The Silicon Review
In a luxury-seeking world, which one, you think, shall be preferred between- an elevator and an umpteen number of stairs? I guess the former would get maximum vote for it personifies comfort, style and ease for every age group of people.
Believing in providing outstanding quality, SnapCab, an architectural remodeling company has promised to deliver “quality, comfort and safety that resonates with every user.” SnapCab was founded in 1998, and built its reputation on delivering modular elevator panels designed to allow customers to remodel an elevator cab in a day. The company has since expanded into the architectural market by providing innovative conference room collaboration products and quiet, stand-alone offices for open office floor plans. SnapCab has succeeded through a zealous commitment to continuous improvement and driving waste out of their manufacturing process. The policy of the company is to provide Paneling Systems Simplified to every customer. This includes shipping each product with all the required tools, hardware, and cleaning supplies to ensure a fast and efficient installation.
A quick tete-a-tete with the Founder and CEO, Glenn Bostock:
Why was the company set up? How did you select the vertical and decide to be a part of the global platform?
We added Elevator remodeling to the company’s original offering of high-end cabinets and furniture. The idea of the elevator remodeling business allowed the company to develop a paneling system that was simple to install and could accommodate problems with out of square and plumb walls. The simplicity and mistake proof nature of the SnapCab wall paneling system attracted the attention of Corning Glass. Through two national surveys, Corning identified SnapCab as the leader in the elevator cab market. This powered a collaboration between SnapCab and Corning and allowed SnapCab to add Corning Gorilla Glass elevator cabs to its product offering. This expands the market for Gorilla Glass from personal electronics; to the architectural market. Through this collaboration with SnapCab, Corning is committed to achieving its vision of “A Day Made of Glass” featured on YouTube.
How successful was your first project roll on? Share the experience?
We are proud to say that SnapCab’s first offering was a huge success with elevator companies. We were able to reduce the time it took to install an elevator cab to about one day. This provides huge value because it drastically reduces the downtime for our customer’s elevators.
We have taken what we have learned doing elevator interiors and now we are aiming at helping Corning achieve their vision of “A Day Made of Glass”. SnapCab is developing new products that utilize the SnapCab paneling system; one of these products is a modern whiteboard that comes equipped with integrated glass speakers, and a high-resolution monitor for conference rooms. Known as the SnapCab Portal, it functions as a collaborative space that allows people to work together seamlessly either virtually or locally.
What were the grounds on which you have expanded your company and its offerings over the years?
The main catalyst for growth these days has been our relationship with Corning Glass. Being able to use their thin, clear, Gorilla Glass has driven much of our product innovation and remains at the heart of our innovative process.
How big is your organization today?
SnapCab is headquartered just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Warrington, Pennsylvania. SnapCab also has a Canadian sister company located in Kingston, Ontario. SnapCab Canada, specializes in manufacturing another new product offering, known as the SnapCab Pod. SnapCab Pod provides a miniature conference room that can be used as a quiet space for privacy in open office spaces, educational institutions, and hospital emergency rooms.
What learning helped you to set this company up?
The book that I think has saved and helped us in transitioning from a small custom cabinet shop to a multinational manufacturing business was the E-Myth by Michael Gerber. Surprisingly, since then the management team and I have become business book junkies. If you are interested in a full book list and want to learn more about our company, you can purchase our “SnapCab Lean Journey” book from Amazon.
What is a typical day in your office like?
At the onset of the day every employee is allotted 30 minutes for continually improving their own personal process. The most interesting part of the day is spent working on developing new products using the agile project management method known as Scrum. Employees from both the US and Canada meet virtually to collaborate on new product development, share ideas, and set their tasks for the day. The high degree of collaboration ensures that both sites are updated simultaneously with the most relevant information.
How do you and your company contribute to the global IT platform and society at large?
That’s an interesting question to ask. We are providing a line of products that allow people to work comfortably in open concept offices and conference rooms. We design products that integrate the best technology to create innovative solutions to solve communications problems faced in every industry.
Do you have any new products ready to be rolled out into the market?
Our latest product is the SnapCab Pod. The SnapCab Pod is a mobile miniature conference room or office. It provides the quiet space for one, two or four people to collaborate privately inside of a loud open office.
Where do you see yourself and your company a couple of years from now?
In the short term, SnapCab is tracking to at least double in size. With this growth comes the opportunity to open a new west coast facility to increase our manufacturing capacity, and better serve our growing market.
You are invited to take SnapCab’s company tour where you will learn about how they grow a company culture of continuous improvement. Go to SnapCab.com/tours to sign up
Greeting the Founder
Glenn Bostock, Founder & CEO, grew up in Bryn Athyn, PA. He has struggled with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and hypoglycemia throughout his school career. He attended Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania and majored in Fine Woodworking. He completed an apprenticeship at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, making ecclesiastical furniture.