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Fairmont Kitchen Center was established in 1964 by Chester Damico as a retail Kitchen & Bath Design, Sales & Installation firm. He worked out of a small building on 5th Street in Fairmont, West Virginia for five years as a one and two man operation. Later, in 1969, he purchased land and built a new building on Locust Avenue in Fairmont. It was at this location that the business began to grow and had a complete staff of designers, sales people and 2 crews of installers. In 1972, his daughter Trudy Anderson joined the company. At this time they were selling a custom cabinet by Rich Maid out of Pennsylvania whose lead time was at 12 weeks. This was not satisfactory to them or their clients and in 1979 he and his daughter established their own company to manufacture their own custom cabinetry. In 1981 they established a relationship with their first dealer in Pittsburgh. From there, they began building relationships with multiple dealers in several surrounding states, while also growing their retail business. It was not until the mid-1990s that the manufacturing side of Mountaineer WoodCraft, the cabinetry's official brand name, finally took off. The number of dealers that began carrying the cabinet line significantly increased and stretched into Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania. During this time, the company expanded and bought another building adjacent to the current plant. This expansion greatly increased production due to efficiency and ability to carry a larger inventory. Because of the volume of sales being generated, the company grew to the size of 40 plus employees.

As the new century began, changes at Mountaineer WoodCraft also occurred. In 2002, Chester Damico retired and turned over the business to his daughter, Trudy Anderson. With a new owner and key personnel changes, the company continued to grow and increased the volume of cabinets manufactured. During this time, Dan Dean became part-owner while still maintaining his role as shop foreman. In 2009, due to the ever changing market and a highly competitive industry, Trudy felt the need to take the next step to maintain their level of sales. To that end, Mountaineer WoodCraft expanded into both the New Jersey and New York markets. This expansion added multiple new dealers to an already robust dealer network and continues to strive to provide the best, most consistant fully customizable cabinet available.

Since 1979, Mountaineer WoodCraft has continued to offer the highest quality of cabinetry in the kitchen & bath marketplace. They compete with some of the most prestigious and large cabinetry lines, but have chosen to remain a regional manufacturer with a very close relationship with all their dealers. This allows both Mountaineer WoodCraft and its dealers to have a "hands-on" approach to their clients' needs. Our mission is always to make every client completely thrilled with their new kitchen or bath cabinetry from Mountaineer WoodCraft.
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  • In an age when it is difficult to find companies who do quality work, you are fortunate enough to have a staff of true craftsmen. We could not be happier with all aspects of the work.
    -Rodney and Rebecca Bean
     
  • From the outset of our project, the assistance provided by all of the staff from the showroom to the onsite work was outstanding.
    -Mickey & Susan Carlock