A good story about good business

Our commitment to our customers and the architecture and design community has made Goodmans the largest office furniture dealer in the Southwest and one of the top three largest Herman Miller dealers in the world.

The story of our business is the story of our family, beginning in 1931 when Edward and Anna Goodman opened a furniture store below their apartment in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood. When someone wanted furniture, they rang the Goodman's bell, and Edward, Anna or one of their two sons came down and opened the store.

Edward moved the family to Arizona in 1954 due to severe case of asthma and started shipping furniture from back East. The first shipment was lost in an accident. The next shipment arrived safely, but was later damaged in a flood. The Goodmans restored the damaged furniture and sold it to a nearby convent, where the Mother Superior had taken a liking to Edward.

The Goodmans focused their energies on office furniture, calling their new enterprise Arizona Office Equipment. In 1963, Edward and Anna's son Murray convinced his parents to change the name to Goodmans, making the point that "people prefer to do business with people."

Under Murray's leadership, Goodmans teamed up in 1968 with another name: Herman Miller. This partnership allowed Goodmans to combine its tradition of personalized service with a renewed dedication to timeless design and innovative thinking. Large companies, hospitals and government agencies across the Southwest turn to Goodmans for quality furniture and intelligent space configuration ideas.

In 1993, Murray's son Adam joined the business and headed up efforts to meet the needs of smaller companies. As the 1990's progressed and technology forced rapid changes in businesses of all sizes, Goodmans had an epiphany. "We weren't just in the furniture business anymore," Adam says. "We were also in the construction business."

Since then, all Goodmans employees are trained in design principles, construction codes, project management procedures and the latest product innovations, giving business people, architects and designers the flexibility they need to keep pace in a changing world.

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