects are self-performed for many large national retailers.


  • Polished concrete added to services menu, HJ Martin quickly becomes a national leader
  • 2012

    Polished concrete added to services menu, HJ Martin quickly becomes a national leader
    Seeing the advent of a growing trend in retail, HJ Martin adds polished and stained concrete to its menu of services under the leadership of (left to right) Tim LaSure and Tom Feuerstein. Within two years, the new operation has advanced to the point where HJ Martin becomes only the ninth company nationally to achieve RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System® Elite Team status.


  • Access flooring becomes new commercial solution with White acquisition
  • 2016

    Access flooring becomes new commercial solution with White acquisition
    HJ Martin acquires White Enterprises to become an authorized representative of Tate® access flooring, providing a new commercial solution for its customers. Tate® Midwest regional manager Dave Bessert (left) welcomes HJ Martin and VP of Commercial Interiors Gary VandenLangenberg (right) to the Tate® family in January 2016.


  • Nation's largest interior and specialty contractor, operating six divisions
  • Today

    Nation's largest interior and specialty contractor, operating six divisions
    HJ Martin & Son is the nation's largest interior and specialty contractor, serving well-known retailers, and has revenues exceeding $100 million annually. Local retail customers and meaningful involvement in its community remain important. The company operates six divisions: Glass and Glazing, Walls and Ceilings, Doors and Hardware, Flooring, Retail Fixture and Millwork, and Floorcare.