The Elias Woodwork Story
Elias Woodwork, a changing and growing company with many opportunities for its' employees, is an exciting place to work! During the past 25 years of business, the company has developed a reputation of excellence in service and quality. These are vital characteristics that contribute to the success of the company. However, there are other aspects that are involved in providing an atmosphere of success and growth – the people at Elias Woodwork! Both management and employees are equally involved in providing for one another an environment with strong values.
Originally, a Mr. Peter Elias started Elias Woodwork in a small garage on a farmyard to provide cabinet doors to a few cabinet shops within Southern Manitoba. Some 20 years ago, John Fehr and his brother Ralph Fehr purchased the little company, as they recognized a great potential in the cabinet door manufacturing industry.
Upon acquiring the company in 1983, it was moved from the garage to a slightly larger building located within the town of Winkler. They remained there until 1987, when they had completed construction of the first building at our current location at 275 Badger Avenue. At the time, the new 5,900 square foot building seemed enormous. Starting in 1993, they began another construction phase that lasted six years. Upon completion, they came to the realization that you just never seem to have enough building space. Elias Woodwork presently occupies 98,000 square feet including an 8,100 square foot painting area and utilizes the latest computerized high quality equipment in every department.
In 2006 Mr. Ralph Fehr became the owner of Elias Woodworking & Mfg. Ltd, along with several employees as minority shareholders.
For many years, the company has been building and growing very rapidly and has been named on Manitoba's 50 Fastest Growing Companies list several times. At this point in the business development, we are concentrating on making improvements in the existing operations to ensure that the best products and service are offered. Elias Woodwork currently has approximately 220 employees who are proud of the product and service they provide.
The main focus throughout the years has always been to build high quality cabinet doors which continues to be done successfully. Along the way many other product lines have been introduced that have become very popular and well known for their quality. Amongst those are handcrafted solid wood furniture, solid wood dovetail drawer boxes, moldings of all categories and designs, and many, many different accessories. Elias Woodwork has also become a leader in manufacturing curved cabinet doors and components.