Good communication keeps us all on the same page

From Paul’s Desk 

By Paul Sova, president Showplace Cabinetry

The product improvements we’re currently undertaking at Showplace have created big changes in our production lines and require a learning curve for our employee-owners. We’re happy to report that, since we’ve kept all our people in the loop from the beginning, all of us are excited about the new look of Showplace cabinetry—from the offices to the production floor to the shipping department.

            No one understands the importance of innovation and staying ahead of the competitive curve better than the people who put their pride in the Showplace product on the line every day. Our employee-owners have invested their futures in crafting a cabinetry product that will be well received in the marketplace and appreciated in North American homes for decades. Over and over, the men and women on our production lines tell us that they are proud of the cabinets they build—and the success of their company. Because we keep the lines of communication strong throughout the Showplace family, our people are willing to share their enthusiasm and their determination with visitors.

            That was illustrated recently when South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson came to Harrisburg to tour the Showplace plant. Aware of our struggles against unfair Chinese cabinet dumping practices, one of our employee-owners stopped Johnson during the tour to ask for his help in leveling the international playing field and giving Showplace a fair shot in the U.S. cabinet marketplace. Congressman Johnson was impressed by the passion and commitment of that production employee—and the family spirit that is part of the Showplace company culture.            

            Challenges are welcomed here at Showplace, and change is seen as necessary to our leadership role among American cabinet manufacturers. Our employee-owners get it—they understand that maintaining the vitality of Showplace requires that we lead, not follow, industry trends. And keeping our people up-to-date on the future of Showplace in the face of those changing trends unifies us in building a stronger, more competitive company.

Congressman Johnson was impressed by the passion and commitment of that production employee—and the family spirit that is part of the Showplace company culture.

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