KDL Enterprises, Inc. began in 1978 as a sheet metal shop owned and operated by Kit and Dan Law. The company's first skylight product, dubbed "Dandee", outpaced sales of other products and quickly became the main focus of the operation. KDL was sold to Stuart Thornton in 1985; he re-engineered the product and changed the product name to "Western Skylights".
Don Hess purchased KDL in 1990; since that time the company has experienced tremendous sales growth. KDL Enterprises, Inc. has become a regional leader (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska) in residential skylights by building a quality product backed by unparalleled customer service. To continue to grow the business and provide growth opportunities for its employees, other markets for skylights were investigated. It became clear that our products were uniquely suited for the Pacific Northwest climate and were, in effect, "overbuilt" for warmer and drier climates. Instead of producing a "cheaper" skylight product for these markets, a totally new product offering was chosen to expand business.
Because glass and aluminum are the main components of Western Skylights, a product was sought with a similar composition so as to enhance KDL's purchasing power. Research in remodeling and building trends revealed that decks were becoming increasingly popular in our marketing area, and that low maintenance products were being sought for these projects. An analysis of KDL's current dealers proved that no comparable products were being offered through building supply centers. The product was clearly a perfect compliment to the skylights because it utilized the same raw materials and was vastly under marketed in KDL's trading area. Thus Western ClearView Railing Systems was created in 1995 to manufacture, market and distribute the highest quality glass and aluminum hand railing systems at a competitive price with the best service in the industry.
The company outgrew its original location in Bellevue, Washington. A new 25,000 square foot building was built to unify both product divisions under one roof and to modernize and streamline operations. KDL Enterprises, Inc. has been operating from the Kent, Washington facility since May 15, 1998.