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Going Back to Our Roots

The Carriage Works’ owners, Brian and Debbie Dunham, named their home Toad Hall after Mr. Toad’s home in The Wind in the Willows (a childhood favorite of Brian’s).  As in the book, they believe their house to be the “Finest house on the whole river!” or at least “not such a very bad house” as Mr. Toad said in a less boisterous moment.  The house is decorated with a variety of items that harken back to the book, but it was always missing one thing.  If you know the book, or the movie, or the ride at Disneyland, you know that a key part of the story is – the motor-car.

The Carriage Works began with the former owners building carriages.  Going back to those original roots, Brian and Debbie asked the talented crew at The Carriage Works to build their Toad Hall a motor-car, based on a 1903 Cadillac, that is similar to the one driven by Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows and was memorialized in the original ride at Disneyland.  Take a look at the photo and see how they did.

This motor-car won’t be participating in any road races, though.  While the wheels do move, the motor part of “motor car” is missing.  This motor car is simply for Brian and Debbie’s (and their grandsons’) enjoyment.

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February’s Employee Spotlight


This month, our Employee Spotlight features a father and son duo! We are pleased to introduce Bill and Matt Sutton. Bill has worked for The Carriage Works for over 15 years while his son, Matt, has been working alongside him for the past year.

Bill Sutton

Bill can do it all! Not only is he a seasoned carpenter, he has experience as a Production Manager and has been a point person for installs. In the past, he attended trade shows and dabbled in design using auto-CAD. Currently, he can be found in the wood shop, building carts and kiosks. In addition to that, he also works in the finish shop doing solid surface work and assembly. Bill also had the unique experience of building The Carriage Works original products— carriages and sleighs. Carriages and sleighs were the foundational products to success for TCW over four decades ago. The Carriage Works appreciates the years of hard work Bill has put into the company.

When asked what his favorite thing about working for TCW is, Bill says he enjoys the atmosphere and the people he works with. He is also curious and always looking forward to the next project.

In his spare time, Bill loves to be outdoors. When he isn’t outdoors he is inside watching Trojan football or Duke basketball. Check out a few of Bill's favorite projects below:

Matt Sutton

Matt is a carpenter and cabinet builder at The Carriage Works. Depending on the current project, Matt can be found working in the wood shop or sanding and gluing Corian countertops. Matt has enjoyed each project he’s worked on the past year, especially MGM’s “The Park” retail manufacturing units (RMUs) in Las Vegas.  The unique RMUs included standing seam awnings and a decorative fascia to reflect the shadows of the surrounding nature. He enjoys the metal and Corian work on each project. 

Away from work, Matt spends time in the woods and outdoors like his father. His hobbies include artifact hunting, watching and playing basketball and fishing.

When Matt was born, Bill received a call from The Carriage Works’ original owners, John and Barbara Evensizer, to congratulate him.  Matt grew up watching his dad and being around The Carriage Works family.  The father and son team are a great asset to The Carriage Works and work hard to contribute to the high quality, hand-crafted and custom products the company makes.

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The Carriage Works to Attend ARN Revenue Conference & Expo

We are excited to announce The Carriage Works is planning to attend the Airport Revenue News (ARN) Revenue Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans.

The ARN Revenue Conference & Exhibition is a four-day event, running March 12th - 15th, for members of the airport concessions industry. This will be The Carriage Works’ first time attending this event.  We are very excited to be co-exhibiting with one of our longtime clients, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Other notable exhibitors include:

Chick Fil A
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Dunkin' Brands
Einstein Bros
Firehouse Subs
InMotion Entertainment Group
Jack in the Box/Qdoba
Jamba Juice
Jersey Mike's Subs
Peet's Coffee
PepsiCo
Pizza Hut
Sbarro
See's Candies
Sonic Drive-In
Subway

If you’re planning to attend the conference, The Carriage Works would love to meet you! To schedule a time to meet, please contact Lori Butler, VP of Sales & Marketing, at 541-882-0700 or lori@carriageworks.com.

We hope to see you there!

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Ben & Jerry’s Global Franchise Meeting

Earlier this month, The Carriage Works sent Account Executive, Kristin Sayles, down to sunny Orlando, Florida to connect with Ben & Jerry's past, present and future franchisees. As a preferred kiosk vendor, Kristin had the wonderful opportunity to attend Ben & Jerry's Global Franchise meeting and gain a deeper understanding of the business.  She learned about the three aspects of Ben & Jerry’s company mission: the products, the economics, and their social involvement.  

Like The Carriage Works, Ben & Jerry’s tries to connect with their local community. Kristin participated with Ben & Jerry's franchise owners and staff in the Hands on Orlando STEM Park Project benefitting inner-city youth. For an entire day, Kristin worked alongside Ben & Jerry’s staff members painting signs, cleaning trails, picking up trash and even pulling vines out of trees like Tarzan! Volunteers also had a glamorous time finding gigantic spiders -- ick! They all enjoyed a fabulous boxed lunch and near the end of the day, local students were bussed to the park and everyone was treated to a little Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to celebrate their hard work. 

In addition to working hands-on with the local community, Kristin had the privileged opportunity to learn about Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavors and their 420 rollout dessert. Unfortunately, she can’t share the details of what she learned but she did tell us – and all of you – to be sure and visit your local Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops on these days: National Cereal Day on March 7th, Free Cone Day on April 4th, and Annual Limited Dessert Day on April 20th.

Throughout the course of The Carriage Works' partnership with Ben & Jerry's, TCW has proudly delivered kiosks to locations from coast to coast including: Potomac Mills, Virginia; Nyack, New York; Escondido, California; and Union Station, Los Angeles. The Carriage Works is excited to grow our relationship and to continue building kiosks for the Ben & Jerry's family. 

For more information about food service kiosk design and fabrication please visit our website. Check out the V2R page that walks customers through the process of developing a product from start to finish. At The Carriage Works we want to make your vision a reality! 

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Employee Spotlight

At the Carriage Works we want to connect with the community and want to start by introducing a new series on our blog: “Employee Spotlight”. Every month, we will introduce a different member of our team – come and get to know us!

For our first Employee Spotlight and feature of the month, we would like to introduce our beloved Project Manager, Travis Prewitt. Travis began working with The Carriage Works team in 2004. He spent nine years refining his skills in the wood shop, earning him a promotion to manager of the shop and crew. He has been excelling in his role as project manager for the past four years.

Travis oversees the daily operation of the shop and ensures each project coming through is done to the highest quality. In order to be successful in this role, Travis puts together a game plan every morning of the most important tasks in each department: wood shop, steel shop, assembly and paint.  

When a project is finished, Travis is the lucky guy who travels to client sites and installs each unit.

Away from work, Travis spends his time with his wife, two children, and extended family. He enjoys watching football (especially the Steelers) and eating an endless supply of tacos. If you can keep up, you’ll find him dirt bike riding and snowboarding.

When asked what his favorite project was, he couldn’t narrow it down to just one!

Here are a few of his favorite projects: