started in 1964 by Frank Monschein
and moved to the present site in Riverbank in 1971. It has high capacity CNC
equipment, automated finishing, stone
processing capability and has grown
rapidly over the past four years.
Areas for improvement
“We started at the beginning of our
processes to review everything we did
and asked, Why?” Donowick said. “Why
did we do things the way we did and
how could we do it better and faster?
What we did before was great and the
company prospered but what we are
doing now just wasn’t cutting it.”
Focusing on the welfare of Mon-
schein’s core group of employees was
a priority. The recession had reduced
their labor pool, with many good
people leaving the area for greener
pastures outside California.
Karen Monschein knew they had to
not only retain this well-trained core
group but bolster the morale so the
word would spread that Monschein
was a great place to work for those who
Raises were given to bring employees
up to a level equal to the area’s standard
rate and then increases given as people
performed beyond expectations. Hard
work was rewarded. They have a new
large break room that features diner-type seating and an 82-inch television.
Employees received sweatshirts, T-shirts
and a large Christmas party.
Monschein looked at its entire operation, and identified processes that
piled up work in process or were re-
Cattinair automated stain application. Finishing components first rather than assembled
cabinets boosted output and efficiency.
Hendrick vertical panel saw with TigerStop. The company’s 265 employees manufacture
kitchen and bath cabinets for local builders.
Final assembly line with lift tables. Monschein looked into how to get processes in a straight
line and separated solid wood processing from panel processing.