Lumber Company began in 1879 as a water-powered mill on the banks of
the Yellow Breeches Creek. It was owned and operated by four
generations of Coyle lumbermen for more than 100 years.
William (Bill) Coyle was the fourth and final generation for Coyles
to own the business. He started after World War II and worked
every day in the mill until his death in 1992.
Ken Heiser purchased
the business in 1998. Soon afterwards a machine salesman
toured the shop to evaluate the machinery for insurance purposes.
When he came to the sash sticker, he told Heiser, "You might get
$100.00 at auction for this."
"What would you sell me to replace it?" Heiser asked. The
salesman mentioned some state-of-the-art mass production machines,
but then had to concede that they couldn't really replace the
antique because, after all, "no one makes sashes the way you do.''
Coyle Lumber and Millwork is part of a dwindling number of Mills
across the country that still have the commitment and craftsmen to
manufacture solid wood, bench made custom windows and doors as well
as the other custom millwork seen throughout this webpage.
works milling equipment that dates back to about 1900.