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Impacts of EPA’s formaldehyde rules on cabinet manufacturing, Lean produc- tion, and delivering new styles of
cabinetry such as narrower stile-and-rail
doors, were among key concerns as some
250 cabinetry manufacturers and their
suppliers gathered at the 2016 Kitchen
Cabinet Manufacturers Association fall
conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Held in October, KCMA’s conference
was followed by two days of manufacturing plant tours, including a visit to
The Corsi Group’s brand new frameless
cabinetry plant, Siteline; wood components firm Southern Finishing; and
Marsh Furniture, a 110-year-old cabinetry firm that has reinvented its manufacturing process to batch-one production.
Also included on the tours were visits to
nearby hardware manufacturers Hafele,
Grass, Tenn-Tex and Blum.
KCMA’s 29th Annual Management
Conference, Exhibition and Plant Tour
event will be held Oct. 14-17 in Louisville, Kentucky. Contact KCMA at
(703) 264-1690, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
KCMA.org for more information.
Just-in-time production at
Siteline Cabinetry, The Corsi
Siteline Cabinetry LLC is the latest addition to The Corsi Group of companies.
Devoted to the manufacture of frameless
cabinetry, Siteline began production in
the third quarter of 2015.
The Corsi Group was founded in 1973,
manufacturing custom cabinetry under
the Corsi and Greenfield brands at plants
in Elkins, West Virginia, and Indianapolis,
Indiana, with Siteline’s facility in Keysville,
Virginia, now included in the lineup. While
Corsi and Greenfield are “you draw ‘em,
we saw ‘em” full custom offerings, Siteline
is semi-custom, within an engineered
standard, with over 10,000 variations.
Pat Corsi told KCMA colleagues
the 97,000-square-foot Siteline facility
boasts ample availability of labor, logistics and is close by supporting vendor
companies. Corsi added that while labor
was plentiful, there were few experienced cabinetmakers among them. The
plant has instituted a training program
that covers skills ranging from entry
level to more advanced manufacturing.
Products are produced to order;
inventory flows in just-in-time, with
batch-one assembly for the standard
sized components. Finishing is done on
a state-of-the-art Superfici line with a
vertical oven. (Siteline was profiled in
the June 2016 issue of FDMC magazine.)
Inside Southern Finishing’s
Founded in 1978, Southern Finishing
Co. says it has earned recognition for
its finishing expertise, while providing
wood components for large OEM, semi-custom, custom, and furniture producers. Headquartered in Stoneville, North
Carolina, with plants also in Martinsville,
Virginia, the company specializes in
prefinished mouldings and accessories,
including corbels, medallions, legs and
posts, and can also provide custom
specified color matches. Thousands of
prefinished components are produced
for the cabinet industry with an average
three- to five-day turnaround.
During a tour of its Martinsville facility, Southern Finishing also showcased
its in-house lab which it says enables
the company to offer absolute color
fidelity and consistency through its
at Marsh Furniture Co.
A dramatic turnaround has taken place
at Marsh Furniture Co., which despite
Approximately 250 cabinet industry manufacturers and suppliers were in attendance at
KCMA’s fall conference and plant tour event, held in North Carolina.