Chester Cabinet Maker Earns National Award

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American Wood Design in Chester has earned the Eastern Pennsylvania Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award, writes Colin Ainsworth for Delaware County News Network.

The commercial cabinetry business, founded by Michael Gilhool Sr. in 1996, has tripled its square footage, employee size and top line numbers since relocating to the 200 block of Fulton Street over the spring and summer of 2017.

Revenue has grown from $1.8 million to $3.8 million.

“It’s really a miracle that we’re witnessing, our whole family has pulled together and it’s an absolute honor to be here,” Gilhool said at the awards ceremony. “We lost my mom three years ago and I think she’s up in heaven pulling a lot of strings, because it’s certainly beyond our efforts the things that are happening,” he said, thanking the SBA, Widener SBDC, city officials and lenders 44 Business Capital for assistance in relocating.

The Chester location gives the business access to Route 291 and the Commodore Barry Bridge. The company was also able to do work at the Philadelphia Union soccer stadium.

Another project included work on the DE.CO (Delaware Cooperative) food court in the newly-renovated DuPont Building in Wilmington, Del.

Read more about American Wood Design here.

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