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Tropitone's history started back in 1954 when Mr. Bert M. Baker, Sr., a retired engineer from the Grand Rapids Chair Co. and former engineer for Lockheed Aircraft, moved to Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Baker, an energetic and creative individual, soon became bored with retirement and bought a small, local company known as the Sarasota Redwood Furniture Co., a manufacturer of fine redwood outdoor furniture.
Drawing upon his experience in both the furniture and aircraft industries and his knowledge of aluminum, Mr. Baker soon switched from redwood to welded aluminum for his furniture construction. From this small, inauspicious beginning, TROPITONE was born.
Mr. Baker's goal since TROPITONE'S inception was to provide quality casual furniture built with a commitment to comfort, style and value. Throughout his years with TROPITONE, Mr. Baker pioneered many design and manufacturing innovations; innovations which the Casual Industry as a whole has adopted and which are now considered "standard features" on all fine casual furniture.
Under Mr. Baker's leadership, TROPITONE pioneered the use of acrylic tabletops; wide aluminum extrusions for arm comfort; and quick-drying, weather-resistant outdoor cushions. In addition, TROPITONE was the first casual furniture manufacturer to use powder coating in the finishing of the frames back in 1969. This was about 10 years before anyone else in the industry.
A family company from the start, Mr. Baker eventually passed on the leadership of TROPITONE to his son, James Baker, who continued the TROPITONE tradition of design and styling leadership.
Over the years, TROPITONE has won numerous design awards and honors from the design community for the bold and visionary furniture collections. Names like Pagoda, Boccaccio, Cantina, Brasilia, Hollywood, and Perception are just a few that come to mind when one thinks of trendsetting TROPITONE styles.