First Lady of Cabinetry
Helen Hurst, could very well be known as the First Lady of Cabinetry. She has faced many obstacles growing up on a small farm in Newmanstown, PA. The absence of a high school diploma did not stop her from becoming an intelligent, successful businesswoman. Helen and her husband Elvin lived a traditional farmer lifestyle until the groundbreaking Christmas of 1958. This was the year that Helen gifted Elvin the revolutionary Craftsman table saw. “If it hadn’t been for her, there wouldn’t be a Kountry Kraft” says Husband Elvin Sr.
Helen jumped right into the business, hands first. Helen helped with all operations of the business, and became savvy using the equipment. Her favorite tool was the router she used to build countertops for the cabinetry. “I do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done” says Helen. From the start, she was a woman determined to keep her business alive, even when challenges arose.
The business stared in Lebanon, quickly growing to surrounding areas including Lancaster and Berks counties.. At the wise age of 79, Helen has seen it all, and lives up to her name as the First Lady of Cabinetry. After her daughter assumed her position in the family business, Helen went on to pursue her college degree. “Kitchens have changed through the years, people used to use their kitchens to cook” recalls Helen. Kountry Kraft has evolved with the ever-changing industry and maintains a commitment to quality that is hard to come by.
Cherished Family Values
“The old saying is to give them what they want and they’ll come back for more” comments Hurst Sr. Starting out in 1959 as a four car garage, Kountry Kraft has transformed itself into a 96,000 sq. ft. factory. With its most valuable asset being its employees, Kountry Kraft has grown into the finest custom cabinetry company in the world. Upholding their parent’s legacy and legendary work, Elvin Jr and Dee continue to operate the company today. “The key to success in custom cabinetry is commitment to quality” says Junior, the company President. Today, Kountry Kraft continues to remain committed to their cherished family values.