How Six Cober Workers Build Hundreds of Cabinets Every Day


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Every new business struggles to recruit new customers who are nervous about getting stuck with a company that can’t deliver… We invite customers to visit the factory: seeing is believing…”

—Jacob Wagschal

MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK, USA, March 16, 2022 / — Cober Cabinets was created to fill the large void in the US kitchen cabinet market created by the disruption of supply chains during COVID, as well as increased tariffs and shipping costs.

Builders say they’re having trouble finishing homes, which can delay sales closing dates as it takes longer to get manufactured wood products to job sites. According to the latest data from Johns Burns Realty, kitchen cabinets are among the top issues, due to their complexity as products.

Because cabinet making is labor intensive, some builders and remodelers have turned to imports. Americans have come to rely on imported cabinets, often supplied by American manufacturers who simply import components and only do assembly in the United States. But the disruption of supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with rising import tariffs and shipping costs, has made cabinets less attractive.

CEO and Founder, Jacob Wagschal, started Cober Cabinetry last year to fill a big void in the American cabinetry industry.

Having family in the construction industry and hearing about cabinet shortages, Wagschal spent a lot of time during the initial pandemic lockdown researching solutions. He concluded that imports are cheaper than domestically produced products only because labor is cheaper abroad, especially in the cabinetmaking industry.

After extensive research, he designed and invested in a highly efficient factory, delivering cabinets at competitive prices despite a larger metropolitan New York footprint.

Cober Cabinets’ highly automated and robotic machines include state-of-the-art equipment Python XP CNC Routers, Zero PUR Glue Joint Edgebanders, 3D Lamination Line, and More from the 5th Generation CNC Maker— CNC factory. Wagschal’s business plan convinced a local bank and the SBA to fund Cober Cabinets, despite being a start-up. Cober owns its 30,000 square foot building.

The platform designed for Cober Cabinets manufactures a minimum of 100 cabinets per shift, with the ability to reach up to 300 cabinets per shift, all with just six employees. Wagschal’s efforts in the design and construction of the cabinet result in a high quality end product that lends itself to automated production.

“Since we came online, Cober Cabinets has come to the rescue of many kitchen dealers who were stuck in a contract for frameless cabinets, which their suppliers were unable to fulfill. Because our platform is technology-based and scalable, we can ramp up production quickly, outpacing competitors who aren’t as flexible, and we are now looking to add teams as needed,” says Wagschal.

“As for materials, we recommend our sleek European-style frameless doors, but we can accommodate any style preference, including slabs and shakers. Our cabinets come standard with hinge systems 6-position European adjustable self-closing, touch-to-open technologies, and 3D adjustable soft-close zippers.Custom lacquers and stains mean every texture and color is at your fingertips.While raw materials have slight delays, Cober’s strong supplier network and their delivery dates are predictable and reliable,” he added.

Builders and designers accustomed to limited stock sizes and very specific lines now have more options. Cober manufactures “Custom by Quantity” to easily deliver any size down to fractions of an inch, in particleboard or solid plywood in a huge variety of finishes in both slab and shake doors.

Maintaining competitive pricing is especially important in a market where raw material costs are volatile. Cober Cabinets’ online portal, with automated pricing calculations, is structured using a unique approach, with a fixed fee per square inch of material used. Therefore, if a customer chooses high-end acrylic, or more affordable TFL, or plywood over particleboard, they only pay the material cost difference, with no additional cost on the manufacturing side.

Wagschal says Cober Cabinets’ biggest challenge is signing new business.

“Every new business struggles to recruit new customers. They are usually large companies and they are afraid of ending up with a company that cannot deliver. After all, they’re already stuck with vendors they’ve trusted for years. The way we deal with this is to first invite the customer to visit the factory: seeing is believing. These savvy business people understand the rigorous process that bankers and the SBA put a company, especially a startup, through before it is approved. It packs weight and helps convince people that this isn’t a factory in a garage.

Jae Santos
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