In the Beginning.
Danny and Adam started out their woodworking careers in middle school. Woodshop class was where they fell in love with wood. After working with some amazing cabinet/woodworking companies here in town (including Wilding Wallbeds and Riverwoods Mill), they separately moved to Northern Utah to further their education and woodworking experience.
While living in Centerville, Adam's father was trying to persuade him to move back home and buy a cabinet shop that was closing up. Fearing the large undertaking that would be, he didn't give the idea much thought. However, after graduating from the University of Utah, and looking for a career opportunity for over a year, the cabinet shop started to sound like a worthy challenge.
One Sunday, in September of 2013, Adam sent a text to Danny that said, "Do you want to move back to Saint George with me and open a cabinet shop?" Danny's response was simply, "Yep".
Our New Adventure.
From the very beginning people doubted us. Friends and family alike told us that partnerships were destined to fail, especially between two best friends. We both left homes and lives that were pretty great to come down here and have the chance to make something even better for ourselves. It was scary.
Between the two of us we have over 17 years of professional woodworking experience with some of the best companies in the state. We naturally felt very confident and comfortable in this field but didn’t know quite know how to run a business. Needless to say, we struggled to get things started. It took us six months to get approved for a small business loan and as it turned out, it was only enough to pay for the machinery. We had nothing left to take home to our families. We literally started with nothing but hopes and dreams.
Once we finally got our loan, we immediately got to work. We went in and cleaned up the many years worth of clutter that was sitting in the shop. After three dumpsters full and two trailer loads of garbage, we were ready to build some cabinets. In the beginning we built and made anything and everything from tiny knick knacks to custom furniture. Our family was a big help, letting us build for them and finding us work. One day a family member got us in on a small job at an office building and KWelch Construction happened to be contracting the job. He was impressed with our work and started giving us custom homes to work on! Just like that, our business began to grow and an incredible rate.
Three years later and we are growing faster than ever. KWelch Construction continues to bring us amazing custom homes. We are extremely grateful to Keean for taking a chance on us and getting us moving. We have been all over Southern Utah, including projects for Pride Point Construction in the Entrada area.
As you can imagine, our first and second years had very little income. However, in our third year of being a business, we made double the profit of our second year and the pattern has continued. We are on track to double last year's sales as well. We currently have 10 employees and have a very solid team!
We are continually improving the way we do things at Prestige Woodworks so we can make our cabinets faster and better. We spend 30-60 minutes a day simply improving the shop and our methods. We study and implement lean manufacturing which has changed our lives. Large custom homes used to take us months to finish. Our shop would be cluttered and stuffed full of cabinets for weeks. Things would inevitably get damaged. Now we have successfully implemented a system where we build and finish a certain amount of cabinets each day and immediately remove them from the shop so they can be safely stored for delivery. Therefore, jobs that used to take us months now only take us weeks. We get things done quickly without rushing and quality has skyrocketed.