Kemper Distinctive Cabinetry was founded on February 9, 1926 as Kemper
Brothers, Inc. by George E. Kemper, Paul W. Kemper and Ray L. Headington in
Richmond, Indiana, a small Midwestern town with a rich heritage of
manufacturing. The company initially manufactured wardrobes, chifforobes and
dresserobes. In 1927 a line of wooden kitchen tables with porcelain tops was
In 1928 the first free-standing kitchen cabinets (known today as “Hoosier
cabinets” because of their Indiana origins) were put into production followed
quickly by dish cabinets and broom cabinets. After World War II the
single-family home building boom started; portable kitchen cabinets lost their
popularity and in January of 1956 Kemper Bros. was one of the first companies to
act on the desire for built-in wood cabinets.
In January of 1965, Kemper Bros. merged with The Tappan Company as a
wholly-owned and operated subsidiary. In 1979 A.B. Electrolux of Sweden
purchased all segments of The Tappan Company and with the acquisition of White
Consolidated Industries in 1986 became W.C.I., which included a cabinet group.
In 1998 the cabinet group was purchased by MasterBrand Cabinets, a subsidiary of
Fortune Brands and the second-largest cabinet manufacturer in the United States.
MasterBrand Cabinets still operates a 280,000 square ft. plant in Richmond, IN,
thus continuing the proud Kemper heritage.