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MASTERBRAND’S Import Advantage I f you’ve ever been in a big-box store, or have ever shopped for kitchen cab- inets, you know MasterBrand Cabinets. With lines like Aristokraft, Decorá, HomeCrest, Omega and Kitchen Craft, the company covers the spectrum of styles and price ranges for consumers throughout North America. No matter which brand you choose, MasterBrand’s stated mission is to provide the best overall kitchen and bath solution in North America. Vice pres- ident of sourcing Brian Robinson says imported wood products play a significant roll in that endeavor. “We import plywood, in addition to domestically sourced, for use in cabinet sides, tops, bottoms and backs as well as shelves,” says Robinson. “We also import some solid wood in various stages of value added, from dimensional blanks all the way through finished doors. Our main species are oak, maple, and birch. Oak and maple are used on cabinet frames, doors and drawer fronts, and 12 IMPORTED WOOD