Gary Kilday

President / Owner

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Gary Kilday

Gary Kilday

Mr. Kilday has been with GRK since May 1988 until present.  He purchased Manual Arts Furniture Company (MAFCO) in 1988 and renamed it GRK Manufacturing. Since this time Gary has used his extensive background in manufacturing to expand the scope of the business to more than just music and continues to grow it today.

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Some "Thank You Thursdays" are better than others.  Today we had a complimentary luncheon to honor one of our employees who purchased a home.  Home ownership is a big step in anyone's life but particularly for one who has stumbled on the walkway.  His story is worth sharing.  We will call him Will.

Will worked for another company for 28 years and was caught in the last economic down turn.  Prior to having his employer go out of business; Will went through a divorce.  He had a house on which he owed a reasonable amount of money.  When he lost his job, he soon lost his house which, post 2008, was worth only its mortgage value.  Then, perhaps due to his age, he found himself under employed and often unemployed.  He soon fell behind on support payments with a resultant incarceration.  After a couple of years of incarceration he found himself in a halfway house and owing more back child support than ever.  Many would have given up hope or gone on the underground, read, "no support payments", economy.  Will did not give up hope nor did he abuse the system.

Will came to us, and we hired him while he was in the halfway house.  It has been a win-win-win situation for "Will, his family, and GRK".   Will "won" because he is recognized and paid for his many contributions.  His family "won" because they are receiving support payments they are entitled to receive.   GRK "won" because Will is an excellent employee.   In less than two years Will has gone from halfway house to owning his own home.

It is a wonderful reason to have a "Thank You Thursday".  Enjoy the complimentary lunch Will.  You have climbed a mountain.


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On random Thursdays once per quarter, we provide lunch to associates and spend a few moments in remembrance of how fortunate we are.

Today we were thankful for the good health care that exists in the Cincinnati area.  One associate's two year old daughter was successfully treated for an infection which could have cost her a toe, a foot or even the leg.  The wife of another associate had successful exploratory surgery.

Today we gave thanks for an associate's new deck.  A few years ago we celebrated his purchasing a house.  As he shared; "Not bad for someone who had been totally homeless for a portion of his life".

Today we were thankful for the exceptional product design that one associate does for us and our customers.

This Thursday we gave thanks for the birthday party one associate is having for her two children this weekend.

Today we were thankful for the new customer who was so appreciative of the special benches we provided.

This Thursday as every day, we are thankful for the customers who appreciate our products, our service and our efforts.

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Our Wren Chest Line, is designed to provide memorabilia display storage.  We have customers who say the coffee table, sofa/console table, and/or end table is perfect for elderly friends who have moved to assisted living or memory care facilities.  The ability for these friends to have a locked case where they display and view wedding pictures, pictures of family members, spoon collections, figurine collections, high school letters, stamp collections, etc.;is a priceless gift.

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We have developed a new stand up desk "topper" for your desk.  If you have back issues, you want this solution. 

Doug and I have designed it knock down and easily placed on top your existing desk.  You can move to one side or fold and store if you want to return to set down work.  For less than $200 delivered to your door, you have a device that experts claim adds years to your life, solace to your back and a 10% productivity impovement.

Give me a call so we can finish to your desires.

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We made several special use, upholstered benches for a client.  They indicate our considerable ability to design to need. 

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Expand-a-table is our patented, #US8,997,661, table top addition to provide space for added seating at your dining or patio table.  You can see it at  My wife has one which expands our dining room table from 10 to 14 and one which expands our patio table from 6 to 10.

Background:  Three years ago we were planning a patio dinner party and Eileen announced I was to purchase a new table for 10.  I needed a better solution.  I did not want one large table dominating our patio nor did I want to pay for it.  Our design was a success and one dinner guest insisted I make her one.  We optimized, perfected with a threaded metal insert that makes the four piece top truly work as one, and patented. 

The wood, (not cloth nor plastic), top is made from light weight plywood that is machined with our special CNC machinery.  The patented grooves with interlocking steps provide rigidity so we can expand the table in all directions without adding legs.  Each piece of the expand a table is light enough, never more than 12 pounds, that one person can easily handle.  We sand and finish the top in a clear laquer so it can be used without a cloth.  For a small upcharge we can finish in a color to match your table. 

The top with its two inch diameter center hole is designed to take the 6 inch exterior diameter interlock insert, and it can be used with an umbrella if your patio table has one.   If you do not use an umbrella, the insert is desinged small enough to be covered by a centerpiece.

Storage is easy by stacking the four pieces flat under a bed or by hanging the four pieces in a storage area.

We have a number of standard sizes that we ship the day after they are ordered.  For special needs you contact our design team, ( or 1-800-289-2362), they design one to fit your need; and we ship within three business days.  In general we design so there is a maximum 12 inch overhang of the existing table.


A summary of advantages:

Stable wood top will last a life time.

Patented interlocking design with threaded metal insert.

Designed to meet your specific size requirements.

Ships direct to your door with shipping included in $200 to $400 cost.

Clear stain poyurethane finish to protect and perserve.

Can finish to match your furniture.

Designed for patio or dining room table.

Can accomodate your patio table umbrella.

Light weight.

Easily installed, used, removed and stored by one person.

No added legs.

Can expand round, square, oval or rectangular table

Special designs and questions easily answered at

Proudly made in USA by our Ohio Craft Persons.

Manufactured by a company with a 102 year furniture heritage.


Had dinner with lady who used one at Easter dinner for family.  First time in years she could have entire family at one table.  She loved it.


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Add your logo or a special script to your piano cover for a personal touch and added sophistication.


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We are pleased to offer our new Designer Fabrics available on a number of our products.

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The Concert II artist bench gives you the benefit to customize your bench how you want it. Hand tufted tops are offered in your choice of vinyl or leather, in either black or brown. Three leg styles of Brass Ferruled,


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The 2014/2015 Catalog is now available as well as price sheets for GRK Manufacturing and House of Troy Lamps.  Check it out!


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