110 New Jobs Coming to Southeast Michigan as Cabinet Manufacturer Cabinetworks Expands in Livonia

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Company chooses Michigan over other states in part due to the strength of the state’s workforce

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that leading cabinet manufacturer Cabinetworks Group is expanding in Livonia with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of $14.2 million and create 110 high-wage corporate and professional services jobs. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in other states because of the company’s longstanding history and existing talent base in the state.

“Cabinetworks is driving $14.2 million of investment and creating 110 good jobs in Southeast Michigan, underscoring the strength of our talented workforce and building on our economic momentum,” said Governor Whitmer. “We’re pleased to support Cabinetworks’ expansion in Livonia and look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow here and add jobs for Michiganders. Together, we can continue to send a clear message that everyone is welcome to make it in Michigan.”

“The decision by Cabinetworks to expand in Michigan underscores the strength of our business climate and talented workforce,” said MEDC Sr. Vice President of Regional Prosperity Matt McCauley. “This project is a win for Southeast Michigan and for the entire state. We are grateful to Governor Whitmer, legislators from both parties, and local officials for their continued support for our programs that help make announcements like today’s possible. We appreciate the work of our local partners in supporting our efforts to create high-skill jobs for our residents, and will continue working to earn investments, revitalize communities, and support our people as we encourage businesses of all sizes to make it in Michigan.”

Cabinetworks Group is the largest privately-owned kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturers in the U.S. Its portfolio features 16 brands including iconic names such as KraftMaid®, Merillat®, and Yorktowne®, among others. The company operates 14 manufacturing and assembly plants and five cabinet component manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. Headquartered in Ann Arbor with an administrative office in Adrian, Cabinetworks currently employs 259 Michigan residents.

The company seeks to centralize its corporate functions to better serve its customer base and attract and retain talent that will support business management and growth initiatives. Cabinetworks plans to relocate its headquarters into a facility in Livonia. The company is currently making significant improvements and renovations to create a modern headquarters incorporating the latest technology to facilitate teamwork and collaboration among its more than 8,000 employees nationwide.

“I appreciate the support and warm welcome we’ve received from the Detroit Regional Partnership,” said John Barkhouse, Cabinetworks CEO. “Our entire team is excited about our future in Michigan and we’re looking forward to establishing roots in Livonia. We’re energized and ready to grow here.”

“Cabinetworks' $14.2 million investment is a step forward for Southeast Michigan,” said State Representative Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth). “Michigan’s economic development efforts have helped us bring good-paying jobs and opportunities home. We will continue to work to attract investments like Cabinetworks to our great state.”

The project will bring immediate high-wage corporate and professional services jobs to the region and will help secure future investment by the company in Michigan. As a result, it is being supported with a $600,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The Detroit Regional Partnership has also offered marketing assistance and talent recruitment in support of the project. Individuals interested in careers with Cabinetworks should visit https://cabinetworksgroup.com/careers.

“The Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) was happy to assist Cabinetworks in establishing its expanded headquarters in the Detroit Region,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, President & CEO at DRP. “Cabinetworks is the second largest cabinetry manufacturer in the United States – its expansion in the Detroit Region speaks volumes to the sophisticated and highly skilled workforce we have here.”

About Cabinetworks
As the largest privately held cabinetmaker in the United States, Cabinetworks Group is home to over 8,000 employees; 25 locations, including 19 manufacturing facilities; and 16 brands — among them industry leaders KraftMaid®, Medallion® and Merillat®. Through an expansive network of major home centers, independent dealers, distributors and multi-family home builders, Cabinetworks builds life into the kitchen — meeting any customer’s vision with the industry’s most comprehensive choice. More information about the company, its products and career opportunities can be found at cabinetworksgroup.com.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

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