(EDITOR’S NOTE – Kivett’s has been advertising with the Biblical Recorder for more than 10 years. We’re showcasing this company in gratitude for their support.)
Kivett’s Fine Church Furniture Inc. is the largest family-owned and operated pew manufacturer and pew refinisher in the United States.
It was founded in 1958 by Rev. R.L. Kivett and is now owned by his son, Jerol Kivett, who started working for the company at age 11.
Known for its furniture, Kivett’s Fine Church Furniture Inc. also offers steeples, stained glass and more. It is family-owned and has been in business more than 50 years. There are many options for theater seating as well as church pews.
Since then, Kivett’s expanded their expertise and now produces not only pews but chairs, office furniture, pulpits, stained glass, steeples and more. They do complete church renovations with products manufactured in their own workshop, and they are one of the few companies that build and repair steeples.
“Our company is unique because of the employees working here for decades, some as long as 40 years,” said Kivett.
“The people who work here really are like family.”
Inside the Kivett’s plant, employees manufacture custom products that have been fine-tuned specifically to meet the needs of individual buyers. The furniture is set apart by strict attention to detail and a commitment to high quality craftsmanship.
They work with church leaders to choose the best style of furniture for their needs, build it and deliver it for installation.
Speaking about his 55 years in the business Kivett said, “It’s really neat to see the whole dynamic of a church change with a renovation.
“Seeing the smiling faces when they see a completed project … it’s very rewarding.”
Kivett’s longevity is a success in itself, but their customer base has developed significantly as well. The company has sent crews for major projects nationally and internationally.
Churches in Guam, the Caribbean, Canada and South Korea have called on Kivett’s to aid in the beautification of their churches.
“I just think it’s a blessing to be part of a business that’s been able to maintain in a down economy,” said Kivett. “You’re no stronger than your weakest link, and we’re strong from the floor up.
“That’s the benefit of having a family-based business.”
Visit kivetts.com or call (800) 334-1139.