Canada's Cabico invests $17 million in its facilities
Cabico said the investment will strengthen its leadership position by seizing the opportunities created by the inflated housing market and continued expansion into the US market, which now represents over 70 percent of sales.
COATICOOK, QC  - Cabico, a Canadian leader in high-end cabinetry, announced a $17 million investment in the technology and modernization of its manufacturing equipment in their Coaticook, Quebec facility.  By adding 52,000 sq. ft. to the existing location, Cabico said the project will increase the company's efficiency while creating new jobs in the region. 
The company said it plans to increase its production capacity by 50 percent by transferring all heavy-duty work to high-tech robotic machines. According to Cabico, "the automation and digitalization of production systems will bring more precision to the whole cabinetry fabrication process, providing cutting-edge design and capabilities." The company will begin plant construction and a fully automated and robotised CNC machining and drilling center in Coaticook in 2021.
"Cabico is not only a leader in custom cabinetry, but also supports Quebec's economic recovery. I am extremely proud to contribute to this initiative, especially in these uncertain times," said Alain Ouzilleau, Cabico president and CEO. "For me, promoting our expertise and investing in a local company remains my top priority. The ultimate goal of all the investments we've made in our facilities is to always offer a flawless and high-quality product to our clients while ensuring a safe environment for our employees."
The company said there will be digital and technological updates of facilities throughout 2020-2021, including the implementation of a new information system that makes the integration of data easier across the entire value chain, from design to manufacturing, as well as benefitting dealers through the 3D rendering of products. 
With this investment, Cabico said it will strengthen its leadership by seizing the opportunities created by the inflated housing market and continued expansion into the US market, which now represents over 70 percent of sales. Cabico said the investment has several objectives to increase the already high-quality standards and optimize both material resources and Cabico's workforce.   According to Cabico, the automation will not require any corporate restructuring and the increase in operational efficiency will benefit all employees in addition to specialized jobs created in the robotic area. 
About Cabico
Cabico is a privately-owned company with a team of 600+ specialists and craftsmen and more than 400,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing facilities in Coaticook, Quebec, and St. Catharines, Ontario. Cabico's network of 650+ dealers bring one or more of Cabico's product lines – Essence, Unique and Elmwood Series – to designers and consumers across North America. Fueled by 35 years of solid growth, Cabico harnesses the latest technology, while incorporating an essential human touch into every step of the design, and manufacturing process and every aspect of client and business relationships.

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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.