Wilsonart Acquires KML
(Sept. 27, 2017) Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces, Austin, Tx., has purchased KML, Tacoma, Wa.-based manufacturer of decorative surfaces and panels.
According to VP-product management Ron Ubertini, the acquisition supports the continued growth of Wilsonart’s Coordinated Surfaces program with expanded capacity for the manufacture of Thermally Fused Laminate panels.
“Our Coordinated Surfaces offering, a suite of best-matched surfacing options in high pressure laminate (HPL), TFL panels, and edgeband featuring more than 230 Wilsonart designs and textures, has garnered tremendous support from both specifiers and fabricators,” said Ubertini. “TFL is a key part of that offering and expanding our manufacturing footprint enables us to improve service and meet growing demand.”
Founded in 1995, KML has about 100 employees and panel manufacturing operations in Tacoma and Stockton, Ca. It currently markets a standard collection of TFL designs and textures under the KML Design Finishes brand.
According to Ubertini, the two companies have a long-standing relationship to provide the market with high quality products. Wilsonart will continue to market the KML line, alongside Wilsonart’s expansive HPL/TFL offering. “Our customers expect a range of engineered surfaces that offer beautiful design and performance according to a project’s needs. This acquisition provides the marketplace with the choice they want, with the availability and reliable service they need.”
“KML has a good name and reputation for taking care of customers with high quality products and on time shipments,” said KML general manager Willie Wanker. “Now part of the Wilsonart organization, KML has strong support for our brand. Customers can count on continued service from the KML team during the transition.”