As the oldest continuously-operating cabinet maker in the United States, Coppes Napanee has made cabinets for some high-profile customers.
John F. Kennedy ordered a Coppes kitchen put into Camp David and the White House during his presidency, and Elvis Presley installed a Coppes kitchen in Graceland.
Frank Sinatra also trusted the Coppes name, which has been synonymous with both quality and longevity, since the beginning.
Coppes Napanee has been a fixture in Nappanee since 1876, and their cabinets age just as well.
“No other cabinets today are made to last like Coppes,” says owner Thomas Mast. “A lot of our orders are for additions to existing Coppes kitchens from the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
Today the company continues to provide custom cabinetry for its clients. Each order is made by hand by one of their cabinet makers. Their kitchens can be found across the continental United States and into Hawaii.
Sure, being the oldest cabinet maker in the nation is cool. However, Coppes is also responsible for solving a common household conundrum: losing things in the back of those corner cabinets.
You know the mysterious space of long-lost cereal boxes or seldom-used kitchen gadgets? Well, in 1942, the Coppes design team added a rotating shelf inside those corner cabinets. Today, we call that invention a Lazy Susan. Their initial design provided 18 cubic feet of usable space with an 11-inch door opening.
When asked why the cabinets they build are the coolest thing made in Elkhart County, Mast says, “They are built for long term use. We have a level of quality that isn’t found. We do everything in-house made to order. Stronger assembly. More materials no skimping on wood and thickness. Take a drawer box and stand on it. No one else can do that today.”
In case a trip to Graceland or the White House is beyond the scope of your travel destinations, a Coppes kitchen can be seen at Ruthmere in Elkhart, and the original free-standing versions that are a part of the Hoosier Cabinet collectables can be found at auctions and vintage outlets.
Coppes Napanee is the oldest continuously-operating cabinet maker in the United States. Founded in 1873, in Nappanee, IN, as a planing mill, the company became famous for manufacturing dozens of models of “Hoosier Cabinets” at the turn of the century.
Coppes Napanee continued to evolve with the contemporary home over the years and, in the 1950’s, began designing the built-in custom kitchens we know today.
455 E. Lincoln St.,
Nappanee, IN 46550
“No other cabinets today are made to last like Coppes. A lot of our orders are for additions to existing Coppes kitchens from the ‘50s and ‘60s.”