FERDINAND, IN -- MasterBrand Cabinets plans to add new equipment and approximately 135 new workers to its Ferdinand, IN, facility.

According to published reports, the cabinet company asked the town council for a tax abatement for the approximately $1 million of new equipment it plans to purchase in an expansion that would create 135 new job. MasterBrand hopes to have the new personnel and equipment in place by early summer.

A Ferdinand council meeting later this month will discuss MasterBrand's request and prepare the proposal for a vote at its next meeting on February 11.

MasterBrand Cabinets is a division of Fortune Brands Home & Security. The company's cabinet brands include Aristokraft, Omega, Homecrest, Schrock, Decora and Kemper among others.

In 2011 the company shifted the production of its Aristokraft cabinet line from Kinston, NC, to Ferdinand, laying off approximately 150 people in the process.

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