LaCantina Hosts Open House

By Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine
October 16, 2012

After moving into an expanded facility earlier this year, LaCantina Doors officially celebrated its grand opening last week, inviting area architects, dealers, customers and other project partners for an open house at its new showroom, headquarters and manufacturing plant.

LaCantina invited architects, dealers and customers for an official grand opening celebration of its new facility last week. 

The company grew out of its previous 20,000-square-foot facility in Vista, Calif. Its new 67,000-square-foot location in Oceanside, Calif., features a modern showroom with spacious upstairs offices, as well as a large production area that the company is quickly filling with new machinery and equipment for its expanding product line.

The manufacturer of large sliding and folding door systems, serves the residential market in addition to the commercial market, which "is growing every day," according to Lee Maughan, general manager. "This is an adaptable product, and it is what people want for applications such as retail and restaurants. The doors provide that desired openness."

The new showroom echoes that openness, Maughan states. The design, reminiscent of a renovated warehouse loft, with the black-painted duct work and air vents visible overhead, allows sunlight to peek through wooden wall dividers that separate the various door products. "We plan on engaging with the architectural community, through the showroom," he continues. "We want to get people in the showroom to see the products and possibilities for themselves."

The thoughtful design and arrangement of the showroom carries over into the manufacturing facility as well, officials note. The new facility is "great for lean manufacturing," Maughan says. The company, with 55 employees, manufactures door products in-house, including building the hardware and installing the glass products. "The products go out glazed and hardwared. The doors just have to be joined in the field," he said.

"We have a full-time maintenance employee for our CNC equipment, and an active [research and development] department," he continues. The company has engineered and built some of its own machines, and has invested in new machines, including an Emmegicutting line.

In addition to the open house, LaCantina is also celebrating its appearance on the DIY Network's House Crashers, which aired for the first time on October 15.  The episode, included below, showcases the transformation of a Seattle couple’s outdated storage filled basement into an indoor/outdoor entertaining space with a 12-foot folding door system and a three-panel folding bar window.