Forty-one years ago this month Kent installed his first piece of siding. For the next 10-12 years he worked on the wall but as the business grew it required too many hours for him to lead the crews and sell the jobs, so he stepped away from the ladder.
We moved to the Kearney/Holt area in November of 1976. When we realized the business had outgrown our living room we opened an office in 1987 on North Oak. While driving through Kearney every day and raising two girls in the school district, we talked about the possibility of opening a location in Kearney. In 1990 we gave it a try, opened a second office at 92 & 33 and in 1993 we expanded the size of our showroom and moved all operations to our current location.
Kent Mohler Exteriors is an exterior remodeling company. We specialize in Siding and Windows. Everything we do Kent has been the original installation crew. When we expanded to windows, Kent did all installations for two years before he trained someone to take the lead. When we expanded to doors, Kent did all installations until he trained his replacement. With the changes and growth in our industry we purchased three siding machines and now specialize in seamless steel siding that can do any profile from 4″ & 5″ Dutch and Straight Lap, Vertical and the authentic looking “Tru-Log” sidings. Kent ran our first machine and trained his first seamless crew. We still offer vinyl siding as well as an array of insulations and windows. Windows continue to be the number one energy drain in most homes and our line of windows exceed the 2016 Energy Star requirements.
The most unique thing about KME? – We are a family owned and operated business. I never thought it unique but I get asked often how do a husband and wife work side by side every day, managing the business, managing finances, raise their family and make it work. To us? It’s just another day at the office! Melissa and Sarah even worked on job sites with their Dad. Our son-in-law, Adam Jardak, came into the business 10 years ago. Adam currently works with Kent in sales and expediting but he started by working in the field. He’s learned the business by installing just as Kent did 41 years ago because how can you address your customers concerns when you don’t know everything about the products you offer from manufacturer through installation.
We’re very proud of the reputation KME has built over the years. Kent Mohler Exteriors has been awarded Gold for “Best of the Northland” in Home Exteriors 19 times in the history of this northland tradition. 85% of our business is based on referrals from satisfied customers. We’ve done work for grown children of past customers. We carry an A+ rating with the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau as an active member since 1988, along with active memberships in NRCC, Liberty Chamber and of course our own Kearney Chamber of Commerce. The family business will continue as Adam and Sarah step in to assume more responsibilities in the operation of KME. We are often asked if we are making any plans for retirement…
Retirement?? Have you met my husband??
Besides, we still enjoy it!!