TKL Products Corp. is a leading manufacturer of hardshell cases, molded cases, bags, and covers for musical instruments. The company has built a solid reputation for impeccable, high-quality products, and a passionate commitment to customer service. As a result, TKL has gained a customer base that spans the globe.
TKL is widely respected in music industry circles. The company supplies
guitar cases to guitar manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Gretsch,
Guild, and Martin, as well as for Wayne Henderson, one of Virginia's
most respected guitar builders.
Through Cedar Creek Custom Case Shop, TKL's specialty division, they
handcraft some amazing, one-of-a-kind instrument cases. Cedar Creek has
built cases for artists like Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton,
Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Les Paul, Richie Sambora and Randy Travis,
and groups such as the Avett Brothers.
In addition to cases and bags for musical instruments and accessories,
the company's TKL Outdoors division, builds firearms cases for hunters,
the military, and law enforcement agencies.
Tom and Donna Dougherty founded TKL in 1984, naming the company for their children-Tommy, Kevin, and Laurie. The company started with humble beginnings, with 600 square feet of rented space on Long Island in New York.
Today, the company owns more than 63,000 square feet of manufacturing, R&D, and distribution space in the Oilville Business Park in Goochland County.
CHOOSING GOOCHLAND COUNTY
TKL relocated to the Greater Richmond area in 1989. "Long Island was an expensive place to operate from," explains Tom Dougherty.
The company initially rented some space in the North Run Business Park. "But within the first 2 to 3 months of coming into town, I knew renting wasn't what I wanted to do," says Dougherty.
During a drive through Goochland County, Dougherty came across the Oilville Business Park.
The area's natural beauty and quietness appealed to Dougherty. "I love the environment. It's a nice, peaceful spot. It's a great place to come to," shares Dougherty.
A family-friendly community was another draw. Says Dougherty, "We were moving with three children. This is a great place for the family. It's a good environment for the kids. It's a great place to grow up."