The City of Effingham has named Lustig Custom Cabinets as a recipient of the City of Effingham’s Business Appreciation Award.
“We are proud of the old world craftsmanship Lustig Custom Cabinets has carried on through the generations and decades,” stated Mayor Jeff Bloemker. “We appreciate their presence and thank them for their continued investment in Effingham!”
Lustig Custom Cabinets started in 1925 as Lustig and Sons Millwork, a business that made millwork & various items from wood, including truck and tractor parts. They were originally located downtown behind what is now Effingham Daily News. In 1958, they moved to their current location along East Fayette Avenue. Shortly thereafter they began making cabinetry. Joseph Michael Lustig was the founder of Lustig Cabinets and it is now owned by distant relatives. Jim Zumbahlen, his son, Blake and his daughter, Kim and son-in-law Mike Stanfield purchased the company in 2008.
Since moving to the Fayette Avenue location, the building has grown and expanded five times while the business evolved into primarily custom cabinetry work. When the Zumbahlens took ownership they stream-lined production and invested in new technology that has allowed them to significantly increase production while providing full-design services and premium customer service. Lustig Custom Cabinets serves a 60 mile radius, but also has clientele in St. Louis, Chicago, and the Lake of the Ozarks. Lustig Custom Cabinets currently has 15 employees and over half of them have been with the company for over 15 years.
Lustig Custom Cabinets is able to provide a truly customizable experience for their customers. These craftsmen build every cabinet, every drawer, every door and install them themselves, enabling limitless creativity. Customer service is key to making the business successful. Starting in 2013, they have won consecutive Best of Customer Service Awards from Houzz by presenting exceptional customer reviews and excellence in work.
Community involvement is important to Lustig Custom Cabinets. They are very involved with the schools giving school tours for classes involved in manufacturing, working with the Construction Trades Education Curriculum Effingham County, and participating in design courses from area schools including Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University. They also provide summer work and internships for students. Lustig Custom Cabinets enjoys giving back to the community by building and donating items for charity auctions and parish picnics while supporting a variety of youth programs and fundraisers.
Nominator Cory Kalber stated, “Lustig Custom Cabinets is a great family business that is bringing new, fresh ideas to the homes in and around Effingham.” The City of Effingham appreciates the positive impact that Lustig Custom Cabinets has had on the Effingham Community and we would like to congratulate them on receiving this award.