PHOTO contributed by Kesseböhmer USA Inc.
The ribbon-cutting featured Mayor Bill Saffo, Ed Wolverton, the President and CEO of Wilmington Downtown Inc. and other dignitaries.
For Immediate Release December 17, 2018
Kesseböhmer Opens in Renovated Downtown Building
Wilmington, NC- Downtown Wilmington’s business climate just became more global with the opening of Kesseböhmer USA, Inc., at 106 Market Street. The Germany-based company recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new office that featured Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Mayor Pro-tem Margaret Haynes, Councilmember Paul Lawler and County Commissioner Rob Zapple. Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) presided over the event.
Kesseböhmer is a family-run business originally founded in 1954. The company is one of the leading suppliers in the kitchen storage industry and distributes to over 60 countries worldwide. The firm has a regional presence in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties including a distribution warehouse and other offices.
When Kesseböhmer was ready to expand its North American Headquarters, Downtown quickly emerged as the preferred location. The company ultimately was able to find and lease about 5,000 square feet of recently renovated space at the corner of Market and Front Streets.
“The employees and I are pleased to call Wilmington home and we are all excited to grow as a company,” said Kesseböhmer Managing Director David Ivey. “This newly renovated office space meets our needs perfectly and will also accommodate future expansion so we can serve customers and clients even better,” he said.
Kesseböhmer is located on the top floor of a handsomely renovated historic building. The office space boasts original wood floors along with high ceilings and exposed brick walls. Over a dozen large windows span the entire width of the office allowing natural light to filter through the space. Offices and meeting rooms feature door to ceiling glass enclosures to provide privacy with an open and airy feel. The office also includes a kitchen featuring cabinet storage produced by the company.
Meetinghouse Properties owns the building and undertook a comprehensive renovation project. In addition to upgrading the third floor of the building to meet modern standards, the building owner also renovated the exterior façade and part of the alleyway on the south side of the building. Work on the building’s second floor is underway in anticipation of securing a tenant for the space and the owner is planning renovations for the ground floor next year.
“This is a phenomenal addition to Downtown,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton. “The project has brought a global business leader to the center city, added new life and energy to an underused building and created more jobs for the local economy,” he said.
Kesseböhmer, founded in 1954, is a leading global producer of high-quality kitchen storage solutions. They distribute to over 60 countries worldwide and have had their US headquarters in Wilmington, NC for over 10 years. For more information, visit them online at www.cleverstorage.com.
About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated
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