EGStoltzfus marks half-century of quality construction, community outreach
In 1968, Elam G. Stoltzfus Jr. was working as a remodeler out of his garage and a small rented barn when his cousin and her husband asked him to build them a home. After consulting with friends and local business associates, he decided to do it.
With the hired help of a 15-year-old Amish boy, Elam built his first home. He was soon asked to build another, and another.
The rest is history.
From those humble beginnings, the company now known as EGStoltzfus celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
The company will recognize its milestone with homebuyer incentives, a new Friends & Family Referral program, and special celebrations throughout the year for employees.
In addition to its custom homes, EGStoltzfus has expanded over the past half-century to include neighborhood homes as well as a Commercial Construction division and a Remodeling division. Their work is visible throughout Lancaster County and beyond — from single-family homes to retirement communities to historic adaptive reuse projects like 101NQ in Lancaster city.
From day one, Elam Stoltzfus focused on cultivating personal relationships with everyone he worked with, from his clients and colleagues to his trade partners. Many EGS employees have been with the company for over 25 years — some for as long as 45 years.
“When you look at the years of experience our team has, and the years of service so many have given to our company, it’s remarkable,” says Andy Dula, EGStoltzfus COO/CFO.
“Their talent, hard work and commitment to our mission does not go unnoticed in the industry.”
Today, as EGStoltzfus celebrates its 50th anniversary, the employees continue to carry out his mission of building long-lasting relationships and producing quality construction. EGStoltzfus also continues its tradition of community outreach through sponsorships and special service projects.
EGStoltzfus currently has about 60 full-time employees and is owned by Elam’s three children: Brent Stoltzfus, president; Chad Stoltzfus, vice president; and Colleen Brubaker, treasurer/director of human resources. Colleen, who leads the company’s many community service initiatives, represents a small group of female executives working in the construction industry in Lancaster County.
EGStoltzfus is already showing the ropes of the family business to future generations. Chad’s son, Carson Stoltzfus, is currently a project manager for the Homes division, overseeing Barons Ridge in Manheim. Brent’s son-in-law, Matt Blank, is the company’s accountant and IT manager.
The EGStoltzfus community off White Oak Road on the outskirts of Manheim is close to Manheim Central High School and overlooks Manheim Central Middle School. It is connected to the middle school campus by a walking trail. Barons Ridge is not only close to the center of Manheim and the nearby Manheim Shopping Center, but it’s also an easy drive to Lititz.
Now in its final phase, Barons Ridge will have just over 100 single-family homes when complete. The terrain naturally staggers the height of the homes and affords scenic countryside views.
Barons Ridge currently offers 10 floor plans ranging in size from about 1,600 to 2,500 square feet, making the community well-suited to a variety of homeowners, from young families to retired couples.
Home prices start in the mid-$200s.
All floor plans can be customized.
“EGStoltzfus is known as a builder that’s willing to work with homebuyers to personalize their homes and suit their individual needs,” Dula says. “This personal approach, and our focus on building long-lasting relationships with those we work with, are big reasons for our high level of client satisfaction.”
Barons Ridge enjoyed a surge in home sales last summer. There are 24 lots remaining, including two homes currently under construction — a new model home in the Dalton floor plan, scheduled for completion in the coming weeks, and a home featuring the Riley floor plan, scheduled for completion at the end of March.
Home features include a granite kitchen island, kitchen pantry, hardwood floors throughout the first floor, carpeted family room and gas fireplace.
Construction on a third home at Barons Ridge, part of the Homes for Hope (H4H) initiative, will begin the end of March. Homes for Hope is a nonprofit organization that partners with local builders and trade partners who donate their time and materials to construct a home. Proceeds from the sale of the home help fight poverty in developing countries around the world.
The Barons Ridge home will be the ninth Home for Hope that EGStoltzfus has built. In all, EGStoltzfus and its trade partners and associates have donated over $1 million to the program.
For more information on Homes for Hope, visit homes4hope.org and homes4hope.org/project/e-g-stoltzfus.
For more information on Barons Ridge, visit egsoltzfus.com/baronsridge to see available floor plans or sign up for news and email updates. Or call 717-537-6968 to schedule a private tour of available lots and move-in ready homes.
Directions from Lancaster: Take Route 72 North through Manheim. Turn right on Hamaker Road, then turn right to stay on Hamaker Road and enter Barons Ridge.