American Woodmark Corporation (AWC) (NASDAQ: AMWD), a leading supplier of cabinetry to the new home construction and remodeling industries, is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its Orange, Va. manufacturing facility. During the week of September 22, 2008, the company will be commemorating this historical event with an Employee Appreciation Week, which will include a variety of special events and programs celebrating its employees.
“American Woodmark is proud to mark 35 years of success and history in Orange,” said Mike Stickles, plant manager, Orange, American Woodmark. “It is through the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the support of our community, that we continue to grow. We look forward to the next 35 years of excellence.”
American Woodmark Corporation is reflecting on more than three decades of success and milestones in Orange with an Employee Appreciation Week. The celebration kicks off on Monday, Sep. 22 with a catered breakfast for all employees. The festivities will continue daily through Thursday, Sep. 25, with kettle corn popcorn on Tuesday, a plant-wide catered lunch on Wednesday, and an ice cream social, horseshoe tournament, baking contest and baby photo contest on Thursday.
The history of the Orange plant site dates back well beyond its years as an American Woodmark owned and operated facility. The site began in the early 1900s as West Virginia Timber Company and then Rapidan Railroad Company. In 1928, Kentucky Flooring, a hardwood-flooring manufacturer, bought the site and in 1947, it was sold to Orange Wood Products, a custom kiln drain facility and saw mill. In the early 1970s, Boise Cascade purchased Orange Wood Products, for the purpose of taking over the saw mill, and began production in May 1973. Boise Cascade soon refocused toward forestry and wood products, ultimately focusing on paper. The executives of the cabinetry division recognized in 1979 that Boise Cascade would lose interest in the cabinetry division, and they initiated a leveraged buyout. Bill Brandt, Al Graber, Jeff Holcomb and Don Mathias completed the deal with Boise Cascade and formed American Woodmark Corporation in 1980. Since that time, American Woodmark’s Orange manufacturing plant has grown to be one of the largest companies in Orange Country, with a workforce of approximately 200 employees.
During the past 35 years, American Woodmark has not only grown as a company, but also as a partner of the Orange community. Their longstanding commitment to community involvement is evident through donations and partnerships with organizations such as the Orange Downtown Alliance, Orange County Free Clinic, Orange County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Orange County Department of Social Services, Greater Orange Community Development Corporation and the Hospice of Rapidan.
About American Woodmark Corporation
American Woodmark Corporation, located in Winchester, VA, is the third largest manufacturer of kitchen and bath cabinets in the United States. Offering approximately 380 cabinet lines in a wide variety of designs, materials and finishes, American Woodmark products are sold through a network of dealers and distributors and directly to home centers and major homebuilders. All American Woodmark products have received certification by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program. The Company operates 14 manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as various service centers across the country. American Woodmark shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “AMWD.” To find out more about American Woodmark, and view its vast array of cabinet styles, visit its Web site at www.americanwoodmark.com.