Learn about the success strategies of the 2015 Wood Industry Market Leaders.
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An entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to work with end customers lured Joe Lonardo into the custom closets industry. He quickly put his business savvy to use, launching Bella Systems closet franchises.
Cabinetry firm Quality Tops & Kitchens says its attention to detail sets it apart as a manufacturer of kitchens, vanities and millwork.
Aptly named, Versatile Cabinet carved its own niche in the residential and commercial cabinetry and countertops market.
Woodworking has always been a key component in Mel Yoder’s life. Growing up on the family farm, Yoder says he loved spending time at the portable sawmill owned by his father. “Sprouting up in the woodworking industry, our company has been involved in all segments: timber harvesting, pallet manufacturing, kiln drying and component manufacturing,” he says.
No stranger to the cabinet industry, Tony Bour has started three highly successful firms during his 49 years in the marketplace: Decora Cabinets and Starmark Inc., now divisions of Fortune Brands, and Showplace Wood Products.
The Richmond project was an addition/remodel specifically built to expand the client’s existing master bath and closet.
Work hard, invest your time and you will succeed. The mantra has proven to be a winning one for Debbie Behring as the president of JB Cutting leads the components firm on the road to success.
A savvy businessman, Don Mead was the vice president of marketing for a transportation-related firm, when in 2000 he came to the notice of contract furniture giant HNI, the parent firm of notables such as The Gunlocke Co., Allsteel, HON, Paoli and more.
Even before launching Echo Living, the UK-based firm that specializes in tiny dwellings and interiors, Designer and Founder Sam Booth was no stranger to small-house living.“I spent the first 12 years of my life living on a converted boat on the river Thames in London with my mother and two brothers, so I understand firsthand both the problems and the joys of small-scale living,” he says.
Flexsteel, the 120-year-old furniture products manufacturer, revised its brand across all media, explains Julie Bizzis, SVP Strategic Growth, including options to share its products directly to social media inspiration outlets such as Pinterest and Houzz, bringing users a new way to connect and advance the Flexsteel brand to the social stratosphere.
Wood Ed, a woodworking machinery virtual reality training system, is being distributed in North America by Taurus Craco Machinery. Developed by Mimbus, the training system provides a safe yet realistic approximation of woodworking machinery for training new equipment users. It will be shown November 5-7 at thre WMS 2015 show in Toronto.
An anti-bacterial coating for granite and other stone has been developed by Antolini, a quarry and stone curator. Based in Italy with U.S. distributors, Antolini says it is the first to apply the treatment - which it brands as A Zerobact - to stone surfaces. Intended for food preparation areas, A Zerobact is available on its newest Signature Stone Collection, and has certifications from the US EPA, EU for Food Contact Safety, NSF for Food Contact Safety. A stamp of authenticity is applied to all slabs treated with A zerobact.
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