“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”
You’ve probably heard some variation of that quote before. Now, personally, I like sausages, and I feel kind of sorry for them since they’ve got such a bad reputation. But I suppose that quote is more of a political thing than an anti-sausage thing. However, meat tubes aside, I think we can all agree that it’s perfectly lovely thing to see Plywerk products being made. The process is both beautiful and meatless.
Plywerk products are all hand-crafted in our workshop in the Eastside Industrial District of Portland, Oregon. This is where you can witness the handcrafting magic with your very own eyes. And ears. And nose. (Spoiler: it smells like wood.) Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? But how does one get behind the scenes at Plywerk. Do you have to know someone? Or do you at least have to know someone who knows someone?
Nope. You don’t have to know anyone or anything. Here at Plywerk, we offer tours of the workshop at least once a month. So come one, come all. We welcome fellow business owners, community leaders, lean enthusiasts, photographers, artists, and strangers who we find in our local coffee shops. So pay us a visit and see what a lean manufacturer looks like. If you’re interested in a little field trip, just give us a call! We’ll make it happen.
You’ll find the Plywerk Workshop in the Italian Gardeners and Ranchers Association Market Building. The building itself has existed since 1922, which, by my calculations is a very long time. It’s full of history and now we’re part of that history, which is pretty exciting. It’s actually on the National Register of Historic Places, so that’s proof of its history. Hurray for history!