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Millwork firm aims high: architectural wood component manufacturer SourceCut Industries celebrates 15 years of innovative products and processes.

Before founding wood component maker Source-Cut Industries and growing the company into a high-volume producer of architectural wood products such as acoustic panels and celling grids, Brad Wiedenhoeft spent 18 years in the printing industry-an experience which lent quite a bit of inspiration to SourceCut in its early days.

Wiedenhoeft and his team initially produced custom casegoods and panels, along with vinyl-wrapped wood products which took on the appearance of natural woodgrain from a trip under an offset printing cylinder. The custom wood grain printer produced about 300,000 parts each week and the seven employees eventually grew to the company's current size at 90.

As SourceCut celebrates its 15-year anniversary, the Osseo, Wisconsin-based company continues to follow the demand for high-volume architectural orders with a 68,000 square-foot facility dedicated to millwork processes including profile wrapping, acoustic panel processing and commercial furniture building.

As a high-volume producer, SourceCut's orders often average at close to 20,000 square feet of ceiling panels, wall systems and mouldings.

"We're not shy," Wiedenhoeft says. "We'll take a 450-foot order, but our sweet spot is something over thousands of feet."

Custom cabinets and casegoods still have their place in the shop. In a separate section, a team of craftsmen carries on the work which SourceCut began under Its original moniker, Independent Cabinet Co. Inc.

Max Wiedenhoeft, Brad's son, says he's constantly In awe of the custom team's capabilities, including the structural techniques they often utilize for projects such as a recent a custom concession stand built for a local theater.

Aside from the focus on architectural products, Brad says there was another inspiration for the name change. As an acronym, Independent Cabinet Co. Inc. spelled ICCI. "We didn't want to be Icky," he laughs.

His vision is anything but that. Behind each core product is a set of core principles: solutions, quality, service, and Integrity. Maximizing yield and reducing waste are both high priorities. Some of the sawdust from the facility goes directly to local farms for animal bedding.

In founding the company, and growing Into the SourceCut model, Brad says "The goal was to go where the market took us." Wiedenhoeft adds, "When I had a customer that would commit to me, I would invest In that equipment with the Idea that we could leverage it into other products."

He's amassed several machines In the process: a Wemhoner vacuum press and a Duspohl profile wrapper for applying vinyl to mouldings and routered panels, along with custom-engineered machinery which reinforces the vinyl to prevent tearing. Like the woodgrain on the printing drum, the innovation helps to set SourceCut's business model.

Also on use at SourceCut are Giben Gamma and Fastmatic panel saws, a Heesemann precision sander, three CNC machining centers including a Homag BOF 311 with two aggregate tool heads-one with 17 drill bits and another with 13 saw blades.

With the equipment in place and a clear perspective on the future of the company, Brad says he is focused on growing in the architectural marketplace while also producing more custom work and supporting shop classes at local high schools. The goals should be attainable, as long as he and the SourceCut team keep looking up, toward ceiling panels and beyond.
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Date:Jul 1, 2014
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