EMMAUS, PA – AmeriCase, a subsidiary of American Millwork & Cabinetry, announced the purchase of a panel storage and retreival system from Schelling for its 60,000-square-foot plant. The new system was recently displayed by IMA Schelling during IWF 2014, Aug. 20-23 in Atlanta, GA.
The high tech panel-retrieval system is reportedly the first of its kind designed for and installed in an architectural millwork/casework plant in the United States, according to the company.
“It will make our AmeriCase line much more efficient, allowing us to increase our ability to meet tighter deadlines, while achieving expanded production demands and competitive prices,” says George Reitz, owner and founder.
“It makes us more competitive,” he continued, and “It allows us to re-assign employees from non-value added jobs to value-added jobs. There will be less forklift use, which means less damage to sheet goods, and it gives us better time and inventory management.”
The high-tech panel retreival system is attached to a CNC rear-loaded panel saw giving it the ability to cut plywood or composite sheet goods up to 5 feet by 12 feet into smaller panels, or cabinet components, automatically to aid in the fabrication of cabinetry, woodworking and countertops. The retrieval system reduces the need for human intervention to load the saw, reducing possible damage to the sheet goods in handling as well as any potential injuries to workers, Reitz says.
Founded by Reitz in 2002 American Millwork & Cabinetry (AMC) is now a multi-million-dollar corporation working with architects and contractors from Long Island to Virginia, and areas east of Harrisburg to the Jersey shore. AMC now operates with almost 50 full-time employees, and the company has experienced strong annual growth despite the challenges of a regional economy struggling from the recession.
AmeriCase was formed several years ago to offer standard and semi-custom casegoods for the institutional, educational, retail and medical/healthcare markets. American Millwork specializes in high-quality architectural millwork such as wainscoting, specialty desks, wall panel systems, standing and running trim and custom cabinets which often utilizes a unique design element such as the type of wood, veneer, materials or color and stains.
Founded in 2002, American Millwork & Cabinetry moved to its current location in 2006. It manufactures and installs high quality architectural millwork and cabinetry for commercial customers, including local businesses, restaurants and institutions, and retailers like L.L. Bean. Products include custom millwork in popular profiles or custom designed, solid wood cabinets, veneer cabinets, and countertops, including all aspects of architectural millwork.
LEED accredited and lean-manufacturing based, American Millwork & Cabinetry operating units include the AmeriCase business, and AMC Installers. A photo album shows operations in solid wood machining, caewoork, Americase, panel processing and other departments. American Millwork & Cabinetry, AMC Installers and AmeriCase are certified by the Quality Certification Program of the Architectural Woodwork Institutefor supply and install of architectural millwork and casework.
In 2013 AMC made a $433,000 investment on a casegoods production cell for its AmeriCase division, resulting in a 22,000 square foot expansion.
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