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L.J. Smith Stair Systems announces start-up of its new state-of-the-art wood handrail production line in Bowerston, Oh.

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L.J. Smith Stair Systems has started up its new state-of-the-art wood handrail production line in Bowerston, Oh.

The fully automated, 450-plus-ft. line integrates cutting-edge technologies that double L.J. Smith’s capacity to more efficiently manufacture best-in-class handrails while also dramatically reducing order-to-delivery lead times.

“Our new innovative production line is the first of its kind in the world and further strengthens L.J. Smith’s position as a leader in the handrail industry in more ways than one,” said Craig Kurtz, senior VP of manufacturing. “We’re committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products more quickly, while also reducing waste and ensuring a safe and sustainable working environment for our employees.”

L.J. Smith’s wood handrail offerings include:

• More than 40 standard profiles in 8- to 24-ft. lengths

• Five standard species including beech, poplar, red oak, white oak, and soft maple

• Six premium species including alder, Brazilian cherry, American cherry, hard maple, hickory, and walnut

• Customized products available in any hardwood or softwood species that can be responsibly sourced

“Our new manufacturing system is a game changer,” Kurtz said. “It empowers our customers to unleash their creativity and express their unique style and design aesthetic. Whether it’s a modern masterpiece or a classic heirloom, this technology makes it possible to create a handrail that is truly one-of-a-kind.”

L.J. Smith Stair Systems is a leading manufacturer and distributor of stair parts. The company operates five distribution centers. Each center stocks in array of materials specifically suited for that region allowing customers to quickly get the products they need.

L.J. Smith is a division of Novo Building Products. From its headquarters in Zeeland, Mi., Novo operates 13 facilities under three regional brands: Ornamental Decorative Millwork, L.J. Smith Stair Systems, and Novo Building Products. The company also operates Novo Direct, which provides global sourcing and mill direct brokerage services.