CCF Industries commemorates rising from the ashes

APOLLO, Pa. — CCF, a manufacturer of dovetail drawers located 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, likes to think of itself as the phoenix bird of drawer manufacturers. That’s because in April 2014, an explosion rocked CCF’s facilities spreading fire and destroying the company’s 16,000 square-foot drawer manufacturing facility.

The blaze was likely caused by a static spark in CCF’s finishing department and forced the company to establish temporary operations in a nearby building. A year and a half later, in October 2015, the company moved into a fully rebuilt facility that is 7,000 square feet larger than the original space. Since then, CCF has been growing steadily, and that progress is illustrated by the recent launch of an updated website at

“With the help of dedicated team members, as well as the compassion and generosity of neighbors, customers, and supply chain partners, we kept the business going during the 18 months it took to rebuild our facility,” says Ken Clifton, president of CCF Industries. “That spirit of cooperation has continued for almost a decade and has become engrained in who we are as an organization.”

Updated website launched

As the company commemorates its decade of growth since the conflagration, it has launched a new website.  

Clifton adds, “We have given our updated website the same level of care we apply to every drawer we manufacture. It is now easier for people to understand how we can work together to create quality drawer solutions that meet the highest standards.”

Besides describing the types of drawers CCF manufactures, the site demonstrates CCF’s position as a thought leader by providing content related to selecting the best drawers for specific uses and the advantages and disadvantages of dovetail joints


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