ONSITE's Building Construction Roots
The owners of ONSITE came from a construction background with years of experience building both luxury homes and commercial projects. Then in response to a growing need for qualified custom work, ONSITE Woodwork was started in 1982 to manufacture custom architectural woodwork for commercial buildings. Peterson said its construction roots remain one of the company’s best competitive edges.
“We’ve sat on the other side of a construction project. We understand when we look at a wall that there’s more to the story than just our panels or casework or our doors or door jambs. We try to bring value to our estimates based on our construction experience that most woodworking companies can’t”. ONSITE is a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute and as such specializes in high-end architectural woodwork.
Another of its competitive advantages is its in-house veneer expertise. “We are extremely customized. We don’t do much repetitive stuff because every project is new and every project has a designer who wants their flavor for a particular client’s needs. If you want standard laminate cabinets, we can do it. But if you want something that is way out there, very difficult, very expansive, very technical or elliptical, then we’re the people you want to talk to”.
ONSITE employs 160 people including 60 in production. In addition to its Loves Park headquarters and production facility, ONSITE has a trio of project management and warehouse centers in Atlanta, Charlotte and Houston. Depending on the size and location of a project, ONSITE handles installation itself, hires installers through a staffing agency or outsources the installation to another company.
We visited all of the major panel processing companies at IWF. On the first afternoon, it became really apparent that the Winstore concept was something we really had to consider. We changed our gears and started to look at our purchase as a package. Because of all the interaction between the machines we realized it would have been a nightmare if we had several vendors and something went wrong.