New Hardware Venture Combines Five Leading Brands

PORTLAND, TN — Hickory Hardware, a major new company specializing in decorative and functional cabinet hardware programs, has been formed from five leading hardware brands, the company announced.

Hickory Hardware, company officials said, will design, manufacture and market decorative and functional hardware to the retail, wholesale distribution, and OEM furniture and cabinet maker markets under the brand names Belwith International, Faultless Caster, Keeler Brass, Period Brass and Wright Products.

The new company will be headquartered in Portland, TN, and will continue operations in Grand Rapids, MI and Rice Lake, WI, officials said.

“The hardware industry has seen a great deal of consolidation, as well as many new competitors over the past few years,” noted Hickory Hardware president John Westendorf.

“To successfully compete in this arena, we will be combining the strengths of five great brands under the Hickory Hardware umbrella. This will allow us to offer some of the most comprehensive decorative and functional hardware programs in the industry, geared to satisfy the needs of our customers,” he continued.

Hickory Hardware will comprise the following companies:

  • Belwith International, Ltd., a supplier of cabinet hardware, functional hardware, security hardware and door and bath hardware to the retail and wholesale distribution markets.
  • Keeler Brass Company, a designer and producer of customer decorative hardware for the OEM furniture and cabinet markets.
  • Faultless Caster, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of casters and other mobility products worldwide.
  • Madico, Inc., a provider of floor protection products, including felt leg tips and caster cups, through a network of retail partners in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
  • Wright Products, a supplier of storm- and screen-door hardware, as well as a complete collection of solid-brass entry door locksets with coordinated interior door locksets.

“We have a heritage of superior craftsmanship and design and we will [continue to] build on those strengths as we move forward,” observed Westendorf.

“Our [long-term] goal is to become the recognized leader in the decorative and functional hardware market, and we will accomplish this by combining our foundational skills with a new commitment to low-cost, high-volume, market-driven programs,” he concluded.

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