CW Keller's Architectural Investments Bring WOOD 100 Honors

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 09/15/2012 2:00PM

 

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CW Keller & Associates Inc., Plaistow, NH - The architectural woodwork and casework firm finds the art of obtaining and retaining skilled workers to run the machines and oversee projects is of vital importance to its success. “We are continuously searching for top talent from within the industry and related fields,” says Les Holland, head of engineering at CW Keller & Associates.

A diversified company, CW Keller also produces modern furniture pieces and complex concrete forms, in addition to performing 3-D modeling and engineering services for the woodworking industry. Among the company’s recent purchases, Holland says, has been the latest versions of AlphaCAM, AutoCAD and Rhino. And with a mind to customer service and delivery, CW Keller also invested in a delivery truck and custom-made trailers “to better deliver specific products.” Planned acquisitions in 2012 include solid surface and thermoforming equipment.

Aggressive in finding jobs, CW Keller has more than 38 years of experience working with a wide range of residential, commercial, institutional and retail clients on national and international projects, and is a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute. The project pictured is an office for C Change, a capitol investment firm in Boston.

What often distinguishes the company is its ability to look outside the box when it comes to the production capabilities of “envelope-pushing” projects, such as its line of ply furniture. Also known for its sustainable manufacturing at the 30,000-square-foot plant, CW Keller says it uses eco-friendly manufacturing and building techniques for LEED-accredited projects. The company says it uses formaldehyde-free, recycled content particleboard and MDF cores and is a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified shop.

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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 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 kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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