HOWARD LAKE, MN: Dura Supreme Cabinetry recently celebrated their 30th annual Kid’s Switch Day. What started out as a Cub Scout project in the early 1990s, in November of 1992, is now a highly anticipated company event every year. Each year 5th graders who are children or grandchildren of a Dura Supreme employee have the opportunity to participate in the event.
The day is filled with fun educational games, a factory tour of the Dura Supreme factory where they learn first-hand what their parents and grandparents do each day, discuss what it means to be a good employee, movie time, and more. The day wraps up with a hands-on activity where each child gets to build their own cabinet to take home as a keepsake to remember their day at Dura Supreme.
Employees and their families share the memories of this day for many years. “This is an awesome experience for the children!” shared Maria Dupont, professional Expediter for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, “My kids are in their 30’s and they still have the sweet little cabinet they built a ‘few’ years ago.” Another employee from the Dura Supreme Marketing Team, Mary Beth Decker comments, “It’s a very cool thing for the kids to be able to come and see first-hand what their parents and grandparents do every day at work.” Decker shares, “Over the past 20+ years that I’ve been with Dura Supreme, I’ve enjoyed volunteering for the event and had the honor of having 16 of my own grand babies attend.” A retired Dura Supreme craftsmen, Dennis Berglund reminisces, “I remember my grandkids doing this many years ago!”
Karen Wistrom, VP of Marketing for Dura Supreme Cabinetry, “The kids appeared to thoroughly enjoy the day while learning about Dura Supreme and getting to see where their parents and grandparents work. It was evident many of the children had a sense of pride that their parent or grandparent worked here. This is a great event supporting community outreach and it represents the overall culture at Dura Supreme.”
Dura Supreme Cabinetry is Wright County’s largest privately-owned employer and has been producing Minnesota-Made cabinetry products for nearly 70 years. “For anyone looking to be part of a company that has a strong history and a well-established culture based on a legacy of quality, family values, and craftsmanship, Dura Supreme is a great place to be!” shared Wistrom. “Our Dura Supreme community has been continuously growing throughout the years. Right now we are recruiting new team members in several departments all across our factory for both 1st and 2nd shift.”
A collection of photos from the event can be found on their latest Instagram Reels Video and posted to the company’s Facebook Page.