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Texas cabinet shop creates 50 new jobs

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A cabinet company moves from one town in Texas to another and is bringing with it 50 new jobs.

Summit Custom Cabinets recently agreed to move from Manor to Taylor, Texas.

Taylor’s Economic Development Corp. provided incentives worth $493,300.

The incentives include an estimated $72,500 rebate on city property taxes over 10 years and a waiver of development fees worth $27,000.

The cabinet company has to create 50 new jobs at an average wage of $18 per hour ($37,440 per year) to receive the grant, said Sean Stockard, the president of the development corporation.

The average household income in Taylor is $25,000 to $28,000, Stockard said.

“Eighteen dollars an hour in Taylor with health insurance, a retirement plan, sick leave and vacation — that’s a huge win for this community,” he said.

The company has agreed to build a 40,000-square-foot building worth $1.5 million by June 30, 2016.

See the full Statesman news story here: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/cabinet-company-bringing-50-new-jobs-to-taylor/nmtmq/.

www.summitcabinet.com

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July 23, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Wozniak wins WorldSkills cabinetmaking qualifying trial

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At the WorldSkills Cabinetmaking Qualifying Trial, three top-scoring national SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking students competed for the chance to represent the U.S. at WorldSkills 2015 in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The three worked through the AWFS Fair on the floor on the Las Vegas Convention Center at the WorldSkills Booth. At the Awards Ceremony at the WorldSkills booth Jacob Wozniak was named winner. Wozniak, of Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES in Springville, N.Y., was SkillsUSA National 2012 Gold Medalist, high school cabinetmaking.

The other finalists were Caleb Floyd of Warner Robins High School in Kathleen, Ga., a SkillsUSA 2012 Silver Medalist in high school cabinetmaking, and Brett Sidesinger of Washburn Technical Institute in Topeka, Kans., a SkillsUSA National 2013 Champion, post-secondary cabinetmaking. Taking part in the recognition was Tommy MacDonald of the television series Rough Cut–Woodworking with Tommy Mac.

1309CMFskills2Winner Jacob Wozniak, from left, with finalist  Brett Sidesinger, Tommy MacDonald, and finalist Caleb Floyd.

WorldSkills is an international career technical education training organization. Students from countries around the world compete for gold medals and recognition in the field of training. Go to http://www.worldskills.org and http://www.skillsusa.org formore information. Supporters of the program include Felder USA, Blum, Kreg, Wurth, AWFS, AWI, AutoDesk, Delta, Irwin, SawStop, Interstate Batteries and Louis and Co.

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August 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

New grinding, tool room being completed for cabinetmaking students

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After recently completing a 3,000-square-foot addition, the Cabinetmaking & Millwork Program at Madison College in Madison, Wis., is working on completing its grinding and tool room.

Modeled after Stiles Machinery’s High Point, N.C., facility, the tool room is a climate-controlled space equipped with a Kentwood G330X grinder, an Optical Comparator from Accurate Technology, and Lista Cabinetry for storing cutter heads and knife grinding supplies.

With phase one of the addition nearly complete, phase two will begin in June with interior remodeling. The project is expected to be completed by August for incoming students and an open house will be planned for fall.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

Arkansas high school expanding cabinetmaking class for students

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The Construction Management program at Harber High School in Arkansas is expanding its cabinetmaking class by adding a computer-guided machine that cuts custom shapes, according to nwahomepage.com. About 40 students prepared for the new cabinetry course by visiting a Springdale factory, Millworx Inc, which uses the same techniques students will learn next year.

“The students can see the entire process, from start to finish,” instructor Stowe Hoffius to NWA. “It’s very high tech, and as you can see from the production here, it’s something that industry uses on an everyday basis.”

Hoffius says the new CNC machine will take the course to the next level. He told NWA, “The CNC equipment will attract a different type of student, that has interest in programming.”

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April 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

Nebraska cabinet and furniture maker opens store front as an offshoot from online store

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Jonathan Curtis of Aurora, Nebraska, opened his store front, Implement, a one-of-a-kind furniture store on the square in Aurora, according to The Independent online. Implement grew out of his other business, Curtis Custom Woodworking, which he started about three and a half years ago. He was designing kitchens, bathrooms, libraries, offices, staircases, “pretty much everything you can imagine,” Curtis told

The Independent.

