INC 500 Includes Fast Growing Millwork, Cabinet and Closet Firms
November 1, 2015 | 11:55 am CST
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Barker Cabinets, Tualatin, Oregon; Hudec Woodworking, Griffith, Indiana; and Cabinets.com in Tampa, are among the fastest growing wood manufacturing companies listed in this year's Inc. Magazine INC 500. It's based on 2014 sales and average growth for three years. 

Barker, featured in the November 2015 issue of Woodworking Network, reached $5.6 million in revenue last year, more than 1,200 percent bigger than the year before. The comany ranked No.370 on INC's list, aided perhaps by the sales and service skills of Chad Barker, who also produces CAD/CAM and  

CASE STUDY

How Barker Cabinets Caters to Home Improvers

The Oregon firm began as a custom design and installation cabinet shop in in 1978,
and now sells web-based cabinet designs by end users with design software managed
by Chad Barker, pictured.


installation How-To videos on Youtube for the cabinetry company's clients. 

Closet America has been featured numerous times at Woodworking Network, most recently it's president Skip LaBella was named a Market Leader. Closet America is a privately owned and locally operated manufacturer and installer of custom home organization systems for closets, home offices, pantries, and garages. Founded in 2009, Closet America has steadily grown into one of the premier names in the professional organizing systems industry by raising the standards for quality and customer service. Closet America is a vertically integrated company where design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and service are all controlled internally. Closet America has two locations, with a manufacturing plant and distribution center in Landover, Maryland, and a corporate headquarters, administrative offices, and showroom in Lanham, Maryland. 

INC RANKCOMPANYGROWTHREVENUESEGMENTLOCATION
370Barker Cabinets1,288%$5.6 millionKitchen CabinetryTualatin, OR
409Cabinets.com1,157%$7.8 millionKitchen CabinetryTampa, FL
1139Kitchen Cabinet Kings 373%$4.9 millionRTA Cabinets-Imported-China New York, NY
2185Distinctive Kitchens179%$44.8 millionKitchen and Bath DesignBoca Raton, FL
3393Closet America97%$6.7 millionClosets and Home StorageLanham, MD
4702Hudec Woodworking52%$8.3 millionArchitectural WoodworkingGriffith, IN
4272Low Country Millwork64%$4.9 millionMillworkLadson, SC

Hudec Woodworking in Griffith, IN, has been on a roll, having "grown substantially from our early confines in the two-car garage shop, to our current purpose-designed 35,000 sq.ft. facility," says the company. "We are a continual improvement company and the needs of our clients and workforce are ever-changing, so implementing strategy for future growth and development is a daily awareness.  It’s an evolution that has no limits." Hudec (below) expanded its finishing department this year, and relies on production technology from Biesse, Stiles Machinery, and Bosch. 

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Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for WoodworkingNetwork.com, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for WoodworkingNetwork.com.

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.