Kanawha Scales & Systems, Inc. (KSS) is a family-owned company specializing in total weighing and control solutions. KSS operates 14 offices in the eastern, mid-western, and southern United States. KSS also operates KRS Mining Equipment and Technologies Ltd. – a Wholly Owned Foreign Entity in China.
Customer Service – Our Top Priority: It’s an old cliche, but we built our company around it – The customer is number one! We provide customer service, repairs, and maintenance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Technical phone support is available any time you call, every time you call. Our customer – centered approach assures that customer needs are defined up front and that performance against expectations is measured and managed every step of the way.
Committed to Quality: Kanawha Scales & Systems has become ISO accredited to ensure our customers that they will be provided with product and service from a company held to a standard of excellence. Our adherence to ISO 17025, in addition to ISO 9001:2015, ensures that our calibration services are performed by factory-trained technicians.
High Quality Products: Kanawha Scales & Systems is the largest independent scale distributor in the United States. Representing all major scale manufacturers provides us with access to the highest quality products on the market today. No matter what the application, we have the right scale to meet your needs. When combined with our unbeatable service, you can be assured that you are getting nothing but the best.
Diversity and Innovation: Our expertise far exceeds industrial scales and weighing applications. We deliver customers solutions that provide a more efficient way of doing business. KSS is a fully integrated company providing customer with turnkey service and engineered solutions beyond weighing systems.
Experience Counts: Since 1954, KSS has evolved from a weighing equipment service company to a recognized premier provider of weighing and control solutions. With more than 200 employees, KSS has the knowledge and expertise to not only service all brands of scale equipment but to develop fully customized applications to suit all your weighing and measuring needs.
In the Beginning
Founded in 1954 by Paul Bradbury, Kanawha Scales was originally known as Kanawha Valley Scale Service (KVSS). Prior to starting his own company, Paul was employed by Fairbanks Scales, a division of Colt Industries.
The primary focus of KVSS was strictly a scale service company providing maintenance and calibration services to the various chemical/manufacturing plants in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley. Due to the availability and abundance of natural resources such as coal, natural gas, and salt brine, the Kanawha Valley was and still is one of the chemical manufacturing capitals of the world. In addition to natural resources, the Kanawha Valley also served as an early hub for river barge transportation with connections via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. The area also benefited from class-one rail transportation provided by Conrail, Norfolk Southern, and CSX railroads.
With the development of the nation’s interstate systems, the Kanawha Valley became an important intersection for three major highways. These highways serve 70% of the nation’s population within a five-hour radius of Charleston, WV.
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. In fact, Dallas still works full time for Kanawha Scales.
Growth and Expansion
In 1969, KVSS became incorporated. In 1982, Paul’s son Jim took over as President of Kanawha Valley Scale Service. In 1984, the name of the company 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.
- 1982 – KSS made first acquisition of Toledo Scale in Parkersburg, WV
- 1984 – Opened Fairmont, WV location
- 1985 – Acquired Cintron Scale in Cincinnati, OH. Cintron later acquired three other scale companies in the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas allowing for rapid growth and increased service area.
- 1988 – Acquired Z-Weigh, Inc. in Michigan. Z-Weigh later acquired William Pike Co. which allowed for expansion into Detroit and Flint.
- 1991 – Opened location in Pikeville, KY
- 1996 – Acquired Don A. Roberts in Pennsylvania (2 locations)
- 2000 – Acquired Ebbert & Kirkman in Birmingham, Alabama
- 2007 – Opened location in Montgomery, Alabama
- 2008 – Acquired Complete Scale in Memphis, TN
- 2012 – Acquired Westmoreland Scale in Pittsburgh, PA
- 2016-Acquired OV Scale in Wheeling, WV, Akron, OH and Carnegie, PA
- 2017-Acquired Scale Automation Systems (SAS), Inc of Dunbar, WV (also known as Compro Systems)
Present and Future
Today Kanawha Scales & Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the weighing and automation industry. Since our first Automated Loadout installation in 1979, KSS now boasts over 300 loadout installations in nine countries on four continents.
Our development and production of high quality Test Equipment has made us a top supplier of test trucks and test units for other service companies and Weight & Measures agencies throughout the country.
Through a Nationwide Network of certified scale companies and partnerships, KSS provides 24/7 service from coast to coast as well as Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska. Our customers that are served both directly, and through our nationwide network, are provided web-based reporting and service request capabilities, certified to ISO and NIST standards.
Our service first philosophy, dedication to quality, and technical expertise has allowed KSS to continue to succeed and grow. Today, KSS remains a family owned business dedicated to serving the weighing industry through top level customer service, technical expertise, and years of experience.