“I really wanted to start being able to design furniture and pieces of cabinetry that I would have 100 percent control over,” Curtis said.

At first, he was selling his custom-designed furniture online. Word spread quickly about the business, which has been featured on a number of blogs and websites, such as http://www.etsy.com/people/curtisfurniture. In the short time Implement has been in existence, Curtis has shipped furniture to 22 states and nearly every metropolitan area in the country.

“I feel like we are going to be exploding in the next year or so,” Curtis told The Independent.

About 25 percent of the business is custom “one-offs,” built directly for the customer. His designs are rustic, raw and made of wood grains of many different colors. The other 75 percent of his business is designed by Curtis and his assistant, Whitney Hanson.

When they first started Curtis and Hanson had a lot of designs spinning in their head “that we wanted to get on paper. That was kind of the reason to start the furniture business,” Curtis told the site.

“When we did that, we didn’t have a showroom,” Curtis said. “So we had to have a place to sell it.”

They knew about Etsy, “that anybody in the world who makes stuff themselves — jewelry, clothing, furniture, etc. — can sell it on there.”

“We started by doing that,” Curtis said. “We had to come up with a name and a new website of our own.”

Wanting to keep it simple, he thought through a lot of different names until they found the word “implement.” That name appealed to him as it provoked an image of the modern, so he adopted Implement as the name of his new furniture venture. The website became http://www.theimplement.com.

“Around here, it means more of farm equipment, but another definition is a piece of furniture,” Curtis told the site.

What makes Implement stand out from the rest of the competition is simple: “We design it, and we build it,” Curtis said. “We are able to design it from start to finish, and quality is top-notch.”

Curtis said every piece of furniture is delivered “white glove,” which means it is delivered in a crate, well protected, and the trucking service will take it out of the crate, put it in the room of choice and take the crating material away.

Along with him and Hanson, Curtis employs three other people, but he expects to add more employees as the business grows.

“Where I see us in a year or two, as I am not one to sit still, is that I have a taste of this entrepreneurial thing and I am loving it,” Curtis said. “My goal is to be worldwide. Figuring out how to do that is the next question.”

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February 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

Madison College Cabinetmaking & Millwork program completes remodeling

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The Cabinetmaking & Millwork program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wis., has completed phase one of its remodeling, which included construction of a 3,000-square-foot addition to the lab.

The new space will house the rough mill, including the moulder and straightline rip, radial arm and vertical panel saws. The addition features five floor-to-ceiling cantilever rack systems for storing materials and provides fabrication space. A modular room will also be delivered to the program to serve as a climate-controlled space to house the Kentwood profile knife grinder, sharpening equipment and tooling.

Also as part of phase one of remodeling, the old cyclone was replaced with a new dust collection system, while the space previously occupied by the cyclone was converted into a climate-controlled storage space for veneer. The new dust collector is nearly four times the capacity of the old unit, with motorized gates at each workstation to improve suction and reduce electricity consumption. The Ecogate System monitors the activity of all machines in the lab utilizing dust collection, and through a variable speed drive, optimizes the amount of power supplied to the fan, for energy savings up to 80 percent.

Phase two of the remodel will occur next summer and will include a new/second classroom, doubling the size of the finish room and replacing the existing spray booth, a new assembly room, a room dedicated to maintenance materials and a materials library.

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September 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

ISFA to hold countertop symposium on Aug. 21

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On Tuesday, Aug. 21, in Atlanta, the International Surface Fabricators Association and the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair will hold a full-day countertop symposium: “Exploring Countertop Options: Turning Opportunity into Profit.”
The program is designed to provide information to established countertop fabricators as well as cabinetmakers and casework providers who are exploring best practices for resourcing within the countertop market. The session will cover residential and commercial operations, with discussions on materials, machinery, outsourcing versus in-house fabrication and countertop trends. Speakers include: Russ Berry, president, Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies and ISFA; Mike Nolan, director of education, ISFA; Dave Paxton, vice president, Paxton Countertops; and Kevin Cole, communications director, ISFA.
For more information on the symposium or to register call 866.229.2386 or go to www.IWFatlanta.com and click on the “Education” tab.

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May 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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