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Kountry Wood Products
www.kountrywood.com / HQ: Nappanee, Ind. / Employees: 440 / Specialty: Kitchen cabinets /
Ola Yoder, CEO: "We are really a production oriented company."

Midwest

being a production-oriented
company keeps kountry wood's
focus on serving it nationwide
customer base.

Producing Value

kountry wood's affordable cabinets helped it
grow in a cost-conscious market. by tim o'connor
Kountry Wood Products keeps a
close tab on the latest trends in the
kitchen cabinet market. Greys and
painted whites are in now so the Indiana-based manufacturer is installing a
new finishing line to keep up with demand for our white finishes. "We try
to research a lot of it," founder, owner
and CEO Ola Yoder says. "We're very
much customer driven, what they like
and what they're asking for."
But even as it tracks industry
trends, Kountry Wood keeps its focus
on output. When considering whether to make a change in the style of its
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cabinet offerings, the company considers the impact on productivity. It
knows it can't satisfy every individual
style out there if it wants to serve the
national market. "When you try to do
everything for everybody it really cuts
down on your productivity," Yoder
says. "We are really a production oriented company."

Expanding Market
Yoder founded Kountry Wood in
1998 as a maker of picture and mirror
frames for major retailers and cabinet
doors for the RV industry. The first

manufacturing facility was in Yoder's
barn but by 2000, Kountry Wood grew
large enough that it had to relocate to
an industrial park in Nappanee, Ind. A
year later the company found its niche
when it began producing kitchen cabinets, which Yoder was experienced in
when he was employed at a manufactured housing company.
The next major step for Kountry
Wood occurred in 2006 when the
plant underwent a large expansion.
The company expanded its management team by naming Perry Miller as
president, Virgil Yoder as vice president, Greg Shank as CFO and Howard
Miller as production manager. "As
the company kept growing we put the
right people in the right place," Yoder
says. In 2008 Kountry Wood Products
was recognized as one of the 50 Indiana Companies To Watch in the list's


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