KEEHN SERVICE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
3rd Generation Takes Control
Coatesville, PA. (February, 2015) – Keehn Service Corporation, a leading fabrication and service organization that serves the propane and chemical transportation and delivery equipment industry, announces the acquisition of the company by Jonathan P. Willard and Stephen J. Kovacic, Jr. Jonathan Willard, now 3rd generation owner, assumes the role of President; preceded by his father, Richard Willard, and Grandfather, Dick Willard. Stephen Kovacic will undertake the title of Vice-President. Stephen has been the company’s full-time Engineer since 2006 and has been performing DCE work for Keehn since the early 1990’s.
In 1962, while working at The Downingtown Iron Works, William Keehn (Bill) was involved in the building of propane delivery trucks. Shortly thereafter, the Iron Works decided to discontinue this service and in the late 1960’s, Bill incorporated Keehn Service and was joined by Dick Willard (also a former Downingtown Iron Works employee). Dick is credited with adding propane transport repair and modifications for the new company. During this period, Keehn Service qualified for, and obtained their ASME Code stamp, enabling the company to become an all-inclusive repair facility; having the capability to perform repairs and alterations to MC-330/331 pressure vessels.
In 1985, Bill and Dick sold Keehn Service Corporation to their sons Butch Keehn and Richard Willard and two additional Keehn employees, Rod Seibert and Bill Robb. The new owners carried on the company’s philosophy, bringing on new customers and diversifying into new chemical commodities such as hydrogen peroxide, anhydrous ammonia, diethyl ether and others. New business segments were also added; ISO containers, storage tank repairs and occasional rail car repair.
With the retirement of Bill Robb in 2006 and Rich Willard in 2012, it was evident that ownership of Keehn Service would be shifted to a new group. On December 31, 2014 Jonathan Willard and Stephen Kovacic purchased the company and assumed ownership. With the new ownership, Keehn is poised to continue innovating and pushing into the future.
About Keehn Service
Keehn Service Corporation (Keehn) is a full service DOT and ASME compliant fabrication and repair facility. Keehn maintains an ASME Code U stamp (certificate No. 8918), a National Board “R” repair stamp (certificate No. R-2790), and US DOT Hazardous Materials Certificate of Registration (HM ID 054281) and is US DOT authorized for manufacturing, inspection and repair of MC307, MC312, MC330, MC331, MC338, DOT406, DOT407, DOT412, MC310 and MC311 under CT# 140.
Keehn continues to move forward with the development of a universal harmonized wiring harness and multiplex switch system, implementation of a “pull style” production line process, which increased propane tank truck production three fold, and “cradle to grave” project management services for fleet inspection and service.