Longtime Eastside construction company sells but remains a family business

 Woodinville, WA (February 2018) – Northwest Partitions, Inc. (NWP), a premier union wall and ceiling contractor, has new ownership in place, but the company will remain in the family as it has been sold to James Kahler, the eldest son of the founder, Rick Kahler.   Rick launched the business in 1982.  He will continue working as a project executive at least through 2019.  James brings more than two decades of relevant industry experience and previously served as NWP’s president.  In addition to his presidency, James was named chief executive officer.

“This is an exciting time for NWP and me personally as the next generation takes the reigns and expands upon NWP’s successes.  The succession plan has been a longtime in the making so I am confident James is poised to seamlessly lead the team to new heights,” said Rick.

“It is still a little surreal as we discussed the sale for over a decade, but not until just recently was the timing finally right for both of us.  It truly is an honor and privilege to continue the family legacy and lead such a great company; a company packed full of amazing talent.  Our future is bright,” said James.

NWP has record backlog, including a nearly $12 million contract at SeaTac Airport’s North Satellite, four major school projects, and numerous other projects for high profile end-users.  NWP recently expanded its services to include a paint division which already secured work.

James earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from University of Washington.  He also currently serves as Board president of the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association and trustee of the Western Washington Painters Defined Contribution Pension Trust.

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