Made in the Midwest: Custom Cabinets from Start to Finish

Posted at: 01/21/2013 7:46 AM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 8:32 AM
By: Ellery McCardle

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Since the early 1980's. Jones Cabinets in Austin has been specializing in custom made cabinets.

The company has received national recognition, but some customers are still surprised by what they find and hear when they walk in the front door.

"Every once in a while we get letters from people telling us how happy they are," said Wendy Swanson, a designer at Jones Cabinets.

"Kind of rewarding knowing that you're building something here," said Todd Mullenbach, shop foreman at Jones Cabinets.

From the design to the finished product, you can't get more hands-on that here at Jones Cabinets where everything is custom-made.

"It's a smoother operation when you're at it from the beginning to the end...I can actually go out and see my project in progress. A lot of people don't realize that we do build the cabinets right here. They come into the showroom and hear the machines going," said Swanson.

From hammers to drills and saws, Todd Mullenbach has known the process going on 28 years.

"We do good work and usually if you need it in a hurry we can get it done for you," said Mullenbach.

Business at Jones Cabinets is heavily dependent on the housing market. When it crashed a few years ago, work slowed down.

"Our sales have been almost cut in half at one point," said Dennis Jones, owner and founder of Jones Cabinets.

Jones said he wouldn't be in business today if not for his dedicated workers.

"We want to come out of the other side with the people we went in with," said Jones.

Also, some sophisticated technology.

"We were one of the first ones in the area to have computerized drawings. If it's not computerized you're not going to be in business for very long," said Jones.

Now business is looking better as the economy picks up the pace. Jones hopes busier times are ahead for his guys like Todd Mullenbach.

"We're hoping the upcoming year is even better yet, but it's starting to pick up," said Jones.

Most of the projects done by Jones Cabinets are for homes in our area and the Twin Cities. In 1996 it was voted in the top ten in the nation by Cabinet Maker Magazine.