In the late 1970s, as the quartz watch revolution was heating up, Sy Kessler sold watch batteries initially while working as a sales representative of Portescap US (formerly the Watchmaster Products division of the Bulova Watch Company). Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. eventually took over this watch battery distribution business, successfully building it one customer at a time. According to Henry Kessler, the company’s President, “When Dad passed away in 1980, my mother Sylvia, my brother Daniel and I all began working together to build upon his many friendships and proud legacy.”
Over the decades since, the Kessler’s have sold hundreds of millions of batteries from factories all over the world, to a prestigious list of customers that reads like the “Who’s Who” of the watch and electronics industries. This now 3rd generation family business celebrated 2017 as the company’s top-grossing sales year ever, while 2018 marks the 50th anniversary Sy Kessler Sales.
As the recognized North American leader in the marketing and distribution of button and coin cell batteries, Sy Kessler Sales recently developed a strategic alliance with Murata Batteries. Murata, the true global leader in watch battery sales, selected Sy Kessler Sales (dba: KESSLER BATTERIES) to market their products in the US and Canada, with a primary focus on the watch and consumer electronics channels. KESSLER BATTERIES, watch and consumer division, serves watch companies and their authorized service centers, jewelry chain stores, pawnbrokers, auto parts, hardware, and security product suppliers, consumer electronics resellers, hearing healthcare providers, and all types of battery specialists, dealers, and distributors.
Sharon Rossi Ensminger, who claims she has “lithium in her blood,” directs KESSLER BATTERIES OEM and industrial Electronics sales team and marketing efforts. Kessler’s organization of approximately 150 independent sales representatives cover North and South America. Ensminger and her team have been involved in every step of the process, from motivating battery manufacturers to support market potential, to identifying target customer applications, to managing marketing and sales activities, logistics, and just in time inventory support. The company began its business shortly after the invention of the lithium coin cell, and today, KESSLER BATTERIES, as a battery solution provider, sells a variety of battery chemistries, sizes, and shapes, with a growing expertise in lithium polymer batteries and battery holders for medical, security and wearable applications.