For more than 45 years, Willis Klein has been one of the largest providers of commercial locks and security specialists throughout the Kentuckiana region. The company offers the latest in decorative kitchen and bath plumbing and hardware for homes and offices. Its commercial division provides hardware and fixtures for new businesses and institutions. The company’s aftermarket sales and service department provides doors, frames and hardware to existing businesses. Willis Klein has locations in Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY. It is a member of the DPHA, Forte, Home Builders Associations of Lexington, Louisville and Southern Indiana, Associated Locksmiths of America and Central States Associated Locksmiths of America.
Established in 1761.
WillisKlein has been locally owned and operated for over 45 years. Larry R. Klein, Willis’ son, is the current owner. Larry recalls first working for his father the summer he was 12, sweeping floors and cutting keys. When Larry became president in 1978 the company had one division (locksmiths) and eight employees.
In the early l980s, Larry began noticing that customers were going to Williamsburg, Va., to purchase the locks they needed. “I figured, why not offer the locks too and that’s how we developed the decorative hardware business. We were unique in that we would install what we sold.” That led to designer and European hardware and coordinating bath accessories. From there the business grew to offer decorative plumbing so that decorators and designers no longer needed to go to Chicago or New York for the newest, one-of-a-kind items.
Later, WillisKlein expanded into the commercial locks & security arena. Today there are 4 divisions and over 80 employees.