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D&E Wood Industries Ltd. 6399 Netherhart Rd., Mississauga, Ontario Tel.: 800-313-3446

FOUNDED: 1972 OWNER: Emil Shamash, president EMPLOYEES: 25-30

Fitness Clubs. Athletic Lockers. Corporate Wellness. Golf & Country Clubs.

EMPLOYEE SPECIALIZATION: Employees are primarily skilled woodworking machine operators with long-term experience. Several are cross-trained in various positions. D&E - Client-Focused Solutions

D&E recreates the look of wood in laminate and thermo-fused polymer at price points that will make your metal lockers look obsolete.

PLANT SIZE: 100,000 square feet

COMPANY SNAPSHOT: D&E is a Canadian manufacturer of wood, lami- nate and metal case goods and was an early pioneer in the manufacture of furniture and storage products, be- ginning 40 years ago with office furni- ture. The core product lines are busi- ness furniture, club furniture, campus residence furniture, and OEM (origi- nal equipment manufacturer) special- ty furniture.

RECENT BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT: Building new locker room facilities (a $550–$600,000 project) at Toronto’s Boulevard Club, part of the club’s $14 million expansion.

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engineer and build its furniture lines in its 100,000 square foot facility in Mississauga, while keeping costs in line and maintaining a high quality and quick client response time. In addition, D&E has committed

to several programs that reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the planet.

• All D&E products and materi-

als are GreenGuard certified for low chemical emissions, ensuring high in- door air quality. • All laminate board products con-

tain recovered and recycled material from vendors who have Green Cross certification, meeting the world’s most stringent standards on emissions. • All products support the cur-

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rent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for materials, resources and indoor air quality.

manufacturing channels: fitness clubs and golf clubs, health care facilities and university and college residential furniture. Several well-known fitness clubs

throughout Ontario have D&E prod- ucts in their locker rooms, lobbies, of- fices, dining rooms, bistros and bars. The company’s work in wood and laminate reflect a modern aesthetic, yet it is still tailored to individual club styles. Some of the company’s recent

key clients and projects include Toronto’s Boulevard Club, Donalda Club and Mayfair Clubs and the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Currently, D&E is launching an ex-

tensive program servicing campus residences, taking a new direction as demand for custom student housing surges across the country and in the U.S.

As the marketplace has changed, the company has been innovative and responsive to its customers’ needs.

• For shipping, products are

wrapped in blankets, wooden pallets and/or lightweight corrugated paper to reduce paper waste. • D&E’s manufacturing processes in-

corporate energy efficient equipment, recycling, ozone-free adhesives and materials, and hazardous waste and used solvent reclamation programs. • D&E has established a safe work-

ing environment, incorporating energy efficient lighting, natural gas heating, clean air systems and an indoor envi- ronment free of emissions and VOCs.

The mantra that “form follows func-

tion” has always informed the com- pany’s philosophy and way of doing business. Client input and a client-cen- tered approach form the foundation of the business, from layout to design to fabrication. The core business and company

The Boulevard Club (see FBC magazine JAN/FEB 2016 issue for full club profile)

28 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2016

mainstay was originally the produc- tion of office furniture tailored to each client’s specification and needs. As the marketplace has changed, the compa- ny has been innovative and responsive to its customers’ needs. Over the past six years, D&E has concentrated on several niche custom

Its “On the Floor” line offers options

for residence configurations that are movable. Captain beds contain under- bed storage, and desks feature multiple drawer options. Nightstands, dressers, entertainment units and bookcases form a cohesive arrangement for stu- dent life. The company has also created

a unique “Off the Wall” line, a sys- tem of furniture components incor- porated into vertical panels that lock together for durability and stabil- ity. This system incorporates lighting and concealed electrical. Wardrobes with drawers and beds with stor- age also contribute to efficient space management. “Student residences are impor-

tant,” says Emil. “It’s part of the reten- tion of the student. If a student likes the facility, they’ll stay with the insti- tution. And so the first year and the first impression is very important. It’s not how it used to be—it’s more like a hotel now. So this business is definitely going to grow big.” FBC

Kathryn Korchok is a freelance writer whose current passion is tennis. She also loves yoga, dance, hiking, and seeking balance in life.

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