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40 year celebration for Steve

Steve Williams, Sales and Marketing Director

Celebrations have been taking place at leading hardware supplier Kenrick as Steve Williams, Sales and Marketing Director at the firm, celebrates 40 continuous years’ service in the window industry.

Steve joined the industry in 1976 as a junior draughtsman with Plastal Ltd, which was one of only two PVC-u fabricators in the UK. He then took on the role of Factory Manager with another window fabricator before moving to one of the UK’s first hardware distributors where he worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of sales roles. Steve then moved to Groupco - a Kenrick customer - where he became familiar with Kenrick’s products, before joining another major hardware distributor. He took on the role of Sales and Marketing Director at Kenrick in 2012 and has been instrumental in developing and launching a number of new products to the market since joining the West Bromwich-based company.

With a vast experience in both hardware and PVC-u window fabrication (Steve is able to fabricate windows and doors from profile bar length to the finished and installed product), he has a rare skillset coupled with an understanding of the needs of the fabricator, installer, distributor and homeowner.

Steve says: “I am really pleased to celebrate this notable milestone in my career. The way that hardware products are manufactured, distributed and sold has evolved since I joined the industry in the mid-1970s. I am proud to have been at the forefront of championing British hardware and to help the sector to develop and prosper. Kenrick is passionate about quality and innovation and I am looking forward to building on our reputation and strengthening our portfolio of hardware solutions.”

Steve Jones, Kenrick’s Managing Director, added: “Congratulations to Steve. 40 years in this industry is a rare achievement. Steve is a key member in our team of technical and design experts, which has collectively notched up more than 150 years of experience in the industry. We all agree that hardware should never compromise on quality and Steve will continue to drive the business forward as a great ambassador for Kenrick.”

Kenrick is a leading supplier of hardware solutions for PVCu, aluminium and timber window and door systems. The company has a proud heritage spanning more than 200 years, having been established by Archibald Kenrick who manufactured buckles and livery fittings. Kenrick’s range of top quality products includes the market leading Excalibur multi-point locking system, the four-point Centurion system and the Easifit and Espagnolette locking systems.

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Archibald Kenrick

Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd was founded in West Bromwich in the Black Country in 1791 and has occupied the same site ever since. During the Industrial Revolution, the business became one of the country’s foremost cast iron manufacturers, something which continued for over 150 years. In the late 1940s, technological advances meant that Kenrick modernised rapidly, introducing new manufacturing techniques such as die-casting and injection moulding. Similar but evolved techniques are still used by Kenrick today.

Kenrick currently offers a variety of products for the furniture, door and window industries including castors, locking systems, handles and hinges. The majority of these products are either made on site in West Bromwich or at their overseas factories to a high standard. The design and innovation is carried out by Kenrick’s own experienced team.

In 1990, Kenrick became part of the Spire Group. It remains committed to investing in research and development, modern production techniques, new product launches and plans significant expansion over the coming years

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