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LOS ANGELES-Rug importer and wholesaler‭ ‬G.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Gertmenian‭ & ‬Sons has moved into a newly built 150,000-square-foot headquarters that revitalizes a formerly dormant site in the Lincoln Heights area. The new building, which occupies a four-acre site at‭ ‬300‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Avenue‭ ‬33‭ ‬just north of Downtown Los Angeles and immediately east of the‭ ‬110‭ ‬Freeway, was built for Gertmenian by Whittier-based general contractor Oltmans Construction Co. as a design and build project.

‭The move to the new Lincoln Heights ‬headquarters for Gertmenian, after being in Downtown Los Angeles since‭ ‬1925,‭ ‬included consolidating two off-site warehouses in East Los Angeles and City of Commerce. The firm originated more than 112‭ ‬years ago in upstate New York where senior partner Tom Gertmenian’s grandfather launched the company,‭ which‬ has evolved into a high volume rug distributor‭ ‬serving some of the‭ ‬nation’s‭ ‬largest retailers.

Commenting on the new location, Tom Gertmenian points out that the partners in the company live nearby in Pasadena and San Marino and most employees live in Los Angeles or nearby, so the new building provides jobs for the area and short commute times for most employees. He adds that the Gold Line is adjacent to the location, which provides “a platform for growth into the future.”

‭The company’s new headquarters revitalizes a former industrial site that had been vacant and dormant. ‬The‭ ‬former owner remediated the site and prepared the land to once again become productive,‭ ‬according to Gertmenian.‭ ‬Approximately‭ ‬75‭ workers‬ are employed at the new headquarters, which was designed by the architectural firm HPA of Irvine.

Mark Bergman,‭ ‬project manager for Oltmans, points out that the new building features a number of the latest construction and conservation advances, including structurally upgraded concrete tilt-up construction, extensive steel enhancements, and ‭key energy conservation elements including ‬a large warehouse lit by skylights. ‭Additionally, ‬the new‭ ‬facility provides approximately‭ ‬25,000‭ ‬square feet of mezzanine offices and showroom visitor mezzanine parking,‭ ‬two truck yards equipped with‭ ‬10-foot high vertical lift security gates,‭ ‬and‭ ‬a‭ ‬7,500-pound freight elevator, plus on-site employee parking.

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