What started in 2000 as a small construction company called Victor and Sons has grown into Vixon Cabinets, one of Southwest Washington’s largest and premiere cabinet makers.
Know for high quality cabinets and unique designs in some of the area’s best homes, Vixon continues to make strides in innovation and service.
Family patriarch, Victor Chernichenko, an inventor who is very hands on, organized the company with sons Roman, Alex, and Eugene, and over time they’ve found their unique places in the family business that now oversees 250 installations a year.
Victor runs the shop. He also enjoys gardening.
Roman heads design and engineering. He also makes great wine.
Alex runs quality assurance. He also loves to spend time outdoors in the great Pacific Northwest.
And, Eugene, who is also a bread maker by night, is the General Manager. He’s become the voice of Vixon, but the roles weren’t always so clear.
“I used to wear 15 hats,” said Eugene. “I built cabinets, did finishing and sanding. Alex and Oleg did installations. I took care of that part of running the business, then once we got enough people I managed the shop and did sales. At one point I was painting in the evening and managing by day. The jobs came together based on our personalities. I dealt better with customers and was willing to say what’s necessary to get things done. Roman likes the details and making sure things are perfect. Alex is a workhorse and has good customer service. He knows how to smooth things out.”
Vixon’s business continues to prosper because of the quality of their work, strict adherence to schedules, special designs, and commitment to customer service.
Those are some of the reasons why Vixon’s products keep making appearances in the Parade of Homes and in some of the best homes in the area. They’ve developed great relationships with many local builders.
“We’ve been using Vixon since 2015, and they’ve probably done around a dozen projects with us,” said Cheri Clarkson, of Soaring Eagle Homes. “We appreciate that they are a family owned, local custom cabinet shop. They are extremely creative and willing to tackle any request we have. As a designer/custom home builder this is a critical element as each client is unique and every project is different. Whether it’s a special design element, custom stain color, secret door.… you name it, they can figure it out.
Their ever-growing business includes the expansion of their Vancouver showroom, which is located at 3315 NE 112th #60, Vancouver, WA 98682. Currently they have 15,000 square feet of shop space used to move in supplies, sand, cut, paint, finish, and assemble quality cabinets.
It runs like a fine oiled machine, using a combination of technology (laser-guided saws) and experienced craftsmanship paying attention to the tiniest of details.
You can see more at www.vixoncabinets.com
Experience Matters: A Proud History of Craftsmanship
This is the fifth generation of Chernichenko carpenters with a rich history in the former Soviet Union.
“We came over to the United States in December 28, 1989,” said Eugene. “It was right before the full collapse of the Soviet Union. We saw it from here. We lived in Georgia, now the Republic of Georgia — in Batumi City. Georgia was the state. We lived on the Black Sea and it was a tourist place. When my dad got there with his parents, they moved and he worked in construction.”
Eugene parents felt a strong need to leave for the United States, and were sponsored by a church in Portland.
Nine months after arriving in Portland, the family moved to Vancouver. Eugene was 7 years old.
“My dad learned English while he was preparing to move here,” Eugene said. “When he got here he started translating their newsletters into the Russian language. He did that for New Traditions owner.
He did that for a number of years then went back into mill work, and worked for New Tradition Homes. We built homes for a few years in the late 90s then transitioned into a full cabinet shop.”
It’s a company that’s really focused, said Clarkson.
“Their quality is excellent,” she added. “They stand behind their work and have a great attitude when resolving issues when they arise.”
And, Eugene makes great bread, too!