Unbeknownst to some, might be the company in our midst that contracts with the U.S. Government. The name of the company is Kennon, that makes interior and exterior covers for airplanes.
The company opened its doors in Sheridan, about 25 years ago, with a single item – a sun shield for airplanes. That's what the folks gathered Friday at the Sheridan YMCA Soupfest first learned. That initial product garnered the attention of the U.S. military when shields were needed to protect aircraft windshields and engines from sand in the 1990s during Desert Storm.
Dale Hall was presenting the information as the featured speaker for the event. Through his slide show, he introduced his audience to the company's various products, which have now blossomed into a several different types of covers that include interiors, most recently for the hybrid helicopter type plane called the Osprey.
He said though the company has branched out in products, and addition to providing items for the military, Boeing, Sikorsky and Rolls Royce; it's found success by staying true to its roots, in the aircraft industry. The company now employs 35 people, working in a manufacturing plant in downtown Sheridan.
And, he said, his company's founder, owner and leader Ron Kensey continues to be innovative and a good community partner. He said the company's Capacity to Care program invested $60,000 worth of products last year to non-profit organizations which earned the company's founder this year's Business Person of the Year award from the local Chamber of Commerce.
He said the company continues to grow, and, in fact, is outgrowing its current facility, so is always looking for people who are good at the craft, not only of designing and engineering, but who are seamstresses, shippers and product developers.