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masterbrand-cabinetsMasterBrand Cabinets, whose subsidiaries include Diamond, Kemper, and Schrock, is itself part of Fortune Brands, a large consumer products corporation whose brands include everything from Titleist golf balls to Jim Beam whiskey, as well as Moen faucets and sinks, Master Lock, and more.

Founded in 1926 in Richmond, Indiana, Kemper Distinctive Cabinetry is the oldest cabinetmaker in the United States. It got its start making freestanding dressers, cabinets and other furniture, but when the post-World War II home construction boom brought a demand for built-in cabinets, Kemper quickly shifted gears.

Schrock began in 1961, founded in Arthur, Illinois, and Diamond in 1970 in Grants Pass, Oregon. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, MasterBrands came into being as the parent company in 1998. Today MasterBrands continues to operate a manufacturing facility in the Indiana town where Kemper got its start.

According to its company literature, Diamond, Kemper and Schrock cabinets are identical in quality and construction, varying only as to the styles and finishes available. All three companies offer door and drawer fronts in a fairly similar range of styles, including square, arch and slab, in maple, cherry, oak, hickory and rustic alder, plus white and ivory laminate. Each type of wood is available in various finishes and, depending on style, may be either solid wood or veneer. Hardware, molding and accessories can be chosen to customize your kitchen’s look.

Like other manufacturers in the build-to-order market, these brands offer standard and higher-quality construction options, with a number of upgrades (e.g., plywood box vs. “furniture board,” “smart” drawer stops) available.

If your kitchen remodel plans demand that you make the best use of limited space, cabinets by Diamond, Kemper or Schrock should be on your short list. One thing that sets these three cabinet lines apart from the pack is their innovation in taking advantage of every bit of available space. Check out the Super Cabinets, which feature wire pullouts, in-door storage, and fully extensible pull-out shelves. Or the Base Pantry Pullout, which lets you turn those awkward deep, narrow spaces to efficient storage. Or the Super Lazy Susan, the old favorite on steroids, making it extra easy for you to get items when you need them and keep them out of the way otherwise.

MasterBrand products are widely available; their warranty remains in effect as long as you own your home.

MasterBrand Cabinets, whose subsidiaries include Diamond, Kemper and Schrock, is itself part of Fortune Brands, a broader corporation with products that include everything from Titleist golf balls to Jim Beam whiskey. But the plus side to dealing with such a large and far-reaching company is that there are plenty of cabinets to choose from. Here’s some more information about MasterBrand and what they have to offer.

Costs

MasterBrand kitchen cabinets are priced and sold by authorized dealers. This means that retail prices are determined by the dealers, not by the manufacturer themselves. Ask a kitchen contractor for specific price estimates in your area.

Durability

MasterBrand cabinets are expected to last the life of your home as long as they are properly cared for and kept free of excessive moisture. They also come with a limited lifetime warranty for peace of mind.

Maintenance

Like most other cabinets, MasterBrand cabinets only require regular cleaning to stay looking like new. Simply wipe the cabinets down with damp cloth and dry. If your cabinets have tougher stains, use a solution of dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water. Avoid abrasive cleaners and scouring pads to keep the finish intact.

History

Founded in 1926 in Richmond, Indiana, Kemper Distinctive cabinetry is the oldest cabinetmaker in the United States. Kemper got its start making freestanding dressers, cabinets and other furniture, but when the post-World War II home construction boom brought a demand for built-in cabinets, Kemper quickly shifted gears.

Schrock began in 1961, and was founded in Arthur, Illinois. Diamond came along in 1970 in Grants Pass, Oregon. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, MasterBrands was created as the parent company in 1998. Today, MasterBrands continues to operate a manufacturing facility in the Indiana town where Kemper got its start.



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