Learn Lean lessons live at Wood Pro Expo Texas
February 12, 2020 | 11:04 am CST

ARLINGTON, Texas – How did going Lean help Hunter Trim & Cabinets (HTC) increase revenues five times in seven years?

Find out by attending Wood Pro Expo Texas, where FDMC Editor Will Sampson will conduct a live-on-stage interview of HTC CEO Dustin Hunter.

The free interactive presentation, “Inside a real cabinet shop’s lean journey,” will be recorded as an installment of Woodworking Network’s new podcast series hosted by Sampson. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, March 12, prior to the opening of Wood Pro Expo – co-located with the Cabinets & Closets Conference and Expo – at the Arlington Convention Center. 

Hunter, a third-generation carpenter and graduate of Texas A&M University, launched Hunter Trim and Cabinet in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 2006. He began his Lean journey in December 2012 under the mentorship of Lean manufacturing guru Jim Lewis. Lewis, a former columnist of FDMC, provided periodic progress reports about what he dubbed Hunter Trim and Cabinet’s “amazing story.”

In his farewell column for FDMC in spring 2018, Lewis lauded Hunter for sustaining his commitment to Lean thinking and continuous improvement. “Every leader endeavoring to apply lean thinking can attest that without leadership commitment, lean should never be launched. To understand more about the leader’s commitment, I suggest you call Dustin Hunter, CEO of Hunter Trim and Cabinet.”

The give-and-take exchange between Sampson and Hunter will drill deeper into Hunter’s commitment to Lean:

  • Why he did it and examples of implementing Lean at HTC.
  • Some of the key lessons he’s learned during his seven-year Lean journey.
  • How he sustains Lean thinking and the drive to continually improve.

The accompanying video highlights some of the continuous improvements HTC made during the mid-point of its Lean journey in 2016. 

Learn more about Wood Pro Expo and register.

About Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Texas
The Cabinets & Closets Expo and Conference (CCCE) is the annual national event for cabinet and closet professionals and is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Texas (WPE), a regional marketplace for the woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively, both part of Woodworking Network

Both the Cabinets & Closets and WPE lead off with a separate full-day executive conference on Wednesday, followed by the two-day expo featuring woodworking machinery and supplies. 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 components of the event.

The 2020 CCCE and Wood Pro Expo Texas are scheduled for March 11-13 at the Arlington Convention Center, Arlington, Texas.

For information about exhibiting, and sponsorship opportunities, contact Patrick Filippelli of Hall-Erickson Inc. at [email protected] or phone 800-752-6312. 









Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user richchristianson
About the author
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.