Republic Elite is a Texas company. The cabinet and countertop firm’s market share in the state is 30 percent — over 50 percent in North Texas — and they actually make their cabinets about two hours east of Dallas in Marshall, Texas.
“We don’t believe we could provide the service levels we do with imported product, and we continually have to pick up the pieces from companies who try and fail. We order our cabinets to be delivered seven days from now. It’s a very flexible production line. That allows us to be fast and on-time.” — Duane Pekar, president and CEO of Republic Elite.
Almost all of Republic Elite’s 450 employees are in Texas with about 50 in its Dallas headquarters. The firm is constantly keeping up with interior design trends and searching quarries in Africa, Mexico and Brazil for stones that’ll be cut into the latest countertops.
As baby boomers downsize and millennials take longer to buy a home, the high-end apartment scene has taken off, especially in Dallas. Last year, Republic Elite posted $90 million in revenue, up 20 percent. Pekar said the company expects the same 20-percent growth rate this year.
To discuss his company’s future and the Dallas market, Pekar sat down with the Dallas Business Journal.