Logo, Peggy's Fuel Oil - Fuel Delivery

(717) 566-6870
590 Hershey Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036

Our History

In 1908, Samuel Kuntz took advantage of an excellent business opportunity by delivering local milk to the Hershey Chocolate Factory. Today, Kuntz & Son, Inc. in Hanoverdale is one of the original family businesses still delivering milk to Hershey. During those 77 years, four generations of the Kuntz family have been involved in running the family business.

While milk delivery has remained the foundation of their services, they have proved to be as adept as Samuel was at spotting new business opportunities as well.

Enterprising Family from the Beginning

According to Grace Kuntz, wife of the President Ray Kuntz, farmers didn’t have anywhere to go with their milk except to market. This was the only income they received. Ray’s grandfather began picking up milk from several neighbors and taking it to the factory in Hershey and the farmers started to make more money.
 

Early Days

In those days, the milk was transported by horse and wagon and on a sleigh in winter. Norman, Samuel’s son, began driving with his father when he was 13. Milk delivery is a daily job that began at 2:30 each morning, and Norman distinguished himself by driving for 25 years with no day off.
 

Adding On

Norman also made his mark by adding coal delivery to the family’s delivery business. This addition developed into a very large coal business with residential customers, many located in rural areas. Norman continued to drive a coal truck until the age of 78.

Changing with the Times

Ray began driving in 1946 after a service stint and achieved a similar track record. Like his father, he diversified the business to change as timed changed. In 1957(now Peggy's Fuel Oil) customers began converting to fuel oil, so the company converted as well. Later Ray augmented his fleet of vehicles with dump trucks, and in 1975, he added a reefer (refrigeration truck). Serving home heating and cooling equipment has also become a market for Kuntz & Son, Inc. according to Ray. "There's has been a change in this country. Thirty years ago, people took care of their own furnaces, and you didn't see service trucks on the road. Now, because everything's more automated, they can't handle maintenance and breakdowns, and have to call a serviceman." In 1997, Reigle' Heating and Cooling moved into the Kuntz offices and took over the service end of the Fuel Oil Business. Ed Kuntz started running the business with Ray in 1986. Ed also made important contributions to the business' growth. He  increased the milk hauling business by increasing from 7 to 12 milk tankers. He also added a fleet of tractors leased to Midwest Coast Transport. These trucks travel all across the United States. This is truly a family working together. In addition to Ray and Ed running the business, two of Ray's daughters' Tish, Peggy, Peggy's husband Jim, and her son Brian, all work in the business. Ed's sons Jacob and Norman (fifth generation) also work in the business even though they are still in school.

Diversification Pays Off 

With all these business lines, Kuntz & Son is more diversified than its competition, according to Ray. He added that keeping his employees working was another consideration in branching out. "No one has ever been laid off - there's work winter and summer," he says. Their offer of steady employment has given the Kuntz & Son loyal employees. One family has had three generations employed by the company. One employee has been with us for 43 years and another for more than 55 years. When the West Hershey Plant opened, Ray and Ed Kuntz, third and fourth generation milk-haulers, delivered the first shipment of milk. Ray and Ed are the grandson and great-great grandson of Samuel Kuntz who delivered milk in a 2 horse wagon to the Hershey Plant in 1908. The family buisness has flourished for four generations by bringingg fresh milk ot the chocolate factory. Ray Kuntz, who is happily retired with his son now running the business recalls that, "My grandfather would talk about having to pull the milk on a sleigh when it snowed. Most of the bridge were covered and that could be a problem. Two horses could not pull the sleigh on a dry bridge, so they had two choices. They either unloaded and reloaded at either end of the bridge or covered the bridge with snow so that the sleigh could slide across. When my father had the business, he used trucks with solid rubber tires." Now Kuntz & Son, Inc. has twelve tankers or milk hauling trucks. Each tanker hold up to 5800 gallons of milk. The Kuntz family collect milk across three counties from over 100 farms upholding a proud family tradition of delivering a quality product to Hershey Chocolate U.S.A.

 

Contact us at (717) 566-6870 in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, and join the growing list of customers satisfied with our fuel delivery services.