Our manufacturing facility is in the heart of farm country five miles southwest of Plain City. We are surrounded by fields of grain, fresh country air, and at times the unpleasant odors from neighboring farms. The road name, Amish Pike, bears testimony to the rich Amish heritage that lives on in the community even though the true Amish no longer exist in the area. If you visit us during the busy farming seasons, you will see lots of farm equipment in action along the way.
My grandparents bought the farm in the 1928. They raised grain and hay along with a variety of animals, cows, pigs, chickens, and horses. In the 1956, grandpa was stricken with arthritis, so they built a “daudy haus” (grandpa house) right next to the farm house, and my uncle moved to the farm house to take care of the farm. In 1966 my uncle moved out of the community, and my parents moved to the farm to take care of it and my Grandparents. We did grain farming along with raising animals. Over the years we had steers, pigs, sheep, ducks, turkeys, chickens, cats, dogs, and a cantankerous pony to name a few. When I got married in 1988, the “daudy haus” was moved to the adjoining lot where we lived until 1999. At that time, we moved to the farm house where we still live today.
The first several years in business we worked in the big barn. The haymow was still there, creating low headroom, so we cut and prefabricated pieces inside, and assembled the buildings on the outside. As the business grew, we moved into part of the tool shed that had been built to store farm equipment, eventually taking over the whole 4900sq ft. building and the farm was rented out to extended family. In 1996 we finally took the plunge and had the shop insulated and heated. Up until then, the wintertime was not a great time to be building sheds. Along the way, a material storage shed was added, a building was converted to use for making doors, trusses, and a few other activities. In recent years the business has grown significantly, so in the winter of 2015-2016 we added a 7000 sq ft. shop. One crew cuts and prefabricates in the old shop then another crew assembles them in the new shop. The old barn is still standing and is used for material storage.
If you enjoy a quiet drive in the country, we invite you to come visit us! We’ll be happy to show you around. Along the way you can visit our friends in the Plain City area. Stop at Yutzy’s Farm Market for bulk foods, deli meats, and produce. Millers Furniture can supply you with Amish made furniture. For the finest in cabinetry, Miller Cabinets is a great place to visit. Top it all off with an Amish home cooked style meal at Der Dutchman!