Ma entered the shade products business with his brother in 1975, exporting beach and garden umbrellas from Taiwan to mass merchants and outdoor furniture manufacturers in the United States. In 1980, he opened a sales office in New York City, but he found that specialty stores wanted customized products made in the United States. So, in 1984, he built a small factory in Baldwin Park and launched the Treasure Garden brand.

Throughout the 1990s, the company strengthened its customer service and product development. Then, in 2000, Ma built a vertically integrated factory in Ningbo, China. Aluminum extrusion, zinc die cast and plastic injection molding all were handled in the same plant, minimizing cost and maximizing quality control. During this time, the company introduced many patented designs and developed protective furniture covers. Expansion into the European, Australian and New Zealand markets resulted in another new factory, built in 2008. Diversifying into additional product categories, including pop-up tents, pavilions, retractable awnings and accessories, allowed the company to balance its production with products for different seasons.

Treasure Garden’s quality products have resulted in seven straight Manufacturer Leadership awards in the shade category from the ICFA retail membership. The award recognizes the company’s products, people and production efforts.

Ma and Fleischut will be honored during the ICFA Awards Gala at The Field Museum on September 14, during Casual Market Chicago. Tickets for the event are available at