Consolidated Wood Products Expands Customer Base and Strategic Markets

7/26/2010

CONSOLIDATED WOOD PRODUCTS EXPANDS CUSTOMER BASE
AND STRATEGIC MARKETS


Consolidated Wood Products, LLC (CWP), of Jefferson City, TN, a diversified value-added manufacturer, continues its growth through expansion in its customer base.  Consolidated Wood launched its current operations in the first quarter of 2010, replacing a prior wood finishing business, Savoie Wood products who vacated the business segment. According to Doug Blackford, president of CWP, “our primary goal of launching a more robust business model was to ensure that local employees were able to retain their jobs, and, add more jobs as the business grows.” Focusing on the community at large is an integral part of CWPs overall business plan. 

A second goal was to provide opportunities for as many local firms as possible to benefit from CWP’s success. Local firms such as Adams, Segis USA and University Loft are ongoing customers of Consolidated Wood and will grow their businesses through the purchase of quality products at the right price, and  importantly for the customer and retailer, immediate local availability.

Crucial to its re-launch, CWP was successful in retaining the two primary customers served by Savoie…MasterBrand Cabinets (Fortune Brands) and Armstrong World Industries.  Both customers are NYSE listed firms. As part of their overall strategy, Consolidated is adding JIT manufacturing support services for an expanded list of customers that offset dependence on only two customers.

CWP’s primary charter offered Armstrong and MasterBrands value-added wood finishing services.  CWP enjoys a solid position as their supplier since there is only one other US supplier option available to the customers, and at a premium in cost vs CWP.  Kitchen cabinet frames, doors, drawers and mouldings comprise the bulk of CWP’s final finishing operation services for these large volume customers.

Given Consolidated’s large facilities, well-trained work force, experienced management team, and many contacts in the wood finishing industry, CWP has expanded its range of services into the related industry of fully upholstered furniture.  Doug Blackford, CWP’s president, indicated, “we have an excellent, trained work force, an experienced manufacturing leadership team plus a large, expandable facility that can serve several industry segments, including upholstered furniture.”

Recent global economic events have forced consolidation among furniture manufacturing firms in the US and overseas, including casual, formal and commercial furniture.  These economic shifts are forcing domestic and offshore furniture companies to continually seek larger, experienced factories like CWP to manufacture private label furniture for some of the well-known brand names. Consolidated is actively discussing opportunities in this furniture market space.

Contact for more information:  Doug Blackford 865-599-1171

Consolidated Wood Products is a Tennessee-based contract wood finishing supplier and manufacturer of wood furniture for retail, wholesale and commercial market segments.

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