Employees from Mid Island Cabinets take part in a Kaisen “lean manufacturing” exercise in early 2020. By implementing Kaisen production methods, Mid Island Cabinets plans to streamline manufacturing and improve overall quality.

3 subtle ways this local cabinet company shows its strengths

After nearly 30 years Mid Island Cabinets continues to innovate

It’s been a winter of renewal and growth for Mid Island Cabinets. The Vancouver Island-based company already had an award-winning team of designers, manufacturers and installation specialists, and after three decades they’ve nurtured a loyal customer base. But the family business doesn’t want to stop there.

Sales Manager Karen Petraschuk says the recent work Mid Island Cabinets has done behind the scenes shows the company’s commitment to quality. These changes may not be immediately noticeable to most customers, but they demonstrate the company’s attention to detail and longterm vision.

Exciting changes ‘behind the curtain’

  1. Lean Manufacturing: “We’re implementing a Japanese program called Kaizen, which people might know better as ‘lean manufacturing.’ We look at everything from production materials to employee communication, and streamline how we work,” Petraschuk says. The Mid Island Cabinets workshop team has been using Kaizen to study production methods and eliminate recurring problems. Kaizen makes incremental improvements, and encourages employees at all levels to contribute. “We hope it will help us problem-solve more efficiently, improving the overall quality of our products and services.”
  2. Expanded Service Area: “We’re growing into Courtenay/Comox region,” Petraschuk says. Mid Island Cabinets already serves south to Victoria and west to Tofino from their showrooms in Nanaimo and Parksville, but they’ve recently hired a designer who lives and works in the Comox Valley. The plan, says Petraschuk, is to build another showroom in the area soon, so customers in those communities can touch samples and explore design ideas face-to-face.
  3. Website Revamp: To better explain the depth and breadth of their services, Mid Island Cabinets has been gradually adding information to midislandcabinets.com. “It’s still a work in progress, but it’s starting to come together with interesting new content,” Petraschuk says. When people think cabinetry they often picture kitchens, but the website offers inspiration for elegant space-saving solutions throughout your home or commercial space. With in-house design, manufacturing, and installation, the Mid Island Cabinets team can offer fully customized, local solutions to your design problems. Browse the website for inspiration on your laundry room reorganizing, rejuvenating your office reception desk, or doubling your AirBnB space with a chic, secure custom wall bed.

Visit the Parksville showroom, head office and production plant at 1500 Springhill Rd., or call 250-954-1789 to schedule an appointment. Located farther south? Check out the Nanaimo showroom at 2-4341 Boban Dr. or call 250-585-2118 to learn more.

Interior designRenovationsSmall Business


Mid Island Cabinets does more than just kitchens. This custom wall bed saves space and includes storage, shelving, and a desk. The bed can be secured with a lock, perfect for a child’s room or an AirBnB.

Just Posted

Members of local fire departments will ‘fill the boots for food’ as part of an annual fundraiser. (Submitted photo)
Parksville Qualicum Beach fire departments participate in 2020 Fill the Boots for Food Drive

Donations can be made in various locations throughout the region

Pumpkins on the Drive display is now on from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. (Michael Briones photo)
A rally will be held at the St. Andrews Lodge and Cottages property on Nov. 2. (Town of Qualicum Beach Photo)
Qualicum Beach residents to stage rally to save historic St. Andrews Lodge

Event is aimed at stopping town from removing or demolishing old building

Candidates in the Parksville-Qualicum riding include Rob Lyon, B.C. Green Party, top left; Don Purdey, Conservatives; John St. John, independent; Michelle Stilwell, B.C. Liberals; and Adam Walker, B.C. NDP. (Photos submitted/Elections B.C. image)
More than 12,000 mail-in ballots received from Parksville Qualicum voters

Elections BC to report final tallies after Nov. 6

City of Parksville released a community COVID-19 update, dated Oct. 26. (NEWS file photo)
City of Parksville releases COVID-19 update for community

New provincial health order limits gatherings in homes to immediate household plus ‘safe six’

Over the years, Janice Blackie-Goodine’s home in Summerland has featured elaborate Halloween displays and decorations each October. (File photo)
QUIZ: How much do you really know about Halloween?

Oct. 31 is a night of frights. How much do you know about Halloween customs and traditions?

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for information about William Mack, last seen in Duncan on Oct. 28. (File photo)
Police searching for missing man last seen near Duncan

William Mack, 72, was seen on Gibbins Road on Oct. 28

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie “The Name of the Rose” at a news conference in London. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family. (AP Photo/Gerald Penny, File)
Actor Sean Connery, the ‘original’ James Bond, dies at 90

Oscar-winner was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000

This house at 414 Royal Ave. became notorious for its residents’ and visitors’ penchant for attracting police. It was also the site of a gruesome torture in August 2018. It was demolished in 2019. KTW
6-year sentence for Kamloops man who helped carve ‘rat’ into flesh of fellow gang member

Ricky Dennis was one of three men involved in the August 2018 attack

Cpl. Nathan Berze, media officer for the Mission RCMP, giving an update on the investigation at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 30. Patrick Penner photo.
VIDEO: Prisoner convicted of first-degree murder still at large from Mission Institution

When 10 p.m. count was conducted, staff discovered Roderick Muchikekwanape had disappeared

Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.
Abbotsford pumpkin carver’s creations include fallen police officer

Rick Chong carves and displays 30 pumpkins every year

An online fundraising campaign in support of the six-year-old boy, Edgar Colby, who was hit by a car on Range Road Oct. 25 has raised more than $62,000 in a day. (Submitted)
$62K raised in 1 day for boy in coma at BC Children’s after being hit by vehicle in Yukon

The boy’s aunt says the family is “very grateful” for the support they’ve received from the community

Police service dog Herc helped RCMP locate and arrest suspects in the Ladysmith area on Oct. 23, 2020, related to a stolen vehicle. (Submitted)
RCMP nab prolific property offender in Ladysmith with assist from police dog Herc

Police attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled from the area towards Chemainus.

Health care employees take extensive precautions when working with people infected or suspected of having COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
WorkSafeBC disallows majority of COVID-19 job injury claims

Health care, social services employees filing the most claims

Most Read