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Kenney Is President at Norwalk

By Home Furnishings Business in Executive Changes on May 14, 2013

Mike Kenney has been promoted to president of upholstered furniture vendor Norwalk Furniture.

He succeeds Dan White, an investor that agreed to serve as interim president when 12 families stepped forward in September 2008 to revive the company and set it on a new, solid foundation as Norwalk Custom Order Furniture.
At that time, Kenney was named vice president of sales and marketing for the new Norwalk.  A replacement for his former position has not been selected.
€œThis is a natural progression in our phenomenal four-year turn-around that has produced 20 percent growth every year in a down economy as well as the development of a solid management team, now headed by Mike,€ said White. €œWe personally have worked closely together and the investors have total confidence in his thorough understanding of all aspects of the company€™s operations as well as his proven leadership. We are confident that we are placing a company that we love in capable, proven hands that exemplify the Norwalk culture.€
Kenney has a strong retail background. He has pent 26 years with the Norwalk organization, serving with the former Norwalk as the general manager of three Atlanta franchise stores and then as vice president of operations for 22 company-owned retail stores. His responsibilities have included creating operating systems, developing retail sales and sales management. Prior to joining Norwalk, he operated a full line retail store in Gulfport, Miss.
€œOur vision continues to be a retail-driven upholstery manufacturer focused on the needs of our dealers,€ Kenney said. €œBased on their input, we have long been known as a company that offers extensive options at no upcharge. More recently, we have listened to their suggestions and developed the categories of motion, leather, occasional and exposed wood products with much more on the drawing boards. Dealers will see new offerings and continuing ingenuity as we move towards an operational goal to create jobs in our community and to restore our team to full capacity.€
Norwalk currently employees 177 people and operates in a 440,000 sq. ft. facility designed to deliver nearly custom products in 35 days or less.

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