Nickell Moulding Co. produces picture frame mouldings for a range of
customers and applications.
kitchen and bath industry. It’s a stocking manufacturer for
Merillat Cabinets and supplies components to office furniture
manufacturers Hon and Sauder.
The other half is stock and custom picture frame manufacturing for three types of customers: large OEM companies that
produce art or photo frames for the hospitality market, small
OEM companies and picture frame dealers through a stocking program of 120 picture frame mouldings, and a distributor network to which it sells a higher-end line of picture frame
Expanding the green
Nickell Moulding has continued to evolve as an environmentally responsible manufacturer. “Everything that comes
through the plant is green,” Kent says. “It’s all manufactured
basically the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s a rail or a stile
or a cabinet door or a picture frame, it basically goes through
the same process.”
The company starts by buying sustainably grown and
responsibly produced raw materials. Some of the mills belong
to the Forestry Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry
Initiative, the National Hardwood Lumber Assn., the Indiana
Hardwood Lumber Assn. and Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Inc. It also buys medium density fiberboard from
suppliers that have already complied with the reduced-formal-dehyde requirements of the California Air Resources Board.
“So the raw material coming in, both solid wood and MDF, is
all government regulated and made responsibly,” Kent says.
He describes Nickell Moulding’s manufacturing process as
“a closed system.” The material coming in is green, the manufacturing is green and the wood waste is captured by a large
dust collection system, loaded into semis and hauled 20 miles
to a company that converts it to wood-burning pellets. “So it’s
green in, green out and whatever waste we make in the plant
is turned into green energy,” Kent says.
Kent points out that the company has taken these steps
voluntarily. “It’s something we’ve been doing since 1992,” he
says. “As the industry gets more green, so do we, but this isn’t
something we were forced to do.”
In another voluntary move, the company has signed up
for Indiana’s Environmental Stewardship Program. “We set