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Hickory Hardware To Provide Decorative & Functional Furniture Hardware

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FKI plc, a major international diversified engineering group, announced the launch of Hickory Hardware, a company that will specialize in decorative and functional hardware programs. The new company will be headquartered in Portland, TN, and will continue operations in Grand Rapids, MI and Rice Lake, WI. “The hardware industry has seen a great deal of consolidation as well as many new competitors over the past few years,” said John Westendorf, Hickory Hardware president, in making the announcement. “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.” Hickory Hardware will comprise the following FKI companies: •Belwith International, Ltd., supplier of cabinet hardware, functional hardware, security hardware and door and bath hardware to the retail and wholesale distribution markets •Faultless Caster, designer, manufacturer and distributor of casters and other mobility products worldwide •Keeler Brass Company, designer and producer of customer decorative hardware for the OEM furniture and cabinet markets. •Madico, Inc., provider of floor protection products, including felt leg tips and caster cups through a network of retail partners in Canada, the United States and Australia •Wright Products, supplier of a full-line of storm- and screen-door hardware, and a complete collection of high-quality solid-brass entry door locksets with coordinated interior door locksets. “We have a heritage of superior craftsmanship and design and we will build on those strengths as we move forward,” said Westendorf. “Our goal is to become the recognized leader in the decorative and functional hardware market. We will do this by combining our foundational skills with a new commitment to low-cost, high-volume, market-driven programs.” For media information, contact Chuck Hester, APR, director of public relations, Koroberi, Inc., by phone at (919) 960-9794 ext. 24 or by e-mail at chuck@koroberi.com. About Hickory Hardware Hickory Hardware brings together some of the finest hardware companies in the world. The company designs, manufactures and markets 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. About FKI plc FKI plc is a major international diversified engineering group. It is a world leader in its specialized business areas of automated logistic solutions, lifting products and services, hardware, and energy technology products. As examples of a wide product range, the company designs and manufactures, sortation and conveying equipment for airport, parcel and warehousing activities, window hardware (such as fittings, locking mechanisms, handles, and hinges), anchor lines for oil rigs, ropes for suspension bridges, and generators for power stations.

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