Local Owners Purchase Kensington Window Brands Back from Serious EnergyMarch 18th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
Kensington Windows, based in Vandergrift, Pa., purchased by Serious Energy in 2009, has announced that an ownership group led by its local management team purchased the company back from Serious. The window manufacturer, which will resume business under the Kensington brand as Kensington High Performance Products Inc., plans to emphasize its core business of vinyl replacement windows for residential customers.
The new ownership group is led by current plant manager and vice president Chuck Wetmore, who will serve as CEO, and John Barker, who will continue his role as CFO. Wetmore has managed the Pittsburgh-based facility since 1997 and has been in the window industry for more than 30 years.
Barker has been in the building materials industry since 1990 and in executive roles with Kensington since 2006. Wetmore and Barker plan to retain all of the current employees, will add workers as demand grows for Kensington’s products and plan to double the total number of employees in the next three to five years as the business expands.
“Our immediate focus will be on our residential dealers, who rely upon our reputation for high-performance, quality products and short turn-around times,” says Wetmore. “Next, we plan to introduce new products and some operational upgrades to help us continue to better serve our customers.”
Wetmore and Barker continue to believe that the greatest opportunity for growth is in the residential market, as the housing market continues to recover. “Our track record in residential work goes deep – and this is where our true expertise and passion remain.”
“Many of our employees have been with us for more than 25 years,” he adds. “We believe our employees have been, and will continue to be, the future of this company. We’re proud to return to our roots, and continue to serve our customers many years into the future.”