Seattle cabinetmaker recognized as building trades leader
March 18, 2020 | 9:11 am CDT

SEATTLE -- William Spencer of Spencer Cabinetry in Monroe, Washington, is among the young people profiled in Professional Builder magazine’s March 2020 issue. The magazine unveiled its annual “40 Under 40” list of rising stars in the home building industry.

This year’s class of 14 women and 26 men were selected from nominations submitted from all regions of the United States. Will Spencer stood out as a key supplier of cabinetry with unusual product flexibility, very quick response time, and extremely reliable delivery for residential construction projects.

Under Spencer’s leadership, manufacturing lead time for a single cabinet has been reduced to less than a single working day, production volume has doubled, and scrap has been significantly reduced with a line of high-quality byproducts Spencer developed and is selling through the Made in Washington chain of gift stores.

Monthly profit-sharing bonuses to the cabinetmakers has tripled despite wage increases amounting to $6,000/year for each of them. After implementing a 9-9-9-9-4 schedule to give employees a 2 ½ day weekend every week, Spencer introduced a concept he calls “undertime,” which allows the work week to end even sooner with full weekly pay when the production quota has been met, which happens more than half the time. See

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