WOOD 100: 61-80 

61. Oak Craft Inc.

Peoria, AZ

‘98: $13,399,000   ‘99: $16,277,000
Sales ‘99: +21.5% Color Projected ‘00: +10%
Est. 1983   Employees: 160

 Kitchen, vanity, home office, cabinets

“Our ability to tailor our product line to the ever-changing demands of an increasingly knowledgeable public has allowed us to flourish,� says marketing director Greg Johnson. This factor has been a key to the company’s re-emergence in the Wood 100. The company is in the survey for the eighth time, but the first since 1997 and foresees continued growth in the future, expecting revenues to increase by more than $1.6 million this year.

 


 

62. Island Woodcrafts Ltd.

Wanchese, NC

www.islandwoodcrafts.com

‘98: $2,297,000   ‘99: $2,786,000
Sales ‘99: +21.3% Color Projected ‘00: +15%
Est. 1973   Employees: 25

 Custom kitchen, bath and other room cabinetry

Island Woodcrafts has been a regular in the Wood 100, appearing every year since 1993. “As a family-owned business with two brothers and a sister actively involved, we are able to keep close tabs on our product construction and installation,� says Island’s Clifford Granitzki. This allows the company to deliver the customer service its clients expect. Island has also streamlined its material handling areas, upgraded installation equipment and improved its design computers.

 


 

 

 
       
     
    A HARBINGER OF BEAUTY: Harbinger Industries Inc. completed this office suite using a striking redwood and madrone burl, American cherry and fiddleback English sycamore.

 63. Harbinger Industries Inc.

Minneapolis, MN

www.harbingerindustries.com

‘98: $5,494,000   ‘99: $6,640,000
Sales ‘99: +20.9% Color Projected ‘00: +12.5%
Est. 1982   Employees: 60

 Architectural woodwork, store and display fixtures, OEM furniture manufacturing

Harbinger says the key to repeat performances in the Wood 100 is the employees and their dedication to quality. But other areas have also played key roles in the company’s continuing improvement. “Our manufacturing technology and information systems will help increase productivity,� says president Michael Quirk. A Weeke point-to-point drilling and routing unit, as well as improvements in material handling, have aided the company’s success. Quirk also says the key to managed growth is continual in-house training and the ability to work with employees.

 

 

 

 


 

64. LayneCorp Architectural Millwork Inc.

Kingwood, TX

‘98: $2,466,000   ‘99: $2,959,000
Sales ‘99: +20% Color Projected ‘00: +20%
Est. 1982   Employees: 45

 Commercial casework, architectural millwork, retail displays and fixtures

LayneCorp has completed 75 percent of its quality improvement process leading towards ISO 9002 certification. “We have written standard procedures, work instructions and a manufacturing/constructions standards manual,� says vice president Don Looney. “Increased employee awareness of process improvement has helped reduce mistakes, rework, waste and production bottlenecks.� The addition of a CNC machining center, an automated CNC beam saw and engineering software has also elevated the level of production capabilities, freeing up the capacity to take on more projects.

 


 

65. Impressions Architectural Millwork

Cypress, TX

‘98: $545,000   ‘99: $653,000
Sales ‘99: +19.8% Color Projected ‘00: +40%
Est. 1981   Employees: 7

 Commercial casework and fixtures, architectural casework

Impressions increased its plant size in 1999 from 4,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet, enabling the company to improve product flow. “We increase productivity simply by having a larger plant to fabricate and store products,� says owner and president Brain Dumaine. The company is now able to maximize its use of an assembly line using conveyors, as well as a 32mm system the company utilizes.

