The Kountry Kraft Story
Kountry Kraft has built a legacy of remarkable craftsmanship woven from one family’s deep pride and commitment to excellence. The path that led to the launch of Kountry Kraft is a beautiful story reminiscent of the Gift of the Magi. In 1958, Helen Hurst squirreled away money each week to buy her husband Elvin a surprise Christmas gift – a brand new Sears Craftsman Table Saw. Elvin made cabinetry and furniture for friends and family.
When demand for his creations grew, Elvin and Helen launched Kountry Kraft in their family garage in April 1959 with the help of Elvin’s parents Reuben and Mary Hurst. They worked together to build their business while raising four children and continuing to run their family farm.
Their roots instilled in them an especially strong commitment to hard work and fair business. As a result, the company soared. Elvin and his staff continued using that saw for 18 years. The company rapidly expanded to a 96,000 square foot facility, while employing an exceptional staff of over 100 skilled craftsman. As a testament to exceptionally hard work and quality craftsmanship, the saw still stands in the Kountry Kraft lobby today.
Kountry Kraft Today
As the company flourished over the years, two of their four children, Elvin Hurst Jr. and Dolores Hurst-Funk, became immersed in the family business. Consequently, this experience gave them a strong desire to guide Kountry Kraft into the future. Especially noteworthy was the unique opportunity to learn alongside their parents. In February 2003, Elvin Jr. and Dee purchased the Company from their parents. In addition, they continue to operate it in the original location on the Hurst family farm in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country of Lebanon County. Pictured below from left to right is Elvin Hurst, Jr. – President, Elvin Hurst, Sr., Helen Hurst and Dee Hurst-Funk – CKD, CFO.
Kountry Kraft’s technologies and systems are kept current to ensure efficiency as well as accuracy in order processing, design and accounting. The factory is tooled with the newest and most accurate industry equipment such as computerized panel saws, dovetailing machines, pneumatic assembly systems, and high-quality finishing equipment.
Our dealers often tell us that one of the most valuable assets of Kountry Kraft is its people. In addition to being skilled in the art of custom cabinetry, our hardworking team maintains a legacy of excellent service.
The Kountry Kraft Mission
At Kountry Kraft, we build dreams. Our company is a second generation, family-owned manufacturer of fine custom cabinetry for every room of a home. We are dedicated to our partnerships with kitchen and bath professionals to provide customers with time-honored customer service, communication, on-time delivery, as well as high quality cabinetry at an exceptional value. We are especially proud to produce cabinetry that maintains a harmonious balance between quality craftsmanship and the latest technology.
Proud Members of:
- Lebanon Chamber of Commerce
- Lebanon County Builders Association
- Home Building Associate of Chester and Delaware Counties
- National Kitchen & Bath Association