A manufacturer of custom stile-and-rail wood interior and exterior doors, Buffelen Woodworking has been located in the Tacoma Tideflats area on the Hylebos Waterway, operating on the same site, since 1913. For 106 years, Buffelen has been making doors for residences and commercial spaces, and while technology and consumer preferences have changed, the handmade quality of its doors has remained consistent. Each door is custom built, with a mix of high-tech machining and old-fashioned woodworking tools, and all doors are hand-assembled and hand-sanded. Buffelen’s 15-acre facility, with 180,000 square feet of buildings, once was home to a sawmill and kiln to mill and dry each piece of wood onsite, and today it stocks 14 species of lumber, from walnut and mahogany to knotty alder and cypress. Most doors are sold under other labels, with the primary markets in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Said CEO Joe Guizzetti: “Here at Buffelen, we meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace by combining the efficiencies of technology with the traditions built on over 100 years of quality and craftsmanship. We specialize in big and complicated projects — if an architect can dream it, we can build it — and each door is built to last, made to order, and delivered on time. Success today depends on having the flexibility to compete.”

 

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