Submitted by lfisher on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 20:04
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE - NOVEMBER 19, 2019

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association regularly tracks what's going on in the cabinet industry - check out our latest post below for the latest updates:

DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE KITCHEN CABINET LOOKS

Houzz sat down recently with a panel of its designers and architects to discuss the cabinet looks they've been adding to recent projects. Here is what they had to say:

  • Two-tone color schemes - white for uppers and a blue or green for lowers
  • Shaker style - this style continues to be popular due to its timeless nature
  • Low profile hardware - thin handles and pulls that are routed into the tops of cabinets provide a clean look compared to knobs

Open shelving - designers and architects have been seeing multiple requests to replace upper cabinets with open shelving for a less-complicated design.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - DURA SUPREME ACQUIRED

Long-time KCMA member, Dura Supreme Cabinetry announced last month that it was acquired by GHK Capital Partners. The acquisition will allow the company "to build upon its strong operating platform and accelerate its strategic growth plans in new markets across the U.S."

“GHK brings operational expertise and capital strength to this partnership, establishing a valuable strategic platform to accelerate our growth and our ability to create innovative and highly desired premium cabinetry for our customers. We are excited about the potential this new business partnership fosters,” said Perry Fails, President, Dura Supreme.

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WHY CAN'T MANUFACTURING SELL ITSELF TO MILLENNIALS?

Check out this recent piece from IndustryWeek highlighting how a few companies are going above and beyond when it comes to promoting the manufacturing industry to millennials.

One company, a metal fabrication company in Minnesota, hosted a three-week internship program for high school teachers with the hope that they would return to their students in the Fall and share the positive manufacturing experience.

Another organization, the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, says the industry needs to focus on creating a more stable job environment instead of pulling in prospective employees with fun onsite perks. "If companies don’t already have a large technology presence....it won’t work."

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IndustryWeek
Photo courtesy of IndustryWeek.

CHINA WANTS US TO DROP TARIFFS FOR TRADE DEAL

During talks between the US and China, negotiators have requested the roll back of US tariffs on Chinese imports before President Xi will sign a partial deal with President Trump. The country is asking the US to eliminate tariffs on $110 billion in goods that were imposed in September and to lower the 25% tariff rate on about $250 billion worth of goods that began last year.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a telephone press conference earlier week that achieving a phase one deal will help rebuild trust between the two sides, and that he hoped it would be the precursor of further discussions.

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