One Shop's Investment in Automation Makes History
April 22, 2015 | 2:10 pm CDT
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Weeke North America (WNA) recently celebrated a milestone, completing production on their 500th Weeke Vantech CNC Router. The machine’s new owner, Kent Van Orden, of KVO Cabinets in Ammon, Idaho was on site to mark the occasion with a personal tour of the Grand Rapids facility, meet the WNA staff and see his new machine.
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The machine’s new owner, Kent Van Orden, of KVO Cabinets in Ammon, Idaho was on site to mark the occasion with a personal tour of the Grand Rapids facility, meet the WNA staff and see his new machine.

Grand Rapids, MI – Weeke North America (WNA) recently celebrated a milestone, completing production on their 500th Weeke Vantech CNC Router. The machine’s new owner, Kent Van Orden, of KVO Cabinets in Ammon, Idaho was on site to mark the occasion with a personal tour of the Grand Rapids facility, meet the WNA staff and see his new machine.

KVO Cabinets, a shop of over 40 employees, purchased the new Weeke CNC router line after witnessing the lean manufacturing advantages he saw on Stiles Machinery’s European Benchmarking Tech Tour last September. His Weeke Vantech was the 500th machine to roll out of the Weeke North America program, which began manufacturing machines in 2010. The factory currently produces two Weeke machinery lines including the Vantech CNC nested-base routers and the ABD CNC drilling and dowel machines for customers of all sizes. WNA production is supported by 25 employees and the factory is currently slated to build 250 machines this year. In an effort to keep up with production, expansion plans are currently under way with last month’s announcement of their new 100,000 square foot facility to be completed later this year.

Source: Stiles Machinery Inc.

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