Equipment Upgrade

Keeping up to date on equipment keeps our shop running at top efficiency and keeps our capabilities cutting edge.  New equipment is an investment, and the curation of the right mix of new and old machinery is a dance with the advantages of new equipment and keeping costs down with old equipment.  The idea is [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:56+00:00October 4th, 2019|Lonsdale, Minnesota Industry, shop equipment, Uncategorized, woodworking|

Representing Minnesota Manufacturing

Last week we hosted Steve Grove, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner, to discuss our industry, challenges in manufacturing and Minnesota Business.  The commissioner is rolling out an ambitious plan for 2020 with big goals.  We have some ambitious plans too, our plans for growth mirror the goals of the DEED commission. [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:56+00:00September 10th, 2019|Lonsdale, Made in the USA, Minnesota Industry, Minnesota Millwork, MN|

We can build anything. And we do.

There's a laundry list of things we take pride in, but we can sum it up simply:  We can build anything; we build it well. In fact our capabilities for building exceed the ideas that one team of designers can dream up- and if only we had time to explore all the creative ideas that [...]

2019 Feat of Strength

Yesterday we took some time for some fun with the annual feat of strength.  We started with a tug of war, the shop team won by a narrow margin!  Then we had a rowdy round of volleyball, some of the rules may have been followed. This is how we celebrate our birthday at [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:56+00:00June 26th, 2019|employees, Family Business, Lonsdale, Minnesota Millwork|

Volleyball on a Tuesday

Every month we have a lunch together as a company, usually on a Friday.  We talk about the projects that we're working on, challenges, goals, etc.  Sometimes this monthly lunch can turn into smack-talk regarding certain softball teams... however for our June lunch last week it dissolved into not softball, but an impromptu [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:57+00:00July 2nd, 2018|employees, Family Business, Lonsdale|

New equipment!

At Minnesota Millwork & Fixtures (and at R&L Woodcraft before that) we have always been dedicated to keeping up with the latest technology in and around our shop.  Over the last few months we've extended wifi to all areas of the shop and have implemented drastic new software, improving our communication throughout the manufacturing [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:58+00:00June 1st, 2018|Family Business, Lonsdale, Made in the USA, shop equipment|

New booth project

A new customer of ours is collaborating with our designer for all of the seating in their restaurant.  We love a creative collaborative effort!  This fabric was initially chosen to be tufted for the booths.  On the prototype the pattern looked really cool tufted, changing the lines with the fabric folding, but the material had [...]

Christmas 2017 at Minnesota Millwork & Fixtures

On Saturday Randall and Cindy treated us, their employees, to a nice dinner and some fantastic entertainment, celebrating another great year of working together.  Having a look back, what a terrific year it's been!  We have doubled our customer base, doubled our workforce and built it into a stellar team, and we have really focused on building quality [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:59+00:00December 20th, 2017|employees, Family Business, Lonsdale, Made in the USA, MN|

Santa visits Minnesota Millwork & Fixtures

Santa made his 2nd annual visit to Minnesota Millwork and Fixtures on Saturday to visit our employees' families.  Few if any warnings for behavior were issued; it appeared everyone who came made the nice list this year! Where else can one chat with the big man in a 42" glazed black tufted round booth?  [...]

2019-10-25T07:44:59+00:00December 11th, 2017|employees, Family Business, Lonsdale, Made in the USA, MN|

It’s official!

One year ago, Randall Rivers purchased R&L Woodcraft from Randy and Lori Stangler.  It's been a great year!  Business is good, we're enjoying our work, we're growing and placing an emphasis on building our team. It's time for our rebrand. Effective July 1, 2017, R and L Woodcraft is changing our name to Minnesota [...]

2019-10-25T07:45:00+00:00June 30th, 2017|Family Business, Lonsdale, Made in the USA, MN|