On October 22nd, twenty remodelers took a personal tour of Kuiken Brothers newest residential and commercial building materials facility and showroom in Succasunna, NJ. The group represented remodeling companies from all over Japan.
Funai Soken, a consulting company in Japan organized the groups travel and itinerary in the United States. Accompanied by an interpreter the group had a full itinerary touring facilities and businesses in Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey.
Upon their arrival at Kuiken Brothers, the visitors were welcomed by Douglas Kuiken, President, and Ryan Mulkeen, Director of Marketing. During their visit the group learned about Kuiken Brothers 103 year old history and the role the company plays in partnerships with architects, builders, manufacturers and the end consumer. The group toured the stand-alone 6,000 square foot showroom where they explored the various window, door, decking and moulding options available. In addition, they toured the cabinetry selection and learned about the custom design process.
The group then took a tour of Kuiken Brothers 16-acre lumber yard and explored all the product options inventoried and available to our customers for both residential and commercial applications. We discussed how our lumber is delivered directly from the mill on the West Coast and its arrival to our lumberyards by railcar, reducing our carbon footprint.
The tour ended with a Question & Answer with Doug Kuiken. Our guests were intrigued by the company history, including how Kuiken Brothers first began as builders and over time evolved to become exclusively suppliers. Doug also discussed the company’s involvement in the local communities we serve and our extensive partnership with Habitat with Humanity.
Kuiken Brothers truly enjoyed their visit and valued the opportunity to share and educate the Japanese about the customs of building and the materials available to builders in the United States and the key role we play in the industry.