Closets comprise 60 percent of the
company’s business. Dream Closets
also machines panels for other area
tition, but he was able to convince them
of the value of working with a local
wholesale closet components company.
“They were buying from other entities and having the materials shipped
in,” he explains. “It’s funny, when I
;rst approached them about letting
me manufacture, they would say, ‘Well
you’re our competitor.’ I said, ‘Well,
I understand that, but I can save you
money and I can manufacture for you.
I’m right down the street. If there’s an
issue, I’m right here. I can save you
money so that you can keep your margins and get better quotes, and you’re
going to be getting a better product that
you’re offering to the customer than
what you were offering.
“They also had purchasing minimums, so if they needed a side panel
they had to buy 10 side panels. Me, you
need a side panel, call me, I’ll cut you a
side panel,” Hunt says with a laugh.
Besides its own closet and cabinet
projects, Dream Closets supplies material for approximately four local closet
;rms as well as a few cabinet companies.
Dream Closets has completed thousands
of projects over the years. From custom
closets to a host of additional projects,
including home of;ces, media centers,
garages, wall beds, mud rooms, pantries,
laundry rooms and commercial of;ces,
the company serves North Carolina
from the mountains to the coast as well
as areas in South Carolina and Virginia.
And now the company is getting requests from furniture ;rms to build spec
and modular furniture components.
“Now we’re just getting into some
furniture manufacturing,” Hunt notes.
“As a matter of fact, we make fur-
niture frames. We’re exploring it – just
getting into that side of it. I’ve got a
couple of furniture companies that want
me to manufacture for them and we’re
working that out right now.”
Hunt says he’s received these requests
because of word-of-mouth referrals, plus
it doesn’t hurt the company is located
close to High Point, North Carolina, one
of the largest furniture manufacturing
and design regions in the country.
“We’ve been cutting furniture frames for
a company called Precision Frames,” he
says. “We’ve cut some sofas for Kate Spade,
which is so cool,” he adds, though he ad-
mits to never having seen the end product.
“We will cut the frame pieces for
them. We’ve actually constructed a few,
but [the furniture manufacturer] gen-
erally will construct their own. Through
that connection, that’s where I met the
company for the modular pieces that we
are building. Then a furniture company
contacted another cabinet company to
see if they could build hospital cabine-
try; he said that wasn’t in his realm and
suggested they call us. They’re looking
at doing 20 to 30 pieces every quarter
for three to four years, so that’s a lot.”
Despite the new furniture business
as well as some commercial work, Hunt
says closets still make up the majority
of work for Dream Closets. However,
while it used to be 95 percent of the
projects, it is now closer to 60 percent.
Hunt attributes his success over the
years to his business philosophy of ex-
ploring every opportunity presented to
him. “We may not always pursue it all
the way to the end, but we’re willing to
look and see,” he says. They’ll constant-
ly ask, “Why can’t we do that?”
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