A Winnipeg developer is using Nixas cabinet hardware to restore a long-lost heritage to the city.
Nixas is a small, family-run business that builds cabinets for small, local companies.
It sells them to businesses in Winnipeg, as well as around the world, and has built a strong brand around them.
But, for decades, Nixos cabinets were often in disrepair.
They were in terrible shape and didn’t have the same features that people were used to seeing in home decor.
They weren’t as durable.
And, most importantly, they were expensive.
So, when Nixoa began building a new cabinet in 2012, the company knew they needed to find a way to make it more durable and less expensive.
They went to the experts.
“We were like, we’re going to build something that is going to make the cabinets last forever,” said Nixo CEO Dan Bick.
The team worked with a team of cabinet builders from across the country to create a cabinet made out of a single piece of Nixan wood.
They used a laser cutter to create an exact replica of a Nixoan cabinet, and then they worked with an expert woodworker to make sure it was going to last forever.
“You have to have a certain amount of trust in what the wood is going, so that when you take it out of the wood, it’s not going to break,” said Bick, explaining how the team worked.
“You can’t take it apart and just rip it apart, you have to really trust the wood.”
Bick said it took about a year to get it right.
“So it’s a little bit of a process.
It’s not an overnight process,” he said.
But the project is turning out to be a success.
Bick says the company has had to replace about 1,000 cabinets over the past few years.
And he says it’s one of the most important projects they’ve ever undertaken.
“It was a very long-term project,” he explained.
“It was about 10 years.”
Brick says the new cabinets are going to be used by the city of Winnipeg for years to come.
“The people who are working on it are people that I’ve known my whole life,” he added.
“They’ve been building cabinets for the last 30 years and I’ve never seen something like this before.”
To learn more about Nixano and their cabinet project, visit their website here.