Company Overview

Providing Intelligent Lighting Solutions for Challenging Environments

Founded in 1963 by Ken Hawkins, Kenall Manufacturing carved a niche within the industry by creating the first impact and vandal resistant lighting products, and continues that mission today by providing intelligent, durable and sustainable solutions to complex lighting problems. As the company’s second generation CEO, Jim Hawkins has expanded the company’s vision to include sealed lighting for containment or clean spaces, high abuse lighting for public access areas, as well as correctional, healthcare, and transportation lighting.

Headquartered in Gurnee, Illinois, Kenall’s manufacturing facility is vertically integrated with fabrication and finishing departments and a certified UL Test Lab. A full circuit board design, testing, and assembly facility is also located within the complex. Kenall owns the proprietary tooling and patents related to our innovative designs. We have achieved a leadership position within the industry by conducting business with honesty, integrity, and fairness, while respecting and satisfying the interests and needs of our esteemed customers and associates.

As a result of our strategic vision and the dedication of our team, Kenall has emerged as one of the most respected independent lighting manufacturers in the industry. The Company’s plan is to continue our growth by strengthening our leadership in existing product segments, while continuing to find new opportunities in other specialized areas of the specification grade lighting market.

We are proud to say that Kenall products are manufactured in the USA and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

With a proven track record of excellence, the Kenall Team is focused on developing the most innovative, highest-performing products; advancing our manufacturing techniques and encouraging a supportive, collaborative environment.

Kenall employees want to make a difference!
We take pride in our Company’s unsurpassed reputation for quality and service, understanding that total customer satisfaction is the measure of our success. With a passion to be the best, we continually raise the bar for quality and performance, researching and developing solutions that advance the state of lighting.

Here at Kenall, people matter!
We value our employees, their individual strengths and the skills they bring to our workplace. Employing the most talented professionals in the industry, our foremost guiding principle is to maintain the highest levels of personal and professional integrity.

Build your future with an industry leader.
We are driven by our passion, courage, discipline and desire to change the way we light the world. If you share our drive, professionalism and enthusiastic spirit and would like to be a part of a growing, progressive organization, please contact us – we want to learn more about you!


Company Summary
Kenall Manufacturing
Number of Employees
(847) 360-8200
(847) 360-9480
1020 Lakeside Dr
Gurnee, IL