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T.C. Millwork

Cover Story

www.tcmillwork.com / Revenue: $36 million / Headquarters: Bensalem, Pa. / Employees: 120 /
Specialty: Retail displays / Arthur Kubach, vice president and owner: "We embrace technology."

by embracing technology,
engineering and innovation, t.c.
millwork offers customers a
wide range of display options.

Exclusive Designs
t.c. millwork brings revolutionary innovation to
visual display elements. by tim o'connor
Since its beginning, T.C. Millwork
has had a reputation as an innovator. The retail display manufacturer
was an early adopter of reactive hot
melt polyuethane (PUR) adhesives.
Co-founder and Vice President Arthur Kubach discovered the technology was just beginning to see
widespread use in the packaging and
automotive industries. He immediately realized the potential to be repurposed for laminating in the wood
industry. "It was a big learning curve,"
Kubach recalls. "We were breaking
new ground in our industry. We struggled for several years to perfect it."
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Developing the methodologies to
make it cost effective took time, but
it eventually led to a new way of manufacturing. Arthur Kubach and his
brother, Dennis, began to realize that
the act of learning this new technology brought with it many changes to
the way T.C. Millwork manufactured.
The company was already well versed
in using film veneers along with membrane pressing, but with the advent
of PUR adhesives, it now could effectively laminate these decorative film
veneers to virtually any substrate.
One thing led to the next and before
they knew it the brothers were not do-

ing de-construction and re-construction millwork and fixtures anymore.
They discovered that by adding miter
folding to the equation they no longer had to make individual parts that
traveled to different machines at different times and hopefully ended up
in assembly at the same time. By adding miter folding to the equation, T.C.
Millwork is now able to never have
the parts separate from themselves
as they all travel together to assembly.
Assembly immediately knew how the
parts went together because they never came apart - there was no de-construction or re-construction.
The end result is that T.C. Millwork has reduced its assembly cost
by at least three-fourths. The customer realizes this cost savings, and
in addition, receives a more durable,
seamless fixture with no black lines
that is more resistant to chipping,

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