Smith said that the new Cameron system essentially replaced the
company’s outdated dimension system
between the rough mill planer and the
Smith said the company needs
to become more efficient for other
“Recent minimum wage increases
in New York State have been substan-
tial,” he said.
“We are forced to find ways to become more efficient and save money.
We are a ‘benefit rich’ employer offering a good medical/dental plan, a
generous 401(k) plan, paid holidays,
and significant paid days off for our
“In order to meet the increased
wage requirements paid to our employ-
ees, we invested in the new equipment
to increase our material yields and
improve our labor efficiency.” ✚
Pellet mill processes wood waste
Catskill Craftsmen began a process of reducing waste and conserving
energy long before most others. In 1994, The company built a wood pellet mill on
site that processes all sawdust, shavings and waste materials from the manufacturing
process and converts it to wood pellets, a low emission alternative fuel to heating
Producing up to nine tons of wood pellets a day has effectively reduced the
wood waste coming out of Catskill’s manufacturing process to zero, while supplying employees and neighbors with a heating alternative made from a renewable
Teaming up with the Watershed Agricultural Council in 1997, Catskill Craftsmen
upgraded its facilities, including installation of a plant-wide air recirculation system
that keeps the warm air in the plant during the long winters of the northeastern
United States and reduces the amount of energy needed to heat the plant.
Catskill Craftsmen also works with the local energy supplier and participates in
peak usage shutdowns to reduce regional grid strain.
Catskill Craftsmen makes solid wood
RTA kitchen Islands, microwave carts and
RTA furniture assembly can’t be too difficult,
construction must be solid, and parts must
be drilled precisely so they go together.
After the cuts are sorted by length, they are moved to the James L. Taylor glue clamp and
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