INNOVATIVE APPROACHES

The Company's first floor registers were initially cast out of brass, which was a very labor-intensive process. To alleviate this problem, stamping dies were created to produce brass tops, which substantially reduced the labor costs associated with cast registers. 

In 1998, when wood registers were gaining in popularity and Decor Grates entered the category, the standard design that most manufacturers were using was very labor intensive. Decor Grates needed a competitive edge in pricing and design, and was able to achieve both by purchasing a CNC router. Use of the router system reduced the labor required in the production process and provided the ability to manufacture slotted and scroll designs. 

In the fall of 2001, Decor Grates began replacing the traditional steel damper box with a plastic version. The plastic damper boxes offer three major advantages that directly influence productivity and profitability. First, the purchase cost of plastic boxes is lower per unit than for steel. Second, plastic damper boxes require no assembly allowing employees to spend more time on final assembly and meeting ever-increasing demand. Third, much needed working capital was freed up by reducing work in progress, raw materials and damper boxes Components. Decor Grates now has the widest range of decorative design styles for floor registers including the original “Decor Scroll”, Victorian Scroll, Abstract, Art Deco, Oriental, Slotted, Louvered and Lattice designs. Decor Grates continues to develop new materials, designs and finishes and we will have many exciting launches in 2007.