We always love to discover companies that have been in business for decades, and here is another one: Houck Industries, maker of Go-E-Z undermount drawer slides. Thanks to reader Gerry for the discovery. He wrote me:
Pam, I am trying to rehab my 1968 kitchen cabinets and drawers.
The jury is out on whether I can restore the finish or if I will need to repaint. But I did discover that the old undermount drawer slides are still being made by Houck Industries, so if you have old slides with broken wheels these could be a good option. The slides are called Go-E-Z, which is the name on the existing slides in my kitchen. I found several sellers online with a quick search. A universal kit is available that you cut down with a hacksaw to the size you want as well as kits for 19, 22, and 24 inch long drawers. Houck has been making these slides since 1948 per their website so this could be a good option if you want to keep your kitchen but update the slides. I bought a set to try.
About Houck Industries, from their website:
Houck Industries was the innovator of the four-point suspension system designed for the kitchen cabinet industry. Over fifty years ago the company founder, Mel Houck, invented and started manufacturing and selling the GO-EZ drawer guide system in Tulare, California. The slides were originally sold by “Mel Houck Products”. In 1959, Mel Houck incorporated “Houck Industries” in Tulare County, California.
… All of Houck’s 100, 150, 200, 500, 950 and 1209 series drawer slides and storage systems are proudly Made in USA.
I also nosed around the www to see if I could find out anything more about this company, and I found this obituary of Elsie Mae Houck, who with her husband ran the company.
Thank you, Gerry, for this tip!
To learn more about — or buy – Go-E-Z drawer slides:
- Info about all of Houck’s drawer slides here.
- 500 Series drawer slides (the original designs, per their website) for sale from Houck on ebay (affiliate link)