KCMA 28th Annual Management Conference, Exposition & Plant Tours

October 8-11, 2016, Greensboro, North Carolina 

The KCMA Annual Management Conference, Exposition & Plant Tours incorporates three unique educational opportunities:   

(1) Full-day educational sessions -- Timely presentations by experts & panel discussions where manufacturers and suppliers tackle management, manufacturing, and regulatory compliance issues.

(2) Exposition -- Two receptions at the Management Conference provide a relaxed atmosphere designed to facilitate product viewing and discussion between suppliers and manufacturers.

Click here for the list of Exhibitors

(Log-in to the member's only section for a preliminary list of attendees)

(3) Plant tours -- Attendees see firsthand the operation of member companies. 

Schedule of Events 

Enjoy an excellent education program with top-notch speakers!

Friday, October 7th - COMMITTEES ONLY

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ESP Committee Meeting 

 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Associates Committee Meeting

 7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Executive Committee Dinner

Saturday, October 8 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


8:00 am – 4:00 pm


8:30 am – 12:00 pm

9:00 am  – 12:00 pm

Marketing Committee Meeting
Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee Meeting

Standards Committee Meeting

12:00 – 1:00 pm   

Board of Directors & Morning Committee Meeting Members

1:00 – 4:00 pm     

Board of Directors Meeting

4:00 – 5:00 pm  

Back by popular demand, Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and our favorite political pundit, is making a special stop on his way to the presidential debate to give us a peek into his Crystal Ball - will it be hazy, crazy, or crystal clear? This is a session you won’t want to miss. 

5:00 - 7:00 pm  

Exhibits Open
Reception in Exhibit Hall
Dinner on your own


Sunday, October 9

7:00 am – 8:30 am

NEW! Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 5:00 pm 


8:30 am – 9:30 am 

Designers Panel
What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?
It’s all about trends, styles, and what’s next for the kitchen

Patricia (Patty) Davis Brown, CKBD, ASID, NCIDQ
Jennifer Gilmer, CKD
Jason Oliver Nixon - Moderator

9:30 – 9:45 am


9:45 am – Noon

Lean Manufacturing Workshop
Led by Stream

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves workshop aimed at helping to improve profitability, productivity, quality and efficiency by looking at your operation in a completely different way

Noon – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 3:15 pm

Federal Formaldehyde Composite Wood Rule
How will this impact your business?

Jim Wilson, Webster Chamberlain & Bean – Moderator
Eric Gotting, Keller & Heckman 
Travis Snapp, Benchmark International

3:15 – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Robert Dietz, Ph. D., National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Chief Economist & Sr. VP for Economics and Housing Policy
Why Aren’t Builders Building More?
Residential Construction Outlook

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Travis Gianchetta, Beekeeper Group
KCMA’s new website roll-out and marketing initiatives
See what’s in store for members, industry pros, and consumers – we’re kicking it up a notch and it’s all about you!

 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Exhibits Open
Reception in Exhibit Hall
Dinner on your own


Plant Tours

For the full plant tour schedule, CLICK HERE.

Monday, October 10, 2016

  • Siteline Cabinetry, a Division of the Corsi Cabinet Group -- Keysville, VA

Siteline Cabinetry, LLC is the latest addition to The Corsi Group of companies. Devoted to the manufacture of full access cabinetry, Siteline began production in the third quarter of ’15.  Corsi, founded in 1973, manufactures custom cabinetry under the Corsi, Greenfield and, now, Siteline brands. While Corsi and Greenfield are “you draw ‘em, we saw ‘em” full custom offerings, Siteline is semi-custom within an engineered standard, with benefits from Corsi’s 30-year history of full access construction. With over 10,000 cosmetic permutations, Siteline appeals to a broad client base. The Siteline facility is 97,000 square feet, situated on acreage with growth potential. The Keysville, Virginia, location offers outstanding availability of labor, logistics and supporting vendor companies. The Corsi Group is proud to create and maintain jobs and extend community support to Keysville, in addition to Elkins, West Virginia, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Southern Finishing Co. -- Martinsville, VA

Since our humble beginning in 1978, Southern Finishing Company has earned the recognition as the “finishing experts” in our industry.
We have partnerships with manufactures across the USA, including those in the large OEM, semi-custom, custom, and furniture markets. We specialize in prefinished moldings, accessories, panels, doors, and kitchen & bath cabinet components, to our customer’s specifications for color match and quality. Our service platform is second to none, delivering a wide product mix of thousands of prefinished components to the cabinet industry with an average 3-5 day turn around. Many of our expedited orders are actually shipped same day order is received or no later than the following day. We have a very competent staff, many of whom have 25+ years in wood finishing experience. Our expertise is in color matching to meet our customer’s specifications and quality from our in-house lab to our shipping department. Our staff is always willing to assist you in your request and requirements.

