Company History

mkBLINDS is one of the largest window treatment companies servicing the Washington, DC market and has been in business for over 70 years! Today the Company sells and installs thousands of shades and blinds each year to property managers, general contractors, architects & designers in the MD/DC/VA region.

In 1946, Mileham & King, Inc. was founded by William Mileham and Sylvan King. The company occupied a two-story building on 21st St. N.W. in Washington, DC fabricating venetian blinds and window shades. Its primary customers were home builders and apartment communities within the surrounding area. Operations continued in Washington, DC for many years until a fire occurred forcing them to relocate to Blair Road, N.W., Washington, DC.

Shortly after the move, William Mileham retired and Sylvan King decided to sell his shares of the Company. In 1969, the construction of the Washington Metro Subway System required Mileham & King, Inc. to move once again. Looking for advancement in a competitive industry they chose 12160 Nebel Street in Rockville, MD, a more suburban location providing an assortment of customers and new opportunities. In addition to home builders and property management industry, Mileham & King, Inc. began selling to commercial buildings, decorators, and residential customers.

In 1973, Dennis Speisman was hired by mkBLINDS as an office manager. In 1979 he acquired the company. Then in 1981, Window Designs, a retail store located at 12217 Nebel Street became an affiliate business focusing on residential and interior design.

In 1985, mkBLINDS moved to its present location, at 15748-50 Crabbs Branch Way in Rockville, MD. In 1991, the Company decided to close Window Designs to consolidate and commence operations solely at the one location on Crabbs Branch Way. Since consolidating the primary focus was geared towards working with new construction, commercial, property management and renovations.  In 2015 Dennis retired and sold the business.

Today the company is owned by two partners; Jim Bendel and John Kenny.  Josh Kenny manages the multi-million-dollar operation with a staff of 12 terrific employees.  The company mission is to focus on what we do best; provide high quality, cost effective window blinds & shades delivered or installed in a timely fashion to the property managers, designers, architects and general contractors in the MD/DC/VA market.

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