Optimizing production with new and existing technology: In order to be profitable and productive in today’s economy, woodworking facilities need to optimize their resources: equipment, supplies and their workforce. Many companies have done so through investments in new technology and production methods, including lean and sustainable manufacturing methods.
|Custom Cupboards, Wichita, KS
This Kansas-based cabinet company is the first
in the nation to use robotics in conjunction with
RFID and bar coding technology in the production
process. At full capacity, the robots should be able
to build up to 400 face frames a day.
BriMar Wood Innovations, Goshen, IN
Banner’s Cabinets Inc., Newland, NC
Cleora Sterling Corp., Mebane, NC
GCW Custom Kitchens & Cabinetry, St. Thomas, ON
Karhu Woodworking Inc., Carleton Place, ON
Wallwood Furniture, Richmond Hill, ON
Cohen Architectural Woodworking, St. James, MO
FOLIOT FURNITURE, --St Jerome, QC, recently expanded its presence in North America with the opening of its second U.S. facility. The contract furniture maker, which caters to the hospitality, university and military market segments throughout North America, said the addition of the almost 400,000-square-foot Las Vegas, NV, manufacturing facility, will help it better serve customers on the West Coast, allowing the St.-Jerome and Greeneville, TN, facilities to focus on needs of clientele on the East Coast.
With the completion of the new plant, Foliot Furniture now has in excess of 600,000-square-feet of manufacturing space and in peak periods will employ approximately 600 workers. The company says it has invested the necessary capital in order to have the manpower and technical resources to complete numerous orders, large and small. Foliot Furniture designs, develops and produces its furniture using state-of-the-art machinery, giving it the ability to manufacture every product with extreme precision for perfectly assembled and consistently identical furniture.
In addition to being a lean manufacturer, Foliot Furniture focuses on sustainable manufacturing practices and offers furniture constructed of Nu Green no-added formaldehyde panels, which are certified as an Environmentally Preferable Product by the Composite Panel Assn. The company is also pursuing GREENGUARD certification for its laminated products. Read more.
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