Moulding and Millwork Market Faces Challenges Similar to
The moulding and millwork market is not immune to the same
challenges that have been facing door and window companies for the past
several years. They have endured the same conditions them as well due
to the housing crisis, and have seen many companies forced to close their
doors. So how do moulding companies feel about 2012?
Tom Williams, president, Yuba River Moulding and Millwork, based in Yuba
City, Calif., says the market always faces up and down cycles, but this
downturn, which has lasted since 2007, is different.
“It doesn’t look to get better soon,” says Williams.
Gone are the days of semi-yearly or yearly forecasts—companies are forced
to review sales figures constantly.
“We are constantly monitoring each day and at the end of each month, constantly
reviewing and re-aligning our game plan,” he says.
Williams adds that the company “plans on being a player for a long time.”
To that end, the company finished a million-dollar expansion in which
it added another moulder and two more prime lines.
“It has helped us in some ways and hurt us in others,” says Williams.
He explains that the MDF portion of the business is busier than other
segments and that’s where the company expanded.
“At the same time it has taken a lot of cash so we have to watch our cash
flow,” he says. “But we knew that to remain in business we needed to expand.
We have gained market share in our MDF business so that has been a good
Kellie Schroeder, executive director of the Moulding and Millwork Producers
Association, affirms that moulding and millwork companies are still struggling.
“2011 was not the year we had hoped it would be,” she says. “In 2012 if
we don’t see more housing starts you will see more manufacturers slip
under. We’re down to the old school, family-run businesses.”
Williams agrees saying the industry may still see some companies shut
“Business is extremely tough and it is going to take a few years, to get
better. We will probably see more companies go out of business,” he says.
“The ones that are left are the strong ones. But now even the strong ones
are hurting. We aren’t operating our plants at top capacity and distributors
are the same way.”
Schroder adds that some companies have been floating on reserves.
“2012 will be the year people decide if they have to dip into these reserves
even more to get them through,” she says.
If you missed the guide to MMPA companies and products on page 46, following
are a few more.
ISIS Offers Wood Product Solutions
Companies who need assistance with inventory may want to look to ISIS—a
company that supplies and implements inventory, sales and production software
at wood product manufacturing companies. The ISIS system can handle both
the manufacturing requirements and the remanufacturing requirements of
secondary wood manufacturers including moulding and millwork manufacturers,
according to the company. ISIS customers include MMPA members Sunset Moulding
and Cascade Wood Products.
Contact Makes it Perfect
Information from Contact Industries says its veneered hardwood mouldings,
“are as close to perfection as you can get.” The company makes this claim
due to its “resource efficient,” competitively priced product that is
available in defect-free, long lengths in more than 50 species. Select
profiles and species are stocked and ready for quick ship.
The company’s profile wrapping process allows customers to specify exact
lengths to minimize waste while maximizing job site efficiency and labor
productivity, according to the company.
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