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KraftMaid cabinets: From rural beginnings to global leader

by Susanne Clemenz

From a local cabinet shop in Ohio in 1969, KraftMaid originated the semi-custom, built-to-order cabinet manufacturing system, for which it has become known today as an industry leader. By providing standard but customizable cabinet designs, Kraftmaid cabinets can offer quality details like dovetail joints and a 14-step finishing process at highly competitive prices.

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KraftMaid was purchased by Masco Corp. of Taylor, Texas, in 1990 and now employs about 4,000 people. Its extensive line of cabinets is featured at home centers, through 1,700 independent dealers and in 13 foreign markets.

KraftMaid: a good citizen of the world

KraftMaid is headquartered in the middle of Ohio's Amish country, and the Amish eco-wise values have rubbed off. You'll find the green and white ESP label--Environmental Stewardship Program--on KraftMaid products. This demonstrates that KraftMaid meets all the ecology-friendly requirements set by the Kitchen Cabinets Manufacturers' Association. KraftMaid is also a contributor to Habitat for Humanity and to Extreme Makeover Home Edition projects.

Pricing factors for KraftMaid cabinets

Several factors affect the pricing of KraftMaid cabinets:

  1. The number of special feature: Moldings, details, and customization of your chosen style increase cost
  2. The type of cabinet material chosen: Cabinet materials from least to most expensive are white or ivory laminate, oak, maple, birch, hickory, and cherry. Availability of materials, rather than quality, is the biggest influence. Maple is inexpensive because it is abundant; cherry is expensive because it is often imported. Yet maple is an excellent, beautiful, durable cabinet material.
  3. Shipping costs: Cabinets are bulky and heavy, so the farther you are from the Ohio plant, the more expensive shipping will be.

Choosing cabinets from a company with a long, innovative track record and customizable product features provides excellent value and invaluable peace of mind.



About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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