a plan I'd find in Popular Mechanics magazine and then everyone else in the class would follow suit. A childhood
freind's father, Bill Mancini, owned Bay State Cabinet Company in Milford (who did most of the mahogany wood
work and casework in the older Milford Banks). I used to love going to the shop to poke around and learn. I also
remember panelling (remember wood grained panelling?) the basement in my house when I was so young I don't
even remember how old I was. The bottom line is that woodworking and mechanical ability are in my blood.
After college I became a structural/mechanical engineer for Stone & Webster Engineering in Boston, MA. For 6-1/2
years I did design and seismic analysis of steel support structures for piping and equipment in nuclear power plants. I
never really liked traveling to Boston or sitting at a desk all day. The last 1-1/2 years at that job were extremely
interesting though as I worked on site at the Millstone Unit 3 Nuclear Plant in Connecticut, that Stone & Webster
was building. (Imagine that S&W had approx. 5,000 workers on that jobsite) As that plant was finished, nuclear
plants weren't being built any more so I was one of thousands that got laid off, since S&W couldn't absorb all those
people back in the Boston office.
While I was working on the nuke site I was heavily involved in constructing my house in Hopedale, MA. I had the
foundation, framing, and drywall done by others but I did everything else. The kitchen cabinets and vanities were
the first full set of cabinets that I built from scratch. They still look great today. After the layoff I had time to work
on the house a little while looking for work. I ended up consulting for Norton Company of Worcester, MA at their
High Performance Ceramics plant in Northboro, MA. I really liked that job because I did many varied projects.
Every day was different. After a year we had the plant all straightened out so they ran out of projects for me. I
looked around for work but couldn't find what I wanted (or enough money) so I started doing carpentry, putting my
tools in the trunk of the car! I quickly progressed to additions and major remodels (and a new truck). I even did
some commercial work locally including inside the Milford Daily News building. Looking for something different
than remodeling, I built a few custom kitchens from scratch but decided I didn't want to suck dust and fumes all my
life so I started looking around at factory built cabinetry.
Omega, which only had the custom line at the time, was the first cabinet line I took on and I still carry it today.
They now have the Omega Dynasty semi-custom line which I honestly feel is one of the best cabinets for the money
out there. It's my favorite. It's what I would use if I replaced the ones I built in my house. I opened my first
showroom in 1988 and I haven't looked back. I'm in my third (and final) showroom in Milford, MA now. I haven't
invested a million dollars into it like some of the big places but I show a little bit of everything I sell. I buy the
cabinetry I sell directly from the factories and represent them for this area. My low overhead lets me sell at pricing
that will compete with anyone out there. I love the customers that shop a little before coming to see me in an
attempt to compare apples to apples, which is very hard to do with cabinetry. They're the ones who have told me
many times that for equal product, my prices are better, my service is better, and my knowledge cabinetry and the
business are better. I stay personally involved in every aspect of the business including measuring, design, ordering,
and installation. So, I sell at competitive prices, have a good range of quality/price levels and actually know what I'm
doing. Just ask around. Give us a call and if nobody answers the business line your call will transfer to my cell
phone. Thank you and hope to meet you soon.
Hi, my name is Mike Ragonese, the owner of Ragonese Kitchen And Bath.
What I'd like to do here is tell you a bit about the things in my life that led
up to my being in the cabinet business plus help illustrate to you that when
you hire me to do work for you, you can rest assured that you are hiring
someone who is truly proficient at what he does. Having done this for 27
years, just asking around would get you feedback about the work I do but,
for those of you who are interested, here's a bit of my life story.
I started working with my hands when I was quite young. I took both
wood and metal shop classes in Hopedale, MA from the 7th grade all the
way through the 12th grade. In wood shop I used to build something from
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