FAIR LAWN, New Jersey —Kuiken Brothers Company Inc., a leading supplier of residential and commercial building materials, is promoting its "Made in the USA" KB Classical Moulding Collection. The KB Classical Moulding Collection includes sixty-six, in-stock, historically-inspired moulding profiles, and represents classic American moulding profiles based on designs from more than 200 years ago. The collection includes a range of crown, casing, base, chair-rail and panel mouldings.
According to a 2011 study by The Harrison Group and American Express, 65% of high-end shoppers prefer to buy products made in the United States.
"Our moulding products began with designs used more than two centuries ago in early America. They tell the story of American architectural, interior millwork," said Douglas R. Kuiken, president of Kuiken Brothers Company. "What continues to differentiate the KB Classical Moulding Collection is the mouldings are made from raw material from the United States and manufactured by American craftsmen. Our KB Classical Mouldings are true to their origins in design and true to 'Made in the USA' in materials and labor."
Kuiken Brothers' research for the collection began with the Library of Congress' Historic American Building Survey. Company researchers viewed and measured drawings, artifacts and photographs of local interior and architectural millwork.
The company then engaged Brent Hull, a nationally-recognized historic moulding and millwork expert, to collaborate and ensure authenticity. Hull spent several days with the Kuiken Brothers management team viewing local architecture and reviewing current moulding applications. Hull then sketched a number of different profiles from designs that were used in many early American homes.
The KB Classical Moulding collection is milled using wood from U.S. forests, specifically yellow poplar, a hardwood found predominantly in Eastern North America. Poplar was chosen because it is a non-resinous (non-bleeding) wood and mills to an extremely smooth surface.
Because of its characteristics, poplar provides for sharp lines and crisp edges, which are essential for the elegant designs chosen for the KB Classical Moulding collection. Kuiken Brothers made a long-term commitment to its product line, with a significant inventory commitment to ensure product availability for its customers.
The KB Classical Moulding collection is a full circle story — from the original designs of more than 200 years ago, to the growth of poplar, to U.S. manufacturing, to the installation in today's homes. From start to finish, everything about the KB Classical Moulding Collection is 100% USA.
"Offering quality products that are made in the USA is extremely important to us," said Kuiken. "My family came to the United States as European immigrants more than a century ago. This country has provided us with jobs, a quality way of life and a way to show our loyalty and patriotism. We are proud to offer products made in America."
The products in the KB Classical Moulding Collection are categorized by architectural style in a free, 68-page catalog. Styles include Early American, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, and Traditional Revival. The catalog shows which crown, casing and base mouldings go together based on these architectural styles. Kuiken Brothers has also cataloged their mouldings on their website where architects and designers can download CAD files to incorporate these details into their plans. Visit the website to request a complimentary catalog.
About Kuiken Brothers
Established in 1912, Kuiken Brothers Company has grown to become a leading supplier of residential and commercial building materials, including lumber, windows, doors, mouldings, drywall, metal studs, decking and railing, paint and kitchen and bath cabinetry with a focus on serving the needs of professional contractors and homeowners in the region. With a staff of more than 240 employees, the company now has a total of nine locations, eight in New Jersey—in Fair Lawn, Emerson, Midland Park, Ogdensburg, Wantage, Garfield, Succasunna and Roseland, and one in Warwick, New York. For more information, visit www.kuikenbrothers.com
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