The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 3, 2013

Kuhns Lumber survives shutdown of log homes business

By Ashley Wislock and Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

MILTON —  Milton-based Kuhns Bros. Log Homes has closed, but the firm’s lumber division remains open.

The log home company’s 50 employees have been laid off until a deal to sell the company can be reached, said Tim Kuhns, president of Kuhns Bros. Lumber Co., based in Union County.

A new owner might rehire the employees, he said.

The struggling U.S. economy is to blame for the shutdown, Kuhns said.

“With the economic conditions and the housing market, it was taking a toll on things,” he said. “(Log homes) are more high-end homes and with the recovery that is under way, we believe it is more to the low end.”

Along with Kuhns Bros. Log Homes, the company’s surplus outlet and American Heritage Crafters locations are also for sale, Kuhns said.

Former employees of the plant have said that they were told Thursday that the Milton company would close its doors, effective immediately.

However, Kuhns Bros. Lumber is thriving, Kuhns said.

“The lumber company is busy,” he said. “The lumber economy is turning around.”

The company is working to rebuild a sawmill damaged in an August fire near Mazeppa, Kuhns said.

The Kuhns businesses are part of a family-owned company that was started in 1946 by Carl “Pop” Kuhns with a sawmill, according to the Kuhns Bros. Log Homes website.

Word spread late last week through the Milton area that the company was shutting its doors.

Friday, the company’s offices were closed for Good Friday, but the Kuhns Bros. outlet locations at 700 Hepburn St. in Milton, were open Saturday. An employee Saturday declined to comment on the situation.