Kevin Molick is a custom cabinet contractor and outdoorsman. The idea of building a teardrop trailer for his camping adventures intrigued him, so he built one to suit his needs. It wasn’t long before he was getting inquires on social media about how one of these trailers could be purchased. By the end of 2016 he had built and sold 12 of these custom made trailers.
“The consulting and direct assistance from the Small Manufacturing AdvantEDGE Program was instrumental in streamlining our processes as we continue to grow.”
“We are proud to present a product that we are enthralled to make,” says Kevin Molick, Timberleaf’s founder. Inspired by the clean and elegant design of mid-century, handmade American teardrop campers, Timberleaf Trailers combines vintage design and contemporary functionality seamlessly. Each trailer is built to order with optional features and customizable interiors.
In September, 2016 Kevin began receiving international inquiries and sought consulting assistance to help navigate the international sales arena. He met with the Small Manufacturers Advantedge team who agreed, but determined it would be beneficial to optimize his processes before proceeding.
The Small Manufacturer’s Advantedge team worked with Kevin, providing assistance in implementing lean manufacturing techniques and streamlining the assembly process. In addition, they implemented a Kaizen process to help resolve manufacturing issues with the hatch assembly. Together, they developed a training matrix for new employees that sets expectations, defines skill attainment and can be used as a performance assessment tool. By harnessing employee involvement they created a highly motivated and talented staff which has become one of the company’s greatest assets and a cause for their success.
As demand continued to escalate Kevin expanded the assembly space and added staff to handle this influx of volume in 2017. Kevin says, “We build these because we believe that the road is rewarding—that adventure does not stay in only one location. We make these teardrops to open up new horizons, to allow you to bring comfort with you, and to help you make lifelong memories”.