TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Britten Studios, a retail and building signage firm, has acquired Eyewood Design, the Interlochen, MI woodworking business. Britten, based in Traverse City, MI, has rebranded Eyewood as Britten Woodworks. Randy Howard, founder of Eyewood Design, was named VP Sales for Britten Woodworks.

Sometimes described as a "banner company,” Britten Studios CEO Paul Britten says the firm is diversifying into a full-service “creative production house.”

With the ownership change, Britten Woodworks is "poised to become the most complete woodworking company in the region," he says. “We look forward to serving the market as we uphold the 20-year legacy of craftsmanship established by Randy and Carol Howard and their Eyewood Design team.”

Under Howard, the former Eyewood Design woodworking operation expanded, and implemented advanced CNC manufacturing technology, 5S lean production, and expanded its plant by 17,000 square feet. Eyewood also tapped a State of Michigan “Thriving to Surviving” grant program that helps small businesses grow through funding non-capital expansion costs.

Britten Woodworks is already seeking Project Manager within the Architectural Woodworking Industry. "The position will entail all aspects of Project Management from engineering to final project close-out documentation," says the posting at Britten's website. "Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously from submittal to close-out stage, jobsite visits pertaining to field dimension, progress meetings, working closely with sales, estimating, production staff and management." Proficiency in  AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision or Top Solid and knowledge of AWI standards is required. www.BrittenWoodworks.com.

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