A critical aspect of the management of a large scale construction project involves the development and control of budgets and schedules. “On-time”, “within budget” and “according to specifications” should be the basic objectives of the project control system for any major project. Cost Control Schedule Control Quality Assurance
The fall of 2003, Jan Berend Heitink, VP and Sales Manager for the Heitink Group, was looking for new opportunities in markets for veneer faces for Heitink Veneers, Inc. (HVI), based here. While quizzing various customers in the door industry, he discovered a developing trend-the subtle beginning of a shift away from veneer faces to
In 1997 HVI reinvented its core business by starting to value-add to its veneers by means of manufacturing spliced dimensional veneer faces for the architectural flush door, kitchen cabinet and plywood industry. HVI has increased its production capacity from 1,000 faces per week with eight employees to 4,000 per day with 35 employees.
While Jan studied business economics at Indiana University, he had several summer internships at different veneer companies in the U.S. and France. In order to have a good understanding of veneer production, grading and the motivation of veneer sales, Jan Berend's training started out in the field, buying logs and supervising their production from the
Originally from the Netherlands, Heitink and his family came to the U.S. in 1978 for VandenBerge, a Dutch veneer company. Initially Heitink Veneers acted as an independent agent and consultant to other veneer manufacturers. Specializing in the sale of export veneers, Gerrit was well equipped to communicate with the European customer because of his ability