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December 2, 2004
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PEI Company Makes a Major Sale in Barbados

Development and Technology

A Prince Edward Island company has been awarded a $1 million contract to supply architectural woodwork for the new United States embassy in Barbados. Cabinetmaster Architectural Woodwork Limited (CAWL) of Charlottetown will supply finished carpentry products such as wall panels, wood ceilings and cabinetry to the project.

The company first made contacts on the project during a trade mission to Barbados that was organized by Prince Edward Island Business Development, Inc. Company president Gordie Kirkpatrick met the builder of the project and continued to work with him until the contract was awarded.

In addition to the Barbados contract, Cabinetmaster is currently working on projects with Boston University, Harvard University and several Marriott hotels.

“Cabinetmaster is a real success story,” said Development and Technology Minister Mike Currie. “The company has grown from 12 employees in 2002 to over 40 employees today. The company has been aggressive in seeking out export contracts, and their hard work has paid off in increased sales and increased employment.”

Cabinetmaster Architectural Woodwork Limited was established in 2002. In 2003, the company relocated to the old Coca Cola bottling plant where they presently have 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

“The growth of our company has been the direct result of the development of our export markets, which we have been able to achieve on the trade missions,” said Mr. Kirkpatrick. “We have made significant sales in the eastern part of the United States and now in Barbados. That has allowed us to make greater investments in technology which in turn have allowed us to be even more competitive internationally.”

The company expects to increase its export business in 2005 and also to increase its workforce to 50.

Media Contact: Ann Thurlow
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