Bella IMC wins Cabinet Maker Association 2017 award for lean production
Chad Shelton, Bella IMC President
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Bella Innovative Modern Cabinetry (IMC) has won the 2017 Cabinet Maker’s Association Wood Diamond Award in the Lean Production Practices category. All of their cabinets use the Lockdowel solution for ease of assembling cabinets, and to facilitate shipping and the speed of reordering and repair. With the Lockdowel inter-locking method the need for glue and extra hardware is eliminated.
“Bella IMC is a new way of thinking about buying cabinets,” Chad Shelton, Bella IMC President says. “Using the Lockdowel assembly method allows customers to assemble cabinets 80% faster than traditional ready-to-assemble cabinets - without glue, or screws.”
Bella IMC’s new cabinetry line can be ordered online in customized sizes to a 1/16” assembled or RTA. Bella IMC sells wholesale to kitchen cabinet dealers, home improvement professionals, and cabinet/closet shops looking to outsource. Clients can order the cabinet box only, individual door and drawer fronts. The system is uniquely useful should cabinets become damaged in shipping.
"When sending out cabinetry to one of my contractor customers, the shipper damaged the cabinets in transit. The contractor called in a panic needing to get the three damaged cabinets replaced--immediately. I asked him to tell me the cabinet number and the part that was damaged on each, because they still had the labels on the back and I could identify and remake the part and ship out the next day.
"I explained how the cabinet could be taken apart and put back together. I showed him our basic video and he couldn’t believe it was that easy - but he said, 'OK send the parts.’ After the contractor received the parts, he couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was to change out the components," says Shelton.
Contractors are notorious for ordering casework at the last minute and not leaving any time for mishaps, Shelton explains. “This situation actually made up for the shipper's mistake and the lack of time by the contractor. They were very happy!"
In addition the Allmoxy ordering site that Bella IMC uses allows customers to order their cabinets or components, with their style choices and in exact sizes from the website. This gives the speed, tracking, and agility needed to facilitate orders quickly and accurately within 24 hours for remakes -- and about two weeks for cabinets.
No longer do damages or mistakes require tearing apart and pulling screws and nails out. Simply unassemble and reassemble--good as new. This entire process is efficient, lean and much more simple than standard cabinet construction processes, with less machinery, floor space and a better use of time.
Prior to launching Bella IMC, Chadwick Industries was a custom woodwork manufacturing shop for both commercial and residential cabinetry and millwork. Bella IMC specializes in custom designed and one-off work from architects and contractors. Chadwick Industries has completed projects for many midwest hospitals, University of Notre Dame, W-Hotel in Austin, Venetian Hotel Las Vegas as well as homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Chadwick Industries is a fully automated cabinetry facility with capabilities to complete several large projects simultaneously. Chadwick Industries - 2410 Main Street, Huntertown. IN, 260.338.2577 [email protected]

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.