This sends a signal that AMRE is continuing to keep an eye open for strategic buyouts and alliances that will further its consolidation plans.
This deal represents the first of many sublicensing agreements that AMRE expects to create in its push to bring established local and regional remodeling contractors under the Century 21 Home Improvements' umbrella.
Swartz said he is certain that AMRE is the nation's biggest cabinet refacing service, but added that he does not know how big the refacing market is.
Cipriano said AMRE aims to complete a customer's installation within 40 days of taking the order.
Cipriano added that the modernization program has allowed AMRE to sell off much of its manual equipment, which has freed up space in the shop.
This eliminates downtime in changing between the eight colors and patterns that AMRE offers, Cipriano said the three most popular designs - blush oak, dark plain maple and white - currently account for 55 percent of customer orders.
AMRE officials are still in the process of working out definitive distribution patterns between the Arlington Heights plant and the Facelifters plant in Bronx, N.
Shortly after the announcement was made, Cipriano said he gathered a throng of AMRE salespeople at his facility's new training room.
I believe the tie to Century 21 will be of benefit to all those who work for AMRE, Century 21 agents and ultimately our customers.
For 13 years, AMRE marketed its products and services under Sears, Roebuck & Co.
The agreement with Century 21 also gives AMRE access to the whole of North America.
Like AMRE, Cabinet Magic marketed its products and services through a license agreement with Sears.