Brandom Mfg. Reopens Under New Ownership

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Brandom Mfg. Reopens Under New Ownership

Keene, TX Brandom Mfg. Co., the Keene, TX-based cabinet
manufacturer which abruptly ceased operations in the face of
mounting losses in November of 1999 shocking both its dealer
network and company employees has been reopened under completely
new ownership, company officials announced.
According to Brandom’s new owners, Phil Hooten and Sam Capps, the
company is currently open and functioning under the auspices of a
new, family-owned corporation, which purchased the factory,
equipment, inventory and related assets of the old company late
last year.

The new owners have no ties to Brandom’s former corporate
entity, which had been owned by the Phoenix-based Distributors
U.S.A., also the parent company of the Salt Lake City-based Karman
Kitchens, Hooten said. Both Brandom and Karman had shared the name
Mantle-White Cabinet Group, even though the two companies
manufactured and marketed their cabinet lines separately. 

Hooten, in a letter to Brandom customers, apologized on behalf
of Brandom’s employees for the “inconvenience and frustration” that
the temporary factory shutdown caused to kitchen and bath dealers
and their customers.

Hooten noted that he and Capps were “very pleased and fortunate”
to have retained most key Brandom employees, and added that he
anticipated “very few changes”
in personnel.

Hooten also noted that Brandom, which has traditionally targeted
the stock to semi-custom sides of the market, will offer a 3%
discount off the bottom line for all new orders received by the
factory through the end of this month.

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