The Cutting Edge
June Edition
Your source for kitchen cabinet industry news and insights
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Casa Flores Cabinetry awarded Gov't Grant through Women's Entrepreneurship Strategy
How this company was awarded $100K from the Federal Government and the lessons they learned along the way.

Eastern Regional Event coming to Halifax this September!

Dates: September 23-24, 2019

Program will include
plant tours of:

and maybe some

Click here for details
Mark your calendars!
CKCA partners with
Blum and Richelieu to take you to EuroCucina 2020
Dates: April 18 - 26, 2020

Start thinking about attending, limited spaces available.
Talk to your Blum or Richelieu rep.

More details will follow here.
CKCA Ontario Regional 2019 just wrapped up!

A great success with more than 100 attendees to London/Chatham with tours of GCW Kitchens, Woody's Manufacturing, Truly Green Greenhouse, Windmill Cabinet Shop and much more.

Check out this recap plus key points from our presenters. Click here.
We've still got plenty of great events coming up. Be sure to check our our events listing on our website here .
See how nine CKCA members
save $381,000 in one year!
CKCA has created a medical benefits plan


Because it's tough getting and retaining skilled labour.

Offering medical benefits can help.

But that's costly, many companies can't afford them and many are just paying too much for them.

We can help!

What we did:
Over the past year we surveyed CKCA member companies.
Looked at their plan design, what they were using and spending.
Went to market with a bigger volume and a list of what we needed.
Leveraged our larger group to get a better deal for our group.

Check out what savings these 9 companies are getting.
It''s astounding.

What can we do for you?
Just submit a copy of a recent medical benefits bill plus your benefits book to the CKCA Group Advisor. We can do a full analysis and comparison. Let's see if we can save you money and get
you a better plan.

You've got nothing to lose, plenty to gain!

You or your broker can call CKCA Group Advisor Alice Bejancu at
613-286-2313 or email

Here's 3 tips for a good plan.

U nlimited drug coverage - Canada pays the fourth highest rates for medication in the world. Medications for diabetes, arthritis and cancer can cost tens of $thousands. You don't have to settle
for a capped program!

Get the CKCA FOB for you and your staff that gives you access to brand name medications at the generic price because most plans these days only cover up to the cost of generic substitution.

Preferred Pharmacy Network means many carriers have partnered with Costco to offer lowest dispensing fee and provide free home-delivery anywhere in Canada. Your Drugs will be reimbursed at a 10% higher reimbursement level, plus you don't need a Costco membership to take advantage; just let the host know you are there to use the pharmacy.

Help us, help you!

Want to connect with a CKCA member?
Check out our Membership Directory now available for download!

The main member contact can access the directory
by logging into the Members' Area of
New Members for June - welcome!
Fergus, ON
A family owned and operated Woodworking company that specializes in the design and construction of custom and pre-designed home bars.
20 years experience building custom cabinetry and millwork. They build kitchens that ROCK!
Offering their clients help with design, material selection, manufacture and installation - they strive to offer nothing but exceptional service. 
Offering varying levels of software setup and implementation assistance, led by an Architectural Technologist with 20+ years in the cabinet manufacturing industry.
Toronto & Vaughn, ON
Opened in 1998, this family-run business has one over 50 awards for its innovative designs and superior service.
Ontario & Vancouver, BC
From modest to major, and anywhere in between, Cabneato offers clients unique kitchen transformation solutions that are affordable, beautiful, reliable and durable.
Owner and operated by Scott Kattlus, the business has expanded from its grassroots beginnings to now offer custom millwork for residential and commercial clients, and custom cabinet options for every room of the house.
Designing beautiful interiors since 1991, Rob Altiparmakyan and Valerie Thompson lead an experienced team that offers clients a completely customizable experience from concept to installation.
LaSalle, Ontario
Since 1999 Frank Cremasco Cabinets Inc. has been committed to producing the most unique kitchen furniture in the industry.
Paco Hardware
Mississauga, ON

Founded in the year 2010, it’s been more than 8 years since we have been changing lifestyle of thousands of people and motivating them to use intelligently crafted, superior quality products. Products are available globally.
ReNu Kitchen Refacing
Windsor, ON

Since 2006, owner Andy Jun has been operating his business in Windsor, ON and believes in taking the time to care for his customers and provide them with the best service possible in both Windsor & Essex county area.
Industry News & Trends
Money anyone?
Read the latest CKCA article published in Woodworking Canada magazine that took a deeper dive into Gov't. funding opportunities from the 2019 Federal Budget and what it means to our industry here (see page 42).

Also congratulations to CKCA member Denca!!!
Read all about their business on page 24.
Ligna and Interzum tour with Hettich and Venjakob 2019

"I came back with such a long list of innovations and integrations I want to look into. There are so many opportunities in the cabinet business..."

Want to know what our attendees learned recently when they attended Ligna in Germany?

Read full article here.
Designed by leading European designers, Richelieu's Autore Collection offers ingenious design and an artistry anchored in tradition.

No massive shift in methodology
and a 5-day turnaround!

Planit Canada and WEB-CAB are teaming up to offer a new opportunity in Production Assistance and Planning modules.
With a h igh degree of colour density and the ultra-matte finish mimics the painted cabinet and furniture trend, Olon releases their DecoLINK Laminate.
Tips & Tricks

The people problems (and people solutions!) facing
Canadian businesses. Read more.

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