According to a recent study by Hanley Wood, sustainability is one of the top reasons consumers choose a cabinet company. Luckily, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association understands this desire and created the Environmental Stewardship Program in 2006 to encourage practices that benefit the environment and communities served by cabinet manufacturers. The ESP goes beyond other environmental programs by taking a holistic approach to certification, holding the industry to high standards for their products, forest sustainability and manufacturing processes. The voluntary certification program provides a tangible way for cabinet manufacturers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
Check out the video below to learn more about the program:

Visit the KCMA website to learn more about becoming a member and click here to learn more about the Environmental Stewardship Program.


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KCMA at KBIS 2019

KCMA members were represented well last week at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), held in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Our booth featured some great images from KCMA's branding effort and a professional booth designer even stopped by to compliment us on the booth design.

We spoke with dozens of attendees about KCMA membership benefits, as well as quality (KCMA/ANSI) and environmental stewardship (KCMA ESP) certifications. We were very proud to see KCMA’s updated branding, certification seals, and new point-of-sale materials displayed in several KCMA member exhibits. We are excited to exhibit again at KBIS 2020 slated for January 21-23 in Las Vegas. 

President Trump Delays Chinese Tariff Increase
A few weeks ago the Trump Administration announced it would delay the increasing tariffs on Chinese exports past the March 1 deadline.

As you will recall, in early December the US and China …


Check out our recent editorial piece in the March issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News:

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) doesn’t manufacture cabinets, but we do administer programs that test and validate the quality and safety of cabinets. We provide a community where cabinet manufacturers can join together to network, share best practices, learn from each other and work together to protect and grow the cabinet manufacturing industry.
Founded in 1955, KCMA is the largest non-profit trade association for kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers in the U.S. Our membership is more than 300 strong throughout North America and represents 80% of the cabinet manufacturing industry (by volume).  KCMA was founded to represent companies who manufacture kitchen cabinets, bath cabinets or other residential cabinets and key kitchen and bath industry suppliers.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association works to advance the cabinet industry through advocacy, setting cabinet…


We're back after a great week at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show fresh with perspective on upcoming kitchen trends! Now let's recap what's been happening recently in the industry:
China Challenges US Tariffs on Chinese Imports
Earlier this week Chinese representatives met with the World Trade Organization to begin the process of legally challenging the US tariffs on Chinese imports. China claims that the imports are a "blatant breach of the United States' obligations under WTO agreements and is posing a systematic challenge to the multilateral trading system."
China is seeking to have the WTO block US tariffs on Chinese imports.
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Lockheed Martin Partners with Veterans Florida
Another example of how companies are attempting to address the skilled labor shortage - Lockheed Martin has partnered with Veterans Florida to expand its job market.
Through the Veterans Florida Career Service Program, veterans are able to connect with employe…


Did you know the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association offers an online course for architects, designers and anyone who would like to learn more about our certification programs for residential kitchen and bathroom cabinets?
Recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the National Kitchen & Bath Association, architects and designers working on continuing education units are now able to take our course and earn education units towards their own certifications. The course covers: KCMA/ANSI A161.1 quality certification – Cabinets displaying this seal are put through a rigorous battery of tests giving consumers an assurance of quality manufacturing. Homeowners know cabinets with this seal will survive everyday life in a kitchenKCMA Severe Use certification – This program simulates extremely heavy usage of cabinets in an environment such as a multi-family unit and specifies materials to be used in such environmentsKCMA Environmental Stewardship (ESP) certification – This…


The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association has its finger on the pulse of the cabinet industry. We know the industry because we are the industry. Check out what’s been happening since our last update:
Results of Trade Talks with China
Last week the U.S. and China concluded three days of trade talks. According to Reuters, here are a few details from those meetings: During the three days of talks, the U.S. and China made progress on several issues such as: additional Chinese purchases of U.S. goods and services and opening China's markets further to American capitalThere is disagreement on Chinese structural reforms that the Trump administration is demanding to stop alleged theft and forced transfer of U.S. technologyChina is keen to put an end to its trade dispute with the United States but will not make any ‘unreasonable concessions’ and any agreement must involve compromise on both sides.The narrowing of the two sides’ differences on trade is paving the way for the next round o…


Since 1955, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association has advocated on behalf of the cabinet industry and our members to help them protect their businesses. We know the industry because we are the voice of the industry.
We created this video to show all of the ways that KCMA works on behalf of our members, and the industry as a whole.

KCMA is on the front lines, representing the cabinet manufacturing industry on Capitol Hill and with Federal agencies.  We strive to influence regulatory and legislative issues that could have far reaching impacts on our members and the industry as a whole. KCMA regularly works on issues including but not limited to: formaldehyde, trade policy, worker safety, accurate product labeling, wood dust limits, labor shortages and many more.
We also work with other associations and public interest groups to advance the concerns of the cabinet manufacturing industry including: National Kitchen & Bath Association, American Institute of Architects, Nationa…