JH Dunning buys Vt. Custom Cabinetry

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NORTH WALPOLE, N.H. — JH Dunning Corporation, a manufacturer of retail merchandising units and finely crafted wooden cases, under the name Dunning Displays, has acquired Vermont

Custom Cabinetry, a manufacturer of custom kitchen cabinetry since 1984.

The transaction closed in December and presents "tremendous synergistic opportunities" between the two firms. The companies serve different markets but share a common commitment to high quality wood crafted products for their clients, tapping the skills of New Hampshire and Vermont workers.

Business Transition Strategies, an M&A firm serving lower mid-market companies and working with private company owners seeking a transition, advised Dunning in the transfer.

BTS-MA has worked with the company's management team since 2015 as they worked to expand markets and grow the company's financial health for a stable future.

"We are very excited about the synergies and opportunities this acquisition represents for our company's future, including the opportunity to increase VCC's reach to the custom cabinet market throughout the country," commented Dunning Displays' President Todd Walker.

Vermont Custom serves a blend of commercial and residential clients across the Northeast.

No jobs were lost in the transition and, in fact, three new jobs were immediately created in addition to the eight that transferred. "We are improving the operation by adding our existing technology to the process which will improve accuracy and timeliness of delivery of our quality cabinetry," adds Walker. "This is a very exciting time of growth for our blended operations."

JH Dunning was initially formed in 1906 and had been largely known for its finely crafted precision tool boxes, presentation cases, cigar boxes and display solutions. Today, the company produces customized sustainable display units and special wood cases largely used in the marketing and display of products in retail stores. Its units can be found in many retail outlets across the country, featuring everything from hats to potato chips to high-end spirits and wines.

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