After more than half a century in business, Echo Park window and door supplier O.K. Manufacturing & Supply closed its own doors for good on Friday. Jeff Kuykendall – whose father opened the business in East Hollywood before moving it to Echo Park in 1984 – blamed the recession and the bankruptcy of a major customer for forcing the family business to shut down. “A customer went bankrupt owing me a lot of money,” said Kuykendall at his Glendale Boulevard office. He said he did not know what plans the building landlord had for the office and warehouse space his company leased. Kuykendall’s father, Kirk, opened the screen and door making company in 1959 at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Virgil Avenue. Eventually, the company stopped making windows and doors and served as a supplier with a showroom and office in Echo Park. O.K, which once employed as many as 14 workers, was down to six employees when it closed its doors. Kuykendall will still be involved in selling building supplies – but for Taylor Bros. in Silver Lake.
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