|Happy 13th Birthday !!|
|Thursday, August 29th 2013|
|Rick Thaler and OGB Employees stopped to celebrate his 13th birthday on Thursday, August 29th. Yes, we know he looks a little older than that but woodworking is a very hard business. Happy Birthday OGB!!|
|OGB Supports AIA at Golf Charity Event|
|Tuesday, August 20th 2013|
|OGB Architectural Millwork recently dispatched four players to represent the company at a golf event supporting the American Institute of Architects. The team was composed of leader Walter "Fore" Wright, Craig "Dancing Feet" Carlig, Brian "Boom Boom" Alexander and Dan "Lost Ball" Lawrence. Although the team didn't place highly in scoring they did win the "Most Unique Outfit" award, see photo. OGB owner Rick Thaler, after seeing the photo, was quickly revived with smelling salts and commented at least they had the good sense to not wear plaid shirts.|
|OGB Recognized as Top Millwork Firm by USBuilders Review|
|Tuesday, June 4th 2013|
|OGB Architectural Millwork: Woodworking with a Creative Flair
OGB Architectural Millwork (OGB) is the largest company of its kind in New Mexico. The Albuquerque-based company offers a range of woodworking services for both small- and large-scale projects.
OGB started in 1925 and grew along with its parent company, Bradbury Stamm Construction. In 2000 Rick Thaler, current president of OGB, purchased the company. Thaler worked for the company 10 years prior to taking it over, so he has an understanding of the history and carries on OGB with a high standard of quality.
The company's shop has 58 employees, plus 16 in CAD drafting, engineering and project management, plus support personnel and five crews for installation work. Providing services in a 500-mile radius of the shop, OGB also employs a network of subcontractors to assist with installations.
Thaler takes pride in the fact that OGB has a long-standing relationship with employees and clients alike. Of our longtime employees, probably half of them have been here longer than five years and quite a few worked with me before I bought the company, says Thaler. The bulk of what we do is architectural millwork for custom projects and sometimes we get repeat clients.
What puts OGB ahead of its competition is its size, capacity to complete projects, ability to commit to a deadline and the quality of work produced. According to Thaler, this is what makes OGB the best company of its kind in the state. We schedule our work very carefully and we focus on meeting our deadlines, says Thaler. We will decline work, if we cannot commit to being on time.
OGB catalogues work on its website for prospective clients to see. Images showcase execution of design work that is functional and creative. Thaler is constantly working with clients on new projects, but has a few that stand out in his portfolio.
"The single most memorable one is the Santa Fe Prep Library," says Thaler. OGB worked cooperatively with an architect throughout the design process. The library needed adequate shelving for book storage and space for reading nooks and group study. OGB helped provide that, but it's really the ceiling that makes it memorable.
"Together we came up with this way of doing what looks like a huge open book," says Thaler. "The spine is running down the length of the room and the ceiling is curved like pages. This project had all the things I like; the skill and the creativity and the collaboration."
Another project Thaler recalls is the ceiling for Studio Southwest Architects. The company did the project 10 years ago, which is what launched its ceiling division. "They came to us and said they had this project in New Mexico," says Thaler. "The only guy that knew how to do the ceiling was too expensive. So we came up with a way to do it for them."
OGB's quality of work and high standards is reflected in its association with various trade organizations. As members of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI), the company keeps abreast of the latest trends, casework, training and performance standards.
OGB carries a Quality Certification from AWI, which is achieved through a comprehensive process of testing, inspection of completed architectural woodwork and through demonstration of the ability to fabricate, finish and install work according to AWI standards. This certification allows OGB to substantiate its competence of architectural woodwork for prospective clients.
A Cut Above
"OGB is seeing a lot of work come despite the fact the economy is still on the rebound. The economy is halting and stumbling toward improvement and there is a lot of pent-up demand," says Thaler. "People haven't done stuff for a long time and they need to do stuff now."
OGB is doing millwork and ceiling work for a range of clients from private homes to government buildings, medical facilities, casinos, offices, hotels and more. Thaler has responded to the demand by bringing on 10 additional employees. "My sense is local competitors were probably hurt even more badly by the recession than I was," says Thaler. "We're getting a lot of work because we're ready to go and have a really good reputation for being dependable."
OGB is also attempting to advertise in new ways to attract new business. According to Thaler, marketing isn't something the company has needed. OGB has grown on its reputation alone, but Thaler wants to be proactive. "I want to see if there's anything that can be done beyond waiting for our work to come in," he says.
With an established reputation based on quality of work in a timely manner, OGB Architectural Millwork maintains all the resources to continue attracting a whole slew of clients as it comes closer and closer to its 100-year anniversary.
|OGB Celebrates in Style|
|Thursday, May 30th 2013|
|Thursday, May 23rd seemed like any other day... until you took a look at the odd clothing choices of the employees, crazy shirts everywhere! Coincidence? Well, as in tune as our employees are with each other, alas it was in an effort to win the coveted prize of Craziest Shirt.
