Kanawha Scales & Systems, Inc., a family owned WV company and a world leader in the weighing and automation industries, is celebrating 65 years of business excellence in 2019.
Founded in 1954 by Paul Bradbury, Kanawha Scales was originally known as Kanawha Valley Scale Service (KVSS). Paul was previously employed by Fairbanks Scales. In those early days, the primary focus of KVSS was strictly as a scale service company providing maintenance and calibration services to the various chemical/manufacturing plants in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley.
As the Kanawha Valley grew and developed, so did KVSS. Paul’s brother George joined the company in 1958. Later, the first two employees outside of the Bradbury family were hired: Paul Burdette in 1965 and Dallas Harvey in 1970. (Dallas still works full time for Kanawha Scales today!) In 1969, KVSS became incorporated. In 1982, Paul’s son, Jim, took over as president of the company, and in 1984, the name was changed to Kanawha Scales & Systems (KSS) to better reflect the focus and direction of the company.
Due to Jim Bradbury’s aggressive growth philosophy, the 1980’s were a time of rapid expansion for KSS. Jim began acquiring smaller scale companies, employing more people, offering more products and services, and opening offices outside of West Virginia. KSS has evolved from specializing in industrial scales and repair to providing customers with turnkey service, customized technology, and engineered solutions beyond weighing systems.
KSS’s service first philosophy, dedication to quality, and technical expertise has allowed the company to continue to succeed and grow. Today, going into the 65th year of business, the company has 15 offices in the US and China, sells and services just about every type of weighing equipment used in any industry, designs and develops custom weighing, data collection and integration systems, and employees around 200 people.