Our founding year may be 1980, but the idea of American Woodmark was born many years before that. It has been a very successful and rewarding journey — stretching from the west coast to the east, making us one of the three largest cabinetmakers in the country and a trusted partner to our customers and communities.
It starts with a dentist
Long Island–based dentist, Alvin Goldhush, sees an opportunity to create cabinets for his dentistry business and founds a company called Raygold Industries. Raygold grows to a sales volume of about $6 million and is acquired by Boise Cascade in April 1971.
The birth of American Woodmark
Four executives from Boise Cascade’s cabinet division—Bill Brandt, Al Graber, Jeff Holcomb, and Don Mathias—stage a leveraged buyout and purchase the company. American Woodmark Corporation is formed with over 1,100 team members and three manufacturing facilities.
Going public. Hello, Virginia!
American Woodmark formulates successful relationships with big-box retailers Home Depot and Lowe’s and goes public. The company moves to a new corporate headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, and starts to operate a limited-product-line, high-inventory business model for rapid order fulfillment.
A vision emerges
Sensing the need for a change, Bill Brandt outlines a focused plan to create a revolutionary shift to just-in-time manufacturing and to add new brands to eliminate channel conflict. The Timberlake brand is created for the new construction market. The American Woodmark brand continues to be sold at Home Depot, while the Shenandoah brand is added to service Lowe’s. Sales take off as these positive changes take effect.
During the 2008 economic downturn, American Woodmark creates a transition plan that allows the company to thoughtfully navigate the recession, gaining market share and coming out even stronger on the other side. The Waypoint brand is introduced in 2010 to support independent showrooms.
RSI joins the team
American Woodmark acquires RSI, a company known for creating exceptional value for customers. With a complementary suite of products and a compatible culture, RSI is a perfect match for American Woodmark. This is the largest acquisition in industry history, adding 11 brands and nearly 4,500 team members to American Woodmark.
Going strong and steady
All team members are united as one organization. Building upon the foundation of American Woodmark's history, each individual is empowered to positively contribute to their team, customers and community through their own unique story. The legacy continues.
With a large portfolio of brands and a great team, we’re working hard to leave our mark on the cabinet industry.
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Our guiding principles help create the culture that gives us our competitive advantage.
Provide the best possible quality, service, and value to the greatest number of people by doing whatever is reasonable and sometimes unreasonable.
Do what is right. Act fairly and responsibly, care about the dignity of each person and be a good citizen within the community.
Understand that we must all work together in order to succeed. Realize that each person must contribute to the team to be part of the team.
Strive to perform every job or action in a superior way. Be innovative, always helping others become the best they can be.
Behind every successful organization is a dedicated team of leaders with invaluable experience and a forward-looking approach. Our leaders are innovative, focused, and passionate about quality and craftsmanship.