Our Story

A long history of hard work and dedication has played an important role in the success of our business. Established in 1950 as W.S. Townsend, what was once a furniture store has evolved into the business it is today, operating under the name Michigan Kitchen Distributors. Being a family-owned and operated business, our focus has always been on offering customers the products they want from a company they can rely on.

We have deep roots when it comes to evaluating and meeting the needs of residents throughout Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Northern Ohio. Our understanding of the housing market and what makes kitchens truly great has made us a perfect partner for homeowners who are undergoing a kitchen remodel. We believe in offering an experience you won’t find anywhere else and, as a wholesale supplier, we can offer products you need at a price you can afford. Our mission is to be your one-stop-shop for your kitchen remodel, design, or upgrade and for you to feel confident that you are working with a company that cares more about your happiness than our bottom line.


Our long history in the kitchen and bath industry has played an important role in our success as a business.

Starting in 1950, W.S. Townsend, known today as MKD, started as a furniture store, gift shop, and propane business and in 1958, W.S. Townsend began selling plumbing products. MKD became the second distributor of Merillat Cabinets in the US in 1968 and starting manufacturing countertops in 1970. Our first countertop manufacturing facility was our 45,000 sq.ft. laminate fabrication shop.

Our granite and quartz countertop fabrication facilities were introduced in 2002. In total, we have over 100,000 sq.ft. of countertop manufacturing space and are proud to be the largest countertop fabricator in Michigan. Our countertop fabrication continues to be our primary product offering and we serve both the professional and the homeowner.

Since then, MKD has continued to grow our product platform, and we’ve significantly expanded our warehouse space – actually tripling in size – to ensure our ability to consistently provide the products you need, when you need them.

Today, MKD stands as one of few kitchen and bathroom suppliers to have weathered the many storms the housing industry has thrown at us. We believe our deep roots and determination make MKD the perfect long-term partner for your ever-changing needs.

MKD History Timeline
JW, CEO and Steve, President of MKD
MKD History


MKD is a third-generation family-owned and operated wholesale distributor of kitchen and bath products, as well as one of the largest countertop fabricators and installation companies, serving Michigan, Northern Indiana, and Northern Ohio.

Family is important to us at MKD - and not simply because we are a family-owned business. Our business was not just founded, established, and successful because of the Townsend family since our roots run much deeper than that. Our team has become a family, the MKD family, where we are proud to have employees that have spent their career here, some with over 30 years of service.

Today, our leadership team is made up of two of the three Townsend generations - JW Townsend, CEO/ Chairman; Steve Townsend, President; and Jack Townsend, Vice President.

JW Townsend started working for his father when he was 14 years old. Over the years, he worked his way up from sweeping the shop floors to owning and operating W.S. Townsend family of businesses - MKD and The Kitchen Shop. JW is very active in the community of Marshall, Michigan, having served in several community organizations such as the Marshall Rotary Club, the Marshall Manufacturer’s Association, the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and as the Chair for the Oaklawn Hospital Board of Directors.

The one rule the Townsends have always followed since the inception of the company was: “work stays at work.”

Service Area

We fabricate and install custom countertops, as well as distribute kitchen and bath products for homeowners and professionals of Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Northern Indiana.

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