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Cabinet sales up 20.7 percent in 2013 over 2012

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According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, participating cabinet manufacturers reported sales totaling $5.6 billion for 2013, up 20.7 percent compared to total sales for 2012.  Stock sales were up 26.2 percent; semi-custom sales were up 16.3 percent; and custom sales were up 16.9 percent.

December 2013 monthly sales were up 24.9 percent compared to December 2012.  Stock sales were up 30.9 percent; semi-custom sales were up 20.2 percent; custom sales were up. +17.9 percent compared to December 2012.

Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent approximately 70 percent of the fragmented U.S. kitchen cabinet and bath vanity market. Learn more at


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February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

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KCMA to recognize dealers, retailers in Environmental Stewardship Program

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The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association is expanding its commitment to promote sustainable environmental practices by recognizing dealers and retailers who sell cabinets certified by the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program.

Through a new Authorized ESP Dealer recognition program, retailers and dealers who sell ESP-certified cabinets are able to utilize a new, distinctive and proprietary logo in their advertising and promotional efforts. The new logo will help increase awareness of the ESP program and its environmental benefits, as well as facilitate brand recognition among customers.

“The Authorized ESP Dealer program responds to growing consumer interest in products that are proven to be environmentally sound and hopes to make it easier for consumers to find such products,” said Richard Titus, executive vice president, KCMA. “The KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program is proud to provide cabinet manufacturers with an innovative platform that demonstrates their commitment to sustainability and sound environmental practices. ESP is audited each year by an accredited outside (third-party) auditing firm in order to affirm its authenticity.”

ESP requires that all composite wood products used in cabinets comply with existing California formaldehyde emission regulations. The program takes a holistic approach to “green” cabinet certification, ensuring industry compliance by requiring third-party verification for most of its criteria. ESP-certified companies’ practices are validated through annual review, and business’ are also encouraged to track their achievements and pursue new methods to improve environmental performance.

ESP awards points to companies that use wood certified from sustainably managed forests, have active recycling and energy conservation programs, generate alternative energy sources, encourage their suppliers to protect the environment and support their local communities. Along with meeting these requirements, those certified must agree to report to KCMA within 60 days receipt of any significant local, state or federal environmental-related citation that could result in termination from the program.  For more information on the criteria for ESP certification go to

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February 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

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KCMA to host Spring Convention & Leadership Conference March 9-12, 2014

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KCMA’s annual Spring Convention & Leadership Conference is set to be held March 9-12, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

This event for the cabinet manufacturing industry draws top speakers, from expert economists and consultants to best-in-class practitioners. Programs are designed to address current industry issues and cutting-edge subjects.

For more information and registration information, please visit

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December 4, 2013 at 7:00 am

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KCMA comments on EPA’s proposed formaldehyde emissions standards

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The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association submitted comments on Oct. 9 to the Environmental Protection Agency challenging several aspects of its proposed rule, Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products.

KCMA supported the creation of a federal formaldehyde emission standards program in 2010 with the expectation that EPA would promulgate standards that mirrored the California Air Resources Board regulation 93120, Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emission from Composite Wood Products (2008). Most significant for the cabinet industry and other fabricators, KCMA says it expected EPA to exclude “laminated products” from the broad definition of hardwood plywood.

“The single most costly and burdensome aspect of EPA’s proposed rule is the agency’s decision to disregard CARB, KCMA and others on the treatment of ‘laminated products.’ Instead of following the ATCM as intended by Congress, EPA dramatically expanded the requirements.  This represents the single most-significant variation from the approach taken by the current California rule,” according to KCMA Executive Vice President Dick Titus.

As the American Chemistry Council stated, “EPA discounts the scientific evidence of a threshold for health effects, disagrees with findings from international authoritative bodies and presents valuations that are not based on biological evidence.”  The proposed EPA regulation departs drastically from the performance-based approach adopted by CARB, which was developed after much deliberation, scientific review and careful study over a period of years, says KCMA.

According to KCMA: “KCMA is concerned about the impact this rule would have on thousands of small businesses, especially cabinetmakers and their component suppliers.  Cabinetmakers, who veneer on a kitchen-by-kitchen basis, would be subject to the same regulation as six plywood manufacturers who account for 80 percent of the market and who produce hundreds of millions or billions of square feet of commodity products each year.  CARB recognized the distinction between panel producers and fabricators.  Under CARB rules, fabricators are required to use certified composite wood, maintain usage records and label their products as compliant, but unlike EPA’s proposal, there are no costly additional testing, certification, quality control requirements and paperwork burdens, many of which could be duplicative.  KCMA supported the comments of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy relative to the negative impacts of the proposed regulation on small businesses.”

