WPE CA video preview: Managing projects with Crows Nest Software


SAN DIEGO --  Crows Nest Software, developer of project management/ERP software used by manufacturers of custom cabinets, closets, and other wood products, will showcase the latest updates to its comprehensive digital platform at Wood Pro Expo, co-located with the Closets Expo, April 28-29, 2022.

Some of the many recently added features Crows Nest will demonstrate at booth #110 of the San Diego Convention Center include enhanced estimating, scheduling, task management, RFQ processing, progress billing, and supply inventory.


  • Estimating markup can be controlled on multiple levels, such as overall labor and material markup, and or grouping by grouping markup or individual markups on an item-by-item basis. 
  • Crows Nest’s flexible parametric estimating capability has been enhanced through the addition of more user-defined field types.


  • Shop tasks across all projects may be scheduled in their entirety, resulting in an impact on the overall schedule from an individual work order change within any project. 
  • Scheduling of machinery and human resource availability in hourly increments are also taken into consideration. Scheduling may be prioritized by each work order’s due date or by an assigned priority value. 
Corey Hanson, president of Interior Components Group, says using Crows Nest Software has helped his company achieve a “consistent standardized process” that meshes very well with the company’s lean program to reduce waste.

Task management:

  • Task management has been enhanced with predecessors needed for Crows Nest’s enhanced scheduling. Task budget hours fed from Crow’s Nest estimating form the basis of each task duration. Crows Nest’s labor tracking feature updates each task’s “remaining hours” that are subsequently passed to the enhanced scheduling for up-to-the-minute, real-time scheduling.

RFQ processing:

  • Request for quote processing is now directly associated with an estimate for trackability of pricing.

Progress billing G702 and G703 reporting:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Style G702 and G703 progress billing reports are now available.

Inventory barcoding:

  • Inventory of quantities of raw materials, hardware, etc., may now be updated via custom bar-coded labels.

Learn more about Crows Nest software at crowsnestsoftware.com

Read about how companies like Vogo Cabinets, Interior Components Group, and Byrne Custom Joinery have benefited since implementing Crows Nest Software throughout their operations. 

2022 Closets Conference & Expo registration

Learn more about Crows Nest software at crowsnestsoftware.com.

About the 2022 Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo California
The Closets Conference & Expo is the annual national event for closet and home storage professionals. It is co-located with Wood Pro Expo California (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, each part of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 27-29, 2022, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

The Closets Expo and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 27, followed by the two-day expo, April 28-29, featuring woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on both days of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key features of the event.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Home Storage. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

View the interactive exhibitor prospectus.

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Feb. 24-26, 2022, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Executive Briefing Conference, September 15-17, 2022, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, October 13-14, 2022, Spooky Nook Sports Center, Manheim, Pa.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), October 27-29, 2022, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.


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Rich Christianson | President/Owner/C-Level

Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.