For years, the spirit and screeding level industry in North America has lacked meaningful innovation. Keson is aiming to change that through a new partnership with SOLA Measuring Tools. Together, they are bringing high quality and affordable levels, featuring SOLA’s FOCUS vial technology, to North America.
Keson and SOLA are both family-owned, third generation businesses currently led by the grandsons of the company founders. SOLA started in 1949 with a leveling tool invented on the roof of the Scheyer family home in Goetzis, Austria. Keson started in 1968 in the basement of the Nosek family home in Berwyn, Illinois. Both companies are leaders in measuring and marking tools, offer complementary product lines, and share very similar values. Earlier this year, the Nosek and Scheyer families joined together to form a new company – Keson LLC. With a combined 120 years of market experience, the Keson and SOLA alliance builds upon Keson’s U.S. manufacturing, existing distribution network and strong relationships by adding SOLA’s European manufacturing expertise, precision-engineering and industry-leading technology.
Now united, Keson LLC is launching a two-brand strategy that will deliver superior durability, unmatched accuracy and a better user experience:
- The SOLA branded levels will be positioned at the high-end of the market and will be the best-of-the-best, just as SOLA levels have been in Europe and around the world for the last 70 years.
- The Keson branded levels will be positioned as the best of the mid-tier levels, backed by SOLA technology and the reputation Keson has built over the last 50 years.
“We are very excited about bringing world-class levels into the North American market under the SOLA brand to give users a choice at the high end of the market,” says Keson LLC President, Aaron Nosek. “We are also very excited to capitalize on the SOLA’s long history of manufacturing excellence and cutting-edge innovation to provide a more affordable version of high-quality levels under the Keson brand.”
All of these new levels will be made for Keson at one of SOLA’s two European manufacturing facilities in either Austria or Hungary. Keson LLC’s introduction of more than 60 different level products under the SOLA and Keson brands will be available for purchase through local distributors and specialty stores starting in the fall of 2018.
Most notable among the features of the new levels is SOLA’s FOCUS vial technology. “These vials will literally change the way you look at levels,” says Nosek. “Compared with standard ring vials, FOCUS vials show a considerably higher contrast. This patented technology gives users a better, faster and more accurate reading even from a distance or in a low-light setting.”