Washington Business Winter 2018 | Washington Business - Page 31

what’s working Manufacturer of the Year Opened in 2012, this family- owned and operated company is the largest independently owned craft distillery in Washington. It has also been the most awarded craft distillery in North America for four years running. In just five years, it has grown to 61 employees and three locations, including two more coming online. location: Based in Gig Harbor the product: A variety of craft spirits, from vodka to gin, including well-known labels such as its Batch No. 12 Bourbon and BSB (Brown Sugar Bourbon). point of excellence: Product innovation, local sourcing and good employment practices that instill a sense of common purpose through effective leadership and company culture. The company believes in finding the right people, Operational Excellence This Monroe manufacturer has been making affordable custom-framed and frameless style kitchen, bath and closet cabinetry in Washington since 1981. After demand for home construction fell during the Great Recession, then came back during the economic recovery in new ways, Canyon Creek retooled — standardizing manufacturing production processes to eliminate redundancy. location: The company operates from a 285,000-square- foot factory and showroom in Monroe. the product: Canyon Creek manufactures four product lines: Cornerstone (custom framed cabinets); Millennia (custom frameless cabinets); Katana (value frameless cabinets); and Canyon Creek Closets Plus (closet organization and storage). Heritage Distilling Company equipping them to do their job, then letting them get the job done. Just as his company is innovating in the marketplace, co-founder Justin Stiefel, a licensed attorney, is active in the Legislature to help inform and shape laws concerning distilleries. how it’s done: Heritage considers itself a “brainstorming factory” with a culture that can turn ideas into products the very next day. Unique marketing programs like its Cask Club and My Batch programs allow customers to become part of the production process. Products like its Spirits Advent Calendar bring together quality product and creative promotions that make an impression on customers. in their words: “We’re helping put Washington on the map in terms of craft distilleries.” — Justin Stiefel, CEO and co-founder Canyon Creek Cabinet Company point of excellence: Canyon Creek combines a highly skilled workforce, the latest high-tech manufacturing equipment, and professional craftspeople using old-world techniques. how it’s done: Much of the process of creating fine cabinetry is still done by hand, since that’s the best way to achieve the high-quality furniture-like result that customers expect. However, the company is embracing automation as it looks to the future. in their words: “About two years ago we completely redid how we manufacture our contemporary products. We took what used to be different steps of the process and aligned them strategically... This new process resulted in a number of dramatic changes for us. It increased capacity, it increased our quality, and it increased our efficiency as we move toward automation.” — Robert Foote, president and CEO winter 2018 31