Cool Stuff Being Made: Keener Kitchen Mfg.

By October 27, 2007Cool Stuff Being Made

keener.jpgIt’s a 35th anniversary celebration at Cool Stuff Being Made this week, highlighting the years of high-quality custom cabinetry by Keener Kitchen Manufacturing Company of Red Lion, Pa. According to a company news release this week,

Started by Everett and Arlene Keener in 1973 in an historic cigar factory in Red Lion, PA, the firm now employs over 70 designers, craftsmen and professional installers. In addition to award-winning kitchens, baths and other special rooms for the home, Keener also manufactures commercial casework for schools, offices, medical and financial institutions, and other applications.

In this hour-long documentary, company President Stephen T. Keener starts us out with a showroom discussion of the kinds of cabinetry, different styles and appearances. He then walks us through the factory, from the mill room, to the building room, to the area where finishing is done. Lots of specialty colors, stains and finishing, and the most popular woods are birch, oak and cherry. Human labor has a role all the way through the manfacturing process, keeping an eye on detail and quality.

Keener also gives us a tour of the sister operation, Keener Architectural Casework, which produces commercial cabinets and interiors.

A thorough presentation. So all you people thinking about redoing your kitchen — or more — enjoy!

Thanks to our pals at PNC for the video.

To watch this week’s Cool Stuff Being Made, Keener Kitchen edition, please .

P.S. Yes, the operation is housed in an historic cigar factory. There’s quite a history of tobacco growing and cigar-making in the York, Penn., area. Even gave birth to a busline, the Red Lion Bus Co.

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