7/7/2017 – Caseworx uses high-tech factory to speed up cabinet-making process

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by admin

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July 7, 2017

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Over the years, contractors John Moore and John Bostian felt the need for cabinets built more quickly than what they could get.

 

The pair worked together at Brushy Mountain Builders, a contracting business Moore owns in Lenoir, and often had to delay jobs to wait for cabinets to be built.

 

“What we were having trouble with was getting cabinets in a timely manner,” Moore said. “And that’s what was really hurting us with our jobs, was waiting on cabinets to come in.”

 

In 2015, they started Caldwell Cabinets of N.C. and opened a $500,000 facility in Sawmills to build custom cabinetry, branded as Caseworx, with advanced machinery that cuts built time by weeks.

 

“On the construction side, scheduling is everything,” Bostian said.

 

After careful, computerized cabinet design by engineers, a software program turns the design into code, which is sent to the machines on the shop floor.

 

“We have as much time and effort on this side of the wall than we do on the shop side of the wall, as far as the engineering and design and software,” Moore said. “Th equipment makes almost the entire process mechanized, except putting the final pieces together.

 

Three advanced “computer numerical controlled” machines cut, label, side, and drill wood to make cabinets.

 

Each piece of wood is labeled with a barcode, which when scanned by a machine tells exactly where to cut or drill based on the coding done by the engineers, Bostian said.

 

The technology makes a process that would take three to four weeks in a normal cabinetry shop only three to four hours.

 

Originally, Moore and Bostian considered manufacturing cabinets only for their own contracting work and hiring about six workers. Instead, the company now builds for approximately 20 different contractors and has 28 employees, Bostian said.

 

Caseworx cabinets have made it to many different buildings in Caldwell, including all the cabinets in the new Blue Ridge Energy district office and some in Google’s data center, Moore said.

 

Right now, there are no plans to expand, but one day, the company might invest in more machines, Moore said.

 

 

By Virginia Annable, (Lenoir) News-Topic

 

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