Alum Bank, PA – Creative Pultrusions, Inc. (CPI) is pleased to announce its successful acquisition of Kenway Corporation (KW) on March 24, 2017. KW will be a division under CPI, a subsidiary of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC.
KW specializes in custom composite manufacturing and field service. The company is strategically positioned to serve customers by offering complete composite engineering and design capabilities so that they may bring both standard items as well as “one-off” special molded fabrications from the design phase, through the manufacturing phase, to the final on-site installation. Custom work and custom service are what distinguish KW, as it manufactures products for industries such as marine, coal-fired power, infrastructure, pulp and paper, transportation, and renewable energy. What links the company’s various business lines is: technologically advanced manufacturing techniques, products manufactured for exacting service applications, and the highest quality assurance procedures and processes.
Ian Kopp, President of KW, commented, “Over the last 20-years, as KW has continued to grow our national presence in the industrial, infrastructure and military markets, we found ourselves repeatedly working with CPI, as a customer, as a vendor, and as a competitor. And we were always very impressed. When presented with the opportunity to join CPI, as part of Hill and Smith’s global composites manufacturer holdings, the decision was easy. They are a company who shares our values, our business philosophy and our vision for the future of the composites industry. We are excited to leverage CPI’s and KW’s combined expertise to serve our customers and to grow our vision for that future.”
Shane E. Weyant, CEO/President of CPI, commented, “We are pleased to announce this acquisition and look forward to incorporating the KW product line offerings into other markets worldwide. Their products and advanced manufacture techniques are a perfect fit for CPI’s strategic focus and growth moving forward with our global composite group. The Priest Family needs to be commended for their inspiration and their success in developing KW as the market leader over the last 70-years. We welcome the entire KW Team to our team and are grateful this third-generation family business entrusts CPI with upholding KW’s excellent reputation and advancing the company forward. This will allow us to develop additional composite products and solutions to the end market.”
Established in 1973, Creative Pultrusions is located in Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, and is a subsidiary of Hill & Smith Holdings PLC, an international group with leading positions in the design, manufacture and supply of infrastructure products and galvanizing services to global markets. It serves its customers from facilities principally in Australia, France, India, Norway, Sweden, UK and the USA. Headquartered in the UK and quoted on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HILS.L), Hill & Smith Holdings PLC employs some 4,150 staff, principally in 7 countries.
Kenway Corporation of Augusta, Maine, has acquired the assets of the recently dissolved Harbor Technologies, LLC, of Brunswick, Maine. Kenway Corporation is a composite manufacturer that specializes in products for the heavy industry, infrastructure and government/military markets. This acquisition expands Kenway Corporation’s product offerings in the waterfront infrastructure market, allowing the company to leverage its extensive composites engineering, manufacturing and field service capabilities.
Harbor Technologies is now a division of Kenway Corporation and will continue to develop the products introduced by the former Brunswick manufacturer. These products include the composite HarborPile™, a piling ranging in diameter from 8” to over 96” that’s used in load-bearing, guiding and fendering applications; as well as the HarborCamel™, a composite fender used for impact protection for both vessels and piers. Kenway will expand these offerings into engineered composite systems that include the composite beams, lumber, stay-in-place forms and other components required for a complete system installation. Customers range from federal and state organizations — such as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and Departments of Transportation — to commercial and private waterfront developers.
Kenway Corporation’s president, Ian Kopp, considers this a strategic acquisition for Kenway. “For a long time we have admired the visionary nature of the Harbor Technologies products and how they solve long-standing marine infrastructure corrosion and degradation problems. The breadth of Kenway Corporation’s composites engineering and advanced manufacturing capabilities will bring tremendous value to the Harbor Technologies’ customer base through our current product offering and our commitment to ongoing innovation.”
The Harbor Technologies assets are being moved to Kenway’s Augusta facility, which is expanding with the addition of 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Harbor Technologies’ management team has joined Kenway Corporation and will remain operating out of Brunswick. Erik Grimnes, formerly of Harbor Technologies, has been appointed the business development manager of the new Harbor Technologies Division of Kenway. “The ability to work with Kenway and their excellent manufacturing, engineering and project management personnel will allow us to really focus our sales and marketing efforts,” said Grimnes. “We’re now in a great position to increase the amount of composites being used for infrastructure applications around the world.”
The acquisition represents the continued expansion for Kenway Corporation into the infrastructure market where composite solutions are increasingly solving corrosion challenges. In recent years, the company has become a preferred vendor to the U.S. Navy for the Universal Composite Submarine Camel, with installations in New London, CT, and Norfolk, VA. Kenway Corporation was also the composite manufacturing partner for the world’s only composite floating bridge, a historic Vermont landmark that was restored through a modern composite solution.
The Harbor Technologies Division of Kenway Corporation has already begun servicing marine infrastructure customers with shipments of HarborPiles™ for a New Jersey Department of Transportation project, and upcoming shipments of HarborPiles™ and HarborCamels™ are scheduled to ship to California, Maine and Massachusetts.
The Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics Institute (FRPI) has awarded Kenway Corporation its SP9000 Laminating Process (“Manufacturer”) Certification for “All Equipment” after performing a quantitative and qualitative audit on over fifty capability areas. This makes Kenway one of only five FRPI-certified manufacturers in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
Kenway Corporation in cooperation with Miller Construction and the Vermont Department of Transportation is replacing the historic landmark floating bridge in Brookfield, Vermont, just south of the state capitol Montpelier. Read the rest of this entry »
Bath Iron Works has selected Kenway Corporation to perform work on the United States Navy’s most advanced destroyer ever built. The state-of-the-art ship’s superstructure is made of FRP and consequently requires a highly specialized set of skills to perform any work or make modifications. Kenway was awarded this work due to its extensive background in composites and advanced vacuum-infusion knowledge.
Amtrak field tested Kenway’s ultra-lightweight ADA-compliant rail-boarding ramp at all stations in Maine yesterday, and they appeared to be quite pleased with the product’s overall form and function. Read the rest of this entry »
Kenway Corporation, working with Bancroft Contracting Group of South Paris, Maine, has designed, fabricated, and installed a replacement FRP intake system for raw seawater to cool a Maine power-generation plant. The system replaces an original cast-iron intake that had severely corroded with exposure to salt water. Read the rest of this entry »
Kenway Corporation has completed and delivered its first four sets of Universal Composite Submarine Camels (UCSC) to the U.S. Navy.
Early this month, Kenway, one of only two approved fabricators for the UCSCs, assembled and float tested them at Front Street Shipyard in the deep-water harbor of Belfast, Maine, before loading them on a barge destined for the U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. Read the rest of this entry »
Kenway Corporation’s Hybrid Composite Culvert Repair System Successfully Installed at Three New Locations in MaineNovember 23rd, 2010
Composite Panels Installed in Failing Steel Culverts Prove Cost Effective Method to Restore Structural Integrity and Improve Fish Passage.
Three additional Hybrid Composite Culvert Repair Systems have been successfully installed in Ebeemee and Indian Townships in central Maine. Developed by Kenway Corporation of Augusta Maine and the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (AEWC) the Hybrid Composite Culvert Repair System utilizes pre-engineered light-weight composite panels that conform to the existing culvert pipe with minimal invert change.
The American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA) recently announced its 2009 “Award for Composites Excellence (ACE)” at its annual industry trade show Composites & Polycon. The Award for Technical Innovation for Corrosion Applications was awarded to Kenway Corporation, Augusta, Maine for its FRP Abrasion/Corrosion Resistant Blind Flange.