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Morris Black named “Excellence in Construction” Merit Winner from ABC NJ

February / 10 / 2016

The Associated Builders and Contractors – New Jersey Chapter (ABC NJ) recently named Morris Black and Sons a Merit Winner for their work on two projects in New Jersey in 2015.

Morris Black’s Commercial Cabinetry division won the Merit Award for Construction Management $5M to $10M for the work they did on an addition to the TRUMPF Photonics building in Cranbury, NJ. They also won in the $10M and Over category for the expansion of the Chapin School campus in Princeton, NJ.

Tom Lawler, lead Project Manager for both projects, explained the projects:

The Chapin School is an independent co-ed school for children pre-K through 8th grade. The addition, a two-story 14,000 sq. ft. middle school addition, including classrooms, technology lab, offices, meeting rooms, and a learning commons, marks the completion  of a $13.2 million multi-year building project. Morris Black’s contribution was classroom cabinets, lockers, bathroom cabinetry, story time upholstered benches, the librarian’s desk and cabinetry in the music room.

The TRUMPF Photonics addition was an expansion to add a meeting room/cafeteria,  enabling TRUMPF, an international high-technology company providing manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools, lasers and electronics, to expand their photonics operations. Morris Black provided cabinets and countertops for the café and kitchen, enclosures for vending machines and cabinets and Corian tops for the rest rooms.

“We are proud of the recognition we received.” Tom Lawler said, “We don’t take these awards lightly. We strive to give the best service and products to each and every customer. When our customers receive these awards, I feel like I gave my all on the project.”

Congratulations to the Commercial Cabinetry division!

Lehigh Valley Executive Forum tours Morris Black Facility

December / 10 / 2015


Jon Black. LV Exec Forum member and head of the Morris Black Door Department, leads a tour of the casework manufacuring facility.

On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Lehigh Valley Executive Forum met for a breakfast meeting at the Morris Black Designs showroom. Member Jon Black gave a short talk on the history and scope of the Morris Black and Sons’ products and services, while Kitchen Manager Mark Doman stepped in to talk specifically about our residential and multi-family kitchen and bath business.

The Lehigh Valley Executive Forum is group of business owners and decision-makers who recognize the value of networking and sharing ideas, knowledge and experience among business leaders who share a commitment to responsible growth and economic development. The group currently has 40 members from industries as diverse as insurance, engineering, interior design and banking.

The members enjoyed a breakfast catered by The Peoples Kitchen in Bethlehem, a slide presentation of Morris Black projects, plus a walk through the commercial casework manufacturing facility. The guests also enjoyed the kitchen and bath displays in the Morris Black Designs showroom.

If you’d like to see some fabulous kitchen displays, please stop by our showroom at 984 Marcon Blvd. weekdays 8 to 4:30, Thursday evening till 8 pm, or Saturday 9 to 2. We’d love to see you!

Forum Link: www.lvexecutiveforum.org
Caterer: https://www.facebook.com/pkonlinden/
Photo thanks to Ken Mackenzie of Stifel Investment services.

One of America’s BEST Insulation Installers works at Morris Black

November / 18 / 2015

StacyKeit ch-InsualtionStacy Feit, a 22-year veteran of Morris Black’s Insulation Department, participated in the “2015 America’s Best Installer” competition in Denver in October.  The contest, sponsored by InsulateAmerica and JohnsManville, brings the best insulation installers together from across the United States to showcase their skills including speed and accuracy.

Stacy is a smart and dependable member of the insulation staff, and works on both new and remodeled homes and businesses.  He is particularly knowledgeable about the building science of a house, including air flow and moisture barriers, and has worked with both fiberglass batt and blown-in insulation.

When asked what he likes best about his work, Stacy said, “I enjoy the opportunity to make a positive, lasting contribution to my community.”

Although Stacy wasn’t this year’s winner, we are proud to have him as a member of out team

Chase Away the Chill! Add Home Insulation.

October / 21 / 2015

FB Photo-InsulationSaleWho doesn’t like a crisp fall morning?  Maybe the snowbirds who flock to Florida… but Morris Black welcomes the Fall season. Autumn is the perfect time to highlight our residential Insulation and Home Energy Solutions division.  If your home is feeling a bit drafty, call us now. Our Winter Insulation Sale is starting, and you can save 20%.  Stay cozy and warm this winter – and save on heating bills!

