History of Growth and Expansion
Our entire history is about working with wood. Operations began in 1908 in New York with the manufacture of wooden doors, window frames and sashes. The 1920’s saw the family-owned business begin to manufacture custom kitchen cabinets. Operations were moved to Pennsylvania in 1937. Colonial Products, as we were then known, survived World War II by winning a war contract to make footlockers for the U.S. Navy and medical corps equipment for military facilities around the world.
In the 1950’s, we pioneered the development of national distribution in the kitchen cabinet industry by manufacturing kitchens in quantity and holding them in inventory for future delivery.
The 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s were decades of further expansion of our product line and facilities. In 1960 an institutional furniture line and, later, a library furniture line were introduced. In 1973, Colonial Products became Yorktowne, a Division of the Wickes Corporation. In 1978, the TRIO line was introduced featuring easy cabinet door changes on a singular cabinet box, with an innovative snap-in hinge. In 1980, Connect-ables ready-to-assemble cabinets were introduced. In 1982, Yorktowne introduced its top-of-the-line Signature Series Cabinetry.
The 1990’s were a decade of significant developments including the acquisition of Yorktowne by Elkay Manufacturing Company. All of our facilities were upgraded, enabling Yorktowne to produce a high-quality, semi-custom product more efficiently. Many multi-year process improvements were put in place throughout the company and will continue.
Today we proudly celebrate our 99th anniversary year as one of the nation’s largest producers of fine quality, semi-custom cabinetry, with distribution in markets east of the Mississippi River. You can select from a vast array of door styles and finish combinations, cabinetry sizes and accessory items offering an unlimited variety of creative options to fit your lifestyle.