Fire disrupts production at Master WoodCraft Cabinetry

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 10/04/2011 9:08AM


Master WoodCraft Cabinetry plant MARSHALL, TX -- A fire that heavily damaged two buildings at Master WoodCraft Cabinetry, has prompted the company to secure a remote temporary building to begin manufacturing and assembly operations as soon as possible.

The fire, discovered at approximately 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, destroyed buildings dedicated to assembly and shipping. On its website, the company noted, "Thankfully the fire walls protected our finishing department (where we have expensive equipment), countertop shop as well as other buildings at our facility."

Master WoodCraft personnel are busily setting up temporary production at a building approximately four miles from the company's main plant, which inlcludes 230,000 square feet of space for the manufacture of kitchen and bath cabinets, countertops and components.  "We will be shipping cabinets again by next week," according to the company's Oct. 4 posting.

Master WoodCraft Cabinetry is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn. and is enrolled in the KCMA's Environmental Stewardship Program.

Fire investigators were trying to determine what triggered the fire that was fueled by wood products and adhesives, according to KTBS.

No injuries were reported.

Master WoodCraft Cabinetry was formed in 2008 by Gene Ponder, founder of Republic Industries, a cabinet manufacturer also based in Marshall, TX.

Read related article: MasterCraft Wood Products' Fast & Furious Startup (Posted 1/9/09)


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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