In 1985, Bob Krauss (Founder and President) decided to branch off from
the shop he was presently working for. Initially, the new start provided a way to expand
his previous employer's finishing department by outsourcing the laminate work they could
no longer accommodate. The work was fabricated in the employer's plant and
transported to Designers Contemporary Laminates (DCL) to finish.
Bob took on his first commercial project with Peoples Savings Bank. It
seemed an overwhelming task for a one-man shop, but the project was
successfully completed and DCL became the sole supplier for that bank.
the way for many subsequent projects including Bank One, Parkview Savings
Bank and FirstMerit Bank. Incredibly during this time period, DCL also
opened four Booksellers stores.
continues to produce similar projects with great success due to the
attention to detail and commitment to deadlines. DCL's commitment to its
customers is, and always will be, one of quality not quantity.
For over ten years DCL has been located in their Code Avenue plant. They
added 2400 square feet a couple years ago to expand the space to a total
of 8100 square feet.
DCL's goal has always been to create niches by offering services that competitors
could not. When DCL was still a one-man shop, they acquired a 12' postforming machine.
This machine provided the capability to produce some unusual projects.
DCL also has many common pieces such as edgebanders, beam saws, CNC routers, line borers, etc.
The newest acquisition is a 6x12 CNC router with a laser on board. They
are hoping this will create new markets in signage and inlay work in solid surface.
Bob is the Founder and
President of DCL. He possesses two main components for managing DCL: a degree in business management
and a love for woodworking. Bob provides strategic management as well as day to day decision making. He
also spends time working in the shop (once a cabinetmaker always a
Judy has been with the company for over five years. She
will most likely be the first voice you hear when you call DCL. Judy is responsible for keeping the office running
smoothly, as she is a fantastic organizer. (Judy is also a great cook, and keeps us all watching our waistlines!)