Custom Aircraft Cabinets of Sherwood Sells to the World

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

CAC’s avionics department installs all the wiring and plumbing a component might need so that it’s ready to be installed once it’s delivered to a client. It takes CAC nine to 10 weeks to finish out the interior of an aircraft.

The company sells primarily to major OEM and completion centers, though confidentiality agreements prevent CAC from sharing most of its customers’ names. However, Dassault Falcon Jet is one, and a reporter spied in the showroom what appeared to be a wood veneer cutout of a very famous mouse. Gueringer and Reesnes have done work for Disney in the past.

Good word-of-mouth is essential in this business and CAC seems to have that. But the company also has plans to expand its business and is exploring different markets, including larger, so-called big-iron aircraft and commercial airlines.

Starting Small

The Custom Aircraft Cabinets facility is far different from where Gueringer and Reesnes started. That was in 1989 in Gueringer’s father’s garage in North Little Rock.

They spent a year in that garage after quitting their previous jobs, using their own tools and a Shopsmith multi-purpose woodworking tool belonging to Gueringer’s father.

“It took us that long to earn our first job of actually getting to build cabinets at our place on site,” Gueringer said. “In order to get that order, Paul and I had to go up and personally work on their site to show them what we could do.” The company then sent a few cabinets back to their garage for them to build.

“We didn’t have any money to our name, so we actually had to get a job and complete it to get paid,” Reesnes said.

At that point, Gueringer said, his father took out a loan — Gueringer and Reesnes made the payments — to build the partners a 2,000-SF shop on his property.

“We used the profit from each job to grow a little more and hire another person,” Gueringer said.

The partners — who, seemingly without thinking, volleyed answers to a reporter’s questions back and forth in an almost equal split between them — reinvested as much profit as they could back into their fledgling firm.

Reesnes: “We ate a lot of beans and cornbread because there just wasn’t a whole lot left over.”



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