A-America®, Inc. a pioneer in the furniture industry, has been a leading provider of high quality solid wood furniture for over 45 years. A family owned and operated business, A-America was founded by two brothers, Fred and John Rohrbach, both graduates from the University of Montana and smoke jumpers with the U.S Forest Service. They both served their country with honor during the Vietnam War with John in the U.S. Army and Fred in the 173rd Airborne brigade.
A-America was founded in 1973 when the two brothers began importing ceramics from what was then South Vietnam. With the fall of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), the Rohrbachs had to retrench. Fred was one of the last Americans to be evacuated from Saigon, on April 29, 1975 from a rooftop to the U.S.S. Blue Ridge in the South China Sea.
It was after this that the brothers went to Taiwan and started buying antique reproductions such as solid oak dining tables, brassware, cast iron and nautical antiques. In fact the arrowback and wide or double pressback chair was found by John in an Idaho antique store and used for inspiration to manufacture it in Taiwan in late 1975. A-America was one of the first companies to introduce the concept of importing U.S. hard woods into Taiwan in 1975 to make quality furniture.
Fred later served nine years on the board of directors of the National Smokejumpers Association and was instrumental in doing the first two-hour video on the history of smokejumping as associate producer. Fred and John also co-authored one of the first post war picture books on Vietnam called ‘Vietnam: Opening Doors to the World’ published in 1988. Devoting his time overseas and maintaining key relationships with highly skilled furniture manufacturers, Fred Rohrbach is an example of a true businessman. Today he continues to travel to Asia, keeping strong ties, which is one of the many reasons why A-America has the best quality furniture in the U.S. with competitive pricing.
The Rohrbachs’ expertise in importing and knowledge of Asian countries and cultures ultimately gives A-America an enormous advantage over other importers. A-America was one of the first importers of oak furniture from Taiwan and continues to be a pioneer in the furniture importing industry; as one of the first U.S. companies to import furniture from China with American styles and quality standards.