The Keck Group's Church Pew Refinishing Since 1972
As the Church's owner representative on our major renovation project and on behalf of the church, I want to thank you for your outstanding performance on the pew renovation. The pews look amazing and have drawn rave reviews from the congregation. Your advice as we considered finish and other options put us on the right path. The refinishing and reuphostering was done efficiently and professionally. You really went above and beyond expectations when you responded to the scheudule pinch that we created by our late fabric selection.
As you recall, having all three sections done by the end of August and having the center section done for a wedding in mid-August was critical to us. The innovative phasing that you suggested and then the implemented worked perfectly and made it possible for us to meet all of our deadlines. As one who's been involved in a lot of projects over the years, it was a pleasure to deal with people who take a problem not of their making and solve it instead of using it as an excuse.
Thanks for working with us on this important project.
William K. Wakefield
Nassau Project Manager
The Keck Group Welcomes New Catholic Charities Facility to Middletown
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.