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Spielmaker Cabinets & Countertops is located in Burton, Michigan and has been a family-owned and operated business since its beginnings in 1937.
Are you familiar with the Good Housekeeping Seal?
Historically, the Good Housekeeping Seal involved a chain of home improvement companies that sold specific appliances. Managed by Joe Spielmaker, the business actually began as the Flint Good Housekeeping Shop.
He eventually took over ownership and added some home improvement items that complemented the line of appliances, like linoleum countertops and floor coverings, carpeting, and plumbing products such as sinks and faucets.
After Joe Spielmaker died at the age of 58, management of the business was passed to his two sons, Joseph Jr. and Jim. After Joe Spielmaker Jr. died of cancer at the age of 38, Jim was left to take the reins.
After Formica plastic laminates became more popular in the late 1940s, Jim transformed the business to focus solely on fabrication and installation of countertops to meet the wildfire growth of the suburbs in the Flint area. In 1968, Jim relocated the business and changed its name to The Formica Shop, which was extremely successful.
Recognizing the fact that the family had been doing business in the Genesee County area for three generations, Jim decided to add the family name to the name of the business in the late 1970s. The name was therefore changed to The Formica Shop Spielmakers 3rd Generation Inc., as it was incorporated in the late 1980s.
Jim’s son, Tom, joined the family business in 1978 and has been involved in every aspect since. Jim retired in the late 1970s, and the business was run by a succession of sons until Tom took over in 1988.
Today, the cabinet company is known as Spielmaker Cabinets & Countertops, and it remains a family-run business located in Michigan. Tom’s brother Kirk is in charge of all installations, and brother Erich focuses on sales. Tom’s stepson, Ryan, manages the countertop fabrication unit.
Tom Spielmaker remains very proud to carry on his father’s and grandfather’s legacy, and he strives to make customers feel like a part of the family as well.
Located in Burton, Michigan, Spielmaker Cabinets has been fabricating and selling cabinets and countertops in Genesee County for 82 years. We are proud to service the entire state of Michigan.
OWNER & DESIGNER
Multiple Hat Wearer
Tom has been with Spielmaker Cabinets & Countertops since the day he could legally drive. He made it through all of the grunt work in the beginning and has been with the company through thick and thin since then.
HEAD OF THE INSTALLATION DEPARTMENT
Throws a mean party
Kirk ran the family business when it was the Formica Shop on Ballenger Highway from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s. He moved to Florida in 1986, where he operated his own successful remodeling business in the Fort Lauderdale area for 25 years. He returned home several years ago and has been with Spielmaker Cabinets & Countertops for eight years.
INSTALLATION & SALES LEADER
Keeper of all the family secrets
Erich, who led the company from 1986 to 1989, opened his own version of the business in Burton called Tables and Tops. After selling the business in 1994, he drove for commercial truck trucking companies and municipalities. He is now an integral member of Spielmaker’s management team.
HEAD OF THE FABRICATION UNIT
Enjoys working with his stepfather
Ryan is the newest and youngest member of the Spielmaker Cabinets & Countertops management team. He has worked for the company for only a few years, but is highly skilled in fabrication.