A First Time For Everything

A First Time For Everything

We can remember things like the first employee, the first table saw and now we are starting yet another first, our first blog post.

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From Humble Beginnings

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Being in the custom cabinet business for nearly 47 years has its share of "firsts." Since we started in that backyard garage (see above) by the side of a Richland, PA alley, there have been many of them.

The first table saw.

The first full-time employee.

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The first manufacturing building specifically built for finish, which covered nearly 6,000 square ft.

Believe it or not, even the first forklift was a major accomplishment — it sure beat unloading all of the trucks by hand!

Our first magazine ad called for a major celebration, too: The first enamel painted kitchen (which was clearly not a "fad"), and the first inset kitchen. Would you believe our founder, John Achey (right), said he would never build inset cabinetry? Aren't you glad we convinced him otherwise?

Then came the first fax machine and the first computer followed.


Of course, things change over the years. No one is immune, even us. In today's world, and in this industry, we can't be the people "who just make cabinets" anymore. There is so much more to it than that. So we'll be sharing knowledge, stories, tutorials, behind the scenes looks and much more from "our world" by means of our shiny new blog.

Who am I, you ask? My name is Rick Yohn and I have worked at Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry for 34 years, and have served in nearly every capacity. Yes, I have been here for almost all of the previously mentioned "firsts." I'll be sharing my thoughts on all things mechanical, technical and even sharing some of the inner workings of Plain & Fancy.

Our other in-house contributor, Shane Achey, can be added to our list of "firsts" as he is the first 3rd generation full-time employee working at our family-owned company. Shane works in the marketing department and curates and writes all of Plain Fancy's social media content. He is excited to share stories from our dealers, informative company, industry-related features as well as some social media tidbits.

And so with the close of the first Plain & Fancy blogpost I guess we have offically become more than people "who just make cabinets." I can't even begin to imagine what our next "first" will be.

We'd love for you to come along on this journey with us. Then we can all experience that next "first" together.


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