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Merric Millwork and Seating Completes Renovations to Three Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Georgia

· Courtyard by Marriott Peachtree Corners - 3209 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross GA

· Courtyard by Marriott Windy Hill - 2045 South Park Place, Atlanta, GA

· Courtyard by Marriott Marietta - 2455 Delk Road, Marietta, GA

The general contractor on the project was Artistic General Contracting of Lakeland, FL. The developer was Sage Hospitality.

“The logistics of having three projects running simultaneously, especially during the holidays, was challenging. Merric and Merric Project Manager Chris Jones specifically, was able to make last minute schedule adjustments that were critical in the successful completion of these three projects. I look forward to our next project together,” said Douglas Wood, Project Manager at Artistic General Contracting.

Millwork installation for the three projects each took six days, with each installation project scheduled back to back. The Peachtree Corners project began on Dec. 27 and was completed Jan. 2. The Windy Hill project began on January 6 and was completed on Jan. 11. The final project of the trio, Marietta, started on Jan. 13 and was completed on Jan. 18.

Juggling shipping and installation schedules for the three projects posed some challenges, according to Merric Project Manager Christopher Jones.

"Merric's install crew was ready for all the jobs as they came in, but from a production and shipping standpoint, there was a slight challenge to re-adjust and flip-flop the last two projects scheduled to ship, which were the Windy Hill and Marietta hotels," said Jones. "Marietta was delayed slightly and not ready for delivery to happen on Jan. 6. After delivery of Peachtree, the client requested Windy Hill to happen next, which meant we had to re-adjust pieces cut on the floor and in assembly for Marietta and expedite the Windy Hill mid-production allotment to complete this project on a revised schedule. Facing these challenges, we were able to re-adjust production and ship the pieces on time for the client."

Merric Millwork and Seating hand constructed and installed the following public space pieces, which were all identical, at each hotel:

· Focal wall

· Welcome pedestals

· Go board

· Quick print station

· Local library

· Home theater

· Business center

· S-Bar

· Market

· Exercise room towel tower

· Guest laundry counters

· Communal table with Corian counter tops

· Stainless running base for lobby


Merric Millwork and Seating Completes
Applebees Renovation Project in Pennsylvania

Using its two specialized finishing booths, Merric Millwork and Seating was able to complete new seating and tables in just three weeks for an Applebees renovation project in Erie, PA.

The project included:

· 12 single booths, 18 double booths, two radius booths and 21 linear ft. of dining settee with wood tops and end caps. Fabric: offset bloom in antique gold, kiwi and salmon.

· 26 swivel bar stools with "Apple" wood back and recon oak finish.

· 4 bar-height table tops with bases - 1 3/4" thick ash butcher block

· 54 chair pad replacements

The general contractor on the project was Scott Enterprises of Erie, PA.


Merric Millwork and Seating Completes
Marriott Westport Lobby Remodel Project


Merric Millwork and Seating recently crafted and installed all new millwork in the renovated public space/lobby area at the Courtyard by Marriott Westport in St. Louis, MO.

Merric contracted directly with Marriott International for the corporate-approved interior design changes which included:

· Two welcome pedestals

· Communal table

· S-Bar

· Market area

· Business center

· Home theater

· Quick print area

· Go board

· Local library shelves

· Fireplace slat wall

· Lobby pass through

· Meeting room casework

· Fitness room towel tower

· Fitness room mirror trim

· Rework/relaminate supplied couch tables

Merric faced several challenges on the project that required innovative solutions to ensure the millwork installation stayed on schedule. When Merric's crews arrived on-site to deliver and install the millwork, the wall behind the S-Bar location had not been finished due to design changes and new inspections required by the City of St. Louis.

Merric's installers worked hand-in-hand with the general contractor by starting the S-Bar die wall for plumbing and electrical, then stopping on this unit to allow for final inspections and approval from the city, which would take place several days later. While waiting for inspections, Merric's installers were able to complete the surrounding area pieces, then return to the S-Bar project once the city inspections were complete.

Merric also stepped up to make necessary changes in the field when media pods and lobby couches supplied for the project did not meet changes to the city's new electrical codes. Merric's crews were asked to change the front of the media pods without replacing the entire laminate to the unit. Merric's solution was an angled box to match the design of the monolith table with a new cut-out that allowed for the approved outlet.

When the lobby couches were delivered with built-in electrical units and flip top jacks for power/data receptacles that did not meet city code, Merric was able to replace the ends of the couches on-site with new laminated panels that provided a fast and easy solution to the problem.

Daniel Claypool Named New Owner/CEO of Merric Millwork and Seating

After a successful career in corporate America and with aspirations of becoming an entrepreneur, Daniel Claypool, 44, purchased Merric Millwork and Seating when its previous owners decided to retire and sell the company after 24 years.

"Assuming ownership of Merric was a nice fit for me after having worked in supply chain management, sales and customer service for Furniture Brands International and Whirlpool Corporation for almost 25 years," Claypool said. "While there, I learned the ins and outs of the furniture manufacturing industry and how to develop a world class sales and operations plan for a $1.5 billion company. When the opportunity to purchase Merric presented itself, I had the experience and was excited to make the move."

As Merric's new owner/CEO, Claypool said he plans to broaden his client base in the healthcare, education, cosmetology and casino industries, and upgrade the company's design software and technology to further streamline the manufacturing process. Since taking over as owner in December, Merric's revenue has increased by 20% over the prior year.

Prior to Merric, Claypool was Vice-President of Supply Chain at Furniture Brands International, St. Louis, MO; Director of Business Operations, Sales and Trade Marketing at Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI ; and Director of Sales Planning at Maytag Corporation, Newton, IA. Claypool has a BBA in finance from University of Iowa.