CHICAGO -- Members from the Cabinet Makers Association recently met in Chicago to network and learn best practices tips from their peers as well as suppliers and other vendor partners.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 the group of custom woodworkers gathered in downtown Chicago to tour the showrooms of Hafele America, SubZero and nuHaus, a division of Exclusive Woodworking located in Waukegan, IL.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, Exclusive hosted a plant tour and seminars at its North Chicago location. Ken Pratt, regional sales manager, Hafele, discussed how the current trend of open space planning is diminishing storage space in the kitchen and woodworkers can increase profit margins with add-ons such as LED lighting and drawer accessories. Mike Raysakis, Midwest sales rep., Grass America, demonstrated the Vionaro drawer system and the ease of switching out a wood drawer with a metal drawer without changing the cabinet. And Joe Knobbe, senior project manager at Exclusive provided tips on working with designers and architects, and he gave CMA members a highly informative tour of Exclusive's fully equipped manufacturing plant.

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