|DESIGN & OVERSIGHT OF NEW LUMBER DRYING & DIMENSIONING FACILITY|
Background:Founded in 1945, Woodcraft Industries manufactures wood components for kitchen and bath cabinetry, office, institutional and residential furniture, architectural millwork, building products, and store fixtures. Over the following half-century Woodcraft Industries grew to become one of the leading manufacturers of hardwood and laminated components in the
Situation: En vogue
species of wood change with people’s tastes, and in 2004 cherry and maple were
the ‘hot’ woods. The predominant sources for cherry and maple in
Woodcraft retained A.G. Raymond & Company to
investigate two alternatives: (i) partnering with an existing operation in
the desired region and (ii) acquiring an existing facility. After a
thorough investigation neither of these options proved feasible, and Woodcraft
requested A.G. Raymond & Company to investigate potential greenfield
and brownfield sites for a new facility.
The site selection process was reduced to two
After developing a conceptual siteplan, A.G. Raymond & Company assembled a team of local architects and engineers to develop the combined sites, retrofit/upgrade the existing buildings, and handle permitting. With design documents in-hand, A.G. Raymond & Company took the lead in (i) interviewing local contractors, (ii) requesting proposals for the various scopes of work, and (iii) recommending contractors. In a supporting role, A.G. Raymond & Company reviewed technical requirements for process equipment and assisted in the vendor selection of lumber pre-dryer, dry kilns, wood-fired boiler, lumber grading equipment, rough mill equipment, and dust collection equipment.
Throughout the project A.G. Raymond & Company acted on behalf of Woodcraft Industries as their owner’s representative with the contractors and equipment suppliers. Our objective was to ensure performance to contract, compliance with local codes, control of costs, and maintain a tight schedule. Woodcraft was provided with experienced ‘eyes and ears’ during the design, build, and commissioning process to handle issues as they arose and coordination of a highly-successful startup.
A. G. Raymond & Company
Inc. 1033 Wade Ave. Suite 102 Raleigh, NC 27605
Phone: (919) 831-0070 Fax: (919) 831-0072 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org