Highland Cabinetry is opening a new warehouse to accommodate a growing demand for its products.
By Kat Zeman
When Sun Daoyuan first started his company, it was inside a small warehouse with only about five employees. Three years later, Highland Cabinetry has grown into a regional B2B wholesale distributor with more than 30 employees, a 60,000-square-foot warehouse in Phoenix and a new one about to open in Colorado.
The growing company, which specializes in high-quality household cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms, will be opening a new 57,000-square-foot warehouse in Aurora, Colo. When it opens, Highland Cabinetry will have warehouse space that is almost six times larger than it was three years ago.
“It will allow us to supply another major metropolitan area and the surrounding states,” says Sun Daoyuan, president and owner. “When we started, we only had maybe 10 or 15 containers of inventory. Now we have 70-plus containers.” Each 40-foot container can house roughly 70 sets of kitchens, he adds.
Known for developing trade-friendly custom cabinetry products with a quality design at an economical cost, Highland’s cabinets are made of solid wood construction (no fiberboard or medium density fiber). This type of construction is the key to keeping purchase costs low while still producing a durable and long-lasting product.
It also allows for easy packing, loading, shipping and delivery to a job site. When the company first started, it offered three styles of cabinetry – classic ivory/white, white shaker and espresso shaker. It has since added four more styles. Today, it offers walnut classic, modern slate, grey shaker and uptown white (a value line).
“Our most popular is white shaker but it’s trending towards the modern slate,” Daoyuan adds. The opening of the new warehouse could also mean that more styles may become available. “The geographic climate is a little different in Colorado than in Arizona,” says James Blas, one of the company’s sales executives. “Arizona is a warmer climate, but in Colorado we may be introducing some more wood styles.”
Highland Cabinetry places a high value on pollution control and its products reflect it. “All our cabinets are made out of plywood materials and all of our products are CARB Phase 2-compliant,” Daoyuan says. CARB stands for California Air Resources Board, a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, which was established in 1967 to maintain and improve air quality. “It caps formaldehyde emissions to a strict .05 parts per million,” Daoyuan adds.
Formaldehyde, which is on the federal government’s carcinogen list, is often used to make products including resins that are used as adhesives for composite wood products. In addition, Highland Cabinetry products are made out of solid wood construction – no fiberboard or medium density fiber.
“Our kitchen and bathroom products are all made of solid wood construction with six-way adjustable metal hinges, soft-close doors and drawers, undermounted drawer glides and all drawers are dovetail construction,” Daoyuan adds.
Aside from being CARB Phase 2-compliant, Highland Cabinetry is KCMA-certified. The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Certification Program assures the specifier or user of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities that the cabinet bearing the blue and white seal complies with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute.
“The certification requires continual testing of the cabinets, periodic plant inspections and getting annual accreditation,” Daoyuan says. To test for durability, some tests involve opening and closing cabinet doors 25,000 times and pouring ketchup, vinegar, mustard and vodka on them. They must also be able to withstand 600 pounds. “Highland Cabinetry always strives to go above and beyond,” he says. “We strive to achieve the highest industry standards to have the maximum flexibility in the market.”