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Kenall Manufacturing Company was founded in 1963 by Ken Hawkins, a talented, self-made entrepreneur respected for his integrity and special abilities to design and effectively manufacture unique, high-quality specialized lighting products. During the period of rapid expansion of government and public facilities at the time, Kenall quickly found a niche in creating the industry's first series of impact and vandal resistant lighting products. Today, the Kenall name is synonymous with high abuse and vandal resistant lighting.
Jim Hawkins, Ken's son and current owner and CEO, has broadened the Company's mission to include other specialized types of lighting. Today, Kenall has leadership positions in sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, security lighting for detentions, and architectural high abuse for architecturally sensitive public structures. The Company has recently created and introduced product offerings for the specialized healthcare and transportation segments.
The Company develops its own products utilizing software for fixture and optical system design and is able to create photometric simulations for design feedback and optimum lighting performance. The facility includes a certified UL Test Lab with capabilities for thermal, electrical, photometric, impact, and ingress protection testing. Kenall owns the proprietary tooling and patents related to its innovative designs.