Hiland Wood's Component & Casket Making Capabilities

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 10/07/2013 9:53AM


Hiland Wood Products began in 1970 to help supply mouldings, millwork and components for cabinetry sister firm Schrock’s of Walnut Creek [since 1918] as well as other area makers. Another market is casket production.

Business has been good for the firms and manufacturing space, currently at approximately 130,000 square feet combined, looks to grow.

Lean Manufacturing

Plans call to expand the lumber staging area for more efficient operation and to handle the increased demand for small orders.

The Walnut Creek, OH-based plant’s capabilities include: rough mill; panel layup; moulding; door, drawer and cabinet production, finishing and pre-installation.

Raimann ripsaws work in conjunction with a ControlLogix scanner for optimizing defects and detection. Grecon Dimter cutoff saws also are used.

A Cameron Automation OptiMatch system is used for high production color matching of furniture grade panels for layup. Five Weinig moulders are used in the moulding area. A Schneeberger 5-axis CNC grinder is used for the hundreds of profiled knife sets.

Watch a video demonstration of the Schneeberger tool grinder

In the door department, several Accu-Systems machines are used for the production of mortise and tenon doors. Also integral, a Mereen-Johnson fingerjoint dovetailing machine is utilized for the production of drawer boxes. Plywood cutting is performed on Holzma saws.

For casket production, the company also utilizes a Martin CNC tilt arbor saw. The saw features a 20-inch blade for easy cutting of the one-piece casket lids. Caskets are offered in cherry, oak, poplar and pine.

The company was one of eight woodworking facilities recently toured as part of the 2013 Wood Component Manufacturers Association's annual Conference and Plant Tour Event in September.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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