Our Story

Commercial Casework Inc. is 

celebrating over 40 years of success.

History of the Company

Two Generations Strong

Commercial Casework Inc. was established on May 1, 1976 and was incorporated on August 4th of the same year. It was founded by four brothers from a woodworking family; Ralph, John, Bill and Tom Palmer. It is now led by the next generation, Nick Palmer (CEO), along with Eric Palmer (CFO) and Lance Palmer (Production Manager). Commercial Casework Inc. is a 100% ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company.

In the early years Commercial Casework Inc. specialized in retail fixtures, especially for jewelry stores. The banking industry boomed during that time period and Commercial Casework Inc. jumped in to fill the need.

In the early eighties their focus changed with the market to office tenant improvements. Going from complex custom bank fixtures to custom office interior woodwork was an easy transition. Since the Bay Area has a multitude of corporate headquarters, the need for quality custom woodwork was abundant.

Today, we still specialize in custom, commercial woodwork for premier companies throughout the Bay Area, while adapting to the ever-changing needs of our customers in order to provide a higher quality product than anyone else.

Belief in Transparency

Open Book Management

Commercial Casework Inc. believes in providing all our employees information pertaining to the company, so that they can be aware of any potential obstacles and be proactive. Information comes in the way of weekly company meetings to share info on new jobs coming in, bonus share price, estimated revenue and backlog figures. On a quarterly basis there is a company lunch where financial statements and other key metrics are shared companywide. But we don’t stop there…educating our employees is equally important so we offer an accounting/finance class to each employee so they have a better understanding of the business finances.

“A business should be run like an aquarium, where everybody can see what’s going on – what’s going in, what’s moving around, what’s coming out. That’s the only way to make sure people understand what you are doing, and why, and have some input into deciding where you are going.”

Bill PalmerFounder

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