A brighter future at South Shore Millwork!

Expanding our efforts in Living Green

Our third expansion project, as previously mentioned in our other two blog posts this week, is our solar project! At South Shore Millwork, we are really excited to be gaining greater energy independence through the world’s cleanest energy – Solar!

We have selected Borrego Solar to manage the installation of a solar array on top of our new 47,000 square foot millwork shop, and a solar array field on the grounds in the rear.

The solar arrays will produce 880kW of electricity annually for the next 30 plus years. There will be 2,242 of ground mounted panels and 646 roof mounted panels that will produce enough electrical energy to power our 80,000 square feet state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, office equipment and lighting.

Other ways we are Living Green

1. Our wood dust is collected by our state-of-the-art dust collection system into trailers that are hauled away each month by a New England-based wood pellet manufacturer. The wood dust is then re-purposed in the highest quality residential and commercial wood pellet grade fuel. The pellets, made from sustainably produced biomass, play a major role in reducing demand for fossil fuels. This renewable resource plays a significant contribution to meeting regional energy demands.

2. Our solid and scrap wood waste is collected in roll-off containers and hauled to a regional wood waste recycler. The solid and scrap wood is then ground into organic wood-based products such as landscaping mulch, soil blends and safety playground surfacing products.

3. We also recycle our finish stain and cleaning solvents in house. We employ a technology allowing us to minimize the waste created by our finish stains and cleaning solvents by 90%. Prior to purchasing this technology, our used stains and solvents were liquid waste that had to be responsibly disposed of through a third-party vendor. Now this liquid waste is recycled, and the liquids such as stains and paint thinners are cleaned, distilled, reclaimed, and used over and over with virtually no loss of effectiveness. The investment in this technology has created a cost savings to the company while minimizing disposable waste to near nothing.

We will continue to provide regular updates on the solar project, so please check back often.

If you would like to discuss a residential millwork or commercial millwork project, give Wayne a call at 781.738.3012 or  email him at wbarthe@southshoremillwork.com.

 

South Shore Millwork Building Expansion

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Sunday we blogged about our first of three expansions, the addition of Wayne Barthe. Today, we’re going to update you on our second expansion – our architectural millwork shop project. We are excited to report that about a month ago, … Continue reading

South Shore Millwork is expanding!

We have been quiet on the blogging front the past couple of months, but in the shop at South Shore Millwork, it’s been everything but!

First, we expanded our executive team. We hired a new vice president of business development and consulting.

Second, we are expanding our architectural millwork shop. We got approval to add 47,000 square feet.

Third, we are expanding our ways of protecting and helping the environment. We are adding a solar array on top of the new building, and a solar array field on the grounds behind it.

Expansion #1: Meet New Hire Wayne Barthe

We recently welcomed Wayne Barthe to the executive management team at South Shore Millwork. He is our new vice president of business development and consulting. And, let me tell you, Wayne wasted no time hitting the ground sprinting! But, before we get into what he’s been up to around here the last couple of months, let’s give you a little background on Wayne.

Wayne’s credentials

Having spent the last 20 plus years in various executive positions employed by firms like Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LexisNexis, Wilmerhale and Fidelity Investments, Wayne brings solid, practical business and strong client relationship experience to his role at South Shore Millwork.

To complement his business experience, Wayne holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, and project management certification from Boston University.

Why was Wayne selected for this position?

According to Owner Jeff Burton, he was looking for a business development leader who would not only further expand South Shore Millwork’s market presence in New England and take us into Connecticut and New York, but he was also looking for someone with excellent business acumen, a solid reputation, and an ability to figure out and understand the needs of sophisticated customers.

Wayne’s areas of expertise

  • Uncovering and developing new business opportunities
  • Building and maintaining successful, long-term professional relationships
  • Helping clients overcome challenges by presenting them with applicable options and solutions
  • Negotiating and managing large-scale, complex projects

Why Wayne chose South Shore Millwork

When asked what drew him to South Shore Millwork, Wayne says, “I was drawn to South Shore Millwork for its recognition as an industry leader. I am excited to be part of a growing company that makes decisions quickly and responds to customer requests at a moment’s notice.”

Wayne outside of work

Wayne lives in Norton with his wife Kathleen and their three children, and is actively involved in several charitable organizations including:

  • American Lung Association – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • City of Hope

What has Wayne been up to the last couple of months?

During the past few months, Wayne has entrenched himself in learning who South Shore Millwork’s current and previous clients are, and making every effort to introduce himself to as many as possible. In addition to client introductions and responding to new requests, Wayne has been working on updating marketing collateral and avenues to promote South Shore Millwork. We are expanding our target markets to include, Connecticut, New York and the Islands. And, Wayne has been involved with managing the company’s Solar Project initiative.

