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Martin pellet Stove - The pinnacle of wood burning technology these log burners offer a new level of performance. Crafted by the European leader in home heating technology, the Nestor Martin (formerly Efel) range of wood burning stoves is the result of uncompromising engineering and over 150 years of experience.

Martin Industries, Inc., based in Florence, situated in the northwest corner of Alabama, manufactures appliances and utility equipment in two industry segments: home heating and leisure and other products. Martin's home heating products, which account for about two-thirds of the company's sales, are produced and sold under the Atlanta Stove, Hunter, Martin Fireplaces, Martin Gas Products, Prime Heat, and Warm Morning brand names. Included are a variety of vented and vent-free gas furnaces and heaters as well as a wide range of gas logs, gas stoves, prefabricated gas and wood fireplaces, and gas inserts. Martin, which manufactures its lines at two plants, one located in Florence and the other in Ontario, Canada, markets its products through a variety of distribution channels in both the United States and Canada. The company's leisure and other products are produced and sold under Broilmaster and NuWay brand names and include gas barbecue grills and utility trailer kits. They are sold in all fifty states as well as in Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. An ESOP company since 1992, about a third of Martin is owned by its employees.

1905-41: Martin Brothers Establish Three Companies

It was in 1905, just after the turn of the 19th century, that two brothers, W.H. Martin Sr. and Charles Martin, founded King Stove and Range Company, a small cast iron foundry in Sheffield, Alabama. The foundry made coal and wood heaters, cooking stoves and ranges.

The Martins expanded their business in 1918, when they purchased a financially sinking stove foundry in Florence, just across the river from Sheffield. The brothers incorporated the acquired business as Martin Stove and Range Company, a separate business from King Stove and Range. There they made coal and wood stoves as well as gray iron castings. The foundry also turned out cast hollowware, iron skillets, and clothes-pressing irons known as "sad" irons.

The Martins again expanded their holdings in 1939, when they traveled to nearby Huntsville, Alabama, to bid on some machinery being auctioned off at a bankrupt manufacturing plant. They opted to bid on the whole operation, not just the equipment, and their bid won. The Martins turned the operation into their third business, Martin Stamping and Stove Company, which began turning out a small line of unvented gas heaters.

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