Francisco Pinedo started making furniture as a teenager in the 1970s to make a little green.
He succeeded far beyond his expectations: By 2002 his Cisco Bros. Corp. furniture company was making $18 million a year in sales and he was celebrated as a local success story. But sales have slid since then as far-less expensive furniture made in China has made major inroads.
So to hold on to his business and hopefully keep it in Los Angeles, Pinedo took a new tack. He went green.
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