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Burke Architectural Millwork Becomes Michigan’s First Architectural Millwork Manufacturer Awarded Women’s Business Enterprise

Burke Architectural Millwork LLC, a Livonia-based custom architectural millwork and finish carpentry manufacturer, received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise  National Council (WBENC). This marks the first architectural millwork manufacturer in the state of Michigan to gain the prestigious WBENC designation.

The WBENC certification for a women-owned business is the most recognizable and sought-after of its kind. The national standard of the certification is a meticulous process, including an in-depth review of the business. This process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women.

Co-Founder and Majority Owner Kelly Victor-Burke said, “We are extremely pleased to earn this certification, as it will allow us the opportunity to work with the most prestigious general contractors in the country, and partner with other diversity vendors on projects.” Victor-Burke was recently featured in the “Notable Women in Manufacturing 2018” by Crain’s Detroit Business, and has fostered strong relationships with industry groups, such as the Michigan Manufacturers Association.

According to The 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN, only 1.2% of the women-owned businesses are in the manufacturing industry. By recognizing the WBENC certification and including women-owned businesses among their vendors, more than 1,000 corporations and government agencies confirm their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier and vendor diversity programs.

Founded in 1916, Burke Architectural Millwork has been an AWI Manufacturing Member since 2017.
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