Learn how to break into the closets market at WPE Lancaster

Leland Thomasset will discuss how his custom woodworking business entered the lucrative market for closets and other home storage products.

MANHEIM, Pa. – Leland Thomasset, president of Taghkanic Woodworking, will discuss why and how he got into the closet and home storage business at the Wood Pro Expo Lancaster conference.

Leland Thomasset Pawling Closet
Leland Thomasset

Thomasset’s presentation, “Getting Started in the Closets Market,” is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Thomasset founded Taghkanic Woodworking in 1989 to provide custom cabinets and furniture to clients in New York City, Massachusetts, and beyond. In 2014, Thomasset and his partner Mark Benko launched Pawling Cabinet to capitalize on the fast-growing closet market.

Thomasset’s presentation will cover why many custom woodwork businesses are well-positioned to branch off into designing, manufacturing, and installing products for closets, garages, pantries, and other rooms around the house.

Thomasset will also be able to highlight the multiple benefits of joining a professional association. He is a member and past president of the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA). He is also a member of the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals.

Thomasset's opening-day presentation will follow a nuts-and-bolts seminar by popular FDMC columnist Dr. Eugene Wengert, aka The Wood Doctor.

The Wood Pro Expo Lancaster Conference is co-sponsored by the CMA and FDMC.

See the full schedule of events, including free daily keynotes delivered by FDMC Editorial Director Will Sampson.

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About Wood Pro Expo
Wood Pro Expo is a regional event for woodworking businesses that brings together suppliers and experts for a localized presentation of equipment and supply solutions. WPE includes a strong educational program on best practices for shop production and business management. The expo features a wide variety of equipment and supplies mainly geared to small and medium-size shops. The 2022 edition of Wood Pro Expo Lancaster takes place Oct. 13-14 at the Spooky Nook Sports Center/Warehouse at the Nook in Manheim (Lancaster County), Pa. For information visit woodproexpolancaster.com

For exhibitor information contact Lewis Goldman at [email protected] or phone 800-969-2212. 

More upcoming Woodworking Network events
Executive Briefing Conference (EBC), Sept 15-17, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO), Oct. 27-29, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.

Closets Conference & Expo co-located with Wood Pro Expo Florida, April 12-14, 2023, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 2-4, 2023, International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.



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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.