D&L Wood Products Renowned for Stunning Millwork
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 04/30/2014 3:39PM
Known for its high-end, museum quality architectural millwork projects, D&L Wood Products can trace its humble beginnings back to 1992, a tool box and a one-car garage.
Bob Ligna, president, says that initially he was just a small contractor who did some remodeling. However, certain jobs would require millwork, which often sent him to local lumberyards in search of those special pieces. But frequently he would have to wait two to three weeks for those components, so he decided to start making the millwork himself.
With each subsequent project and with millwork increasingly involved in each one, Ligna says he decided to get out of contracting altogether and work on architectural millwork jobs full time.
“We were still pretty small then with just two people – me and one other person,” he shares. Initially they were getting hotel remodels here and there, which eventually led the small company into the hospitality remodeling end of the business.
“I did my first millwork lobby in South Bend, IN, for Springhill Suites,” he says.
By today’s D&L Wood Product’s standard that was a small job, but it was huge for the company at the time, Ligna says.
“I think it was about $50,000 total with the installation of the lobby. But after that we kept getting a little bit bigger and bigger with larger lobbies,” he says. “Then we started working the guest rooms and then the restaurants, which led to where we’re at now.”
D&L Wood Products has approximately 37 employees at its 30,000-square-foot Indianapolis plant and has installed custom architectural millwork for commercial properties and hotel chains like J.M. Marriott across the country.
“We just kept doing these projects,” Ligna says, “and we were never afraid to go out of our area to do the work. Even though we’re in Northwest Indiana, we do a lot of work in Texas, Colorado, Salt Lake City, UT, and Nashville, TN. We were willing to expand to go to different areas and we became really efficient at it.”
All millwork is fabricated and finished at their plant and then shipped to the job site. “But we take control over the installation,” Ligna adds.
Although the company used to send out installers from the plant in the past, as they became increasingly busy, D&L developed
relationships with installation crews – both union and non-union – across the country. “We just got to the point where I couldn’t take the guys out of the shop. We have different crews around the country, but we supply the supervision of each installation.”
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Michaelle BradfordMichaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Woodworking Network magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Google+.