The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Membership Testimonials
Hear directly from our members about the benefits of KCMA!
“The KCMA is the voice of the [kitchen cabinet] industry in Washington and helps ensure that our interests are represented. Another area that has helped our company tremendously is through the sharing of information between cabinet manufacturers, whether it be researching specific topics and sharing their findings at one of the KCMA conferences or allowing competitors to tour their manufacturing facilities. The openness of members to help each other is unprecedented in most industries.”
- Senior Executive, R.D. Henry & Company
“My advice to any new or current member [of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association] is to get involved, attend meetings, educational programs, listen to the speakers and ask questions of other members. I’ve found KCMA members are helpful and the more seasoned members are wonderful resources and eager to see that our “family of cabinet manufacturers” are successful.”
– Carl Webb, Wood-Mode, Inc.
“Because of the KCMA, we as [cabinet] manufacturers and suppliers, are able to get our message to the masses on a larger scale. Our advocacy voice is much louder. We can accomplish more as a group than we can as individuals. We are also able to learn from the successes and failures of our predecessors and move our industry forward for the benefit of all of our members. And to any new KCMA members, I would give one piece of advice: Get involved. Get involved on a committee, come to the semi-annual meetings and participate in surveys, the [Sustainable] ESP and [Quality] programs. We have a great industry that is supported by the KCMA.”
– John Gahm, Kitchen Kompact
“KCMA keeps members informed of proposed government regulations. It also offers a great opportunity to interact with our peers. The certification programs are also essential. My advice is to attend the conferences/meetings/tours and get involved. We need to protect our [cabinet] industry – we do not want to become like the furniture industry and disappear from U.S. manufacturing.”
– Senior Executive, Master WoodCraft Cabinetry
“To a prospective customer, the presence of the KCMA [Quality] seal is validation of a company’s commitment to manufacturing its products at the highest possible level."
- Senior Executive, Marsh Furniture Company
“Hagerstown Kitchens was one of the first to become ESP [responsible and sustainable] certified. My father felt it was important to participate in the program for our company. He viewed the certification as a great way to increase recognition of our company’s environmental concerns. The ‘green movement’ really became strong in the minds of many of our [customers]. As that awareness increased, our participation in the program became critical to attracting those consumers.”
– David Lobely, Hagerstown Kitchens
“I’ve heard from a number of consumers directly that our ESP certification played a part in their decision to buy our products.”
– Robert Foote, Canyon Creek Cabinet Co.
“I attended my first KCMA conference more than 15 years ago. Over the years, I have found the twice annual conferences to be a source of timely information for my business. Also, through the KCMA I have made some wonderful, life-long friendships. The KCMA conferences feature top-rated speakers, and provide an opportunity to mingle with others in the industry to discuss trends and legislative and regulatory issues. The events each fall also provide a members-only opportunity to participate in guided tours of other member’s manufacturing facilities. I have picked up many ideas from walking through someone else’s plant and talking with them about their methods and processes. The KCMA also administers two long-standing certification programs: the 'Certified Cabinetry' product labeling program, and the 'ESP' designation. Buyers regularly ask for these certifications, and they can be required to bid on projects. If you are not currently a KCMA member, I encourage you to join!”
– Senior Executive, Kabinart
“[KCMA] does an excellent job of keeping Wood-Mode, and the [cabinet] industry at large, in touch with important news and information.”
– Robert Gronlund, Wood-Mode
“[Along with the certification programs,] benchmarking and relationships remain among the most impactful benefits of KCMA [membership] for Marsh Furniture. The Trend of Business report is a timely information tool by segment that gives participating members the framework to measure excellence in the industry. Also, the conferences continue to provide the opportunities to build relationships with our counterparts in the industry through informative speakers and presentations. And of course, the operational tours have been very valuable. Few other industries have the type of culture that promotes this kind of collaboration.”
– Edwin Underwood, Marsh Furniture Co.
“There are numerous benefits to joining KCMA, including conventions with speakers, the plant tours and just networking with other companies and suppliers – it’s all very beneficial. Especially for new members, I would recommend that you join committees and participate. It opens your eyes to the rest of the marketplace out there – and the more you can find out, the better.”
– Ola Yoder, Kountry Wood Products
In addition to setting [cabinet quality] standards, KCMA keeps members, and the industry, up-to-date on regulatory issues and best practices in manufacturing. I also strongly recommend getting involved and attending the meetings. In order to be heard, you’ve got to have a seat at the table.”
– Stephen Wellborn, Wellborn Cabinet Inc
“Kitchen cabinet manufacturers are our main customers and we believe in participating in trade associations [like the KCMA] to be able to shape and know about important issues facing our industry. As a supplier, the main benefit for us is that we are able to get to know our customers, face to face, and on a personal level.”
– Karl Rudisser, Blum, Inc.