market in Atlanta, Georgia, where they
were picked up by a big box store and
several smaller stores. Other markets
and more orders followed, and the
company had to figure out how to mass
produce quickly using a new printer
and more efficient equipment.
To make the signs, Morgan Kendrick
said that lumber is planed, ripped, and
chopped in preparation for the build
process. Signs are painted white or left
natural, printed on the high speed flat-bed printer, and the frames are chopped
on a miter saw from walnut lumber. A
Kentwood horizontal band resaw is used
to cut planks used to make the inside of
the wood signs. After the sign is printed,
it meets up with the walnut frame where
it is inserted then pinned, tagged, and
boxed for shipment.
Custom photos on wood
Shimlee is an internet-based company
that allows customers to upload their
own photographs to be printed as a
custom wood sign.
The idea for Shimlee came from
the family children who felt if the
company could print signs they could
also print photos. This is a web-based
company and orders are taken online
and shipped directly to the customer at
www.shimlee.com. Instead of predetermined designs, there are templates
available for the users to customize
their own prints to include their own
information such as a quote, their last
name and size.
The medium is made out of hard
maple lumber. The center parts are
planed, ripped, chopped, and surround-
In the fall of 2016, Morgan
Kendrick said that Kendrick did
a 14-week, company-wide lean
journey where they looked at every
department and focused on different aspects of lean manufacturing.
Each week, employees would look
for two-second time-savers and
other ways to eliminate waste, then
have the opportunity to show it off
to the rest of the people in their
During this time, the cabinet shop
staff was able to double production.
While production was going up,
they knew they could produce more
but due to the building that they
were in and structural obstacles,
they were very limited in how to lay
out their flow through the shop.
“If we had a more open floor
plan, we would be able to pro-
duce more because of the reduc-
tion of waste in motion,” Morgan
said. “There just happened to be a
36,000 square foot industrial build-
ing sitting empty a couple blocks
down the road.”
The company purchased this
building on January 1, 2017 and
immediately began remodeling.
They moved the cabinet shop
into that facility on April 6, 2017,
launched Shimlee in May 2017,
opened The Markket in June 2017,
and took Kendrick Home to market
in Atlanta in July 2017. All of these
businesses would operate out of
the new location.
Kendrick uses a catalyzed conversion
varnish. Most of the stain is wiped on but
some is sprayed. Paint is sprayed on.
Kendrick family: Andrea Harbaugh,
administrative assistant; Kirby Kendrick, log
salesman; Tim Kendrick, owner, log buyer
and timber manager; Rhonda Kendrick,
owner, special projects and efficiencies;
Morgan Kendrick, human resources and
marketing manager; Kerra Boriskey, sign
production and sales manager.
Edger in sawmill. The mill staff was heavily
involved in the decision making of the
equipment purchases, improved layout, and
improved flow of product.