by Karen M. Koenig
email@example.com PLANT TOURS
Tours highlight best practices
in millwork manufacturing
The WPMA’s annual event included visits to North
Atlantic Corp. and South Shore Millwork.
Tips and techniques for manufacturing cabinetry and architectural millwork were seen by more than 80 woodworkers and industry suppliers during
plant tours of North Atlantic Corp, and
South Shore Millwork. The tours were
conducted as part of the 88th annual
meeting of the Wood Products Manufacturers Association, which took place Sept.
19-21 in Providence, Rhode Island.
For information on the 2018 annual
meeting, to be held Sept. 26-27 in Nashville, Tennessee, visit WPMA.org.
Based in Somerset, Massachusetts,
North Atlantic Corp. offers an array of
products including Cooper Stairworks
stairs and stair parts, Captiva wood
doors, custom mouldings and Bari
Custom Cabinetry which are sold, along
with distributed lines of windows, doors,
cabinetry and other products, through
the company-owned Horner Millwork,
Horner Commercial Sales, Cleary Mill-Outlet stores. Owned by the Humphrey
family, NAC has more than 350 employees throughout the United States.
It is at the 245,000-square-foot plant
in Somerset that the majority of production takes place. Utilizing lean practices,
the manufacturing process incorporates
CNC and standard equipment, including:
Komo CNC routers, a Northwood 7-axis
CNC machining center, Norfield and
Full House door production machines,
KVal assembly lines, Neva/Ogden Orbit
thin-cut frame saws, Weinig moulders, a
Mereen-Johnson straightline ripsaw, and
Biesse sanders. Also on-site is a Superfici
finishing line and GFS spray booths.
A sustainable facility, the Somerset
plant was recently expanded and upgraded, including the installation of
thousands of solar panels which generate
almost all of the company’s electric needs.
Also toured by WPMA attendees
was South Shore Millwork , a high-end
millwork provider that is also environmentally friendly. At the newly expanded
80,000-square-foot facility in Norton,
Massachusetts, the company has installed
646 roof-mounted panels and 2,242
ground panels which produce enough
electrical energy to power the shop.
Inside the plant, residential and commercial projects utilize a mix of high
technology with handcraftsmanship. In addition to architectural millwork, including
curved and radius work, and arched and
radius doors and windows, the company
also offers stile-and-rail fire-rated doors.
The tour showcased a range of capabilities. Technology used for solid wood and
panel processing includes: Homag CNC
machining centers, a Striebig vertical
panel saw, Altendorf sliding saw, Raimann
ripsaws, Weinig moulders, Baker resaws,
SawStop, RazorGage and Kreg system, plus
Black Bros. and Joos veneer presses.
As part of its environmental initiative,
South Shore Millwork also recycles its stains
and cleaning solvents, while wood waste is
used for pellets, mulch and other products.
The company has more than 80
employees, with President Jeff Burton
quick to note, “Our people are our most
valuable asset.” ;