MEDFORD, N.J. - Former suppliers have filed for bankruptcy against A former New Jersey-based cabinetmaker. The three suppliers are seeking more than $1 million.
 
DuBell abruptly closed in February after 97 years of business, leaving 157 employees out of a job. Those employees then filed a class-action lawsuit for inadequate notice and are seeking severance pay.
 
DuBell's creditors are pushing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, reports the Courier Post. Mid-State Lumber - the largest filing supplier - claims it's owed nearly $480,000. Others include Reeb Millwork and Atlantic Forest Products, who say they're owed $260,000 and $304,000 respectively.
 
The company has not yet responded to press about either lawsuit.
 
DuBell was founded in 1922 in East Camden, moving to Medford in 1981 after a fire. Expansions were planned two years ago after DuBell received $18 million in tax credits from New Jersey. Philly.com says those tax credits never came through, as DuBell never certified that it maintained at least 80 percent of its job commitments - a requirement of the program. 
 
Philly.com reported that the company, who made cabinetry, mouldings, stairs, and custom millwork, shut down all of its operations "because of mismanagement and investment issues."
 
The company was also fined more than $100,000 by OSHA last year for combustible dust hazards and other safety violations.
 

 

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