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Developing New Products

An emphasis on product development and packaging of services has led Corbin, KY-based Stidham Cabinet Inc. to increased sales. "We can offer them a one-stop shop deal, including all cabinetry, doors, custom flooring, trim and ceiling -- in short, the whole package," says James Stidham, founder and president. "It has been very well received by customers."

All manufacturing has been brought in-house. "We decided to upgrade all our manufacturing and purchased a wide range of high-tech equipment, including CNC moulders, routers, point-to-point machines, dowel inserter, edgebanders and panel saw. We have a state-of-the-art equipped shop and it has given us tremendous flexibility. With technology, I believe you have to 'get in the boat' and ride or be run over," Stidham Says.

According to Stidham, the additional technology has allowed the 60-man shop to enter new niche markets, which keeps it busy during slow periods. Now, in addition to producing commercial case-work and residential cabinetry, plus custom interior and exterior doors, mantles and fireplace surrounds for churches, judicial/government offices and retail stores, Stidham Cabinet does projects for HUD housing. It obtained the necessary HUD Severe Use Certification, enabling it to bid on a number of federal contracts. "With the federal government pumping money into public housing as part of the economic recovery, there is a notable increase in HUD housing approved cabinets," says Stidham. "Pursuing this market offers us more work and allows us to take up the soft schedule time we now have."

In addition to the HUD certification, the company offers ANSI/KCMA certified products and is an AWI Certified Manufacturer.

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