  • Haefele America Co. -- Archdale, NC

Häfele America Co. manufactures and markets the finest in a wide variety of products including LED lighting systems, kitchen organization, decorative hardware, opening and closing mechanisms for doors and drawers, furniture fittings and electronic locking systems. Häfele America Co. provides manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors and construction professionals with a wide array of quality, innovative products to meet their current – and future – business needs.
Häfele was founded in 1923 by Adolf Häfele in the Swabian town of Nagold, Germany. Since that time, the company has grown from a local, family-run hardware business into a global leader in the furniture fittings and architectural hardware industry, with more than 6,900 employees and locations in 38 countries around the world. Still family-owned, the Häfele Group is managed by third generation members of both the Häfele and Thierer families, who originally founded the company.
Formally established in 1973, Häfele America Co. is headquartered in Archdale, North Carolina, where they operate a 250,000 sq. ft. distribution center. The company has sales offices throughout the United States and maintains a distribution network of five satellite warehouse facilities. Additionally, Häfele America Co. maintains showroom facilities in both New York City and Chicago where customers can see and learn about the latest product innovations.

Tuesday, October 11

  • Marsh Furniture Co. -- High Point, NC

Founded in 1906 by Julius Everett Marsh Sr., Marsh Furniture Company is proud to be celebrating its 110th birthday this year! The High Point, North Carolina cabinet manufacturer has spent more than a century building a legacy of enduring partnerships and serving as a responsible member of the surrounding community. Its successful transition from the days of the pie safe to today’s modular cabinetry is the result of a continued dedication to providing the most updated, affordable options in kitchen and bath furniture.
Headquartered in the furniture capital of the world since its beginnings as a one-room workshop, Marsh Furniture now operates five Marsh Kitchens retail locations throughout North Carolina as well as Marsh Lumber, its own dimension mill in Pamplico, South Carolina. With a 720,000 square foot main factory in downtown High Point, an additional 135,000 square feet in Pamplico, and an employee family of 642 dedicated Marsh team members, Marsh is poised for continued growth in the future. Producing approximately 10,000 cabinets per week for 700 dealers located throughout the US, Marsh offers an assortment of trending paints, stains, and glazes, and a broad array of door styles. Product species include maple, oak, cherry, birch, and ash in both traditional and full overlay configurations.
Marsh has experienced significant reorganization over the last 24 months with 6 of the 10 active manufacturing departments relocated within the HP campus. These updates are the product of our Lean Manufacturing Journey and executed through several value-stream mapping efforts and Kaizen events. Marsh’s multi-floor plant features automated panel processing, cellular assembly, as well as the company’s recent investments in its finishing operations.

  • Grass America, Inc. -- Kernersville, NC

Grass was founded in Höchst, Austria in 1948 when engineer Alfred Grass Sr. together with two assistants started producing inserts for horseshoes in a rented gymnasium which later evolved into functional hardware. Grass America Inc. was founded in 1977 in Kernersville, North Carolina to better meet the growing North American demand. In the initial stage of introducing Grass products to the American kitchen and bath industry, Grass America concentrated its efforts on selling to the wholesale hardware distributor market while simultaneously courting the large OEM clientele. By the end of the 1970s, Grass hardware was being sold and distributed throughout the United States and by 1982 the OEM demand for drawer slides grew to the point that US manufacturing was necessary. In 1985, Grass America began stamping drawer slides in our current location and was the first US manufacturer of powder coated European designed slides. Grass’ wide variety of hardware features an extensive line of concealed hinges for frame and frameless cabinetry, a variety of double wall metal drawer systems, a selection of concealed undermount slide systems, lifter applications, plus boring and insertion machinery. Today, Grass America sells products throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico via 130 distributor locations and to most of the leading kitchen manufacturers in the US. A large percentage of the products manufactured in the US are targeted to the face frame construction methods utilized in the US kitchen cabinet industry. Grass America’s campus features 190,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space and employs 215 people. Grass produces the majority of all US specific face frame hardware in our Kernersville facility. This includes hinges, drawer slides, and drawer systems. Our onsite engineering and R&D, quality assurance, tooling, test lab, etc. ensure high quality manufactured products. US manufacturing provides for greater flexibility to deliver products to our customers and allows us to react quicker to new trends or specific customer application. Grass is proud to have our own apprenticeship program that secures skilled labor for the future. Grass is proud to manufacture products made in America. As part of the Würth Group, Grass worldwide is a globally successful group of companies with 1,900 employees at 13 Grass locations and distribution locations in 60 countries around the world. Grass ranks among the world’s leading specialist in functional hardware systems of today.

