by Bill Esler
email@example.com CABINETS & CLOSETS 2017
The energetic management style of Chris Farrell, president of Inter Ocean Cabinet Company, has made this architectural millwork firm 120 years young. By revitalizing computer management sys- tems and tweaking materials handling and instal- lation, the 48-employee shop in suburban Chicago is a model of efficiency. Stiles Machinery is sponsoring a plant tour April 11 for registered attendees at Cabinets &
Closets Conference & Expo in nearby Schaum-
burg, Illinois. The tour is included with a confer-
To give a quick snapshot of its latest addi-
tions, Inter Ocean uses a Weeke Vantech nested
CNC router purchased in 2016, and which runs
non-stop. Autodesk Inventor applications pro-
vide fully-developed project renderings for client
okays before exporting files to drive the shop
equipment. A Global Shop Solutions Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP) tracks activity and job
Farrell joined his family business in 2011, work-
ing through marketing, operations, estimating
and project management to establish his footing.
Farrell’s great grandfather, Bartholomew Far-
rell, was among the founders of the architectural
Inter Ocean Cabinetl shares the approach that draws fresh talent and
top technology during a plant tour April 11 at Cabinets & Closets 2017.
Millwork firm’s secret? Collaboration
Inter Ocean Cabinet’s Chris Farrell puts the emphasis is on collaboration: clients and machinery are integrated to
Autodesk Inventor; employees are wired to Global Shop Solutions ERP; even competitors help out in peak periods.