How it all began. Plain & Fancy founder John Achey turned his "hobby" of cabinetmaking into the family business. John, his wife, Loretta and their four kids began building cabinetry in their Richland, PA garage. Plain & Fancy was born.
First plant opens in Richland, PA. Outgrowing the garage, the Achey's took the leap and opened their first plant. No small feat, considering we were in a recession. Although tiny compared to today's operation, the plant would do the trick for more than a decade to come.
The move to Schaefferstown, PA. Time to grow again. Cabinetry construction, finishing operations and corporate offices moved to the current location. Cabinet doors were still being made in Richland. Plain & Fancy and its reputation for fine custom cabinetry continued to grow.
The passing of the torch. After 30 years at the helm, John Achey named his successor. Eldest son, George "Butch" Achey, became president and continues in that role today. Although officially retired, custom cabinetry was in John's blood -- so he remained an active daily fixture at the shop.
Farewell to our founder. In June 2002 John Achey passed away. The industry lost a great leader and innovator. And the Plain & Fancy family lost their kind and caring patriarch. But John rests peacefully knowing that every cabinet that leaves his shop is precisely the way he would want it to be.
John Achey is inducted into the NKBA Hall of Fame. In 2003, John Achey's distinguished achievements, leadership, and long time devotion to the kitchen and bath industry were officially recognized with his induction into the National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame.
John Achey's dream comes true. John had always wanted all of Plain & Fancy's manufacturing to be close together, at one location, in Schaefferstown, PA. He didn't live to see this, but his Plain & Fancy family made sure it became reality. Plain & Fancy is now crafting cabinet doors at its new, state-of-the-art door manufacturing facility.
In 2008, finishing operations were expanded to include a new 44,000 square foot building, which features an automated Cefla finishing line. Artisan-rendered hand finishing was blended with state-of-the-art finishing technology to create a flawless finish you have to see to believe.