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Preparations for Pope Francis’ visit to New York City in September have kept workers busy at a North Street business for more than three years.

The Keck Group’s church pew restoration plant expects to soon make its last delivery of pews and furnishings to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The batch includes presider side chairs to seat the pope and Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the main altar.

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Cardinal Dolan Blesses the New Catholic Charities Facility

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On 4/4/13 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, visited and blessed the new Catholic Charities Facility in Middletown, NY.

The festive occasion marked the grand opening/ribbon cutting of the modern facility located at 305 North Street, in the building next to The Keck Group, Inc., the pre-imminent pew refinishing company in the country.

Bob Koeck, President of The Keck Group, Inc, and Keck Properties, LLC, owners of the building, tried to coerce the Cardinal to come next door to see his pews from St. Patrick's Cathedral being refinished, but time was short, and he apologized for not being able to see the refinishing process first hand.

We were lucky, though, to get Msgr. Kevin Sullivan to get a look and comment on the progress of the project and the beautiful transformation of the grand old pews.
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St. Michael’s Parish, Exeter NH

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St. Michael’s Church in Exeter New Hampshire recently completed a total renovation of their nave and sanctuary.

After months of negotiating, advising, conjoling and finally getting approval to refinish one of their pews as a sample for the entire project (which proved to be the turning point in their decision to choose our company), the Keck Group won out to win the contract for refinishing the pews.

Starting out as colonial style pews with white inserts on both the pews and frontals, we were able to go with a completely natural finish, as evidenced by the before and after pictures.

The church was extremely pleased by the finished product as evidenced, below, by the unsolicited testimonials from the Clerk of the works, and the architect.
 
Dianne - Architect: Said about the project, “The pews are absolutely beautiful!  Everything I had hoped for!", “Great work to all.”
 
Clerk: “Hi Terry/Bob:  the pews continue to get many praises. Wishing you both a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
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The Keck Group Welcomes New Catholic Charities Facility to Middletown

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The Keck Group, which owns and operates a state-of-the-art pew refinishing facility in Middletown, NY, is proud to welcome a new next-door neighbor, Catholic Charities Services of Orange County.

Keck Properties recently negotiated with Catholic Charities at 1011 First Avenue to lease and subsequently build out an 8,000-square-foot office/conference facility in the Keck Group's 11,000-square-foot adjoining space. Agreement was reached in April of this year and the build-out was completed by the appointed deadline four months later.

Keck Properties finished the construction on time and in full compliance with all building, safety, and fire regulations. Catholic Charities took possession of their new custom-designed space on August 1, 2012, and from there they will continue to serve the community by offering their services to neighbors in need in the Middletown, NY area.

Bob Koeck, president of The Keck Group, Inc., is thrilled with this new arrangement. Still, he is happily amazed at how the agreement and resulting lease came to fruition: "In my wildest dreams I would have never envisioned having Catholic Charities, an integral part of the Archdiocese of New York, as a tenant," he said. "And to think, it all came about because of a chance meeting in the '70s."

Looking back, Koeck recalls how representatives of the New York Catholic Community, who had heard about his church pew restoration business, approached him for more information: "Instead of just explaining to them what we did and what was involved in the restoration and refinishing process, we invited them to take a tour of our facility. As we were showing them around, pointing out the pews and other religious furnishings in various stages of restoration, we started to form a sort of bond. We really clicked."

That one meeting led to their first business contract and gradually developed into a long-term working relationship--one that has flourished for over forty years.

Koeck adds that he is really looking forward to the upcoming dedication of the new facility by Cardinal Dolan on April 14th, 2013. And this time he hopes to give the Cardinal a tour of the shop. Why? So His Eminence can see first hand, pews from his own congregation being refinished—the ones that came from and will be returned to the famous St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan.

caption: The new site of Catholic Charities Services of Orange County owned by Keck Properties, LLC, adjacent to The Keck Group's church pew restoration and refinishing facility in Middletown, NY.
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