SHERBROOKE, QC -- Approximately 100 members of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA) convened in Sherbrooke September 24-25 to tour industry leaders Fabritec, Groupe Lacasse, Champeau, Interfonction, and Waterville Woodcraft. Also on the agenda was a presentation by Marc Choquette, vice president of Dunin Technologie, on Artificial Intelligence and Eric Pothier, director of business development for Richelieu, who discussed smart living and multi-functional space.
Armoires Fabritec in Bromont is Canada's largest kitchen cabinet manufacturer. With one million sq. ft. of production space the company produces 268 kitchens per day with 703 employees. Its major customers include IKEA, Home Depot Canada and Home Depot U.S., according to Sylvain Johnson, plant manager. It has a total of six production lines for cabinets with two of the lines being frameless and four frameless.
Founded in 1956, Group Lacasse in Saint Pie is a North American leader in the design, manufacture and service of high quality furniture serving commercial, educational and healthcare markets. The company employs more than 525 and produces an average of 3,900 units (assembled and knock-down) on two shifts.
Interfonction, based in Sherbrooke, is a manufacturer of qluminum framed cabinetry doors; regular, laminated, and tempered glass; aluminum tambour doors; fixed aluminum and glass partitions and other extruded aluminum structures.
Established in the early 1900s in Saint-Malo, Champeau's 200,000 sq. ft. facility produces a wide range of hardwoods and dmension lumber. The company's 120 employees produces more than 12 million board feet of lumber annually. Highlights of the tour included a look at the company's vacuum kiln drying, geometric and vision-scanning technology, and fully-integrated ripping, trimming, moulding, doweling, sanding and laminating operations.
Waterville Woodcraft in Waterville has been serving the industry since 1969. It specializes in dovetail drawers, dowel drawers, inserts, table slides, drawer guides and specialty drawers. It has a kiln capacity of seven million board feet per year and uses modern rough mill and scanning technology.
The next CKCA meeting will be held January 28-29, 2019 in Barrie, ON and April 25-27 in Calgary.
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