The company’s investment in CNC machinery has helped it to grow its capabilities and expand its business opportunities.
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orbitant amount of money in shipping.
So, we decided to take the plunge,”
Hunt says. “We had an 1,800-square-
foot building here, very small. We added
on 3,000 square feet, bought our CNC
and started manufacturing.”
That was in June 2008. “Then of
course the market/economy collapsed
in October 2008. But we managed to
get through it somehow – though I still
don’t know how myself,” he says.
“Well, the CNC was a smart buy,”
interrupts Joanie Hunt, Phill’s wife,
“because he ended up getting manu-
facturing business from other closet
companies and cabinet companies.”
With the additional work of cutting
panel for other shops and an unexpect-
ed job from a local builder in 2010,
they were able to pay off the ;rst CNC
router and make it through the worst of
the economic downturn.
“It really is astounding how many
shops closed,” Joanie re;ects. “The
payment on that machine was a killer
and Phill was terri;ed when he bought
it. Then the bottom fell out, but with
everybody else closing, [the manufac-
turing business] saved us.”
They started getting more requests from
custom closet and kitchen cabinet com-
panies for material, Phill Hunt says, and
they decided to purchase another CNC
machine to keep up with the orders.
He adds that one of the advantages
of cutting for local companies is that the
wholesale work keeps them busy, even
when they don’t have their own closet or
cabinet project in the shop. Plus, it has
allowed him to develop relationships with
numerous woodworking shops in the area.
“It’s great,” he says. “I’m very open
with the other companies. I share infor-
mation with them. They’ll call and ask
me how would I build this or do that,
which is amazing that somebody’s call-
ing me to ask a question such as that.”
The calls often come from small
independent closet companies from
nearby cities such as Greensboro and
Hickory, North Carolina. Hunt says
they initially viewed him as the compe-