Grabill Cabinets acquired by Dovetail Brands
Grabill Cabinets

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Dovetail Brands, a newly formed affiliate of Ambassador Enterprises, has acquired Grabill Cabinets.

The acquisition by Dovetail Brands, which also owns Dutch Made Custom Cabinetry, occurred in late fiscal 2021 and was announced on Feb. 1. Former Grabill owners David Carnahan and Martin Heiny will continue with the company in leadership roles.

Based in Grabill, Indiana, Grabill Cabinets is listed at 194 on the 2022 FDMC 300, a ranking of the largest wood products producers in North America.

“My grandfather, Vilas Schertz, started Grabill Cabinets over 75 years ago, with the idea that the kitchen is the heart of the home. We’re pleased that Dovetail Brands and Ambassador Enterprises will help continue our family legacy for years to come,” Carnahan said.

“Our number one goal was to ensure this 75-year-old business continues on. We wanted to find a local buyer who was familiar with Grabill Cabinets and deeply connected to the area. Someone most interested in continuing what was started, who truly cared about Grabill’s employees. We’ve found that buyer—Ambassador Enterprises, a local legacy-minded private equity firm.” Heiny added.

Seth Nash, CEO of Dovetail Brands, said, “The best cabinetry in America is built here in northeast Indiana. We’re thrilled that the Grabill team will continue its legacy of excellence as part of Dovetail Brands. With Grabill and Dutch Made, we bring together two nationally-recognized brands with unmatched capability.”

Dovetail Brands is an affiliate of Ambassador Enterprises and serves designers and homeowners in the custom and luxury home interior market. Founded in 2021, Dovetail Brands is based in northeast Indiana.


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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]