This photo depicting a small portion of Mill's Pride's automated
cabinet production was taken for an April 1998 article in Wood
& Wood Products, a year before the company was acquired
by Masco Corp.

TAYLOR, MI –Masco Corp.

announced that it will cease production of ready-to-assemble cabinets and close its plant in Waverly, OH.

The plant, which currently has 1,216 full-time salaried and hourly employees, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. The company said aggregate annual sales of products made in Waverly were approximately $200 million in 2009.

In the interim, Masco said it “will entertain legitimate offers for the purchase of the facility.”

Karen Strauss, president of Masco Cabinetry, said, “The closure is driven by our desire to focus on our core brands – KraftMaidMerillat and QualityCabinets. It is not the result of failed efforts or the quality of the workforce dedicated to these product lines.”

In its first quarter financial report, the company stated, “We believe that our strong financial position, together with our current strategy of investing in leadership brands (including KraftMaid and Merillat cabinets, Delta and Hansgrohe faucets, Behr paint and Milgard windows), our continued focus on innovation and our commitment to lean principles will allow us to drive long-term growth and create value for our shareholders.”

The Waverly plant opened in 1987 as Mill’s Pride. It was purchased by Masco in 1999 and became part of the Masco Retail Cabinet Group in 2004. The highly automated plant is dedicated to the manufacture of RTA cabinets, vanities, closet systems and in-aisle cabinetry product programs for home centers, including Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Read Masco's Q1 press release.

Read Editor-at-Large Rich Christianson's blog: The End of the Line for the 'Pride' of Waverly?

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