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HARRIS HARDWOODS—Servicing Customers Individually

by Michelle Keller

Foreston, Minn.—Harris Hardwoods, is a state-of-the-art facility, located here, that provides custom mouldings, panels and cabinet components to a growing number of satisfied clients.

This unique operation annually purchases approximately 2.5 million board feet of all exotic and domestic hardwoods (No. 2 and Better, 4/4 through 8/4, KD, S2S).

Operated by Tim and Mary Jo Harris, Harris Hardwoods manufactures kitchen cabinets, furniture and custom furniture components, custom mouldings and edge-glued panels. Value-added services include: moulding, equalizing, cope and stick, dove tailing, drilling, gluing, panel sanding and profile sanding.

Tim Harris began brokering lumber in 1994, after a 21-year career in the wood products industry. The business evolved into a high-end milled wood component company over the years.

Known for fine quality finishes and dependable, personable service that sets them apart, Tim and Mary Jo supervise operations on a daily basis with help from their production manager, Mark Herbst, and sales and purchasing manager, Jon Knudson. “Our constant involvement as a team ensures high standards of quality are always met,” Tim Harris explained.

“Our customers need a supplier that fulfills their promises, on time—every time. They expect business partners to bring expertise and years of experience to the table. Harris Hardwoods does that. We are dedicated to running our company with integrity with a respect for the environment.”
“Nearly all of our products are driven by the specifications of our customers,” Knudson added. “Our most popular products are mouldings, trim parts and panels, but we love a challenge. Bring us the specifications and we'll make it happen.”

According to Tim and Mary Jo, consistent, high-quality mouldings start with tooling. “We use the latest technology – computerized templating, a Weinig Knife Grinder and an optical comparator – to ensure the highest level of accuracy.”

Mary Jo Harris offered, “Our highly-trained staff creates custom tools to the specifications of each company. And to best suit their sanding needs, our profile sander is custom configured, ensuring a quality finish.”

A Taylor glue clamp carrier is used in the production of glued components (panels, drawer sides and fronts, and panel blanks) to accomodate orders for mouldings and panels. “You can expect the same level of quality, precision and finish in all of our products,” Herbst said.

For customers who value flexibility and responsiveness, Harris Hardwoods built those qualities into their workflow. “We work closely with our clients, providing personal service and an uncompromising work ethic to meet their exact part specification,” Herbst continued. “The latest technology is utilized in planning and execution, to deliver a quality product second to none.”

As for experience, Herbst explained that Harris Hardwoods’ employees are trained and cross-trained in every step of the manufacturing process, working with state-of-the-art equipment to guarantee a quality product. “We constantly review our processes to make the best use of our resources and to deliver products.”

Harris Hardwoods Inc. is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. For more information visit www.harrishardwoods.com.

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