Who We Are
Merle French- President
Merle French, President of MHC Inc. taught school for 17 years after receiving a BA from Sam Houston State and a Master of Education degree from Texas A & M. Her love for teaching small children is reflected in her naming her company – Mother Hubbard’s Cupboards- after an old English nursery rhyme. She founded MHC in 1994 at Canyon Lake, Texas. When her family moved to Bryan in 1998, Merle transferred her Canyon Lake home office to Bryan. Finally, MHC was moved to its present location at 605 E. Blackshear St. in Navasota, Texas.
Merle shares a love of kitchen and bath design and a joy of woodworking with her husband of fo years – Gayle French. Both Merle and Gayle have expertise in cabinet design. Beauty and functionality of a kitchen design are a hallmark of MHC Inc.
Merle was granted HUB certification in 2009. MHC Inc. specializes in doors, cabinets, and countertops.
Gayle and Merle have many years of experience in the multifamily industry providing turnkey work in cabinets for both new and renovated job sites.
Gayle French- Sales Manager
Gayle French, Sales Manager, is widely known throughout the cabinet industry. He has had over 35 years experience in the manufacturing and sales of cabinets. Gayle’s past experience saw him as Contract Sales Manager for Sears in the late seventies. During the eighties, nineties and the early 2000’s Gayle worked for Leedo Cabinets as Vice President of Sales.
Always fascinated with the frameless Euro 32mm system, Gayle has specialized in the manufacture of full access cabinets in this area. RTF (rigid thermo foil) door manufacturing has been another specialty of Gayle’s. MHC Inc. also benefited from his knowledge of wood door manufacturing and now makes mitered wood doors in poplar, oak, maple and knotty alder. Under Gayle’s direction MHC now specializes in full access cabinet production utilizing both RTF and wood doors.
Raised in the Bryan-College Station area, Gayle returned to his family home in 1998.
Phone #: 979-777-0656
Derek French, Production Manager, has worked with his dad, Gayle, in the cabinet business for nineteen years. His areas of expertise are computer related. Derek converts the salesmen’s designs into shop lingo for production. He is also a pretty good cabinet machine mechanic.
Derek attended San Antonio and St. Phillips Colleges in San Antonio. He holds various certificates in computer technology. Derek’s wife, Connie works for MHC as our bookkeeper. As you can see, there is a lot of nepotism going on in our family run company.