More info here.

Gretz Beer Distributor’s Tasting Bar

February / 11 / 2015

Gretz-400pxBarThis amazing 8’ deep x 25’ long Tasting Bar was just completed for Gretz Beer Distributors in Hatfield, PA. Morris Black’s Casework Division designed, specified, built and installed the bar (and the lighting), using maple with lots of stacked molding, corbels, columns and picture frame molding.

The first challenge was the overhead cabinets which display the owner’s beer stein collection. The architect’s vision was floating cabinets with no overhead support, so Tom Lawler, Project Manager, collaborated with Millwork Engineer Jason Jackson to support the 6 foot wide cabinets from the wooden columns.  The back wall contains glass shelves, two flat screen tvs, and back-lit columns. Behind the bar are bar sinks and refrigeration units. The front of the bar is wainscoating molding with layered molding supporting the granite countertops. Tom Lawler also wants to give a shout-out to Mike Zelena for his excellent installation work on this complex project.

Morris Black Millwork division has created some of the most striking bars in the Lehigh Valley, including the Sands Event Center, the members-only bar at Coca Cola Park, and restaurants including Shula’s and Maxim’s.  Next time you belly up to the bar, you may be admiring a Morris Black project!

Morris Black awarded Milestone Award by Greater LV Chamber of Commerce

December / 22 / 2014

On Nov. 6, 2014, Morris Black was honored with the Milestone Award from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce for being a member since 1907. Morris Black, founder of Morris Black in 1908, was also a founding member of the Bethlehem Chamber.

ChamberEvent11-2014-BobwithAwardBob Black, Vice President of Morris Black and the grandson of Morris Black, accepted the award. Bob read an excerpt from a speech given by his father, Sam Black, to the Bethlehem Chamber in November 1964 – almost exactly 50 years to the day!  Sam’s speech concluded with an inspirational poem, which Bob shared with the audience.

Our company has a history of community involvement, serving as members or on the  boards of organizations such as Skills USA Council, St. Luke’s Health Network, LV Economic Development Corp, United Way of the LehighValley, RenewLV, Valley Youth House, Girls and Boys Club and others. It has been a legacy, inspired by Morris Black’s involvement with civic matters, that has been passed down to the third generation of the Black family, who now run the company.

PHOTO courtesy of The Morning Call

 Here’s a video introducing Morris Black

Cabintry for Lyndhurst Multi-Unit Apartment House

October / 20 / 2014

Lyndhurst1-sqHere’s our newest completed project: 192 kitchens for an apartment complex being built in Lyndhurst, New Jersey by Iron Hill Construction of Bethlehem. Morris Black Inc. provided the cabinetry: birch cabinets with a “Twilight” finish. Stainless steel bar pulls were added to the contemporary cabinets, matching the stainless appliances.

Complex multi-unit projects are our specialty. Call Morris Black Inc and ask to speak to Tom Levy in the Casework Division for more details.

Morris Black creates stunning Kitchen Set for PBS Channel 39

December / 04 / 2013

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Morris Black recently was given a unique challenge: build a professional chef’s kitchen television set for PBS 39, the LehighValley’s public tv station. This set will be used for producing cooking shows, then broken down and moved when the space is used for other types of shows.

PBS 39 Cooking Show set created by Morris BlackThe specifications included an 18 foot island, a prep area with two wall ovens, and a staging area to highlight completed dishes. Since the area is actually a film set, special considerations included a flexible design and non-glare matte finishes. The 18-foot island and portions of the back and side walls have an 8-inch black toe kick that hides 6’ heavy-duty casters that allow the island to be rolled away with one hand.

Charles Buchsbaum, Morris Black Designer and Operations Manager was chosen for the task. He created a contemporary space featuring a Bertollini gas cooktop with four burners and a griddle, dual wall ovens mounted at camera height, a Blomberg stainless refrigerator, and two sets of Blanco professional faucets and sinks. The cabinetry, which was manufactured in the Morris Black shop, features tiger-stripe laminate, accented by crimson matt laminate and a multicolored glass mosaic backsplash. Corian countertops are offset by Zodiac quartz on the console and chef’s completed dish display and tasting area at the end of the island. The under-cabinet and accent lighting are all on dimmers, and the glass in the wall cabinets is frosted to cut down on glare.

