MARION , IN - Advanced Cabinet Systems (ACS), a manufacturer of Division 12 Plastic Laminate Casework and retail store fixtures, is drawing on students of local educational institutions to help lay the groundwork for its future workforce.

During the past summer, ACS hired Anna Luke, an interior design intern from Indiance Wesleyan University of Marion. Luke conducted research focused on creating the ideal classroom. She studied everything from student learning styles, classroom design and technology to lighting, temperature and color theory. Her efforts culminated with the development of a presentation that ACS gives to area architects.

“During my research, I discovered that current classroom designs are geared towards the teachers instead of the students," Luke said. "We as a society need to change this format to help stimulate the learning process.”

Marc Dunker, creative director of ACS, has led the development of a program for local high school students. "The program will educate students about woodworking and what we do at ACS. Our goal is to show students the technology involved in modern woodworking in the casework and retail store fixture industry, Dunker said.  “We feel privileged to help the local schools educate students, especially those that no longer have a traditional wood shop class.”

ACS Adds Two New Dealers
Advanced Cabinet Systems has expanded its dealer network, adding Smith & Schaefer Inc. of Cincinnati, OH, and The Barfield Group of Gainesville, FL. Smith & Schaefer will represent ACS in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and western Pennsylvania. The Barfield Group will cover Florida.

ACS said it is actively seeking dealers in other regions in its efforts to further expand.

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