Cabinet Supplier Finds Silver Lining in Cloudy Economy

first_imgVermont specialty wood products manufacturer Classic Designs by Matthew Burak continues to grow at a double digit pace, despite overall weakness in the housing market.The company manufactures high-quality turned columns for kitchen and bath cabinetmakers. Company sales have grown at an annual rate of 12% over the last 20 months. Internet sales from the companys website, is external) have grown 61% over the same period last year.Remodeling is driving our business right now, says General Manager David Redmond. Our customers are cabinetmakers from all over the country. They are telling us a couple interesting things. One, homeowners trying to sell their home in slow markets are remodeling kitchens in an effort to attract buyers. These people use our columns and corbels to update an older home with its first kitchen island. Two, were hearing that clients whose homes are not on the market are doing some serious cocooning. Instead of the big travel vacation, homeowners are investing in spending leisure time at home, Redmond says.Kitchens are getting bigger, with more ambitious trim packages at the high and upper-middle end levels, Redmond continues. Our products give cabinetmakers an easy way to make cabinetry look more luxurious. Classic Designs can modify any stock to give a custom look without the big expense of truly custom-turned components.Classic Designs by Matthew Burak84 Central StreetSt. Johnsbury, VT is external)last_img read more