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An Opportunity to Explore the Largest Custom Millwork Manufacturing Facility in Northern California

July 13, 2017

As part of its summer educational program, Cody|Brock took interns, new hires, project assistants, and some administrative staff to Mission Bell Manufacturing Company in Morgan Hill to learn how architectural woodwork, millwork, and custom casework is crafted. Mission Bell specializes in quality architectural woodwork, millwork, and custom casework. Their work extends from the most intricate, one-of-a kind quality woodwork fixtures to standard production cabinets. The tour was led by Director of Customer Success, Sharon de la Cruz, and Senior Project Manager Joseph Becker.

By exploring Mission Bell’s 100,000 square-foot facility, Cody|Brock employees were able to directly experience the manufacturing process for millwork assemblies and custom casework. Key features included watching the making of veneer panels, learning about their Robotic Material Storage System, examining custom fixtures being made and unique woods being finished, and seeing the CNC saws in action.

After the tour, Cody|Brock employees gathered for a brief presentation to understand more about Mission Bell and how Cody|Brock can collaborate to better serve our clients. We learned how Mission Bell sources and stocks unique reclaimed and salvaged wood and authenticates particular pieces prior to purchasing, such as the conference room wall wood, which came from the airplane hangar at Terminal 1 at Moffett Field.

Cody|Brock Project Administrator, Rachel McGuigan, enjoyed “seeing the millwork being constructed from start to finish and watching how they made custom finishes based on a particular way of cutting the wood grain.” She was also impressed by Mission Bell’s use of virtual reality to show customers how a finished job will look.

Summer Intern, Connor Cody appreciated how Mission Bell makes all of their unique products in the shop and was “amazed by the wood veneers they were applying to their inventory and how skilled they were at the application process.”

“Attending the Mission Bell fieldtrip was a great experience,” noted Summer Intern, Daniel Vasquez. “I enjoyed seeing the complete process taken to construct the millwork. Thanks to the the presentation at the end of the tour, I was able to understand the steps that come after I send Mission Bell, or any other subcontractor, an invitation to bid on a project.



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