Closet plant shuttered, assets to be auctioned

A Homag bander is up for auction.

ClosetMaid's Maryland factory has closed down and production moved offshore. Its assets are now available for purchase at auction.

ClosetMaid, founded in 1965, is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of closet organization, home storage, and garage storage products, and sells to some of the largest home center retail chains, mass merchandisers, and direct-to-builder professional installers.

In 2017, the company was acquired by New York-based Griffon Corp., and in 2023 Griffon announced that it was shuttering its factory in Grantsville, Maryland, and according to the company's first-quarter report is shifting work overseas. “In response to market conditions, Griffon announced in May 2023 that CPP is expanding its global sourcing strategy to include long handle tools, material handling, and wood storage and organization product lines for the U.S. market,” the report said. 

The facility, as seen in the video below, was an automated factory with what the auction house calls an "unprecedented offering of exceptionally well-maintained late model equipment" with equipment as new as 2023. The equipment includes CNC machining centers, edgebanders, dust collection systems, saws, material handling and more. A partial list of the equipment and supplies can be seen below or on the auction house's website.

The auction starts on April 30 at 10 a.m. ET and ends on May 7 at 10 a.m. ET.

 Partial list of the ClosetMaid assets up for sale.

Edge Banding Machines:

  • Homag EDGETEQ S-500 edge banding machine (2020) (2 available)
  • Homag Optimat KAL 370 profiLine (2018) (2 available)
  • Homag Optimat KAL 525 edge bander, (2007)
  • Homag Optimat KAL 310 edge bander, (2008)
  • Homag Optimat KR 75/A3 edge bander (2002), with Homatic NC-21 control
  • Homag Optimat KL 73/A edge bander controls (2 units available)
  • IMA Combi, double sided-edge bander, (2005)
  • IMA Combi contoured edge bander (2004)

CNC Saw Line:

  • Holzma HFL-33 CNC, angular saw (rips and crosscuts), 12-blade, with Holzma automated feeder, vibratory outfeed scrap conveyor with Cresswood destroyer grinder, (4) Holzma liftomat HAU-A-2518, (handles 4’x 8’ pallets of material x 4’ high), plus roller outfeed tables

CNC Wood Boring: 

  • Homag Optimat BST 500 CNC boring mill (7 units available)
  • J&P Drawer-Side multispindle drilling machine 6V2HD2GC, top, bottom & side drilling, grooving, PLC controls, s/n 431220 (2 units available) 2020

CNC Machine Centers

  • Weeke BHX 055 CNC Vertical machining Center (2015)
  • Weeke Optimat BHC 550 CNC Machining Center

Continuous Board Lamination Line:

  • 5’x 8’ Dual panel line, double destacker on infeed, 2-sided coating, (3) 10,000 lb hydraulic lift tables (2 on infeed, 1 on outfeed), flash-off unit (for glue to adhere to board), with payoff reels, heated chrome rollers, Sterlco temperature control units (4 units, oil heated), auto cutter, outfeed stacker (perfect for general lamination uses)

Automated Board Conveyer System:

  • Doucet outfeed automated board conveyor system, M/N MSP/CR 19/48/15 TR4 C87 (2019)
  • Doucet return conveyor, M/N MSP-CR-19-36-84 tourneur 90, (2023) (2 available)
  • Doucet Panel Turner, M/N MSP-turneur (2019)

Material Handling:

  • Raymond 750 R45TT 480 stand on reach truck (2021) (3 available)
  • Raymond 750 R45TT 480 stand on reach truck (2005)(2 available)
  • Large assortment of Southworth hydraulic lift tables (to 5,000 lbs)
  • John Deere Zero Turn Mower

Dust Collection Systems:

  • Donaldson Torit cyclone-style dust collector, M/N IAP 26 'P' DES 50 ARR1W, 60hp w/ screw conveyor
  • Donaldson Torit bag-style dust collector, M/N IAP 29-90 'P' DES 50 ARR1Z, 60hp, w/ outfeed screw conveyor (2 available)


  • Marathon 60” cap. vertical baler
  • Horizontal 4’x’6’ cap. horizontal baler
  • Horizontal 4’x12’ cap. horizontal baler
  • Compactor 4' x 12' ram-style baler

Overhead Bridge Crane:

  • Herbert 10-ton top running bridge crane with 10-ton hoist w/ pendant control - (only 1-year of use)


  • Miller Bobcat
  • Miller 250 Mig Welder
  • Miller 251 Mig Welder
  • Dynamic Cutmaster Plasma Cutter
  • Welding Curtains, torches, fume extractor

Wood Grinder/Scrap Chopper:

  • Weima WLK-15 Hog scrap wood grinder, 120hp, V-Roto top loading grinder
  • Sweed Scrap Chopper Model 510AL

Plant Support/Additional Machines:

  • Wulftec WCA Smart Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper (2019 – 2 Available)
  • Cousins LPZ1000 automatic pallet stretch wrapper
  • 100 +/- Sections of pallet racking
  • Tomcat Xpedx Floor Sweeper
  • CM Equipment Box Makers Model CM1 (2 available)
  • Llit tables, 3' x 6', 5000 lb cap (Southworth and others) (60 available)
  • Roll off chip container, 8' x 16' x 6', 30 yard (7 available)
  • M Conti Measuring Table Model BCE25R
  • John Deere Zore Turn Lawn Mower
  • 3 Husqvarna Weed Eaters
  • Husqvarna Leaf Blower Backpack unit.
  • Husqvarna Push Mower
  • 2 Snow blowers

Large Inventory of Lamination Paper, Over 5,000,000 Sq. Ft.

Additional items include:
Maintenance shop, Vidmar cabinets, pedestal grinders, flammable storage cabinets, ironworker, parts cleaner, shop vacs, saws to include: miter, 60 lift tables, horizontal gravity & vertical band, Dayton drill press, ironworker, vertical milling machine w/ DRO, large amount of spare parts, supplies, pallet jacks, self-dumping hoppers, carts, electrical components, freq. drives, sensors of all types, Servo motors, pneumatics, MRO spares, office furniture & equipment (both general use and parts that support the machines being sold above).


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