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The late Abe A. Knepp began K&K in 1972. He started with just three employees, a small plant, and one modified delivery truck. Abe wanted K&K to have a reputation of people who deal honestly and fairly, while providing top-quality products and service.
“My business is run by three bodies—myself, the bank, and the Lord—and the Lord is the chairman of the board.” –Abe Knepp
K&K grew until a devastating fire destroyed the plant on January 9, 1980. At that time, many wondered what would become of the plant. As word of the devastating fire spread, some of Abe’s competitors in the industry called to offer their assistance. With their help, the plant was back in full operation after only 90 days. Once again K&K continued to grow, and was named Business of the Year in 2000.
On November 15, 2005, a F3 tornado ripped through Daviess county. Nearly all of K&K’s buildings were destroyed. Immediately afterwards, many friends volunteered to help with the cleanup. Some volunteers even came from other states! Just one week after the tornado touched down, construction began on the new plant. By January 10, 2006, K&K was once again making trusses. Thank God for friends!
For an overview of this tornado, see this Washington Times-Herald article.
On January 2, 2007, Abe tragically passed away in a plane crash. Abe’s wife Viola and their children then transitioned into K&K’s ownership role. Today, Viola is the President of K&K, and younger son Nelson is general manager. Vice President of Operations is Jerry Stoll, a 40-year fixture of K&K who plays a key role in the company.
The Growth Continues
In 2013, we opened K-Line at our new location along Highway 50. K-Line specializes in prefinishing LP SmartSide products. The two locations work together to build and deliver a wide array of building materials.
After 45 years in business, K&K now employs more than 100 people. K&K Truck Lines operates a full fleet of delivery trucks and vehicles. As a wholesale company, K&K currently supplies more than 150 retail dealers in the tri-state area.
We as Abe’s family say thank you to our employees who make K&K what it is today, and to our customers for your loyal support. We are blessed!