Cabinet firm locks into new technology
Lockdowel EClips fasteners allow Bella IMC to streamline cabinet manufacturing.
TECHNOLOGY | By Karen Koenig
Bella Innovative Modern Cabinetry’s production and
sales strategies are opening new doors in the marketplaces.
The Ft. Wayne, Indiana-based custom manufacturer is among
the ;rst in the industry to incorporate Lockdowel fastening
technology in its RTA cabinetry, sold nationwide through an
online ordering system.
Bella, which means beautiful in Italian, is a division of
How it works
Chadwick Industries. Founded in 1997, Chadwick began as a
custom furniture ;rm before moving into commercial cabin-
etry in 2004. “We started day one with CNC equipment and
gradually added new equipment year after year,” said Chad
Shelton, president. “I realized in the ;rst week of having the
equipment that I could create products and sell online.”
Although it would take a dozen years before the idea became
fully realized, “Our focus now is the manufacturing to order of
cabinets and doors under the Bella IMC brand,” he said.
“We decided to create Bella IMC because we wanted some-
thing that embodied what we were doing,” Shelton added. “We
were already building frameless cabinets and now we were
adding modern design, an innovative construction method
from Lockdowel, putting it online with Allmoxy and having it
driven by Cabinet Vision.”
Shelton said he ;rst learned of the Lockdowel technology
through a 2015 advertisement in Woodworking Network’s
Bella IMC is one of the first cabinet companies in the industry to incorporate the use of Lockdowel fastening technology in
its RTA cabinetry.