Brakur Custom Cabinetry

Company History


History of Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc.

Located in Shorewood, Il, Brakur Custom Cabinetry, Inc. has been providing high quality locally manufactured cabinetry since 1965. Brakur is the largest manufacturer of custom cabinetry in Northern Illinois with a 100,000 plus square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and more than 80 employees.

Brakur began just like any other small company. Brakur started by a dedicated and skilled woodworker and craftsman. Originally called, B and K cabinets, Brakur began in a small garage on the East side of Joliet. Equipped with only a table saw, a hand held router, and some small equipment, Ken Kurtz owner and founder, started  manufacturing kitchen cabinets with these tools and a knack and desire to create the most beautiful and highest quality kitchen and bath cabinetry.

Shortly thereafter, Brakur began experiencing great success. Brakur needed to relocate, and after careful consideration, built a new factory at its present location. Brakur originally broke ground with a 27,000 square foot building that would be better able to serve the people of the Joliet and Chicagoland area in both wholesale and retail areas.

The business thrived and grew through the years, Brakur continued to maintain the same quality and dedication to fine craftsmanship upon which it was founded. As the years passed, Brakur has had to expand its building to over 100,000 square feet of production it has today. However, Brakur also had to overcome some large devastating disasters as well.

On September 11, 1993, Brakur burned. The fire swept through half of the 100,000 square foot facility. Much of the building was destroyed and the losses totaled $2.5 million. At the time, Brakur had its largest ever backlog of orders. However, instead of panicking, Ken Kurtz went to work. Brakur moved equipment to the untouched half of the plant and scheduled extra shifts to complete orders. Ken’s goal, was simple, to get employees back to work and complete deliveries. Ten long day’s later, Brakur employees again were building the same high quality, custom cabinets found in the best-dressed kitchens of Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs. By March 1994, the plant was completely re-built and Brakur’s 30th anniversary was a celebration of hard work and dedication.

Today, our philosophy remains the same. Now operated and managed by Chad Kurtz, Ken’s son, our goals and principles remain unchanged. Traditional or chic, classic or modern, subtle or colorful, Brakur is still producing the finest quality of cabinetry that can be found. Today, Brakur employs 80 people from the Joliet and surrounding local communities. We only employ the finest local craftsman and artisans, and the most talented designers to help you realize your dream.

Part of our success comes from a knack in design. Specifically designed by our experienced kitchen designers, Brakur’s recently updated showroom features exquisite cabinetry displays, numerous door styles and finishes, and today’s most sought after options and decorative accessories. Brakur maintains the finest finishes available today, including but not limited to, glazing, distressing, and old world finishes, just to name a few.

Brakur specializes in custom kitchen and bath cabinets, bookcases, bars and entertainment centers. Brakur can transform any room in your home with the finest design and craftsmanship. Brakur can also provide an unmatched array of countertops including wood, laminate, quartz, granite and solid surface.

Now in its second generation as a family owned and operated company, Brakur realizes that integrity, quality, service, reliability are all traits of a successful organization. At Brakur we preserve these characteristics. We do not take for granted the efforts of all employees to make Brakur the highest quality cabinet at a very competitive price. We remain as focused today, as in years passed, to bring your dream to life. We continually strive to meet our client’s needs by researching the latest trends in the kitchen industry, to make sure, you, our client, experiences first hand, the finest cabinetry available, the Brakur way.