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The Carriage Works Plans Move

Big things are happening in 2017! In the last quarter of 2016 The Carriage Works (TCW) completed the purchase of a new building! The Carriage Works has chosen to remain in Klamath Falls due, in large part, to the workforce. Klamath Falls is home to all of TCW’s employees and the employees are truly the heart and brains of the operation.

The new building is 42,000 square feet, nearly doubling the current office space and fabrication capacity. In an interview with owner and CEO, Brian Dunham, he explains, “We have come across a fortunate problem. Growth. Our assessment of the market indicates that we have the opportunity to grow substantially and outgrow our current facility.”

Modifications to the building are already underway and are expected to be finished in time to move into the new facility by the beginning of March. The plan is to mainly insource the move as it will coincide with a very busy time in the production schedule and insourcing will allow the time and flexibility that works for the company. The most challenging aspect of the move is the big machinery, namely the large powder coater, CNC machine, metal sheers, and break presses. In a humorous note from Brian, he anticipates, “a fair amount of overtime and a lot of pizza deliveries.”

A Grand Opening is expected to be held in April, 2017

Keep watching for more details and pictures of the new facility.

Remember, if you’re in the market for a professionally designed and constructed cart, kiosk, or RMU, you can count on The Carriage Works! 





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Record-Breaking Attendance at ICSC New York 2015

More than 10,000 people attended ICSC's 2015 New York National Convention, held December 6th through the 8th. The 168,000 sq. ft. Javits Center at times felt like a shopping mall at Christmastime, reports Lori Butler, The Carriage Works’ Director of Corporate Accounts.

By all accounts, the increase in attendance in 2015 (over 9,600 in 2014) is good sign for the retail industry. Lori had to agree, based on the productive meetings and all the activity she observed while attending the conference.

The highlight of the event for Lori was keynote speaker - and New York Yankees manager - Joe Girardi.

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The Carriage Works Attends IAAPA Orlando 2015

IAAPA is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. The Carriage Works has been a member of IAAPA for years and our client list boasts some of the most well-known theme parks in the nation.

Corporate Account Executive Donny Cloud represented us November 16-20, 2015 at IAAPA's annual Attractions Expo, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It was his first opportunity to attend the Expo, and he was excited to preview new attractions and themes for 2016 not yet released to the general public - including rides, games, food and beverage and park expansions.

The Expo was attended by hundres of exhibitor's from around the globe, and representatives from attractions both large and small. It was a great opportunity to meet with the exhibitor's directly in addition to networking and creating new business relationships. 

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The Carriage Works Attends Coffee Fest Portland 2015

Coffee Fest, the tradeshow that got its start in 1992, brings together retailers, distributors, and manufacturers in the specialty coffee business. The Carriage Works has designed and fabricated thousands of specialty coffee carts and kiosks, so when Corporate Account Executive Donny Cloud, and CEO Brian Dunham learned Coffee Fest would be at the Oregon Convention Center October 23rd through the 25th, they knew they had to be there.

Coffee culture in the Pacific Northwest is as rich as ever, and Portland is no exception - making it a great location for the event. About 3,500 people attended the show, 240 exhibitors displayed coffee and tea equipment (Donny's personal favorite was the Chemex OttoMatic brewer), supplies (Donny liked the Toffee Mocha Frappe mix by Frappe Supreme while Brian preferred the new Bourbon Caramel syrup from Torani), and services and workshops (like the Torani Drink Innovations Lab). Competitions were held and awards presented over the three-day period that included Best New Product (if you're interested in the first prize winner, check out the under-counter espresso machine from MAVAM). 

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Dunham Strategy Group Acquires The Carriage Works

Klamath Falls, OR, April 10, 2015 –--  Dunham Strategy Group announced that they have acquired certain assets of The Carriage Works, a Klamath Falls-based manufacturer of carts, kiosks and retail merchandising units.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Brian & Debbie Dunham

The Carriage Works will continue to operate in Klamath Falls.  Brian Dunham will be the new CEO of the Company.  The Carriage Works has a long history, starting by fabricating horse-drawn carriages, sleighs and wagons in the 1970's.  This business evolved into custom construction of food carts, kiosks, vending carts, and similar products.  The Company has designed and fabricated thousands of these items.  Its markets include sports arenas, airports, theme parks, zoos, hotels, casinos, cruise lines, colleges and universities, convention centers and shopping centers.  The Carriage Works' customers include some of the most recognizable names in these industries, including Dunkin’ Brands, Coca-Cola, Sea World, Six Flags, Disney, Ben & Jerry’s, Princess Cruises, MGM Resorts, San Diego Zoo, Hotel del Coronado, Caesar’s Entertainment, Tanger Outlets, Wetzel's Pretzels, and Aramark.

“We are excited to be working with the team at The Carriage Works”, said Brian Dunham.  “They have created a wonderful brand based on excellent design and high quality construction.  Their client list is extraordinary.”

“Our objective is to grow this business over the years to come”, Dunham continued.  “We believe we can build on this company’s strengths and truly optimize its performance.”

There are no plans to relocate the Company from Klamath Falls.  “We are pleased to be in this community” said Dunham.  “This is where our employees are and we expect to be here and grow within this community for many years to come.”

Dunham Strategy Group is based in central Oregon.  It owns and operates companies involved in business consulting and in wastewater pipe inspection and cleaning in addition to The Carriage Works.