Got a call yesterday for a bid on kitchen cabinetry. During the conversation I gleaned that they will be getting a bid from a Mennonite cabinetmaker. I don't want to design the kitchen, I don't want to quote it. We won't get the job because of price. But I don't want to ignore the request either. (Which we have done in the past, and that's not a good look either.) Looking for the most cordial way to convey the sentiment below. -Mrs. Gary
Thank you for considering XXXXXXXXXXX for your home cabinetry. At this time, we respectfully decline from bidding this project.
For more than XX years, we have been supplying beautiful, heritage quality, custom cabinetry. XXXXXXXXXXXX is on its way to being a second generation company. Our skill and talent, along with the use of top of the line equipment, materials, hardware, and finishes have made XXXXXXX an industry leader in the area. We are loyal to our vendors. We do not shop around looking for the cheapest materials to put in our cabinets, which would compromise the finished product. We take pride in providing our employees with great wages and benefits to comfortably support their families, and the local economy.
There is room in this market for competition, and we know our competition. You may not be aware, some members of the Amish and Mennonite communities are able to seek exemptions from worker’s compensation as well as self-employment taxes. Employees are not paid overtime and child labor laws are disregarded.
That being said, we are choosing not to compete with the price point of the cabinetmakers you are seeking bids from.
Again, thank you for thinking of us.