 


 

66. Fleetwood Industries

Reading, PA

www.fwind.com

‘98: $16,239,000   ‘99: $19,400,000
Sales ‘99: +19.5% Color Projected ‘00: +25%
Est. 1991   Employees: 110

 Wood and metal store fixtures

Fleetwood credits its inclusion in this year’s Wood 100 to its hardworking employees. “Our employee skills and dedication have contributed to every aspect of our success,� says Fleetwood’s Darrell Helms. “Our quality is in the hands of our skilled staff.� The company strives for on-time delivery through a program that involves customer service, project management and the engineering staff. The company has added a 30,000 square foot addition to accommodate new machinery, including a rear-loading CNC panel saw, a four pump spray system and a moulder. The company also has introduced fully automative custom software for lumber optimization and barcoding.

 


 

67. Rialto Furniture Co. Inc.

Brooklyn, NY

www.rialtofurniture.com

‘98: $3,217,000   ‘99: $3,834,000
Sales ‘99: +19.2% Color Projected ‘00: +4%
Est. 1939   Employees: 49

 Office furniture, casegoods, upholstered furniture

This is Rialto Furniture’s first year in the Wood 100. “Extensive work on the marketing program has stated to reap rewards,� says CAO Marianne Hovivian. The marketing program has helped prepare Rialto Furniture for future marketing and sales diversification.

 


 

68. Dovetail Designs & Millwork Inc.

Billings, MT

‘98: $860,000   ‘99: $1,024,000
Sales ‘99: +19.1% Color Projected ‘00: +4%
Est. 1979   Employees: 15

 Residential and commercial custom cabinetry, doors, moulding

Increased productivity is the reason for Dovetail Designs appearance in the Wood 100. The company landed a contract to supply all the millwork for the Montana State Capitol Restoration Project. It also allowed the company to develop a door manufacturing system based upon new tooling and a teamwork approach to constructing 288 historic doors in the Capitol building. “Increased profits have also allowed for increased profit sharing and a health and pension plan for employees,� says president Mark Sevier. The addition of a Laguna Tools mortiser, JLT clamp rack, SCMI SI 16W panel saw and a 7.5-hp Powermatic shaper has also helped reduce costs.

 


 

69. World Panel Products Inc.

Riviera Beach, FL

www.worldpanel.com

‘98: $942,000   ‘99: $1,118,000
Sales ‘99: +18.7% Color Projected ‘00: +15%
Est. 1994   Employees: 4

 Marine-grade plywood

The Internet revolution has changed how World Panel Products does business and has brought contracts directly through the door. The company’s Web site, originally developed in 1995, has gone through constant changes and upgrades. World Panel Products says that its decision to submit the site to more than 1,000 search engines each week has been a huge bonus for the company and that its Web site has generated “big time business� as a result.

 


 

70. Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.

Monroe, WA

www.canyoncreek.com

‘98: $34,346,000   ‘99: $40,565,000
Sales ‘99: +18.1% Color Projected ‘00: +20%
Est. 1980   Employees: 435

 Residential cabinetry

A first-time member of the Wood 100, Canyon Creek moved into a 196,000-square-foot building late in 1997 and hasn’t looked back since. The company has added $5 million in equipment over the last year, including an edgebander to improve productivity in its cabinet lines. Canyon Creek is also utilizing waterborne finishes on its products, but president Bill Weaver says that “all of the above factors and one hell of an economy� are aiding the continuing growth of the company.

 


 

71. Classic Woodworking Inc.

St. Louis, MO

‘98: $1,365,000   ‘99: $1,608,000
Sales ‘99: +17.8% Color Projected ‘00: +10%
Est. 1973   Employees: 18

 Residential and commercial woodworking

After three years, Classic Woodworking is back in the Wood 100. The company has improved its bottom line by adding a spray booth and finishing equipment to improve cycle times and product quality. President Dave Hutchinson also credits a solid work staff, whose skills are crucial to the development of jobs and projects. The company hopes that adding new technology will allow it to achieve double-digit sales growth in 2000.

