New manager optimistic about expansion at American Woodmark plant

Tim Coffman is seeing dollar-sign green as American Woodmark adds employees and expands production, even if he has to adjust to the brown and gray landscape of the desert.

Coffman is the new manager at the American Woodmark facility in the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

He transferred from the greener landscape of Toccoa, Ga.

"It has taken a while to adjust from the greenery and trees of North Georgia to the Kingman desert," Coffman said.

Even more so, Coffman came to town in the middle of a major expansion that doubled the workforce of American Woodmark in Kingman.

"We have expanded from about 300 employees to 592," he said.

"That makes American Woodmark one of the top three employers in the area."

The Kingman Regional Medical Center employs 800 and Mohave County has more than 600 employees in the Kingman area.

The addition of a wood finishing area and a 20 percent increase in kitchen cabinet production has caused some stress for the American Woodmark workforce.

Adding an extra 300 workers and new processes was not accomplished without some difficulty, Coffman said.

"I want the American Woodmark employees to know that we will improve," he added.

"I want this to be the best place in Kingman to work.

We had start-up issues, but I am committed to make this the choice place to be."

He said a third shift is being added because of a strong market for kitchen cabinets.

American Woodmark sells a custom kitchen cabinet package shipped to work sites of builders, to a dealer network and to the Home Depot and Lowes national chains.

Locally, Foxworth Lumber is a major customer.

American Woodmark, which is based in Winchester, Va., has 12 other plants, mostly in the Appalachian Mountain hardwood forest areas in the Eastern United States.

Coffman's wife, Kelli, is a nurse at Kingman Regional Medical Center.

They are expecting their first child in November.