As I was looking through the archives of Kivett’s to find a suitable topic for the first blog post, I stumbled across an article that was written in September of 1987. The title reads as follows: “N.C. Furniture Maker Creates Special Chair for the Pope”
Kivett’s was contacted through their midwest sales representative to construct a papal chair, alter, pulpit, and two additinal chairs for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Detriot’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. They made sure to design pieces that matched the design of the furniture that was already there.
Kivett’s generously donated the furniture that they made, and when the article was written, some 28 years ago, it was stated that the pieces would remain in the cathedral even after the Pope’s visit.
Back then, quality was a top priority- and it still is today. The company was founded in 1958 and started as a one-man cabinet and boat-building operation, and although they have grown by leaps and bounds, their mission is the same.
Back then, Jerol Kivett, son of company founder R.L.Kivett was quoted as saying, “But actually, size is not what we concentrate on. Quality is our aim. We’ve stayed with solid lumber instead of using veneers, or substrates of man-made material. Solid wood makes better quality furniture that appreciates in value.
Almost three decades later, nothing has changed.