 


 

72. C.M. Wood Works Inc.

Deerfield, IL

‘98: $294,000   ‘99: $345,000
Sales ‘99: +17.3% Color Projected ‘00: +12.5%
Est. 1984   Employees: 4

 Entertainment centers, home office, bookcases, architectural wood products and millwork

“The addition of personnel and machinery has improved the productivity of the equipment and the company,� says C.M. Wood Works president and owner Chris Mazurk. The company added a machining center to the shop three years ago, and the company continues to focus its operations on the unit. But with the purchase of an automatic vertical panel saw and a dust collection system, the company has been able to get more parts to the machining center, improving output.

 


 

73. WKP Inc.

Carver, MN

‘98: $1,048,000   ‘99: $1,229,000
Sales ‘99: +17.27% Color Projected ‘00: N/A
Est. 1976   Employees: 20

 Residential furniture, children’s furniture, office furniture

“To meet the needs of our biggest customer,� says WKP owner Gregg Witt, “we’ve needed to grow and expand its production capacity to keep up with their pace.� As a result, WKP is in the Wood 100 for the first time since 1997. The company has also added an edgebander and a larger shaper to handle production increases, and continues to search for affordable properties or ways to expand its existing facilities.

74. Custom Wood Furniture Inc.

Newton, NJ

‘98: $1,030,000   ‘99: $1,200,000
Sales ‘99: +16.5% Color Projected ‘00: +50%
Est. 1989   Employees: 18

 Office and residential furniture, kitchens, specialty house of worship items

Custom Wood has big plans, with a 16.5 percent increase in 1999 and expectations to increase sales by 50% this year. Custom Wood has added a Komo VR Mach 1 510 CNC router, finishing spray equipment and a new line-boring machine. President John Kweselait says that “expanding employee benefits have attracted better qualified applicants and increased job satisfaction.�

 


 

75. Baby’s Dream Furniture

Buena Vista, GA

www.babysdream.com

‘98: $17,697,000   ‘99: $20,601,000
Sales ‘99: +16.4% Color Projected ‘00: +35%
Est. 1992   Employees: 220

 Children’s furniture, adult bedrails, twin bed kits

Baby’s Dream is appearing in the Wood 100 for the fifth time in six years. The company saw a nearly $3 million increase in sales last year, and is looking for even bigger gains in 2000. Baby’s Dream also hopes to develop a profit sharing program for its employees and improve finish quality in order to increase production and profits, says president David Felfeli.

 


 

76. Giffin Interior & Fixture Inc.

Bridgeville, PA

www.giffininterior.com

‘98: $9,571,000   ‘99: $11,130,000
Sales ‘99: +16.3% Color Projected ‘00: +15%
Est. 1980   Employees: 140

 Display fixtures, architectural millwork, cabinets, furniture and solid surface products

Giffin joins the Wood 100 for the sixth time, after sales took a slight dip in 1998. The company has revamped though, and “credits employee dedication and skill as the reason for the company’s renewed success,� says CEO Gordon Griffin. It also plans on continued steady growth in the upcoming year, with a focus on continued employee training and recruitment.

 


 

77. Design Woodworking Inc.

Lodi, CA

‘98: $1,224,000   ‘99: $1,421,000
Sales ‘99: +16.1% Color Projected ‘00: +10%
Est. 1989   Employees: 12

 Architectural woodwork, cabinetry, interior millwork, paneling

“Design Woodworking has been taking on increasingly challenging woodworking projects, both in size and complexity,� say owners David Worfolk and Stefan Sekula. “We have made a concerted effort to challenge all of our employees to increase the scope of their skills and supported their efforts with teaching, tooling and technology.� As a result of increased orders and improvements, the company is in the Wood 100 for the first time since 1992. A Striebig Optisaw and an in-house spray booth for finishing have both been added, as well as a 1,500-square-foot addition to the shop’s facilities to accommodate new growth.

 


 

78. Caseworx Inc.

Redlands, CA

www.caseworx.com

‘98: $4,778,000   ‘99: $5,539,000
Sales ‘99: +15.9% Color Projected ‘00: N/A

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