current jobs running through the plant.
In really small buildings where space is
super-tight, I have even seen companies
roll equipment outdoors during the
work day to create more space – or work
outside if the weather is right.” ;
CABINET SHOP TIPS
; Why I’m a CMA Member
Keck says he really appreciates the role that the CMA
plays in allowing him and so many others the opportunity
to exchange ideas and best practices. “I joined the
CMA to get input and share ideas from other cabinet
company owners and managers,” he says. “I have
probably learned as much, if not more, talking to other
CMA members on the bus tour between shops and
during the evening social as I do walking through the
member shops. Those candid discussions are very telling.
Anyone can see the latest CNC equipment at the trade
shows, he notes, “but you can get substantial increases
in throughput with the many small process improvements
you learn about from others.” And these small process
changes may cost you very little, if anything, he says.
To learn more about Keck’s company, visit www.
Joel Keck, right, talks
with his operations
manager, Dave Weber,
in the Komponents
plant in Oconomowoc,
Keck added wheels to this Castle pocket hole machine; it’s also on a skid so it can
be picked up with a fork truck to put it up in a storage rack, which increases floor
A big part of what the Cabinet
Makers Association provides to
its members comes in networking and educational opportunities at regional events.
For example, in June, the
organization hosted an event in
Springfield, Missouri. This one-day
educational event featured forklift
training and a tour of CMA member Cabinet Concepts by Design.
Cabinet Concepts by Design
started in November 2007 by
Matt and Shelley Wehner. Over
the past 11 years, they have
onme from a 6,000 sq. ft. shop
with four employees to 30,000
sq. ft. with 32 employees.
The classroom portion of the
forklift training was a “train the
trainer” session so attendees
could go back to their shops to
train the rest of their employees.
Upon completion, attendees
received their certification
cards. In addition, the instructor
provided a basic overview of
the forklift and how it operates.
For more information about
the CMA and its education and
networking opportunities, visit