A plant tour will visit K&Z Cabinets as part of the 2016 Cabinets & Closets Conference in March. K&Z Cabinet Company is one of southern California's largest casework manufacturers has gone from a handful of workers to over eighty-five office, shop and field employees.
K&Z Cabinet Company is one of southern California's largest casework manufacturers, demonstrating steady growth since its beginnings in 1964. It has gone from a handful of workers to over eighty-five office, shop and field employees.
The company has completed well over 4,000 projects, including world-class medical, commercial and educational facilities. Some of K&Z's most noteworthy projects include: the Nursing Tower at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills; Rand Corporate Headquarters in Santa Monica; and significant projects for USC, UCLA, UCSB and numerous K-12 schools in the Los Angeles and Anaheim Unified School Districts.
Walter Kummetz and Heinz Zaiser founded K&Z Cabinet Company in June 1964. One year after its founding, K&Z joined the Woodwork Institute of California. The company was later incorporated in October 1975.
Heinz and Walter first met while working in California as installers at the same company. As natives of Germany, they not only shared a similar immigration experience, they also shared a common work ethic: both men were firm believers in the "Old World" principals of quality, craftsmanship and integrity. These three core values became the foundation upon which K&Z was built.
K&Z's first fifteen years were full of challenges, but Heinz and Walter, along with a dedicated staff of only ten employees, patiently weathered each storm. The fledgling company slowly but surely established for itself a reputation of excellence. At the time, K&Z operated from a small building in South El Monte, California.
In 1978, business finally began to pick up. As K&Z's project volume increased, so did its staff-so much so that it outgrew the South El Monte location. The now stable, mid-sized company was relocated to its current facility in Ontario, California.
The business is now led by Dennis Chan, who began as an estimator with K&Z in 1987. He was promoted to Vice President in 1995 and became owner and President in 1998. In addition to managing the company, Dennis continues to lead an active role in K&Z's daily operations, from estimating jobs to negotiating sales.
Mike Twyford, Vice President, joined the company in 1980. He oversees all of K&Z's operations, from in-house manufacturing to outside installation.
Among current projects are the Business and Humanities Buildings at San Diego City College in San Diego, the Fort Irwin Replacement Hospital in Fort Irwin and the Heritage Fields K-8 School in Irvine, CA.