The year was 2002. Dan White (President and founder of Keuka Studios Inc.) had been working as a design engineer at Xerox in Rochester NY. An employee meeting was about to change the course of his future. On that day, he and his fellow coworkers received notice that Xerox would be closing the entire division and everyone would be losing their jobs. As most of the affected headed for the unemployment line, Dan instead decided this might be the time to pursue a life-long dream of owning his personal business.
Design and manufacturing was Dan's expertise, so he knew that this would be a big part of the business plan. He had many product ideas, however many were consumer products which would be difficult to make profitably if manufactured in the United States and he really wanted to make things here. Dan decided to build a company that created unique, custom, high quality products made by American craftsman here in the USA. "We will provide products and services that are expertly designed and at quality level that are hard to come by, I feel there is large market for those who appreciate this level of work" Dan says.
Dan always loved architecture and having built two houses of his own he decided his company would cater to this passion. Being located in upstate NY, his company would utilize the local strong skilled labor pool available in the area. Many local high tech companies were seeing their jobs dwindling due to overseas competition and outsourcing.
And so it was born..."Keuka Studios, Fine Architectural Metals". The name "Keuka" came from the family's heritage on Keuka Lake, NY. The word "Studios" would be used in order to let clients know that we employ craftsman who are actually artists in their own right. The "Fine Architectural Metals" would let clients know that we are custom metal fabricators who create only the "finest" quality of work. Each project no matter the size would be truly a unique work of art.
In 2006 Dan was joined by his son Jason. Jason had gone to school for art and design which would be very useful in a creative business. Jason was living in Florida at the time and had gained much experience managing several small local shops. This turned out to be just what Keuka Studios needed. While Dan was easily distracted with designing the next widget, Jason realized the company needed focus. Focus on customer service, on meeting deadlines and improving the product and overall customer experience. Together, with their great employees, they make a great team and continue to grow in a weak economy.
Due to increasing demand for Keuka Studios products, in 2010 the company had outgrown its humble space in an old creamery in Honeoye Falls, NY and expanded into a larger industrial building that better suited their needs. "We found a move in ready facility where we could simply put down our coffee cups and get to work" Jason said. And with little interruption to Keuka Studios work flow the company was relocated to Rush, NY.
Today Keuka Studios operates out of its 10,000 square foot facility in Rush NY. We believe the company continues to grow and succeed due to its devotion to its clients and exceeding their expectations of product quality. "Each day we challenge ourselves to think outside the box and do something that no one else has thought of" says Jason.