A Silicon Valley Technology Company that Works with Wood
MISSION BELL IS A CALIFORNIA-BASED COMPANY that specializes in quality architectural woodwork, millwork and custom casework. Their work extends from the most intricate one-of-a kind quality woodwork fixtures to standard production cabinets. In addition to that, they also source and stock unique reclaimed and salvaged wood with great stories.
Originally named “Morgan Hill Millwork,” the company was founded in 1959 by Leonard Scianna and his wife Marjorie, along with two other business partners. In 1963, the company was incorporated and moved from Morgan Hill to a larger building in Santa Clara.
Mission Bell operates the largest custom millwork manufacturing facility in Northern California.
Equipped with high volume, computer-controlled production and machining systems and capable of double shifts, they have more capacity to process large jobs, or turn-around quick schedules, than any other millworker in the region. They prepare custom panels in their immaculate veneer processing lab and operate multiple spray booths for finishing. In 2012, they added a state-of-the-art IntelliStore material handling system, one of only a handful of such systems west of the Mississippi.
Their San Francisco Showroom is equally unique.
Conveniently located in the heart of the Financial District, it is an ideal place for customers and design/build professionals to touch and see a wide variety of wood veneers and treatments in person. Whether you come for a “Lunch & Learn” session, or meet for a private strategy session with one of our design professionals, the SF Showroom is a place you’ll want to visit. The Showroom is also staffed by Estimators and a Project Management Team, making it an ideal operational base for jobs located in the City.
- An established showroom in San Francisco’s Financial District, in close proximity to many architectural and general contracting firms.
- Featuring thirty species of veneer laid up on 24″ x 84″ panels, one side bookmatched center balanced, the reverse side slip matched, illustrating the possible design nuances in various lay-up techniques.
- A library of dissimilar materials, as well as Reclaimed Recycled Material, that is typically incorporated into millwork assemblies.
- The showroom features all FSC® green material used in the fabrication of our showroom paneling, and various millwork assemblies, and is used to illustrate and discuss millwork detailing, constructability and material specifications with our clients’ design teams.
- A collaborative space for Design Assist on projects and an excellent space for project management for ongoing jobs.
Mission Bell leads the local millwork industry in acquisition and installation of reclaimed and recycled wood products. They periodically acquire quantities of rare, high quality reclaimed wood which can be easily incorporated in your green project.
Their expertise in sourcing unique materials and manufacturing with them can help ensure that your next project is a success. They can recommend reclaimed veneer or solid stock applications that will leverage the material and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.
There is a richness and warmth that comes from using wood that has been previously used or has been saved from being discarded. Most reclaimed or salvaged wood has unparalleled architectural quality and character – and often an interesting story that makes it especially attractive for projects.
For more information about Mission Bell Manufacturing, visit their website: missionbell.com
Mission Bell – Making News Headlines
Engineering and Technology Drive Commercial Millwork Producer
– Article by: Karl D. Forth, CabinetmakerFDM
Mission Bell Manufacturing specializes in custom millwork and casework for commercial customers, primarily in California’s Bay Area.
“We design, build and install products for health care, technology, educational, hospitality and tenant improvement projects,” said Mission Bell’s Glenn Ripley.
“We manufacture custom millwork and casework at our shop in Morgan Hill, California. Our capabilities include in-house lay-up of custom veneer, CNC machining, and custom finishing.
“We routinely manufacture and install unique architectural features for high-tech clients in Silicon Valley and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of these items combine unique materials and require exacting standards. Large lobby features in office buildings are often unique and challenging due to their size or placement.”…
“We added the IntelliStore and a new Homag edgebander in 2012,” Ripley said. “We are now in the process of expanding our IntelliStore, and acquiring a new panel saw, router and roll coat finishing line.”
The IntelliStore system stores sheet goods (4 x 8 and 5 x 10 sheets) in a space-efficient manner, kits up custom bunks for processing as engineering releases work to the shop, and tracks usage of all materials for inventory and management reporting of activity…
“We believe changes in technology and manufacturing will revolutionize the high-end millwork trade in coming years. Competition will continue to be fierce, but companies who understand and adopt leading-edge engineering and manufacturing processes will emerge as the dominant players.”