|Country Mill Cabinet a family affair|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2012 21:57|
(Employees of Country Mill Cabinet Company are: front row, l-r, Nathan VanHorn, Mitch Romanetz, special helper Josh Rawles, Rick Green, Anita Martin and Heather Rawles (design consultant); back row, l-r, Nate Rodenbeck, Mike Dodson, Scot Martin, Matthew Green; not pictured: Marcus Beachy and Matt Barse.) photo by wagner
by Katie Wagner
While other custom cabinet companies are falling by the wayside in a world of big box cabinet stores, Country Mill Cabinet Company is thriving.
A cabinet manufacturer east of Ege, Country Mill Cabinet Co. has been in business since 1985. Bob Green started the company after tiring of his office job. His son, Rick Green, was laid off from his job as an electrician, so they used the equipment they already had and opened a full-time cabinet shop.
But the Greens were in the cabinet business long before that.
Dianne (Miller) Green, Bob’s wife, was at the heart of Bob’s love affair with cabinets. Dianne’s father, John Miller, left his job at Harvester in 1949 to open a cabinet shop in his garage—J. Miller Cabinet Company. Bob Green worked for his father-in-law in the summertime during college. However, in the late 1970s, Bob decided to get out of the cabinet business and use his teaching degree to become a business administrator for Youth For Christ.
After Green opened Country Mill Cabinet Co. in 1985, other members of the family joined in the business. Bob’s daughter, Anita, and her husband, Scot Martin, joined her father in business in 1990 and 1989, respectively. Bob’s son Matt jumped on board in 1993.
Bob retired in 2008, leaving the cabinet company in the hands of his three children.
Rick, Anita and Matt work in conjunction with their employees to meet the needs of customers on a daily basis.
Rick Green emphasizes that Country Mill Cabinet Co. is 100 percent custom cabinetry, noting that if you can dream it up, they can get the job done. They specialize in kitchen and bath cabinets, desks, entertainment centers and hutches in addition to granite, quartz, concrete and laminate countertops.
The crew consists of 11 employees, with a full sales staff, three designers and one licensed decorator (Anita).
Country Mill Cabinet Co. will provide prospective customers with free estimates and free decorating advice if the customer decides to choose them.
Employees are part of the building process every step of the way, building the doors and framework, assembling, finishing, hanging hardware and installing the cabinets. Country Mill Cabinet Co. also specializes in custom stains.
Customers may pick from 83 standard stain colors, in addition to the custom colors, and thousands of Sherwin-Williams paint colors.
Rick Green says that Country Mill Cabinet Co. uses the highest quality finish on its products, using a catalyzed conversion varnish to ensure durability and to create a cabinet that should last forever—with proper care of course.
To Green, the details set Country Mill Cabinet Co. apart from the others. With 100 percent custom and handmade cabinets, Green said he deals with the homeowner from start to finish, from design and sales through production and installation.
Some signature details include soft-close hardware for drawers and doors, dovetailed drawer boxes, custom concrete countertops, a corner cabinet that replaces the “lazy Susan” and a special concealed trashcan cabinet with a built-in drawer for garbage bags and a cutting board.
Green said there’s no trend in cabinets right now—he recently created a kitchen island that was the color of the Caribbean Sea.
“There are no rules anymore,” he said. “Whatever you can dream, we can do it.”
Some other memorable projects include the time he repaired bullet holes that went through a set of kitchen cabinets and another time when he was paid with three dozen Macadamia Nut cookies.
The showroom is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment—though hours are subject to change during hunting season.
Call 693-9289 to set up an appointment or visit the website: countrymillcabinet.com for more information.
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