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.