feet of office space, including locations
in Los Angeles and Reno.
The manufacturing capabilities
at the facilities are similar, giving the
company flexibility in job creation
while ensuring consistency, said Mark
McDade, operations manager. Yet
while production in San Diego tends to
be more batch processing, the manufacturing in Mexico is designed for
At the south facility in Tijuana, panels are cut to size on Schelling beam
saws with lasers and bar code capabilities. Of the three panel saws, one is
rear loading and two are front loading.
The use of technology is evident
throughout the plant, which boasts a
five-axis Biesse Rover CNC machining
center, plus three Rover CNC routers
with nesting capabilities.
“This gives us multiple ways to
fabricate products, depending on their
complexity,” McDade said.
Complementing the nested-based
routers is a Homag Optimat CNC drilling and dowel insertion machine. The
company also has in place three edge-banding systems, including a Biesse
Stream B single-sided edgebander
capable of PUR and hot air/Air Force
System invisible seam edgebanding, as
well as an IMA Advantage single-side
edgebander, and SNX contour bander.
“We do everything from multi-units
with a thousand rooms to a one-off
reception desk,” McDade said. “It can
be curved, it can be flat, it can have
angles on it, it can be made out of
many materials, or it can be something
very simple. It makes it really fun and
challenging every single day.”
In addition to its manufacturing
Other materials that Montbleau incorporates within its scope of work are glass, metal, and stone
countertops, as seen in this Island Hotel bar in Newport Beach, California. Photo: Paul Montbleau
An overview of Montbleau & Associates’ operation in Mexico shows the wide range of
technology and manufacturing capabilities.