If you would like to discuss a project, give Wayne a call at 781.738.3012 or contact him via email at wbarthe@southshoremillwork.com.

In the coming days, we will be updating you on the other two expansions: the mill shop and solar projects, so please, stay tuned!

 

The South Shore Millwork Story

Jeffrey Burton, owner South Shore MIllworkA note from Jeff Burton, Owner, South Shore Millwork

Thank you for visiting our blog.  The South Shore Millwork blog is written by our dedicated marketing person on a weekly basis but this time I thought I would take some time to tell you a little bit about my start, our employees, and customers to give you a glimpse into who we are and what we stand for.

In the beginning

As a child, I liked spending time cutting wood on my father’s drill saw. What I liked most was, when I was done, I saw what I built, and it was a really good feeling. So, it was only natural then that I would attend a vocational school where I could hone my skills and prepare for a career in custom woodwork.

I graduated from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, majoring in carpentry. Shortly after graduating, I started working as a furniture refinisher, and then moved on to a few architectural millwork shops, before finally realizing in 1991 that it was time to go out on my own. And, with the support of my wife, Sue, South Shore Millwork in Norton, Massachusetts became a reality!

I started small, before I knew it we had ten talented woodworkers, and we quickly grew to thirty in a matter of two years. That growth rate was the result of our team’s commitment to consistently providing not only an incredible product but also outstanding customer service.

I am personally involved in every hire, ensuring every new team member has a similar work ethic, talent, and the desire to provide an outstanding customer experience to every customer – architects, interior designers, general contractors, and construction managers.

Today

South Shore Millwork would not be celebrating its 23rd year without the incredibly talented and dedicated 70+ person team of craftsman, engineers, installers, project managers, and administrative personnel. This team is the reason our high-end customers keep coming back, and why they refer their friends, families, and business associates. To learn more about them, please take a moment to look at their bios.

In summer 2014, we will be adding 47,000 additional square feet to our existing 33,000 square foot modern, climate controlled shop. Our new facility will include a newly designated area for commercial projects, increased areas for residential work, and will provide more efficiency in manufacturing. As always, South Shore Millwork will continue to blend time honored woodworking techniques with the latest advances in new technology.

Our specialty; our customers

I would say our specialty is two-fold – providing an outstanding customer experience coupled with incredibly beautiful woodwork. We cater to the luxury residential and commercial markets. Our staff is adept at taking an idea, a vision, and making it a reality, all the while keeping the client engaged, informed, and happy.

In closing, I thank you for taking the time to read my note. Please be sure to check out our work if you have a project you’d like us to review; or, if you are searching for a career, be sure to check out our open positions.

Jeff

Custom Architectural Millwork: When Only the Best Will Do…

Mudroom custom cabinetry, custom bench seating, custom storage, custom woodwork, custom architectural millwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandWhen looking for a high-end architectural millwork company for a new home, remodeling project, or commercial space, it’s important to look at the credentials and experience of the potential supplier.  South Shore Millwork not only has the credentials and a wealth of experience, but over the years we have earned an excellent reputation too.

AWI Quality CertificationSouth Shore Millwork is an Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) Certified Quality Woodworker, which shows commitment to achieving the highest levels of craftsmanship, customer service, and overall excellence.  The AWI Quality Certification Program sets the industry standard when it comes to high-end architectural woodwork.  “Credentials are earned through comprehensive testing and inspection.  Woodworkers need to demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish, and install work in accordance with quality grade criteria set forth in the Architectural Woodwork Standards” as stated on the AWI QCP website.

In addition to South Shore Millwork’s accreditation from AWI, we have over 20 years of experience creating commercial and residential custom architectural millwork.  Since 1991, South Shore Millwork has helped make projects successful throughout the Boston area, New England, and beyond by providing the finest custom cabinetry, doors, windows, paneling, and trim.  Architects, builders, designers, homeowners, and other industry professionals choose South Shore Millwork when only the best will do.
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Recent comments from our valued customers:

“…very impressed with the quality of all of your millwork as well as the installation.” ~General Contractor, Commercial Project, Boston, August 2012

“We appreciate South Shore Millwork’s high quality, teamwork, and can-do attitude.” ~General Contractor, Ecclesiastical Project, Metrowest, October 2012

“…very impressed with the high quality of your work.  I like the fact that you were very confident and cared about what you do.  Your shop drawings were the best I’ve seen.  Everyone I dealt with was very down to earth.”  ~Architect, Residential Project, Metrowest, October 2012

“I wanted you to know the door package got high praise on the site from the clients, the architects, and our crew.  Thanks for doing your part.” ~General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, October 2012

