October 27, 2020
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Today U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joe Manchin III (D-WV), U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02) sent a  bipartisan letter signed by 35 Members of Congress to Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Department of Commerce and Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of the U.S. kitchen cabinet industry and its over 250,000 workers to express concerns about alleged fraud on kitchen cabinet imports from China.

October 20, 2020
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USTR LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO VIETNEMESE TIMBER IMPORTS

The Office of the US Trade Representative is initiating an investigation addressing two significant issues with respect to Vietnam. USTR will investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of timber that is illegally harvested or traded, and will investigate Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices that may contribute to the undervaluation of its currency and the resultant harm caused to U.S. commerce.

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October 06, 2020
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KITCHEN REMODELS CONTINUE UPWARD PACE

According to recent research from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, during the third quarter of 2020, more than one in four homeowners surveyed have improved their kitchens in the last 12 months. Among those doing kitchen projects, more are now undertaking full remodels (changing almost everything in their kitchen); leading to a 64% increase in spending.

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September 30, 2020
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Check out KCMA's recent column in the September/October issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News.

What’s Ahead for the Cabinet Industry (and the Organization That Supports it)

The start of this new decade looked a lot different than many people anticipated.  The challenges facing our membership and this industry may look different, but the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) is as dedicated as ever to serving the domestic cabinet industry. This year we have actively worked with our member companies to gain insights on what is important to them to ensure the association’s programs serve the needs of the membership no matter what is happening in the world. Read on below for how KCMA adapted to an unprecedented year and what we expects to see in the future.

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September 22, 2020
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SBA WARNS OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS SCAM

Small businesses should be aware of potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the Small Business Administration in response to COVID-19. 

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LABOR DEPARTMENT HONORS "ROSIES"

September 15, 2020
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Today’s guest blog post comes from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To learn more about them, please visit their website at www.nari.org.

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As with most things, cabinets are available in good, better, and best qualities. Generally, good cabinets are thought of as being stock cabinets, better as semi-custom cabinets, and best as full custom cabinets. It probably goes without saying, but there are cost differences depending on the quality of the cabinet; good quality as being the least amount of money and custom oftentimes being the most.

September 08, 2020
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LOW BRAND LOYALTY FOR CABINETS AND HARDWARE

Recent research from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) shows that homeowners are not asking their design pros for products by name. 94% of homeowners were completely undecided about their brands (at the first consultation) for cabinet hardware and 82% for cabinetry. This certainly presents an opportunity for manufacturers to stand out from the competition.

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September 01, 2020
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The cabinet industry is in a great spot right now with the recent win in a trade case against Chinese imported kitchen cabinets. The playing field has been leveled and now it's time to think about more unique ways your company can set itself apart from the competition.

When you think about kitchen appliances or countertop materials a few brand names top the list - Samsung, KitchenAid, Sub-Zero, Cambria. However, recent research from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) shows that homeowners are not asking their design pros for certain products by name. 94% of homeowners were completely undecided about their brands (at the first consultation) for cabinet hardware and 82% for cabinetry. This certainly presents an opportunity for cabinet manufacturers to stand out from the competition. What is one way to do that? By showing your customers that you care about meeting standards and manufacturing quality products.

August 25, 2020
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MANUFACTURING STILL HAS A SKILLS GAP

Before the covid-19 pandemic, US manufacturers faced a shortage of skilled workers. According to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, as many as 2.4 million factory jobs could remain unfilled through 2028. Now, the US is facing the highest unemployment rate in decades. However, that still doesn't solve the original problems that plagued manufacturers - a tidy of Baby Boomers retiring from leadership positions and a negative view of manufacturing among younger workers.'

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August 11, 2020
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WHICH  LUXURY KITCHEN TRENDS WILL GO MAINSTREAM?

Professional kitchen designers say smart products, professional-looking appliances, and modern styling (such as contemporary cabinets that are easy to clean) are the top three trends that will make their way from the luxury market to mainstream in the coming years. 

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IKEA LINKED TO ILLEGAL LOGGING