New ownership targeting growth and continued investment

Hillsborough, North Carolina, July 5, 2017 – Hardwood Designs, a leading manufacturer of high-end, custom millwork and commercial casework products, was purchased outright by an investment group headed up by Michael Kaisersatt.  Mr. Kaisersatt, a manufacturing and construction industry veteran, most recently held a senior vice president position at one of the largest specialty design/build contractors in the U.S.  This acquisition is yet another positive business transaction impacting the trajectory of small and medium sized business growth throughout the Triangle region and North Carolina. The company has already added project management and manufacturing staff, upgraded equipment and is currently working on expansion plans that will create increased economic opportunity in the Mid-Atlantic region and nationally.

The company recently completed several large, high-profile projects that highlighted their ability to perform large scale, highly custom work on schedule.  One example is N.C. State University’s Wendell H. Murphy Football center where they designed, manufactured and installed national level locker sets for the Wolfpack.

At Microsoft’s new district headquarters, Hardwood Designs provided an array of interior custom finishes, including a one-of-a-kind reception desk surrounded by unique wall, ceiling and horizontal surface solutions.

“We believe our craftsmanship, attention to detail and reliability are unparalleled and that’s why general contractors, architects and developers want to work with us time and time again,” said T.J. Carstens, Project Manager, who oversaw the Microsoft Headquarters project.

As the new owner of Hardwood Designs, Mr. Kaisersatt, a former Marine, brings a strong vision and leadership that elevates the company beyond its strong local roots.  His international work and hands-on involvement with many complex campus, high-rise and supertall projects allow him to bring growth strategies and industry best practices to Hardwood Designs.

“My father was a builder and cabinet maker, and I’ve always had an appreciation for people who have the ability to craft solid things that last,” said Kaisersatt. “I was attracted to this brand not only because of the incredible craftsmanship on the shop floor but also because of the cutting-edge design, rapid prototyping ability and production process controls that were already in place.  We are now looking forward to building on that quality commitment and growing the company.”

About Hardwood Designs

Hardwood Designs is a provider of high-end, custom interior finish work featuring world-class craftsmanship in architectural millwork. The company also provides custom casework, solid surface materials, metal panels, glass products and in-house finishing.  Established in 1985, Hardwood Designs, an AWI and FSC quality certified manufacturer, offers a high level of creativity and design combined with in-house engineering and precise CNC manufacturing to deliver effective client solutions.  Hardwood Designs is a veteran-owned company that fabricates and assembles its products in the USA.


Michael Kaisersatt

Hardwood Designs

Phone: 919.389.1922