Corporate Profile | KV - Knape & Vogt

Corporate Profile

A powerful legacy in the business of motion

Ever since 1898, when John Knape purchased the assets of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Cycle Company and set up shop on Campau Street, the “business of motion” that began as the John Knape Machine Company has met design challenges with mechanical precision, creativity and imagination.

Today, Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company, still headquartered in Grand Rapids, is privately held by Chicago-based Wind Point Partners. We operate two manufacturing/warehousing facilities in Grand Rapids, two in Taipei, Taiwan, and one in Petaluma, California, with supporting locations in Chicago, Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario. We are a global leader specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of functional hardware, office and healthcare ergonomics and storage-related components for original equipment manufacturers, specialty distributors, hardware chains and major home centers.

We design and manufacture precision, Euro-style and utility slide systems; wall-attached shelving for commercial, home and garage applications; kitchen, closet and bath storage; office and healthcare ergonomics products and specialty hardware. We offer these products under several well-known brand names: KV®, KV Waterloo®, HyLoft®, Real Solutions for Real Life®, John Sterling™ and Shelf-Made®.

The team behind these products—nearly 1,200 strong— represents the best available in engineering, manufacturing and marketing, continuously refining designs, processes and the way we move products to market in order to improve the value we deliver.

Knape & Vogt has been a rock-solid resource for industry (OEMs), cabinetmakers, contractors and homeowners for more than a century. Quality materials, uncompromising manufacturing standards and intelligent engineering define our products used by millions around the world every day.

We're in the business of motion, making products that move, and move well. That means innovation, that means rethinking the way we do things, and most important, that means never, ever standing still.