MirrorMate appointed Tony Blatnik as the operations manager of its Charlotte-based manufacturing facility.
MirrorMate is a manufacturer and retailer of custom-ordered, retro-fit frames for on-the-wall plate glass mirrors.
In his new position, Blatnik, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, will lead the manufacturing process at MirrorMate using Lean Manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma systems. These methods ensure production of a consistent, high quality frame product at MirrorMate, while also lowering manufacturing costs.
Blatnik hails from Charlotte-based Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, a global manufacturer and supplier of bleached cotton fiber. He most recently held the roles of process and quality manager and manufacturing manager.
MirrorMate made a move to a new 13,250-square-foot facility on Monroe Road in Charlotte, N.C. A new, computer-controlled double miter saw/router is also being integrated into the manufacturing process, allowing orders to flow directly to the saw for accuracy.
The new machine’s dual functions and special software make it the first of its kind in a North American framing operation. The machine was designed, programmed and installed by Hoffmann Machine Company of Valdese, North Carolina. To operate, a QR code that is printed on each order sheet is scanned, and the machine automatically adjusts to the correct molding style, thickness and width within seconds. The saw then performs two distinct functions: a miter cut to the custom length and routing the dovetail key hole which vary by molding style and width.
All MirrorMate frames are joined with Hoffmann Dovetail Keys. These fasteners allow the company to ship frames unassembled, reducing shipping costs and possible freight damage. Customers then join their frames in their homes.
MirrorMate was started nearly a decade ago by inventor and president Lisa Huntting. Today, the company has grown to employ 17, occupy a 13,250-square-foot manufacturing facility, and in its history has sold over $20 million in frames. Almost all of MirrorMate’s frames qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building points both based on the way they’re constructed. Approximately 87 percent of MirrorMate frame stock comes from and is manufactured in the US from undersized-forest harvest or sawdust that is repurposed into MDF.
Operations Manager Tony Blatnik at MirrorMate with new double-miter saw