It’s a generational thing.
A family business since 1945, Northwest Millwork was guided by John Carlson through its early, formative years. John grew the business into a true institution of fine woodworking. He instilled the value of doing the job right and it became part of the culture that defines the company today.
After producing some of the most outstanding projects in the Seattle area for over 50 years, John handed the reigns of the company to his children, Dave and Shelley. Lessons learned, Dave and Shelley built on the traditions of quality, value, attention to detail and the strong sense of community that drives the company today. While the technology at Northwest Millwork has changed over the years, the mission to continue the core values hasn’t.
After receiving a degree from the University of Washington in Building Construction, Shelley Slater became a Project Engineer at Sellen Construction where she worked for 10 years. She joined Northwest Millwork in 1997 and currently serves as the company president. Shelley has developed long-lasting business relationships in the Northwest as well as Hawaii and Alaska. Armed with her experience and education, Shelley is skillfully taking the company into its 8th decade of continuous operation.
Dave Carlson earned his place in the business the old-fashioned way. Beginning his career as an apprentice woodworker at Northwest Millwork in 1974, he worked his way up the ranks, as a journeyman cabinetmaker, to shop foreman, later plant manager and currently, Vice President. Dave’s woodworking skills and organizational ability is second to none. The production process he has developed incorporates the best use of technology and the kind of detail that can only be expressed by the most experienced hands. Northwest Millwork’s success is a direct result of his experience, attention to detail and complete understanding of how to manufacture the best possible product within the rigors of even the most demanding schedules and budgets.
Northwest Millwork serves Washington, Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Hawaii. The company’s business segments include custom interior and exterior doors, custom windows, custom cabinetry and paneling, custom and stock profile mouldings and unique retail store fixtures.
Northwest Millwork manufactures in its 40,000 square foot, Seattle plant with annual revenues of up to $11 million. The company is a member in good-standing of the Architectural Woodwork Institute.