SPARTA, NJ – It was not the typical day at work for Sparta resident Keith Dericks. President of Dericks Sheet Metal Works, Keith and his brother Kurt were tapped to do the custom sheet metal work for the makeover of Jack’s Cafe diner in Westwood for the popular Food Network television show American Diner Revival with Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag.
The premise of the show is to give a diner a makeover over the course of a day or two, while the owners are away. Jack’s Café was getting a sleek new look. Keith and Kurt fabricated and installed stainless steel wall coverings, counter tops and shelves.
“It was interesting, something different,” said Keith. “Everyone involved with the show was very friendly and nice to work with.”
Much of the rehab work was done by volunteer friends of the owners. One of only a few custom sheet metal shops in the area, Kurt was contacted by officials from the show and Dericks Sheet Metal was asked to contribute to the program.
Keith and Kurt along with brothers Kevin and Kris, uncle Paul and cousin Jim are third/fourth generation owners of the family business started in 1936 by their grandfather and great grandfather. They are a custom sheet metal fabrication shop catering primarily to commercial businesses: manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food industries. Herman Metal Fabricators builds and installs duct work for HVAC systems. Dericks Sheet Metal Works and Herman Metal Fabricators are located on Union Blvd in Totowa.
The show is due to air “sometime in Dec.,” according to a member of the production crew.