Family Business a Perfect Fit

Jennifer Richards is a fourth generation locksmith at Keever’s Key and Repair Service in Hickory. She loves the varying challenges she faces each day.

“I love that about my job. Especially with automotive locks, things are always changing. They are a lot like puzzles, and I enjoy figuring them out, getting everything to work out precisely. I guess I have that type of mind.”

Richards graduated from Hickory High School and Brevard College. Her original plans involved going into the field of accounting. Richards agreed to help out a little at Keever’s Key and Repair Service and soon discovered that the family owned business was the perfect fit for her. 19 years later, she is still working there.

Richards’ great-grandfather founded the locksmith business in 1920. Later the business was run by her grandfather and eventually her father and uncle. Richards’ brother and mother both work at the business as well.

Keever’s Key and Repair Service is a long standing landmark on Old Lenoir Road. They service both residential and commercial customers and are particularly well known for their automotive work.

Richards knows she is a unique member of the locksmith community. She is one of only two female members of Associated Locksmiths of America in North Carolina and one of only a few female members of Certified Automotive Locksmiths across the United States.

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM