Monday, October 12, 2020

Bill French, PBS Modular's Owner is the White Knight of Wood-Mode Kitchens, LLC

In business, people often talk about a “white knight,” meaning someone who swoops in at the last minute to rescue a struggling or failing company. Bill French is the white knight who rescued Wood-Mode in 2019 after its long-time ownership suddenly shut the doors.

“I have been a part of the community where Wood-Mode is located for a long time,” said French. “I remember the day Wood-Mode, Inc. closed in May of last year. I know that the closing had a lot of impact on the industry as a whole, but I knew people who had worked at Wood-Mode and saw the impact on this community as well. Soon after they closed, I knocked on Wood-Mode’s door, handed them my business card and said that I wanted to help save jobs.”

That led to French buying the assets of the company and reopening the plant while hiring back hundreds of the workers who had lost their jobs. But reviving Wood-Mode wasn’t easy. Not only did he have to resuscitate production, but also French had to repair relationships with the dealer network, which had been left out in the cold by the sudden closure.

“The experience I have had with the Wood-Mode family over the last year is amazing to me and one of the highlights of my career,” he said. “The people of Wood-Mode, from our reps and dealers to our employees, have been so encouraging, and I am consistently amazed at the way people have engaged and supported the new Wood-Mode. It has been exciting but also humbling.”

French previously had two decades in the home building industry through his company Professional Building Systems Inc., which makes modular homes and apartments. But taking on a cabinet manufacturing company was new.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

I've been a builder/ dealer of Mr. French's PBS Modular for 15 years and based on the quality homes he builds I don't doubt his "White Knight" role with his knew venture. Anyone who goes out of their way to save manufacturing jobs in America rite now deserves respect. Thanks Bill
Brian/ Fuller Modular Homes