moulder and a Universal Laser
Klise also offers custom wire
mesh grillwork for the cabinet
and furniture industries. The
company has 20 employees at the
❯ Howard City-based Michigan
Chair is in the unique niche of
steam bending. Founded in 1946,
the company custom bends wood
for high-end contract and residen-
tial furniture manufacturers.
A benefit of steam bending is
that it can help solve short grain
issues, resulting in stronger parts,
said co-owner Timothy Hoolsema.
Michigan Chair’s specialty is the
bending of 6/4, 8/4 and 10/4
thicknesses of hardwood.
Starting at 12 to 13 percent
moisture content, the lumber
is milled, steamed and formed
into shape, then dried to 6 to 8
percent. It’s a precise process: If
done too quickly, cracks result, but
if steamed too long, the form can
fold or result in bad checking.
In addition to its bending
equipment, the shop also has a
moulder for surfacing, gang saw
with removable blades, and a
double-end trim saw for cutting
and squaring of the ends.
❯ Based in Kentwood, Michigan,
Paladin Industries manufactures
complex 3D custom machined
and laminated components for the
office furniture, store fixture, automotive and other industries.
Thousands of parts are produced daily, noted Alan Apple-gate, vice president of business
and development. Inside the
84,000-square-foot facility, Paladin
utilizes a variety of high-tech
equipment, including: 14 CNC
routers, a CNC panel saw, Wem-honer membrane presses, a Burkle
PUR laminating line with automated material loading and handling,
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