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Robert Sanderson had already established a kitchen and bath cabinet showroom when he saw a niche in the market that demanded high quality semi-custom cabinetry that could be mass-produced to keep prices competitive. He realized that if he could manufacture his own cabinets rather than just distributing those produced by others, his profit margin would improve.
John Yakich, the current president of Candlelight Cabinetry, operated his own carpentry business and subcontracted Sanderson’s installations. Together they formed Candlelight Cabinetry Inc. in 1990 to manufacture a semi-custom line of kitchen and bath cabinets. They started with 24 employees in a 27,000 square foot facility. They began with $1.2 million in financing achieved with a business plan developed with assistance from the Niagara SBDC.
Today, Candlelight Cabinetry produces a semi-custom to custom line that sells at a level below custom prices and employs approximately 170 people. Candlelight produces about 200 cabinets a day and yet they can compete with companies producing 12,000 to 18,000 cabinets a day. Candlelight Cabinetry’s workmanship has grown their dealer network to over 120 stores. The product line has recently expanded to include office cabinetry.
Customers of Candlelight Cabinetry have a choice between receiving a complimentary tree for their yard or ten trees for one of the national forests. Since 1990, Candlelight has planted over 25,000 trees through their "Tree Planting Program" exceeding reforestation policies.