Lansdale, PA—A custom kitchen cabinet and architectural millwork firm has expanded its plant, growing from 40,000 square feet to 70,000, and adding more than a dozen new employees.
Village Handcrafted Cabinetry, founded in 2000, moved to Lansdale, PA in 2006, opening a showroom and production facility. The COVID-19 pandemic spurred its business since early 2020, according to company Controller John Higgins, who told local media the company has been looking to expand again.
Aided by modest city incentives, including discounts on electric bills and a rebate on its building permits, Village Handcrafted Cabinetry opened a new state-of-the-art production facility at 675 W. Third Street. The Lansdale city administrators reached out to Village Handcrafted Cabinetry and offered an incentive program that adds up to roughly $700 to $800 per month on electric bills that typically run between $10,000 and $11,000 monthly, Higgins told The Reporter newspaper.
While COVID-19 caused business to slow in early 2020, Higgins says, the usual areas for home renovation projects have since been supplemented with others from stay-at-home workers and students taking classes remotely.
“Kitchens and bathrooms are still the core of Village’s production,” says Higgins. “But the number of offices, studies, things of that nature, from what I hear from our project managers, it’s definitely more substantial than it used to be.”
According to city Manager of Community Development Jason Van Dame, “Village Handcrafted Cabinetry invested just over $2 million in their new location: buildings, equipment, etc.” As a result, “They will qualify for the second-highest tier: a 50 percent refund from their building permit fees, and a seven percent discount on their total electric bill for a period of seven years,” he says.
One notable feature in the new plant stood out for Lansdale city inspectors. “There’s a state-of-the-art dust collection system that the fire marshal and I were very interested in seeing up and running,” Van Dame says. Connected to all the production machines, it gathers sawdust in a silo, which will be burned to heat the facility during winter.
Higgins says future projects are already being planned. “We’re happy here, we intend to stay here, and hopefully we will continue to grow, and stay a part of Lansdale for years to come.”
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