“From start to finish South Shore Millwork has been a true pleasure and partner for our recent job.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with such great craftsmen again.” ~Architect, Commercial Project, November 2012

“…all of the windows have been delivered and installed and the meeting room is ready for use…and thanks to South Shore Millwork for a quick turn around on production!!  They look and operate great!!!  What a difference!” General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, January 2013

“…appreciated your high quality workmanship and attention to detail.” ~Architect, Residential Project, Boston, April 2013

We Do Windows!

round custom wood window with true divided lights, millwork, woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandArch-top, radius, historic reproduction, we can produce virtually any style custom wood window in any configuration.  Unlike stock manufactured windows, every window we do is unique to each project.

custom wood windowHere at South Shore Millwork we create high quality custom windows for both residential and commercial spaces.  We take pride in our impeccable craftsmanship, and assure our ability to meet any need by utilizing both traditional, time honored methods and the latest modern woodworking technology.  Through working with some of the region’s best architects and builders, we have had the pleasure of creating some of the most distinctive custom windows for buildings throughout the Boston area and New England.

half round custom wood windowAside from the endless options, there are other major benefits.  For one thing custom wood windows offer superior aesthetics that stock windows just cannot provide.  Custom allows you the flexibility to match the exterior and interior of your home’s design.  Another benefit is improved energy efficiency.  Since the custom window is designed to fit exactly into the window opening there is less opportunity for leakages around the window frame.

custom wood windowWhether you are matching one-of-a-kind historic curved sashes or using a custom shape, South Shore Millwork has the ability to create what you need.  From simple patterns, to unique requirements, including specialty glazing, muntins, and hardware, we can meet the most rigorous specifications.  Plus we realize the details are important to the integrity of each window we produce.  Our excellent engineering and drafting services, combined with smart project management, ensure the end result will be a stunning success every time.

elliptical custom wood windowWhatever type of window you are looking for; leave it to the experts at South Shore Millwork to create it.  We have built a reputation for uncompromising quality with unparalleled service; providing custom woodworking, cabinetry, mouldings, windows, and doors.

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Defining Architectural Millwork – what is it?

architectural millwork, woodwork, custom library, shelving, corbel, trim, Boston, MA, New EnglandThe terms “architectural woodwork” and “architectural millwork” are frequently interchanged.  The term “architectural woodwork” implies a product is made out of wood.  The term “architectural millwork” can incorporate the use of non-wood materials such as plastic laminates specified for many commercial projects.  Regardless, the terms “architectural millwork” and “architectural woodwork” are used interchangeably.

So what is it?

A simple question with a not-so-easy answer.  Plus it depends on who you ask.  The New England School of Architectural Woodworking has one of the best definitions we could find.  The school defines architectural woodwork as:

“…all the wood exposed to view when the building is completed.  This includes residential and commercial cabinetry (kitchens, baths, storage, offices, closets), doors, windows, stairs, paneling, trim, and shelving.  Almost everything made of wood, built into or attached to the interior of a building.”

But is this definition entirely inclusive?  Almost but not quite.

custom kitchen island, pine, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, architectural millwork, custom woodworkArchitectural millwork does not have to necessarily be built-in to a structure. It can be a free-standing piece such as this rolling kitchen island (pictured right) that South Shore Millwork built for a home on the South Shore.  Not to mention architectural millwork can be either stock (“off-the-shelf”), semi-custom, or custom such as what South Shore Millwork provides.

There is also exterior architectural millwork which is not part of the interior of a building.  It can include exterior trim and balusters as shown below that South Shore Millwork provided for a home in the Boston area.  Exterior millwork can add visual interest to the outside of a structure.custom exterior trim, columns, balusters, architectural millwork, Boston, MA, New England

Since architectural millwork is usually built-in to the structure, knowledge of other trades is critical.  For example when we engineer a kitchen, it is essential for us to know plumbing and lighting locations and specifications before drawings are produced for approval, fabrication, and installation.  Frequently we need further information regarding framing, flooring, stone, tile, and audio visual equipment before the product can be fabricated.

Custom dressing room, architectural millwork, woodwork, Boston, MA, New EnglandCustom architectural millworkers such as South Shore Millwork, get involved in specialty items that will become a part of the product we are producing such as the fabric panels for this custom dressing room we made (pictured right.)  Other specialty items can include things such as glass, metals, and hardware.  Consequently, attention to detail is imperative in order for the project to meet expectations for these one-of-a-kind items.

If you are looking for the best in custom architectural millwork, look no further.  South Shore Millwork is the symbol of quality and fine craftsmanship in the woodworking industry.  We have an unparalleled reputation in the residential and commercial markets.  Our team of highly skilled craftsmen work closely with clients to ensure our work reflects the lifestyle and personality of each project.

