which include multiple UV curing lines
and sanding systems.
Kolbe & Kolbe is ranked among the
Top 10 fenestration firms in the FDMC
300 listing of North America’s largest
wood products manufacturers.
Also on the tour, Menzner Lumber &
Supply Co. is a fourth-generation family owned business specializing in the
production of hardwood moulding, S4S,
decorative accents and stair parts, made
from a variety of species including ash,
poplar, maple and alder; also available
are veneer wrapped mouldings.
Founded in 1894 and headquartered
in Marathon, Wisconsin, the vertically
integrated company also has operations
in Kentucky, Mississippi and South Carolina, with kiln facilities at the latter two
locations. Menzner has an estimated 500
employees company wide, with approximately 200 at its main location.
Inside the 350,000-square-foot facility in Marathon, lumber is sent to the
rough mill area where a computerized
scanner rips the boards to the desired
widths. An optimization saw scans for
imperfections, removes defects and cuts
the rip blank to length based on preset
specifications. Rip blanks are sorted and
stored according to width and length.
The longer clear rips are machined on
Weinig moulders into profile mouldings,
while the mid-length rips are used for
stair treads, risers, balusters and handrails. The short lengths are fingerjointed
and used for other products.
In addition to Barberan profile wrappers for the mouldings, other equipment
used in the plant includes: Timesavers
sanders, AEM sanders, RF presses, and a
Rondamat grinder for tool sharpening.
Countertop construction was on
display at the next location, Marshfield-
based Counter-Form. Founded in 1976,
the company has 76 employees at the
Countertops are available in more
than 300 colors and patterns, in a variety
of styles, including seven postformed
edges, five applied edges, butcher block
and a wood edge option. The laminated
countertops are constructed from a
45-pound western pine composite panel
core and have a 1/2-inch solid pine
scribe for easy installation.
A combination of high-tech and
handcraftsmanship is utilized to fabricate the custom cut products. Along
with a Creative Automation core builder,
other equipment includes: a Homag
(Weeke) CNC router, Homag edgeband-
Tour attendees learn about the rough mill processes used at Menzner Lumber.
Counter-Form combines CNC routing and hand work for the production of its countertops.