The kitchen set was premiered in December, and filming will start on cooking shows such as “The Chef’s Kitchen”.

Watch for the Morris Black Designs kitchen of future PBS 39 shows!

Morris Black completes St. Luke’s Anderson Campus project

November / 30 / 2011

When St. Luke’s University Health Network decided to expand and build a new campus in Forks Township, Easton, their General Contractor, Iron Hill Construction Management,  called on Morris Black’s Casework Division to supply the cabinetry and architectural millwork.

SLH-And-MainDeskFront3x2lighterThe extensive project included a new hospital with Morris Black providing the personal effects storage for 72 patient rooms, and the cabinetry for five large nurses stations and 36 charting and documentation centers. Morris Black also supplied cabinets for medical supplies and equipment, and specialty medical cabinetry for equipment and instruments such as the MRI machines.  In addition, they provided architectural millwork such as the window sills and moldings.

The showpiece was the front reception desk, with a multi-level greeting area and a paneled wall. The desk is overlaid with two St. Luke star logos of brushed aluminum, mounted on a backdrop of cherry veneer.

The first cabinetry was delivered on April 1, 2011, and the job was completed in mid-October. The Morris Black Casework Division has extensive experience creating medical and specialty cabinetry. Ask what we can create for your company.

Morris Black Publishes Local Cookbook to Benefit Valley Youth House

July / 17 / 2010

Morris Black 100th Anniversay Cookbook CoverTo celebrate their 100th Anniversary, Morris Black and Sons, Inc. of Allentown collected the best recipes from clients, family and friends and compiled them into a keepsake family cookbook, with proceeds going to Valley Youth House, a non-profit organization serving children and families in the Lehigh Valley.

The Morris Black Family Cookbook is available at the Morris Black Designs showroom on Marcon Boulevard in Allentown for a $16.95 donation, payable to Valley Youth House.

This one-of-a-kind cookbook contains over 300 well-loved recipes including appetizers, main dishes, desserts, food for kids and many others. Recipes include the contributor’s name, enabling one to search for the recipes of family and friends. Stories about young people who have been helped by Valley Youth House are also included.

Morris Black also gives a copy of the cookbook to every client who remodels a kitchen and bath and sends the donation directly to Valley Youth House.  VYH provides prevention and intervention services, counseling,  life skills and behavioral health services to abused, neglected, and homeless youth and their families. Learn more at Valley Youth House.

Morris Black wins 2009 LVBA Awards for New Home Kitchen and Remodeled Kitchen

May / 17 / 2009

In January, 2009, the Lehigh Valley Builders Association awarded two first place prizes to Morris Black Designs.

The LVBA Awards of Excellence are given to builders and remodelers that have demonstrated excellence in execution, craftsmanship, service and quality of their projects.

Morris Black award-winning kitchen for model homeSuzanne Joseph, AISD, won first place in the New Home Kitchen up to $50,000 category for a project she designed for Spectrum Home’s Tivoli Garden Estates community in Center Valley,PA. Working with a deadline, a strict budget, and clients who wanted a custom cherry kitchen but needed to keep costs reined in, Suzanne created a kitchen with furniture-style cabinetry, open to both the informal dining area and the family room.  Details such as double and triple stacked molding, staggered height cabinets, increased depth base cabinets and the use of pilasters and furniture base mouldings added to the custom look.

Dan Lenner, CMKBD, designed the kitchen that won first place in the category Remodeled Kitchen up to $50,000. The space to be remodeled in a 1960’s Cape Codhad outdated cabinetry. The clients wanted to open up the space, and have informal seating for two or three people. Dan removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and created a large opening to the living room.  A pantry cabinet and refrigerator anchor one end of the kitchen, with a wine refrigerator at the other end. The cabinetry on the inside half-wall has three levels, and the range is set diagonally with downdraft ventilation.

Morris Black Designs has also won LVBA awards in every year from 2002 to 2005. Awards from the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) were presented to Morris Black in 2003 and 2001. Building a home? Call us at 610-264-2700.  If you are a homeowner looking to remodel, see more kitchen and bath ideas at www.morrisblack.com.