Future Ho!

A Conestoga is a vehicle used to transport essential goods and open new frontiers. It is also an apt name for North America’s largest manufacturer of custom kitchen door and drawer components. Despite more than 50 years of experience, Conestoga Wood Specialties is anything but old fashioned. The company is continually trailblazing, with ongoing technology investments that increase capacity and deliver new materials across the land.

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OPTO’s Got Design Options Galore

The Wood Dale, Illinois, company’s modular display fixtures, backed by an arsenal of in-house custom design and manufacturing capabilities, offer retailers an expansive palette of mix-and-match decorative materials and finishes to build their brand. 

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EPA Formaldehyde Regulation Affects Entire Supply Chain

In late 2016, the EPA published a final regulation governing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products.  Manufacturers, distributors, retailers and importers of products containing composite wood -- such as kitchen cabinets, furniture, architectural moulding, flooring and many others -- will need to review the regulation closely to understand their potential requirements. In the following Q&A, which is the second part of a two-part series, Jackson Morrill, president of the Composite Panel Association (CPA), addresses some of the requirements and highlights sources of additional information to help affected stakeholders comply with the regulation.

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Fully Committed

Showplace Wood Products didn’t rush into building full-access cabinets. When the company decided to make the move, however, it did so in Showplace’s customary bold way.

“The topic came up four or five years ago,” said Bill Allen, Showplace’s vice president and chief operating officer. “We were being told by our dealer base, our sales team and our suppliers that full-access or frameless construction, specifically European-style, was coming to the U.S.”

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Luxury Closets the Affordable Way

Don’t let the name Affordable Closets Plus fool you. It belies the high-end custom nature of the Bangor, PA-based home organization manufacturer, a fact backed by a wall’s worth of framed design awards and dozens of five-star customer reviews on Houzz.com, many for projects priced in the five-figures.

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Beautiful & Functional

She’s a model and wants things to look beautiful; he’s a marketing expert and likes everything to be practical. Melanie Raff and Marco Hornug have teamed up to make their dream come true. They have a kitchen that combines both aesthetics and functionality.

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Alternative Materials Hit the Big Time

Among the many interesting engineered materials in EuroCraft Cabinets’ ever-evolving product mix are two lines of composite five-piece doors from industry giant Conestoga Wood Specialties.

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High-Quality Customization

Customers of EuroCraft Cabinets have a strong preference for plywood kitchens (see “Investing in Flexibility,” page xx). And there is nothing wrong with that--until they ask for high-gloss acrylic on plywood. Acrylic is typically laid up on an MDF substrate because surface imperfections telegraph and mar the high-gloss finish. Achieving such an unconventional lamination without compromising quality requires a specialist.

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