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Published in The Eagle Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Cabinet maker adds jobs

By HOLLI L. ESTRIDGE
Eagle Staff Writer

Kent Moore Cabinets Ltd. in Bryan is adding 10 to 20 jobs and about 70,000 square feet of space, company President Casey Moore said.

 

The $4.5 million expansion of the finishing plant at Brazos County Industrial Park will reduce the burden on the company's parts plant, Moore said. The Bryan company handles its manufacturing processes at its parts plant at 1460 Fountain Ave. in Bryan.

Moore said the additional space will improve the company's work flow, allowing the company to handle finishing, assembly and shipping at the industrial park.

"As we've continued to grow, we've just gotten to the point where all of our departments were out of space," Moore said. "Right now, we couldn't add a single piece of equipment unless we expanded."

The company has grown rapidly since Moore's father, Kent Moore, opened it in 1971. Then a student at Texas A&M University, Moore started out subcontracting cabinets and trim work in the Bryan-College Station area, according to the company Web site.

Now the company has sales offices and showrooms in Austin, Clear Lake, Conroe/The Woodlands, Dallas, Houston, College Station and San Antonio, in addition to its two Bryan sites. In 2007, the privately held company had sales in excess of $52 million, according to its Web site. It employs 375 people locally.

Moore said the company's expansion could be finished by November. The changes will enable it to offer its first painted cabinet product and expand all of its departments, he said.

Bob Malaise, vice president of economic development services for the Research Valley Partnership, said the group will consider a tax abatement package to aid in the company's expansion.