that the company has a very high retention rate. The shop rate is $40. Employees can work anytime in the 6 a.m. to
10 p.m. period after their 90-day trial.
“We also only mandate that our
full-time employees work 30 hours a
week but offer unlimited overtime to
all employees. This way they can set
their own schedule and make as much
money and have as much of a career
as they aspire to. We scale all benefits
to coincide with hours that they work
as well to accommodate this. By doing
this we have found a great core of employees who feel privileged to be able
to make their living as professional
craftsmen and women.”
Marcus Waterworth said they have
been automating since the company
started, but keep their overhead in
check by mostly buying used equipment and paying contractors to maintain and update equipment as needed.
The company buys used equipment
from Machinery Max, often at a much
lower cost, but they do need support
for that equipment.
In the Minnesota shop, they have
an SCMI panel saw, Brandt edge-bander, Rojek sliding table saw, and
Lynx CNC router for MDF doors. Also
here is a Ritter door clamp and Unique
door machine, Grizzly sander, and
Grizzly dado machine. They are using
mostly Mozaik software for all design.
Cabinet Planner is used for one type of
cabinet. Assembly is done in a separate
Marcus said they are working with
Renneberg Hardwoods, Inc. and have
had a long relationship with them.
Renneberg often works with smaller
shops. They are also working with Hol-
dahl for finishes and HDL for hard-
ware and other supplies. Finishes are
from Sherwin-Williams for clearcoat
and M.L. Campbell for pigmented
The solid surface segment of the
countertop market has done well for
them, offering better quality than
laminate, not as expensive as stone.
They are buying solid surface from
Waterworth named to 40-under- 40
In 2017, Marcus Waterworth was named one of the wood industry
40-under- 40, which celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are
making an impact on wood products manufacturing.
“I got to meet a lot of people,” Waterworth said of the experience. “It really motivated me to see what some of these people had created. I met a man who was
making cabinets for yachts. It was great to meet people that are doing something
similar to me, something they love.
“A lot of people similar to me have had completely different experiences. (I got)
a feel for what they are about and learned from them. I feel fortunate to be able to
do this for a living. To be recognized for that was very cool.”
Finishing is done in the shop with Sherwin-Williams for clearcoat and M.L. Campbell
for pigmented lacquer.
Waterworths is interested in putting out a quality product and offering great service at a price
customers can afford.