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Cost-Saving Tips for Casework in Commercial Projects at HWI

With 40 years of experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on delivering cost-saving architectural casework and cabinetry solutions that seamlessly blend quality and aesthetics. Our team of experts has created helpful tips for architects, contractors, and project managers to showcase the best and most effective ways to reduce the costs of casework and cabinetry. The Importance of Cost Efficiency
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Casework Solutions For Every Industry: Tailored Solutions for Every Sector

We’ve been trusted for 40 years to create casework and cabinetry for every industry, each with its own distinct set of requirements and challenges. Across all sectors, custom casework solutions tailored to specific industries offer improved efficiency, enhanced aesthetics and long-term durability. At HWI, we understand the unique requirements of each sector and offer tailored casework solutions to meet them.
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5 Design Trends in Commercial Casework and Cabinetry in 2024

We’ve seen many trends come and go in the world of casework and cabinetry. Since 1982, HWI Custom Interiors has been at the forefront of industry trends, and 2024 is no different. While we have incorporated all of these designs into our casework,  we expect these commercial casework and cabinetry trends in 2024 to see a massive rise in popularity.
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How Lean Batch Manufacturing Transforms Casework

After 40 years in business, we understand that to stay at the top of our game, we must consistently improve and evolve. HWI has implemented lean batch manufacturing principles for some time to provide value for our clients and team. But what is batch size reduction lean manufacturing, and why is it crucial for HWI? Understanding Batch Process Lean Manufacturing:
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Our Guide to Cabinet Pulls in Commercial Architectural Casework | HWI Custom Interiors

In commercial architectural casework, every detail counts right down to cabinet pulls. These may seem like small functional components, but they add to the overall aesthetic of a room. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know when choosing cabinet pulls for your casework project. The Basics: What are Cabinet Pulls? Cabinet pulls, handles, or knobs
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Choosing The Right Materials for Commercial Interiors in the Midwest

The Midwest will always have a special place in America’s heart. With a rich landscape and a unique climate, the Midwest has a distinct style that’s come about from practicality and timeless American design. It combines many aspects to ensure longevity, functionality and a unique charm that represents the values of all those who live here. Now, with access to
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March 2023 Newsletter

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February 2023 Newsletter

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January 2023 Newsletter

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December 2022 Newsletter

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August 2022 Newsletter

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July 2022 Newsletter

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June 2022 Newsletter

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Updates from HWI

Vendor Lead Times – Vendor lead times have been getting longer but seem to have stabilized, thankfully. Most items we use can be received 6-8 weeks from the day of order. These lead times have almost doubled in length since 2019, so we find ourselves working farther and farther ahead so that we can stay on schedule. HWI Production Schedule
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April 2022 Newsletter

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March 2022 Newsletter

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Product Spotlight: Common Wood Type Differences

Oak – Oak wood is found in both the red and white variants and are the most popular hardwoods available.  Both the red and white varieties are dense and tough and have straight-grained, rough textures.  As you may guess the red variety has a redder color running through the wood and the white has a lighter coloring ranging from white
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February 2022 Newsletter

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Product Feature: Arauco Prism Melamine

Did you know?  We use the Arauco Prism brand melamine produced in Grayling, Michigan!  The Grayling particleboard is hailed as North America’s most productive and modern particleboard facility, and opened in the spring of 2019. As one of the first users of this product in the area we can vouch for how effective the product has been since we started
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January 2022 Newsletter

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Reacting to:  Natural and organic design styles

What do you think about new, trending styles having more organic and natural design styles?  For me, I personally love it!  Colors have become more dusty and muted and typically stick to natural tones.  Textures like wood, leather, jute, rattan, have become more popular as well as potted plants, either fake or real!  And when it comes to metal accents
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December 2021 Newsletter

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So, what’s new at HWI?

So, what’s new at HWI?  Let me answer that for you!  In the last month we have hired two new employees to work in the shop.  This will help us manufacture more smoothly without the production workers having to skip around to multiple machines and positions too much during the day.  The second thing that happened is we took a
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November 2021 Newsletter

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HWI Approved Holiday Gift Guide 2021

A Lufkin tape measure – We have personal experience with these as the photo shows, we loved giving out these branded tape measures to ensure everyone could enjoy them as much as us! Makita battery powered handheld vacuum – an essential in the tool bag of every installer and handyman, your clients will thank you for cleaning up after yourself!
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October 2021 Newsletter

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Updates from HWI

This past month we have had a few new things going on, here’s a quick outline:  we received and installed our new edgebander, have started the long process of switching to a new system for scheduling and material tracking, and have received more price increases on our white melamine, and Formica laminate.  All of these things (except the price increases) 
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September 2021 Newsletter

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News from HWI

This month we have a few new things happening here! Our new edgebander is arriving on the 10th, with installation on the 17th.  We are very excited to be getting new machinery, as this will reduce our downtime for repairs that we had on our old machinery.  But along with the good there is usually some bad.  That bad happens
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August 2021 Newsletter

