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� CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 A MARVELOUS MANUFACTURING MATERIAL Ad Aubrey also gave TFL high marks for its ease of machining and han- dling without the muss and fuss that goes with applying a spray finish. Groupe Lacasse stocks 24 standard TFL finishes; 14 of them are part of the company’s quick-ship program. Quick-ship orders are pro- cessed within five working days ready to ship. “All of our products, including our quick ship, are made to order,” Aubrey said. “The trick is that we select products that are not only good for their high demand but also because they are using the ‘fast- track’ path into the facility,” Aubrey said. “Our quick-ship finishes are also part of a quick replenishment program with our suppliers.” Groupe Lacasse’s laminate casework plant and its adjacent upholstered seating factory employ more than 525 people. Key equipment of the casework plant includes IMA edgebanders, various 2017_Q3_marks.pdf 1 9/12/17 8:28 AM Homag and CMS CNC routers and multiple drilling machines from Homag and Alberti. “We make sure that our machines have the ability to adapt their own setup on the fly,” Aubrey said. “We can manufacture parts one by one in different colors, different sizes, different thicknesses and dif- ferent edgebands. This is a huge advantage for us. We can machine a part from walnut to cherry to maple TFL, and the edgebanding on each part can be a different color and thickness.” “We’re small enough to have a quick turn-around for specials, but we’re big enough to be able to leverage our engineering to modify our machines to bring some innovations to the market,” Aubrey said. One example of Groupe Lacasse’s in-house engineering creativ- ity involved modifying an edgebander to render custom knife edge CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 � proudly made in the At Element Designs, we handcraft doors, components and surfacing solutions using the highest quality materials to deliver a fully assembled casework solution in a short amount of time. Our service is the cornerstone of Element Designs. ® aluminum | glass | acrylic contemporary casework components aluminum frame cabinet doors with NEW recessed pulls available in all finishes Ph: 877-332-3396