– you can do it over and over again,
without the variables,” McDade said.
“Variables in any business cost a ton
of money, so when you have to stop and
fiddle with every single part, even if
it’s just for 10 seconds, it adds up really
fast. So really good machinery is key to
really good production,” he added.
Cook agreed. “With technology
we’re able to produce in mass quantity,
with a high-end quality,” he said, noting the difficulty a craftsman faces in
reproducing parts by hand. “Technology
lets us go in and be able to do projects
that are 2,000 rooms, 3,000 rooms…
multiples,” he added, while keeping costs
down and expectations high.
From furniture to fixtures
Since the company’s start in 1980, the
product mix has transitioned from custom furniture to yachts, to residential
cabinetry and interiors, and from there
into corporate interiors. “That’s when
architectural woodworking became one
of our products,” Montbleau said.
Corporate interiors remain a specialty of the company, which also makes
its mark in other commercial areas, including casinos, hotels and healthcare
facilities. “Clients come to us because
we offer the skill set of craftsmanship
and quality. The ability to be able to
deliver on time is really important as
well, especially in big hotel projects or
casinos,” Montbleau added.
“It’s been pretty exciting to see the
company grow” in both size and scope,
said Laura Everds, CFO, and with very
little turnover during the transition. “We
have a really good team and they work
really well together – that’s important.”
It starts with the family culture put
in place by Montbleau, and it resonates
with the estimated 350 people who
work there. The company’s locations
are rife with multiple generations and
longtime employees who have been
with the company 10 years or more.
Top on the list is David Zammit,
Montbleau & Associates’ first employee
and a senior project manager. “The
difference at Montbleau is we’re a family, we’re a team. We work as a team, we
look out for each other. Even though
we’ve grown quite a bit, we’ve always
The future continues to look bright for
the team at Montbleau & Associates.
“Since we have expanded our facilities
and machinery to produce a larger
amount/volume of products, we’re
looking to marketplaces where they
need high-quality, repetitive work,”
Montbleau said. He cited high-end
condo towers as a target market.
The company also has been able
to parlay its relationships with local
clients into projects in other regions.
“I believe that the essence of what
we do, that has allowed us to succeed
over 38 years, is our commitment to
bringing value to our relationships.
Our relationships are circular from
our employees, our suppliers, our
clients – it is a relationship that has to
happen in all directions and bringing
respect and integrity to those relationships is key to our success,” Montbleau
He added, “If I had to describe our
company in one sentence, I’d say it
would be the commitment to bringing
value to our clients and the passion
and integrity that we bring to our work
“It’s not an easy job, what we do, and
if you don’t have passion for it, if you
don’t have heart in it, you won’t succeed. You have to love it – and we do.” ;
Architectural wood details make for a beautiful view at California’s Wilshire Grand Hotel.
Photo: Paul Montbleau