Custom Aircraft Cabinets of Sherwood Sells to the World

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

Gueringer, laughing: “That’s true.”

Reesnes: “And then we actually got some employees and we made sure they got paid every week, but Mike and I didn’t always get paid. And then the wives would look at us and say, ‘Hey, what about us?’ And it was like, ‘Well, let’s figure out something and make it last.’”

Gueringer: “They became real good with coupons, and that’s no joke.”

The partners added on to that original building about seven times, first 1,200 SF, then 3,200 SF and later another 3,200, until it totaled 40,000 SF and the business outgrew the location. “The only way we could grow to the next level was to move,” Gueringer said.

The move to the old National Home Centers store was a “huge” step for the company, Reesnes said.

The move allowed the partners to design a facility that incorporated all the things they had learned over the years, such as setting up work stations so employees can order the tools or other items they need online and have them delivered from the shop tool room to the station instead of being forced to leave their stations each time they need a new tool. It’s a small time-saving step that adds up to a big efficiency.

Gueringer and Reesnes are also equal partners with two other men, Mark Hall and Wallace Reed, in another enterprise on the CAC grounds, Reliable Fire Protection, which designs and installs commercial fire sprinkler, repression and alarm systems. Hall and Reed are the managing partners of the business, which employs about 65 and is also growing, Reesnes said.

Gueringer and Reesnes have a big advantage in running Custom Aircraft Cabinets: They’ve both done almost everything they ask their employees to do.

New employees have been known to test the pair’s knowledge about their jobs, but, Reesnes said, their expertise quickly shuts down that challenge. “It’s kind of funny,” Reesnes said, but it also means they won’t accept excuses for not doing something they know can be done.

“We worked on the bench and we knew what it was like to be a number instead of a person,” Reesnes said. “So we set up our business to be where we treat our people — we all work together. And we’ve got a family atmosphere. We want them to be happy to come to work but still get our work done. It makes for a good atmosphere.”



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