The company was founded by Bob and Marcia Goltermann as Knobs, Inc. The main products are control knobs provided to cooking and appliance manufacturers.
Ranges & Laundry
Carl Goltermann joins the company as President. Knobs Inc., establishes itself as the premier plastic supplier to range and laundry manufacturers in the US.
Company moves to its current building in Berkeley, IL.
KI Industries is born
The company changes its name to KI Industries, Inc. and incorporates in Illinois.
KI Expands its geographic operational footprint to include a chrome plating operation in China, where it produces chrome components for the major appliance and faucet markets.
Mexico Plant Opens
KI opens a plant in Queretaro, Mexico to support the increasing production requirements of the major appliance industry in Mexico.
KI enters the automotive market with production of a 2-shot window lift button that is painted and laser-etched. Part is utilized on every Honda Accord, Odyssey and Ridgeline built worldwide.
The Queretaro plant footprint is expanded, and the company makes a significant investment in an automatic paint line.
KI establishes China office to support Asia manufacturing operations.
Mexico Plant #2
A second manufacturing facility is opened in Mexico, specializing in gas assist molding and painting of large parts for interior automotive trim.