While judging commenced, employees were treated to gourmet hamburgers, hotdogs and even grilled artichoke by Master Chef Harold! Additionally they feasted on a bevy of goodies from hot nachos and salsa to cookies, cake and mini brownies.
The competition was tight, but even a safari themed shirt couldn't hide the glaring craziness of Rick's hula shirt and Walter's blazing hot shirt. Both gentleman tied for the dubious honor of "Craziest Shirt". All in all a good time was had and employees started their Memorial Day weekend with full bellies and smiles. Thanks to all who made this day a success!
OGB Architectural Millwork & Store Fixtures... Dedicated Employees, Good Friends, and a unique and crazy Family!
|Latitudes, A Beautiful Convenience Store|
|Thursday, March 1st 2012|
|Beautiful, Convenience Store? Can that be an oxymoron?? Not anymore thanks to the genius of owner Ron Brown and the beautiful millwork supplied by OGB.
If you haven't visited Latitudes yet you're in for a wonderful surprise. Located on the corner of Westside Blvd and Highway 528 (just across from Intel) Latitudes offers "new world convenience". You can dine 24/7 in the World Bistro where you will find fresh, wholesome food, delicious made-to-order coffee drinks and prepared take-home meal options....made from scratch every day.
Thirsty? Choose from a rotating selection of libations ranging from local craft brews to hidden wine gems from around the world. And don't leave without visiting the "Ice Box"....could just be the coolest place in New Mexico, Earth….enough said.
And Latitudes makes the basics more convenient than ever whether its bread, milk, fruit, veggies or whatever you need to avoid that old world “inconvenient” store!
And the quality and convenience extend outside to the specially designed fuel islands. They’re FAST with each offering high quality gas and diesel at competitive prices. The roomy islands make one of life’s least fun tasks a bit more pleasant. PS-the compressed air is free….no high pressure sales tactics here!
So, drop by Latitudes at your earliest convenience. A place for those who would rather sip than slurp.
|OGB Wins Award|
|Thursday, March 1st 2012|
|LINCOLNSHIRE, IL Vance Publishing, publisher of Custom Woodworking Business (CWB) Magazine, recently announced the winners of its 2012 CWB Design Portfolio Awards, given annually to honor custom woodworkers.
It is our 19th year of sponsoring this awards program, and it is always amazing to see the outstanding projects, complex designs and expert craftsmanship, said Michaelle Bradford, managing editor.
All Design Portfolio submissions were judged by a juried panel of professional industry experts based on the following criteria: design, creativity, functionality and quality of construction. On my first look through the entries, I was immediately struck by the amazing quality, said Rob Kleeman, Design Portfolio judge and owner of a custom furniture and restoration shop in Lake Forest, IL. It was a breathtaking selection of superb craftsmanship and design.
Of the dozens of entrants, winners were selected in the following categories: Specialty; Kitchen/Bath; Residential Furniture Freestanding; Residential Furniture Built-In; Architectural Millwork; Commercial/Institutional; and Solid Surface. An Overall Winner was also selected, and for the first time a People's Choice award winner was named based on votes by industry peers through an online ballot.
OGB Architectural Millwork located in Albuquerque, NM received honorable mention in the Architectural Millwork category. OGB Can be contacted at:
To view the Best of the Best CWB Design Portfolio digital edition highlighting all winners, visit WoodworkingNetwork.com/woodworker-awards.
|Balloons over OGB|
|Wednesday, February 29th 2012|
|Our office and plant are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the International Balloon Fiesta, the largest annual gathering of balloonists in the world. In fact we're less than 1 mile south of the field where hundreds of hot air balloons are launched each morning for 10 days during the October fiesta. Normal wind patterns at that time of year frequently steer the balloons directly over our office and plant, making for an incredible sight as they slowly drift just overhead painting the sky with brilliant colors and shapes.
And, yes, they can come down in unexpected places, like on top of the building across our parking lot. Our veteran balloon employees, led by Harold Rushton, quickly went next door and assisted the balloon safely to the ground with ropes. Lot's of millwork companies have employees trained in CPR, use of fire fighting equipment and so on, but how many have a balloon rescue team?....just OGB.
If you would like to read more about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta or just view some great photos please visit www.balloonfiesta.com. And, if you ever make the Fiesta, stop by and visit us....we're only a short balloon ride away!
|OGB National AWI Award Winner|
|Wednesday, November 9th 2011|
|On August 29, 2011 OGB Architectural Millwork was notified that it became a national AWI Award of Excellence winner for its work on the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. This project will be showcased in the fall issue of Design Solutions Magazine, the quarterly journal of the Architectural Woodwork Institute. The Award of Excellence Program distinguishes the finest custom architectural woodwork projects and the architects, design professionals and woodworking manufacturers responsible for the projects.|