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Westmark Products / HQ: Tacoma, Wash. / Projected 2010 revenues: $30 million / Employees: 175 Services: Cabinetry, solid surfaces, millwork and paneling / Dennis Milsten: “We help solve problems, we don’t create them.” Cabinet Fever from its humble beginning, westmark products has built its way to the top. by chris olvera westmark has grown from a two-person operation into a bustling company. In February 1985, a young Dennis Milsten opened Westmark Products, which specializes in custom cabinetry and casework for commercial applications. Milsten, the company’s president, has steered the company to a projected $30 million in sales this year. Milsten began his career in 1975 as a salesperson for a millwork company and knew the industry very well when the opportunity came up to purchase a millwork company of his own. “The owners wanted out, but I decided it might be better to start from scratch,” he says. Starting from Scratch The first thing Westmark Products had to do was build a factory. “We didn’t even have a building, just the property,” Milsten says. The company had only two employees, but was fast at work building sales samples, preparing its catalog and looking for projects it could start Sept. 1 – the day the 20,000-square-foot factory would be ready to go. “Things really just fell into place,” he says. “The building was completed on time, the machinery was in place and we had orders to start working on Sept. 1.” Just two years later, the company made its first addition to the building. This happened twice more, and now the Westmark Products’ facility is up to 90,000 square feet. These days, Westmark Products builds cabinets, solid surfacing, metal fabricating, trim and paneling for commercial contractors and homebuilders. The company performs custom millwork and its pre-finishing 28 SUMMER 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010