Oceanside’s Lamvin, Inc. Receives California Competes Tax Report
LAMVIN, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom architectural acoustical products here in Oceanside, California. Opened in 1961, the company’s name was derived from Laminating Vinyl. Under new ownership in the 1980s, acoustical products became their primary focus. (If you’ve ever eaten in a noisy restaurant or café, you can most often attribute the noise level to a lack of “acoustic absorption”. Acoustic absorption reduces sound and echoes by adding soft materials to hard surfaces.)
Robin Gray purchased the company from her parents in 2008 and under her direction LAMVIN has become the leading manufacturer of quality, custom architectural acoustical products in the United States. Her 57,000 square foot office and warehouse manufactures premium acoustical products which are shipped all over the country and abroad. She takes pride in the fact that she is a woman owned business in a field dominated by the opposite sex. She takes even more pride that her company offers excellent customer service and high quality products.
LAMVIN was recognized by CISCA (Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association) in 2018 for its design of acoustical panels for the Hoover Institution’s Traitel Building in Stanford, California. Recent projects include the Mauna Kea Hotel, Hawaii, the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse, Nike Corporate offices in Oregon and Google offices in California. Locally they have designed panels for San Marcos High School, Oceanside’s historic First Christian Church, the 333 Pacific Restaurant and numerous others.
Gray recently applied for and received the “California Competes Tax Credit”, an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California, or in LAMVIN’s case — stay and grow in California. In order to qualify for the tax credit, a business must have expansion plans to create jobs in California over the next five years. Since the program launch, 112 San Diego companies have won $66 million in tax credits.
LAMVIN currently employs 28 full time employees and with the tax credit seeks to hire an additional full time employee, and purchase new equipment to lower increasing energy costs as well as to keep abreast of changing design aspects and the needs of clientele.