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GREEN IS IN AND YOUR CUSTOMERS WANT YOU TO GET ON BOARD

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Recent Hanley-Wood research shows sustainability to be one of the top five reasons why customers choose a cabinet manufacturer. The KCMA ESP seal makes it easy for your customers to select cabinets that align with their values – a safer home for family and protecting the environment for future generations.
How many trees did your company save last year? Participants in the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) recycled more than 16.4 million pounds of paper/cardboard equating to 140,000 trees in 2017 alone. Consumers care about the environment and want greener products in their home – and the KCMA ESP certification is a tangible way to show your commitment to responsibility and sustainability for the environment.
KCMA developed the ESP certification 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 sta…

Industry News Update

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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:

Manufacturing Day 2018



Friday, October 5th is designated as National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY). On this day, manufacturers will addresses common misconceptions of the industry and their practices by opening their doors and showing, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortages they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the entire industry.
MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufactur…

THE KCMA/ANSI CERTIFICATION MEANS A LOT TO SOME VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE…YOUR CUSTOMERS

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The KCMA/ANSI Quality Certification Seal is a nationally recognized and respected symbol. In fact, This Old House recommends buying cabinets with the seal. Cabinets bearing the seal have been extensively tested against rigorous standards to ensure quality craftsmanship, durability and longevity. When shopping for cabinets, consumers want to focus on color, style and cost. They don’t want to worry about the quality of their cabinets, and this seal gives them peace of mind.
TESTING
Recent Hanley Wood research shows that 3rd party testing is one of the top drivers in the selection process for builders and architects.
Third-party labs perform a series of tests against cabinets to measure different elements such as structural integrity, durability, installation and longevity.
There are four different categories of testing:
·Structural tests – to verify the structural integrity and strength of the cabinets ·Door tests – to verify the ability of doors to withstand loading and operate under…

Industry News Update

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DEMAND FOR KITCHEN AND BATH PREFERENCES REMAINS STRONG

The American Institute of Architects' (AIA) latest quarterly "Home Design Trends Survey" recently revealed that demand for new products and features in kitchens and bathrooms remains strong as the residential construction market continues to gain momentum.

Kitchen and bath remodeling remains a top performer among construction segments and "demand has remained solid for smart-home features in the kitchen," explained Kermit Baker, chief economist for AIA.

Check out more findings from the survey here.

NESAW FOCUSES ON WOODWORKING CAREERS

The New England School of Architectural Woodworking (NESAW), run by Greg Larson, isn't your average school woodshop. For one, the average student is around 32 years old, as many are career changers with a few y…