  • Tenn-Tex Plastics, Inc. -- Colfax, NC

Tenn-Tex Plastics was founded in 1986 by Rick Marsh and additional investors. Rick Marsh was raised in Morristown, Tennessee and the other primary investor was from Texas. The company name was derived from their home states of Tennessee and Texas. Our Manufacturing Facilities has always been located in North Carolina. Shortly after starting the company, Rick Marsh acquired 100% ownership of the company. Our first manufacturing facility was located in Kernersville, North Carolina. Tenn-Tex Plastics Manufactures Plastic Injection Molded Parts for the Kitchen Cabinet Industry. We started the company producing Glass Door Retainer Clips for Pulaski Furniture. We then expanded our product offering to Shelf Clips, Glue Blocks, Corner Braces and Distribution Drawer Slide Brackets.
At the beginning of the recession in 2007 we started developing our” Bracket Solutions for Face-Frame Cabinetry” Program. This program allows a manufacturer to use one drilling pattern for their cabinet backs with the ability to offer different drawer slides. (Undermount, V-Notch Plug In, Ball Bearing and Roller Undermount Slides. We now offer over 300 Bracket Combinations in the program.
One of our most popular offerings is our QuikTRAY Rollout System. QuikTRAY is easily installed in base cabinets and panty cabinets allowing home owners to adjust the Rollout Trays without any tools. The QuikTRAY is also offered in a Wood Version.
In 1998 we built a new 40,000 square foot Manufacturing Facility in Colfax, North Carolina. We also have a 29,000 square foot warehouse located in Kernersville, NC. Tenn-Tex currently has 48 employees. We currently have 25 Injection Molding Machines that operate 24 hours per day 5 days per week. We market our products to Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers and Distributors in the United States and Canada.

  • Blum -- Stanley, NC

Blum, Inc. has experienced remarkable growth since its 1977 establishment in a small warehouse located in Hickory, N.C. The company moved to its present location in Stanley, NC in 1979 and built a 30,000 square foot building. Nine expansions have since been completed. Located on a 70-acre site, Blum’s 450,000 square foot building includes administration, manufacturing and distribution facilities including: injection molding, epoxy powder coating, and steel stamping. Blum also houses a tool and die shop, a high-rise product storage building with automated retrieval, a low-bay warehouse for customer order staging, and a state-of-the-art cabinet shop. Products include: concealed hinges, drawer runner systems, box systems, lift systems and organization systems. TANDEM drawer runners are manufacturer here in the states, while many other products are assembled here. Blum considers quality an integral part of our corporate philosophy. We test our products rigorously and thoroughly. Blum received the ISO 9001 certificate of approval in April of 1991 and continues to be ISO certified.
The 40,000 square foot administration building features a glass and steel structure softened by an abundance of wood and natural lighting that helps warms the workplace, unlike most traditional office settings. State-of-the-art radiant heating and cooling systems are in place overhead. Also included are a presentation room, showroom and galleria. The warehouse is capable of receiving incoming material, feeding manufacturing component parts, receiving finished goods from production, and shipping finished goods, all at the same time. It is capable of holding 3,500 different items. The high-bay warehouse is 260' long, 140' wide, stands 85' tall, and is capable of holding 18,000 pallets. There are nine cranes that have a load capacity of 2,205 lbs and travel at 10 mph. One crane can pick 45 pallets and place 45 pallets, per hour.
Apprenticeship 2000 is a four year program, which was started in 1995. Blum selects students from local high school and provides community college class work with real world hands-on training. The students are paid while in training and most will be employed by Blum upon the completion of the program. Karl Rudisser, President/CEO has been with Blum since the very beginning and is also the Chairman of the Associates Committee.

The KCMA Management Conference is designed exclusively for cabinet manufacturers and key suppliers. Activities and programs benefit both large and small companies.

For hotel and travel information or any other questions: 
Contact kkazmark@kcma.org or call 703-264-1690.