WOOD 100 Strategies for Success 2013: Productivity Enhancements
By Karen Koenig | Posted: 09/08/2013 7:52PM
Lexington Manufacturing, Minneapolis, MN — An OEM supplier of components to manufacturers of residential windows and commercial architectural doors, Lexington’s sales grew 34.2% in 2012, due in part to the company’s ability to lean its production. “In our commercial door division we combined two plants in order to reduce overhead and streamline operations,” says Bill DeWitt, account manager. Read more about Lexington
RiverCity Cabinets Inc., Austin, TX — The job of manufacturing, delivering and installing high-end custom cabinets has been a successful one for the 8-year-old firm, which has worked with many of Austin’s prestigious custom home builders, interior designers and architects. Read more about RiverCity
More Top Producers
Funder America Inc., Mocksville, NC
A melamine panel processor, Funder also offers component manufacturing and MDF powder coating. “This is driven by our innovation, technology, and vision to provide flexibility and value added services to our customers throughout the United States,” says Peter Funder, president. In 2012 the firm added a Homag 2262 single-sided edgebander to better service smaller and more project-based production. Sales grew 9.1%.
California Woodworking, Oxnard, CA
Offering a full service package for commercial projects, including project management, fabrication, delivery and installation, the caseworks and countertop maker has focused on maximizing its capabilities more efficiently. ”With a rebounding economy, we continue to streamline all of our processes including estimate take off, shop drawing preparation, CAD/CAM processing, assembly methods and installation methods so that we remain competitive in the recovering commercial market,” says Luke Vickery, vice president.
Chandler Cabinets Inc., Pilot Point, TX
The custom cabinetmaker grew 6.7% in 2012, due in part to investments in newer and more productive machinery, says Josh Chandler, vice president. Customer service is also key and the company offers CAD renderings and competitive pricing.
Eastern Millwork, Jersey City, NJ
Using AutoCAD and information flow to facilitate “high velocity manufacturing,” the millwork firm says it perfects plans before it cuts, rather than adjusting fit on site. Our goal is to not be the biggest, but rather to be recognized to be the best.
Greenline Ind., Beaufort, SC
Jeff Farlow, sales rep, says the veneer products manufacturer is FSC certified and offers fast lead times while “reaching out to and establishing a broader supply chain.” Also aiding productivity is the recent purchase of an automated trim line, sander and press. Sales for the company grew 11.1% in 2012.
About the Author
Karen M. KoenigKaren 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 Wood Products (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Google+.