KCMA advocates that: “(1) The veneering done by downstream fabricators should not be treated the same as HWPW production; (2) that prescriptive, specification-based provisions should be replaced with performance-based formaldehyde emissions requirements for composite wood panel products without bias towards any resin or manufacturing technology employed to meet those requirements; (3) raised panels are excluded from the definition of HWPW; and (4) products and components containing de minimis amounts of composite wood products should be exempted. KCMA joined the Federal Wood Industry Coalition (FWIC) in its comments on the regulation and submitted research affirming that the kitchen and bathroom are the best ventilated rooms in the home, which further reduces risk to consumers from formaldehyde emissions from compliant composite wood materials.”

According to KCMA President Paul Sova: “Any fabricator who does any veneering should have great concern with the proposed composite wood formaldehyde regulations, as well as anyone making veneered HWPW components supplied to cabinet, furniture and other wood products companies. This important and specialized part of our supply chain would be regulated the same as large plywood panel manufacturers which is both overly severe and unnecessary. Even those using non-formaldehyde adhesives would have to test and meet other administrative requirements in order to comply. In today’s economy, many would be unable to support this costly burden to essentially prove the negative. This is not how a rational regulatory system works.”

Read KCMA’s complete comments on the proposed rule at

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October 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

KCMA: Cabinet sales increase 7 percent in 2012

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According to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s monthly Trend of Business Survey, participating cabinet manufacturers reported sales totaling $4.7 billion for 2012, up 7.3 percent compared to total cabinet sales for 2011. Stock cabinet sales were up 11.7 percent; semi-custom sales were up 4.5 percent; and custom sales were up 0.1 percent for 2012.

December 2012 monthly sales were up 15.2 percent compared to December 2011. Stock sales were up 21.5 percent; semi-custom sales were up 10.3 percent; and custom sales were up 9 percent compared to December 2011.

Survey participants include stock, semi-custom and custom companies whose combined sales represent more than 66 percent of the fragmented U.S. cabinet market. KCMA is the major trade association for manufacturers of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the industry. Sixty-three percent of KCMA cabinet manufacturer members report sales under $10 million annually.

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February 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

Cabinotch cabinet box system exceeds ANSI/KCMA test standards

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Columbia Forest Products’ Cabinotch cabinet box system recently underwent independent testing by HPVA Laboratories, which the company says demonstrated the strength and durability of the custom-sized American hardwood cabinet boxes when assembled.

Testing of Cabinotch products showed the cabinet box system exceed the levels of the ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2012 Performance and Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets. HPVA Laboratories conducted structural, deflection, static load and impact tests on Cabinotch wall cabinets, base cabinets and shelves, resulting in “pass” designations in all testing categories.

According to Josh Hosen, HPVA Laboratories’ manager of certification services, the Cabinotch cabinets were first subjected to the standard ANSI/KCMA static loading test, which stipulates 15 pounds per square foot to be applied to the shelves and cabinet bottoms for a one-week time period. “Once the cabinets passed that standard, we doubled the loading to 30 pounds for two weeks of tests, which they passed as well,” he said.

Additional static loading tests were performed to simulate wall cabinets’ ability to withstand the weight of items inside and still hang on the wall. HPVA Laboratories increased the amount of weight specified in the ANSI/KCMA standard by 25 percent, equating to more than 750 pounds of force being applied to the wall cabinet face frame. Finally, drop impact tests were performed on the cabinets’ shelves and bottoms. Where the KCMA/ANSI test calls for a 3-pound ball to be dropped from 6 inches, the Cabinotch products were tested and passed with a 14-pound ball from 12 inches.

Through a Web portal on, customers can register, then specify face frame and interior face species, adjust sizes and order cabinet box parts, which are then shipped directly to their shop. Instructional videos can also be found online.

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September 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

KCMA revamps Environmental Stewardship Program website

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The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association has revamped its Environmental Stewardship Program website,, to further educate people about this environmental stewardship program in the cabinet manufacturing industry.

New features and new content on the site include a KCMA Twitter handle, @KCMAorg, and an ongoing series of blog postings to provide up-to-date industry and KCMA information related to sustainable wood products. The revamped site will also help further connect the industry and the public to a network of environmentally friendly cabinet manufacturers.

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July 20, 2012 at 7:00 am

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