Category: History

On September 26th and 27th, dealers from across the nation, near and far, came to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Kountry Kraft, a custom cabinet manufacturer located in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania. Kountry Kraft was founded in 1959 by Elvin Hurst, Sr. and Helen Hurst, after Helen gave him the gift of a Sears Craftsman table saw for Christmas in 1958. 60 years and three generations later, the company celebrated their diamond anniversary with a diamond dealer conference.

Kountry Kraft 60th Anniversary Diamond Dealer Conference

The conference consisted of two fun-filled days of activities. The designers took a tour of the 96,000 square foot facility and were able to see where and how their cabinet designs come to life. They also made some of the products themselves – metal fusion finish, banded a door front, dovetailed a drawer box, paint colors and more.

The different activities awarded the dealers “diamonds” that could be used to enter to win different prizes. Prizes ranged from cabinet door samples, to cabinet displays, to the grand prize which was an option of a diamond with a $6,000 value, $6,000 net off one cabinet order of choice, $6,000 net co-op dollars or 60% off one display. The lucky grand prize winners were Janice Page, CKD, and Debbie Karpiak of PKsurroundings.

Grand Prize Winners at the Kountry Kraft Diamond Dealer Conference

Two special guest speakers presented – Richard T. Anuszkiewicz and Matthew Ferrarini – renowned leaders of the kitchen and bath design industry.

Richard T. Anuszkiewicz presented at the Kountry Kraft Diamond Dealer Conference

Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, also known as Richard A2Z, presented about Fashion Forward Thinking.

Matthew Ferrarini presented at the Kountry Kraft Diamond Dealer Conference

Matthew Ferrarini presented about the flow, function and feeling of a space.

Discussion Forum Panel at the Kountry Kraft Diamond Dealer Conference

Other kitchen and bath design leaders participated in a discussion forum leaded by Denise Grothouse, discussing major topics of the industry, including how to successfully brand your company and how to qualify leads. The leaders on the panel include Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Justin Sachs of Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, Beth Veillette of Hanford Cabinet & Woodworking, August Reichert of Sunnyfields Cabinetry, and Janice Page of PKsurroundings.

Kountry Kraft is honored to have such great partnerships and employees. It is thanks to them that we can celebrate 60 years. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the diamond dealer conference!

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As our company, quality and selections evolved over time, so did our Kountry Kraft logo. In order to keep current, our brand was reflected in various logo styles throughout the years.

Kountry Kraft Logo Throughout the Years

Kountry Kraft Logo in 1959 which was Kountry Kraft Kitchens at the Time

Kountry Kraft was launched 60 years ago in April of 1959. What you may not have known was Kountry Kraft was originally called Kountry Kraft Kitchens! In the early years of Kountry Kraft their specialty was kitchens, but throughout the years they evolved and became experts in so much more.

 

Kountry Kraft Logo was Changed to Kountry Kraft, Excellence in Custom-Made Cabinetry

Since Kountry Kraft specialized in more than just kitchens, “Kountry Kraft” added the tagline “Excellence in Custom-made Cabinetry” with “Since 1959”. This logo was used for years to come and is still used on the sign outside their location and throughout the shop in Newmanstown, PA. The simple tagline “excellence in custom-made cabinetry” says so much with so little words. It truly characterizes the four guiding principles on which the company was founded: craft the highest quality custom cabinetry products; deliver on schedule every time; price it fairly; and be honest, genuine and friendly.

 

The New Kountry Kraft Logo on a Kountry Kraft Installation Truck

Through the years Kountry Kraft always kept current and updated their logo design to the one featured above. Keeping the tagline the same while showcasing “Kountry Kraft” in a more simplistic way.

 

The Kountry Kraft Logo was Updated in January of 2017 to their Current Logo

Fast forward to January of 2017, the Kountry Kraft logo design and brand was given new life. This new logo represents the classical and timeless quality that Kountry Kraft has to offer, while also representing their ability to be current with a simple font for their tagline. This logo was special to Kountry Kraft as it is a part of the ongoing evolution of their brand. The update of this logo came along with many other new introductions as well! Kountry Kraft launched a brand-new website and catalog, all showcasing the new logo in 2017.

 

Kountry Kraft Logo Created for their 60th Anniversary for April of 2019

To celebrate and distinguish Kountry Kraft’s accomplishment of being in business 60 years, this special logo was created! This diamond anniversary portrays the growth, responsibility, values and security that Kountry Kraft has preserved and honored throughout the years. For the duration of 2019 you will see this custom logo throughout our social media as we walk through memory lane to showcase how Kountry Kraft all started.

