GORHAM, ME - A fire shut down Town & Country Cabinets. The Gorham, ME firm is the exclusive manufacturer of hand-made Shaker furniture for high-profile retailer Sturbridge Yankee.

Fire at Sturbridge Yankee Shaker Furniture ManufacturerThe fire started March 25 near a second story exhaust fan. Fueled by stains, coatings and the lumber inventory, firefighters battled the seemingly intractable fire for much of the day. Local media report that a passerby alerted owners of the fire, potentially saving much of the 19th century building and its machinery.

Town & Country Cabinets opened in 1974 as a builder of custom cabinets, later expanding into a full service wood products manufacturer. Along with custom-made cabinets, it began producing specialty and accent items such as occasional tables, bookcases, and mirror frames.

Sturbridge Yankee extols in a video above Town & Country Cabinets' hand crafting, but the company relies on its CNC routing capability to manufacture a large quantity and variety of wood products, "while maintaining a high standard of quality that equals hand-made craftsmanship. Town & Country Cabinets can design and build the item you need to your own exact specifications - from a one-of-a-kind piece to literally thousands of the same item."

Its affiliation with Sturbridge Yankee began in 1987. Recently the firm branched into Murphy Beds disguised as wall cabinets or a piece of furniture. Murphy Beds are custom made, permitting with specification of wood, style, and finish.

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