bottom and intersecting, constantly
changing angles, currently under construction for Amazon.
“Architectural millwork is many
things,” said Ken Cook, president. “It’s
not just furniture these days, it’s the
casegoods that go into a job, it’s panel-
ing. It’s not only wood, it’s glass, it’s
metal, it’s plastic – everything that goes
together to create a design intent that
the architects and designers are looking
for as well as the owners.”
A full-service company, Montbleau
& Associates offers preconstruction,
estimating, project management, engineering, manufacturing, finishing and
installation to clients.
“The challenge is taking someone’s
design or concept that’s in their head
or on a 2D drawing and bringing it
to life,” said Jake Nabors, director of
When done right, the transition
from design to finished product “is
something that they are always blown
away at seeing,” Rothman added.
Technology is another key component
of Montbleau & Associates’ success, and
it’s the combination of technology and
craftsmanship which helps separate the
company from many of its competitors.
“Craftsmanship is part of our DNA,”
Rothman said. “Technology enhances
the craftsmanship that we work with
Significant investments have been
made recently in new technology and
infrastructure. “In the past four years
we decided that there’s going to be a
significant wave of work in the market-
place, so we wanted to expand and meet
that wave,” Montbleau said.
“Four years ago, we were doing $20
million a year. This past year we did $70
million and we’re looking at a goal of
$90-$100 million this year.”
The company’s first wave of expan-
sion was in Mexico, “where we were
able to get the space we needed to pro-
duce our work,” Montbleau said. “This
last expansion phase we chose to do in
San Diego and bring the jobs here.”
Combined, the company has 187,000
square feet of manufacturing and storage in San Diego, San Jose, Tijuana and
Las Vegas. There is also 24,000 square
Montbleau & Associates has expanded and invested in technology, such as this 5-axis Biesse CNC.
Ron Montbleau’s passion and drive has made the company a leader in architectural woodworking.