Doc Johnson was recently profiled for an in-depth photo essay in LA Weekly entitled Dildos and Butt Plugs, Made in L.A.: Local Sex Toy Empire Doc Johnson Turns 40 and the publication has since run a companion piece called A Sex-Toy Empire is Thriving in North Hollywood that goes deeper into the company’s legacy, offering readers a closer look at the company.
Conceived and written by award-winning journalist Gustavo Turner, both the photo essay and the article showcase some of the day-to-day operations of Doc Johnson’s North Hollywood campus, describing how the company is “bringing sex toys into the current era of slick, smooth, Apple-inspired dildos, dongs, plugs, vibrators and even more exotic forms (like the soon-to-be-launched Tryst).”
“It’s exciting to receive coverage from a publication as visible and influential as LA Weekly,” said Doc Johnson’s COO and creative director Chad Braverman. “Doc Johnson and LA Weekly are both Los Angeles-area institutions that began around the same time, and even though we do very different jobs, there’s common ground in the commitments we’ve made to the community and to local workers. It was fantastic to be recognised as a company that has kept most manufacturing in-house and created jobs in the US since 1976, unlike a lot of others that only began exploring better practices a few years ago when labor outsourcing became a hot-button issue.”
Doc Johnson is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It currently employs a staff of 500 at the company’s 215,000 square foot campus in North Hollywood, and it has plans to continue expansion through the end of 2016 and beyond.
“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re very grateful for the opportunity to share a piece of our history and a bit about our vision for the future,” said Braverman. “Innovation has always been at the core of our strategy, and we’re more committed than ever to raising the bar in all facets of what we do.”