Started in 1895 by Benjamin Klein, the Kayline Foundry produced acetylene gas lanterns at its Huron Road location in Cleveland, Ohio. As technology changed, Kayline produced solid brass and copper lanterns, chandeliers and table lamps. To this day, Kayline chandeliers can be found locally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, Halle Building, Cleveland Public Library and throughout the USA.
In 1930, Michael Eskins purchased the Kayline Company after being employed as its bookkeeper for twelve years. During the Depression, Mr. Eskins moved the business to East 22nd & Scovill Avenue. A transformation to fluorescent lighting fixtures as its domain product line developed. This required setting up a more modern facility at East 45th & Lakeside Avenue.
Daniel Tobin purchased the Kayline Company in 1951. Sales of fluorescent lighting fixtures throughout the United States flourished. In 1957, Jack Paller joined the organization in a partnership role. Throughout this time, Kayline became an originator of specialty hospital lighting and retail display lighting.
In the early 1970s, due to the decline in construction and manufacturing, Kayline sought diversification to protect its interests. A new division distributing professional maintenance products and replacement light bulbs was developed. At this time, Michael Tobin was hired to run the new division.
In the mid-1980s, as the lighting fixture manufacturing industry became dominated by imports, Kayline closed its manufacturing facility and a distribution warehouse was established at East 33rd & Lakeside Avenue to focus on its professional maintenance product line. In 1991, Michael Tobin took over ownership and in 1995 Steven Robbins became a partner after 17 years in sales management with Kayline. Over the next two decades, Kayline established itself as an industry leader.
Today, the Kayline Company distributes professional maintenance products & replacement lighting throughout the Midwest and has maintained continuous growth. Our dedication to providing the highest quality products and superior service has been a tradition for 120 years.
Kayline is large enough to service facilities with 2 employees or 1000 employees. We're also small enough to provide the one-on-one relationships that allow us to “partner” with our customers to make their job easier. We provide “solutions” to the maintenance problems our customers encompass day to day.
Kayline is one of the few maintenance product distributors that also features lighting. We're a one stop solution for your maintenance needs. Our research and development department continually upgrades our product line. We focus on value, quality, innovation, safety, environment, and providing the absolute best!
Over 85% of Kayline orders are shipped within 24 hours. Same day shipping is not a problem. Our professional team works hard to earn your business. We strive to provide quality service year after year.
Kayline salespeople are the industry's best. Each salesperson receives continual product and problem solving training. Getting the job done safer, better and easier is our ultimate goal. Our salespeople are professional, respectful and friendly. They visit each customer regularly to introduce monthly specials or demonstrate new products. We strive to be invaluable.