Cabinets and Closets tour will visit rising star Semihandmade
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PASADENA, Calif. -- The current and future homes of Semihandmade, a maker of high-end replacement doors for IKEA cabinets, will be two stops made by attendees participating in the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo Plant Tour on March 27.

Just 15 minutes from the Pasadena Convention Center, home to CCCE 2018 March 27-29, Semihandmade's 20,000-square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility in Duarte is a testimony to the company's rapid growth.  Launched in 2011 by John McDonald, Semihandmade has developed a unique niche in offering one-of-a-kind doors for IKEA kitchens, bathrooms, closets and media cabinets. The company's success has placed it on the Inc 500 list of fasting-growing privately owned U.S. companies.

The CCCE 2018 tour will stop at Semihandmade's Duarte facility first, followed by a stop at its future 25,000-sqaure-foot headquarters in nearby Monrovia, which will still be under construction.

McDonald was the keynote speaker at CCCE 2016, also held in Pasadena. He reflected briefly on the milestones reached at Semihandmade:

"The first milestone was around 2007. I was still doing custom work as Handmade and exhibiting at the Dwell on Design Show and a stranger asked, 'Have you ever thought about making doors for IKEA cabinets.' 

"Certainly, in terms of sales, hitting $1 million was huge.  Reaching 10 employees was big, then 20, and so on. Being able to offer health insurance and a 401K before the mandated 50 is something we're pretty proud of.  I'm also proud of opening the showroom in Palm Springs, then expanding into multiple WeWorks around the country."

McDonald also noted the importance of social media,  "which has led to some key designer and manufacturer partnerships I consider a milestone.  Honestly, we're still learning and screwing things up every day; growing is great, but working hard and keeping the lights on is no less an accomplishment."

Future plans call for the launching of "our own line of American-made kitchen cabinets, More, in the Spring of 2019," McDonald added.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center to be held March 27-29. The annual event - which features a full-day conference, plant tour and exposition - is dedicated to home remodeling professionals specializing in building kitchen cabinets, closets, and other home storage designs.

Three education tracks are planned for March 27:  Closets - Profitability Through Innovation; Cabinets - Upgrade Your Business Now; and Lean - Total Lean Immersion! The three-day event also features free morning keynotes and other complimentary education sessions.  Click here for an updated conference schedule.

The Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) will once again offer designer certification during the conference allowing designers a chance to see the latest home storage products on the market and get certified in the same day.

The Top Shelf Design Awards will also be celebrated at an awards reception the evening of March 28.

CCCE 2018 is owned and managed by the Woodworking Network whose assets include FDMC, Closets & Organized Storage, Red Book,, the Daily Brief, Wood Pro Expo and WMS, the national event for Canada's wood products industry.

The 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference is produced in partnership with the Association of Closets and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA).

Interested in exhibiting? Reserve your booth now by contacting: Mike Litwicki, Hall-Erickson (630) 434-7779

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Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.