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Manufacturing Report

The month of August has brought us yet another increase in the demand for manufacturing.  This makes it the 15th consecutive month of growth in the manufacturing economy.  This is good, but also has negative effects.  Not to be the pessimist here, but these negative effects are obvious even to the minimalist consumer.  Shortages of raw materials, extraordinarily long lead
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July 2021 Newsletter

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The Rise of Monochrome

We have compiled a list of the trending top colors and hardware choices for 2021.  2021 has brought on its new colors and styles, especially the Pantone colors of the year (2021) Ultimate Gray, and Illuminating.  We are seeing variations of this theme over and over!  We have seen a definite rise in the use of grey toned woodgrains, both
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Updates at HWI

Due to the rapid changes in the woodworking industry, you may see a lot of updates from us on this page, on our blog on our website, and on our LinkedIn page.  We will continue to use these spaces to keep our customers and readers up to date with the many happenings at HWI.   The first thing to be
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June 2021 Newsletter

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April 2021 Newsletter

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An update on HWI

2021 is definitely looking up! Due to what some would call a boomerang effect of COVID, a lot of delayed or postponed construction projects were moved into the early part of 2021.  Many of the largest wood product producers say that they are seeing a rise in business with 2021 sales projected to outpace 2020.  We can confirm that with
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March 2021 Newsletter

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Keku Clips: What You Need to Know

Choosing the right hardware for your projects is the difference between a good one and a great one. An industry staple, Keku clips turn every project into a great one. These ingenious devices provide an efficient solution for panel fixing. Both durable and convenient, Keku Clips are an industry favorite for a reason.   What are Keku Clips? Often referred
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February 2021 Newsletter

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Essential Table Base System

This essential table base system is the ultimate cost effective, entry level adjustable table system, and that’s speaking from experience!  We have been using these at HWI for several months now, and having the option to stand and stretch, or to sit and relax is awesome! Studies have proven that using a standing desk helps improve mood and energy levels,
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January 2021 Newsletter

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Featured Product: Rev-a-Shelf Trash Pullout

A favorite accessory of ours, we use this soft close, floor mount, single bin pullout a lot!  This trash pullout features full extension brushed aluminum soft closing slides with 100 pound load rating, easy floor mount installation, and built-in door mount brackets. The Italian design and functionality influence is easy to see when looking at the brushed aluminum frame and
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Maximo Desktop Shields

 
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Milliman Building – 3rd Floor

Another one in the books!  Finishing a job for the 3rd floor of the Milliman building in Omaha, and it looks great!  The distinctive pattern of the Wilsonart Fawn Cypress laminate mixed with the rectangular oval matte black pulls looks fantastic.  The break room on this project is decked out with Wilsonart Solicor Designer White laminate, which eliminates the black
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Good Life Smiles – New Job Completed!

Just completed a new job for a pediatric dentist in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  Using a unique combination of Formica Nocturne colored laminate (5323-58), plain sliced white oak veneer, and Studio 917 matte black bar pulls.  With matching black locks on the cabinets and sliding doors in some cases this office looks very eye catching!
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September 2020 Newsletter

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Maximo Jobsite Sanitation Stand

The Mobile Sanitation Stand is an ideal solution for slowing the spread of germs. This flexible, all-in-one unit can be easily moved throughout a premise as needed. Available as a fully stocked kit, with supplies and accessories, or as a basic fixture to be fitted with accessories of your choice. Features: Storage cabinet for additional supplies Trash can compartment with
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May 2020 Newsletter

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Throwback to 2015 – Oracle Aviation

Five years later and we still like the design!  Throwback to 2015 and Oracle Aviation.  Love this small but modern take on a private airport lounge.  This is a perfect example of how plain colors and clean lines can really enhance your space.
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April 2020 Newsletter

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Maximo Medical Furniture

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March 2020 Newsletter

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Product Feature: Cabineo Drawer Box Hardware

How to make a drawerbox sturdier and stronger?  Check out these connectors! A Lamello product, this Cabineo piece uses a shaped plastic insert with a preset screw already inside of the insert.  This allows for a quick and easy assembly process when manufacturing a melamine drawer box, not to mention that during testing it actually held up better than our
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Reception Desk? No Problem!

A reception desk is one of the most important features in your office.  As the saying goes, first impressions count! As Jeff Pochepan said in an article for inc.com in February 2018, “A custom made desk with curves, textures, or even strategic lighting gives off an air of originality and tells your business contacts that your company is at the
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February 2020 Newsletter

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Project Feature

A few photos of the lockers that will be going to Werner Park in Omaha.  These lockers are made out of a MDF core with a walnut veneer, as you can see from the darker color and woodgrains.  They have a larger upper section with hooks and a shelf and then the lower section has a heavy duty drawer for
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Formica HardStop: a game-changer in decorative panels

In the dynamic world of interior design, Formica HardStop Decorative Protection Panels has become an industry leader. Fast becoming the go-to among designers and architects, these high-pressure laminate panels are used across the US and for good reason. From their easy installation to their durability, keep reading to find out why designers and architects are choosing Formica HardStop panels for
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Welcome!

Welcome to our blog and to our freshly redesigned website! We will be using this section to update our readers with important news about our company, new trends we see hitting the industry, and best of all, photo stories from our favorite projects. …And to end this post with a super cliché statement: watch this space!
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