You Said What?! (about our high quality custom woodworking)

south shore millwork high quality woodworkingWe would like to share (ever so humbly) some recent unsolicited feedback we have received about our high quality custom woodworking.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their business.  We appreciate it!

“…very impressed with the quality of all of your millwork as well as the installation.” ~General Contractor, Commercial Project, Boston, August 2012

“We appreciate South Shore Millwork’s high quality, teamwork, and can-do attitude.” ~General Contractor, Ecclesiastical Project, Metrowest, October 2012

“…very impressed with the high quality of your work.  I like the fact that you were very confident and cared about what you do.  Your shop drawings were the best I’ve seen.  Everyone I dealt with was very down to earth.”  ~Architect, Residential Project, Metrowest, October 2012

 “I wanted you to know the door package got high praise on the site from the clients, the architects and our crew.  Thanks for doing your part.” ~General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, October 2012

 “From start to finish South Shore Millwork has been a true pleasure and partner for our recent job.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with such great craftsmen again.” ~Architect, Commercial Project, November 2012

“…all of the windows have been delivered and installed and the meeting room is ready for use…and thanks to South Shore Millwork for a quick turn around on production!!  They look and operate great!!!  What a difference!” General Contractor, Residential Project, Boston, January 2013

South Shore Millwork has built the reputation for uncompromising quality and unparalleled service; providing custom woodworking, mouldings, windows, doors, etc. throughout the Boston area and New England. Experience it for yourself!

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 We are an Architectural Woodwork Institute Quality Certified manufacturer.

 

 

 

Unique Custom Conference Tables – Update!

Update on January 9, 2013

The custom conference room tables are complete and installed.  Our client could not be more delighted with the outcome (and so are we!)

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From September 13, 2012 Blog:

Today we’re giving you an exciting sneak peek into a project we’re currently working on here at our Norton, Massachusetts millwork shop.

These photos show the custom conference room tables we are creating for a client. As you can see, our team is hard at work ensuring that the unique design of the tables is executed flawlessly.

The custom conference table and side tables are mahogany, and will feature leather inserts and bronze inlay. Once building is complete, the tables will receive a catalyzed lacquer finish.

Here you can see the concept drawing by the architect. We can’t wait to share the photos with you after this one-of-a-kind project is complete!

If you looking for a custom woodworking company to bring your ideas to life, contact us today! We combine smart project management and engineering with skillful woodworking to create gorgeous, high-end custom built-ins, cabinetry, furnishings, and more.

An Appreciation for Wood

raw wood, custom woodwork, millwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandHere at South Shore Millwork, we work with many different materials.  But wood is the material that allows us to be the most creative.  We appreciate what each unique piece of wood has to offer when applied to each unique set of circumstances.  Our craftsmen take raw wood and skillfully turn, cut, press, glue, fabricate, and finish it to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Teresa Bell mentions in the Architectural Woodwork Institute Standards 1st Edition “There is a special appreciation for the unique qualities of wood among those of our craft.  One cannot fashion a piece of wood into fine cabinetry, furniture, or paneling without developing an admiration for the unique pattern of the grain, rich color revealed through the finishing process, and the singular expression each piece of wood lends to the project.”

Furthermore, wood is a versatile material to work with.  It comes in many species, sizes, and shapes and is used in a seemingly infinite number of ways.  Michael Weismann, a research botanist further explains the virtuous characters of wood “Wood has a high ratio of strength to weight and a remarkable record for durability and perfor­mance as a structural material.  Dry wood has good insulating properties against heat, sound, and electricity.  It tends to absorb and dissipate vibrations under some conditions of use, and yet it is an incomparable material for musical instruments.  The grain patterns and colors of wood make it an aesthetically pleasing material, and its appearance may be easily enhanced by stains, varnishes, lacquers, and other finishes.  It is easily shaped with tools and fastened with ad­hesives, nails, screws, bolts, and dowels.  Damaged wood is easily repaired, and wood structures are easily remodeled or altered. In addition, wood resists oxidation, acid, saltwater, and other corrosive agents, has high salvage value, has good shock resistance, can be treated with preservatives and fire retardants, and can be combined with almost any other ma­terial for both functional and aesthetic uses.”

Matthew Kennedy, senior editor for Fine Woodworking magazine adds  “…and I’ve come to realize that what I find appealing is that woodworking allows me to be creative, and that wood is a wonderful medium for artistic expression.” We couldn’t agree more!

So whether you are looking for fine custom cabinetry, custom mouldings; curved, rounded or straight, custom doors with arched tops or radius windows, we can create custom wood pieces to meet any specification.  South Shore Millwork guarantees you that you will appreciate our appreciation for wood!