 

Visit our website to learn more about Kountry Kraft’s history or follow us on Facebook! To view our recently completed designs, visit our Houzz page.

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Kountry Kraft is proud to be celebrating 60 years in business! This diamond anniversary signifies growth, responsibility, values and security which are all characteristics that Kountry Kraft has honored throughout the years.

Throughout the 60 Years

Kountry Kraft Celebrates 60 Years in Business in April of 2019

It all started in 1958, Elvin Hurst was a farmer raising a family of his own with this wife, Helen Hurst. In addition to farming, Elvin worked as a cabinet maker. He enjoyed woodworking so much that Helen saved $10 a month to buy Elvin a $110 Craftsman Table Saw for Christmas that year. This gift brought so many opportunities for Elvin that he did not see coming. The demand for his creations exceeded his ability to supply. So, with the help of his parents, Reuben and Mary Hurst, Elvin launched Kountry Kraft in April of 1959. Without Helen, there would be no Kountry Kraft!

 

Because of Elvin’s commitment to quality woodworking, Kountry Kraft became widely known for top level craftsmanship and impeccable service, and their popularity soared. Elvin continued to use the saw for 18 years as the company rapidly expanded from their four-car garage to a 96,000 square foot facility with a staff of over 100 skilled craftsmen.

 

Kountry Kraft Celebrate 60 Years in Business and Three Generations

In 2000, Elvin became chairman of the board after serving as president of the company for 40 years. This move represented the change from him being active in the daily management of the company. Elvin and Helen realized that it was a necessity for both the company and the industry to prepare for the next generation. It was with great pride that they gave managerial control of Kountry Kraft to two of their four children in 2003, Elvin Hurst Jr. and Dee Hurst-Funk, who spent their entire lives working in every facet of the business.

 

Over the past 60 years the office and manufacturing facility remains on the Hurst family farm in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. The third generation of Hurst family members are now being groomed to manage the company in the future. We are so excited to be celebrating 60 years in business and look forward to many more!

To view all the exquisite projects Kountry Kraft has created over the past 60 years, visit our website or Houzz page!

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For many Made in America companies, a garage is where their dream became a reality. The path that led to the launch of Disney, Google, Apple and Kountry Kraft is an inspiring journey.

How the Dream Became a Reality

Made in America Companies Where a Dream Became a Reality

Many wide known companies such as, Disney, Google and Apple started out in a garage as well. For some, there was a specific item that sparked their inspiration to start creating what they loved. Others, they grew up knowing what they always wanted to do, and the garage was their starting point.

 

Disney

Walt Disney Garage located in Kansas City is Where a Dream Became a Reality

Walt Disney shifted his interested from cartooning to becoming an animator when he received a camera. With this camera he captured his first animation called “Alice’s Wonderland”. This garage in Kansas City, Missouri was where Walt did all the editing on this project and how Disney came to life.

 

Google

Google Garage Located in Menlo Park, California is Where a Dream Became a Reality

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were working on a project for Stanford University on how to develop a search engine. This project turned into a success, so they rented a garage in Menlo Park, California and began developing what would become Google.

 

Apple

Apple Garage Located in Silicon Valley, California is Where a Dream Became a Reality

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs raised money to complete their first computer design called “Apple I”. They assembled the circuit board in Steve Jobs’ garage located in Silicon Valley, California. This garage is not labeled as a historical site.

 

Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

The Hurst Kids in Front of the Kountry Kraft Garage Where a Dream Became a Reality

Dale, Dee, Jere and Elvin Jr. in Front of Kountry Kraft 1959

Kountry Kraft started when Helen Hurst bought her husband Elvin a brand-new Sears Craftsman Table Saw. This saw allowed Elvin to create cabinetry and furniture for his family and friends. When the demand for his creations grew, the family decided to launch Kountry Kraft in 1959. They started out in the family garage, located in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania where their dream became a reality. Over the years Kountry Kraft grew rapidly and expanded to a 96,000 square foot facility.

 

If you visit Kountry Kraft, you actually walk through the door that is featured above. We expanded off the original garage to keep the history alive. You can also view the original Sears Craftsman Table Saw in person at our main showroom in Newmanstown, PA!

If you would like to learn more about our history visit our website! Also Check out our Houzz page to see some of our recently completed designs.

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