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Former Ottawans earn biz magazine’s kudos

By The Herald Staff | 5/5/2014

SEATTLE — Spencer Cabinetry, owned by former Ottawans Carl and Dottie Spencer, was recognized by Seattle Business magazine as one of the top manufacturers in the state at the magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards event April 24 in Seattle.

Spencer Cabinetry, Monroe, Washington, was presented with the magazine’s silver award in the Building Trades Manufacturing category. Seattle Business honored 19 top manufacturers at the event, which was attended by 280 members of the region’s manufacturing community, according to a Spencer Cabinetry news release.

SEATTLE — Spencer Cabinetry, owned by former Ottawans Carl and Dottie Spencer, was recognized by Seattle Business magazine as one of the top manufacturers in the state at the magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards event April 24 in Seattle.

Spencer Cabinetry, Monroe, Washington, was presented with the magazine’s silver award in the Building Trades Manufacturing category. Seattle Business honored 19 top manufacturers at the event, which was attended by 280 members of the region’s manufacturing community, according to a Spencer Cabinetry news release.

The magazine cited Spencer Cabinetry’s remarkable growth rate through the recession, its continuing capital expansion and job creation and its innovative and efficient production system as some of the reasons why the company was selected for the award, the news release said.

In his acceptance speech, Carl Spencer, co-owner and general manager, acknowledged the influence of Taiichi Ohno, the primary developer of the Toyota Production System on which the Spencers’ plant is based.

“To this system we owe our higher quality and better value which carried us through tough times,” Spencer said.

Spencer is a 1975 graduate of Ottawa University and is a former Ottawa Herald news carrier who received the paper’s “Outstanding Newspaper Boy Award” in 1969, Spencer said in the news release. Dottie Underwood Spencer is a 1974 graduate of Ottawa High School who also attended Ottawa University.

Spencer Cabinetry has recently developed its new EuroDesigner line of cabinets, improving on the structural integrity and quality of modern-looking frameless cabinetry while reducing its installed cost, the release said.

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