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Lanz Cabinets

addition, as it has grown, it has increased its ability to
serve larger customers.
"A big developer will want to know: 'Can you handle
the size of this project?' 'Can you produce on-time
deliveries with good-quality product on the job?'
When you are talking about well over a million dollars
per order, they want to make sure you have capacity
and financial strength to handle the size of the order,"
Lanz explains.
To do a good job, Lanz Cabinets must meet production schedules, otherwise it risks delaying entire development projects. Cabinet installation usually occurs
toward the end of development production schedules,
followed by trades such plumbers, electricians and
countertop installers. So if the cabinets are late, it could
derail the entire process. Lanz Cabinets takes pride in
offering on-time installation and service, which other
cabinetmakers don't always do, Lanz says.

Family Legacy
Lanz Cabinets was started in 1960 by Darrell and Mary
Lanz and taken over in 1982 by oldest son Brent and his
wife Lori Lanz.
It has offices across the West Coast and produces
about 6,000 cabinets per week. In addition to the
125,000-square-foot production facility, headquarters
and adjacent showroom in Eugene, Ore., it also staffs
field service centers in Lakewood, Wash.; Sherwood,
Ore.; Denver; Sacramento and Rancho Cucamonga,
Calif. Its sales efforts are split into the four regional
quadrants of the Seattle, Portland, Northern California
and Southern California areas.

West

care instructions for customers.Replacements parts are
always available at local customer service centers.

More Colors
It is now producing smaller batches of cabinets with
more colors and designs, and the old days of producing 100 identical cabinets are over, Lanz says. Now, it
is likely to fill orders with 10 different colors and 10
different layouts as more kitchens have different
designs, floor plans and color schemes. It designs cabinets to fulfill ADA requirements and coordinates with
countertop manufacturers.
The forefront of the cabinet industry is located in
Italy, Austria and Germany, with cabinetmakers there
leading the way in terms of new designs and styles, Lanz
says. One recent change has been a trend toward darker
finishes, he notes.
In all, Lanz is most proud of its ability to stay competitive while working domestically when most cabinetmakers have moved offshore. Through its team
approach, it continues to meet the increased quality
expectations of its customers, Lanz says. mt

Better Demographics
For Lanz Cabinets, the market has picked up significantly. "At this point, it's very strong," Lanz says.
Low interest rates have contributed to more projects.
In addition, demographic changes have spurred growth
in urban living, which, in turn, has triggered new multifamily housing. Tighter mortgage standards also spark
more multifamily developments.
Some of the challenges for Lanz Cabinets include regulation, foreign competition and rising healthcare
costs. To compete, it relies more on technology and lean
manufacturing techniques, Lanz explains. Cabinets are
built to order and moved by roll track conveyors directly into trucks to eliminate secondary handling. Cabinet
Vision software has been helpful.
Customer service is a top priority. Lanz Cabinets is
there following project completion to ensure new cabinets perform to the highest industry standards, the
company says. It offers detailed warranties and cabinet
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