BREA, CA - Stolo Cabinets says it implemented lean training at its Brea, CA architectural millwork and casework manufacturing plant, under an assistance program from the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).
Stolo Cabinets, founded 1953, builds cabinetry, countertops, casework and millwork for commercial customers in its 33,000 square foot plant. Working with CAD drawings integrated to CNC production machinery, Stolo Cabinets handles project management as well as manufacturing wood products to meet client specifications, typically working as subcontractor to a construction contractor for architecture firms.
Represenative projects include Kennedy High School in Anaheim, CA working as a subcontractor to GKK Works for architect MPAG; and a library at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, CA for architects building contractor Rudolph & Sletton for architect Carrier Johnson.
The Orange County Workforce Investment Board provided funding to assist Stolo Cabinets with the lean training to improve its wood products workflow and assembly processes. As a result of improved production process, according to California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, which provided the training, Stolo Cabinets increased sales by $800,000 and hired five new employees.
“We have really come together as a team to achieve our goals of sustained company growth," says Marty Rivers, production manager at Stolo. "Working with CMTC through the Orange County WIB has really empowered our workers to become more involved in the development of our manufacturing processes.” stated Marty Rivers.
CMTC is a private, nonprofit corporation helping Southern California manufacturers become more competitive, working with the Orange County WIB is charged with addressing workforce issues in Orange County and developing solutions to help businesses create and retain jobs.
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