The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast
March 12, 2014 | 4:07 pm CDT

The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast We all grapple with outsourcing. Should we farm it out? Or keep it in-house and reap all the benefits? But it's not always a simple thumbs up or down decision. 

In this free webcast (originally broadcast April 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. CT), Northern Contours' Lary Skow and Drawer Connection's Steve Harmon will list the criteria for deciding whether to make or buy wood components. 

Outsourcing can make it easier to keep up with the latest trends in color, texture and materials. And for components made infrequently, or requiring specialized equipment, the cost to produce it can be higher inside than buying it outside. If your supplier provides quality and consistency, outsourcing can mean zero waste.

The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast
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The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast
The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast

What you'll learn:
• How to evaluate and track supplier quality
• What payment terms can you negotiate
• What are the signs a supplier isn't right?
• How to simplify material logistics in your shop 

Who should attend:
• Cabinet Shop Owners
• Furniture Manufacturers
• Moulding & Millwork Shops 
• Door Manufacturers 


The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast Lary Skow
Northern Contours

For those of you not familiar with the Minnesota-based company, Northern Contours is a product leader specializing in components for the kitchen, bath and home organization markets, with six manufacturing locations and 393 employees. As president, Lary brings with him more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing environments in the areas of sales, marketing, and product development.

The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast Steve Harmon
President & CEO
Drawer Connection
Based in Mesa, AZ, Drawer Connection manufactures custom drawers and drawer boxes, using dowel, dovetail and box-joint construction. Drawer Connection has been serving custom cabinetmakers and the commercial cabinet industry since 1997.


The Case for Outsourcing Wood Components: Webcast Bill Esler
Editorial Director
Woodworking Network

Bill Esler is responsible for coordinating all content for Wood Products, Custom Woodworking Businesss, and Closets magazines,, and related newsletters. He also chairs the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee, the woodworking industry education advocacy arm of WCA.

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Our experts will present ways to reduce waste, including some new approaches that rely on increasingly  on machine intelligence to calculate the best cut patterns, and automated materials handling to minimize damage during material transfer.

We’ll take a look at panels produced in unique dimensions to further enhance yield in live production. Advantages of using prefinished panels to increase throughput, reduce factory emissions and improve overall manufacturing efficiency will also be examined.

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