SPRING LAKE, MI - Dynamic Wood Solutions, a manufacturer of commercial casework, millwork and store fixtures, has moved into a facility more than double the size of its former operation.
The 19,000-square-foot building previously housed Matthews Furniture. It provides Dynamic Wood Solutions with 10,000 square feet of extra space to better handle current demand for its products and services, plus accommodate anticipated growth.
Dynamic Wood Solutions was founded in 2009 by partners Gary Moody, president; Ryan Gardner, project director; and Chris Abbott, operations manager. The company also employs five full-time and four part-time workers, with additional temporary help recruited during production peaks. Up to three more full-time jobs are expected to be added within the next year.
The company manufactures products with a variety of materials including solid wood, wood veneers, plastic laminate, melamine panels and solid surfaces. Manufacturing capabilities include CNC and manual machining; controlled environment staining and finishing; laminating; and millwork and furniture fabrication.
The Dynamic Wood Solutions partners feel fortunate to be growing when so many other woodworking firms are treading water or worse.
Moody, who has 25 years of management experience in commercial woodworking companies, said, “In this time of economic uncertainty in the U.S. and especially Michigan, not only are we still here, but we are actually growing. In fact, our 2011 sales are double that of 2010. Almost all of our business is generated right here in west Michigan. These are things that we take great pride in.“
Moody added, “While it has certainly been tough at times, we are living proof that the principles of making quality products, being responsive to our customers’ needs, and maintaining one’s integrity prevail even in the worst of economies" Dynamic Wood Solutions projects include work PNC Bank branches, Babbitt's Sports Center, a Harley-Davidson dealership, renovations at Baker College, several University of Michigan health buildings, GM and Chrysler dealerships and Mercy Hospital.
Gardner noted that the parnters originally thought the former 9,000-square-foot facility would serve its needs for up to five years, but rapid growth forced them to act much sooner.
“Our new facility isn't just a bigger building: it has more off-load space for our suppliers, an open floor plan to increase manufacturing efficiency, bettering ability to change fabrication set ups and stage our large custom pieces, and more office space for support staff," Gardner said. "We also have more room to store finished product until the moment it is needed at the construction sites, which has been a challenge for us given the industry we serve is time and field condition sensitive."
Abbott said growth created manufacturing challenges in the old building. “We run our shop very lean and we have also invested heavily into equipment that has made us more efficient, but even with that it became apparent over the summer of 2011 that we were working in plant that was too small and we ran out of space to assemble product. Thankfully we secured off site storage space and we were able to deliver some projects as soon as they were built. Our team put in long hours and extra effort and that allowed us to ship all of our orders on time. The new building will address this space issue and also has plenty of room for future expansion of operations.”
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