Tucked away in Maple Grove is a small business that’s making a large visual impact in companies across the country. The late Gerald Evenstad, the company’s founder, began the business because of his love of woodworking. Taking that passion, he named the business after Nevers oak trees, found in France.
Nevers was launched out of a garage in 1976 and by the '80s, Gerald expanded his business, crafting visual board cabinets, which eventually evolved into him building custom conference room tables in the '90s. In 2001, he partnered with Roberto Danesi, an Italian designer, to create exquisite articulating tables mixed with different types of materials, making them very unique and sought-after. It was at this time that Nevers became a “go to” for highly customized, complex projects.
Today, Nevers Industries, led by Chris Evenstad, CEO, continues to design complex custom conference tables. Nevers’ tables are designed to fit specific needs. Some are equipped with screen consoles that rise up out of the table, others with retractable keyboards and electrical outlets. But these tables aren’t just functional, they’re also beautifully handcrafted by artisans. Clients include government agencies, the U.S. military, the Pentagon, prominent Fortune 500 companies and NFL teams, including our very own Minnesota Vikings.
“Nevers quality and attention to detail is second to none. From the initial concept through installation, my partnership with Nevers always results in successful high-profile projects,” says Doug Norby, principal, Norby’s Work Perks.
Nevers introduced new product collections in the past year, including Tempezo™ from designer Terry Hunt. The company also recently partnered with fellow Minnesota company Cambria to incorporate Cambria’s innovative natural stone quartz designs into its current and future product lines.
“The Partnership with Nevers was a simple one for Cambria,” says Mackenzie Weldon, vice president of Cambria commercial sales - eastern division. “The benefits of having two likeminded Minnesota, family owned companies with innovative products and likeminded values in quality and product make this relationship simple. I look forward to the two of our brands growing together.”
The majority of the core materials used to make Nevers’ products is sourced in the tri-state area. Chris says his employees are passionate about what they do—on average, production employees have been with the company for 17 years. For example, tables lead, Steve Magadanz, has been with Nevers for more than 25 years. Chris says that Magadanz and his team look for the smallest imperfections and won’t send anything to a client unless they are comfortable that it is perfect.
“These aren’t people pushing buttons to make tables. They are craftsmen and artists. They are perfectionists. They are the lifeblood of the company,” Chris says. “It’s not just the Nevers name on the product. It’s their name, too.”
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