Happy 50th Birthday to U. B. Klem today!
We are so proud of our past 50 years and are excited about the next 50 years.
Since we started in 1973 a lot has changed with UBK and the world, but one thing that hasn’t is our passion for manufacturing quality made furniture.
Some fun stats from 1973:
Stamp was $.08
Gallon of gas was $.39
Dozen eggs were $.78
Movie ticket was $1.70
A new house was $32,500
Average income per year was $12,900
World Population was 3.927 Billion
The Sears Tower opens in Chicago.
Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched.
President of the United States was Richard Nixon.
The Godfather won best picture.
All in the Family
Sanford and Son
The Price is Right
On the Radio:
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Killing Me Softly with His Song - Roberta Flack
Last Tango in Paris
Live and Let Die
Isn't it the worst when you are in a hurry and you get behind a slow driver... AND no foreseeable place to pass! Wish this company had one of those numbers I could call to tell them about their driving.
Even though Neocon was two weeks ago, we are still loving the fact that @honcompany made their new Mav chairs front and center when you walked into their showroom! Great looking Mid-Century flair chairs. We are happy we get to be a part of this new line by making the wooden legs.
We joined in a long tradition of Dubois County companies exhibiting at this show. As designers get more involved with restaurant companies, we decided to come to them.
Not as busy as past years, but we are making the most of it!
Got to do a local install today! Doesn't happen often, but always special when it does. Love that the U.B. Klem family has a new spot to take their friends and family to showcase their work and craftsmanship.
Grab a sandwich and iced tea while you check out our booths, tables, and chairs.
Our 52" Costa Planer/Sander was in need of a face lift after 10 years. We upgraded the rubber drums inside (what the sandpaper wraps around) and installed a much needed new feed belt. The machine feels brand new again!
The old feed belt had chunks torn out of it and the old drums were worn down. The new feed belt had to be hung for 1 week to help with stretching.
The upgrades will provide a smoother finish and, most importantly, consistency across the whole product.
Last Wednesday it felt like Christmas around UB Klem - it snowed AND we got our new Weinig moulder delivered! We retired a 1990 Weinig Unimat 22A moulder for this 2021 Weinig Powermat 700. The new moulder will slash our set up times from 45-60 minutes to 5-10 minutes. We will now be competitive in short run orders. Thanks to our friends at @ofs for coming over to help us switch them out.
I always asked why we keep so many old computers in storage. The response was "just in case". Today we had a machine go down because of a bad chip. The chip would normally be in stock and we would be up and running in an hour. But a lot of supply chains currently are not working as planned. The chip is backordered and going to take 6 weeks to get in. We can't be down that long, so we dug out the old computers and found a chip that got us back up and running!
If you live in the midwest, you likely have noticed an uptick in dead trees over the past few years along the roads or in people's yards. Those trees are likely an Ash tree.
There is an invasive insect from Asia called the Emerald Ash Borer that is causing this. They lay eggs in the bark crevices and the larvae then feed on the tree, which leads to its death.
As we were cutting some Ash lumber today, we ran across some boards that show what they are capable of doing. I put a typical board next to it, so you could see the comparison.
The teeth on the our Costa Planer had to be replaced today. Each piece is individually changed by hand. Takes one person 5 hours to replace all 512 pieces across the 52" roller. Each tooth has 4 edges, so you can reuse them up to four times. But today called for all new ones. The Planer can remove up to 1/8" of wood vs 1/32" from sandpaper.