Quality Custom Built Evaporators Since 1971
This site is owned and operated by Northway Tech-Serv, Pottersville, NY and provided as a service to maple producers in the US and Canada



Our History

Sunrise Metal Shop was established in 1971 by my father and mother, Enos and Katie Kuhns (3630 W 350 S Topeka, IN). It was formerly known as Topeka Metal Shop and was owned by my grandfather, Jacob Schlabach, and my uncle, Clarence Schlabach.

We started as a full line plumbing store and custom sheet metal fabricating shop catering to a largely agriculture related community. We added a full line of paint and some hardware items early in the business. In 1972, we built our first maple syrup evaporator pans out of stainless steel, custom built to the needs of our customers. We work with all types of sheet metals and steel materials. Mig and tig welding, soldering, seaming, riveting, and etc.

Sunrise Metal Shop is now a partnership with my son, Devon Kuhns, son-in-law, Leland (Lee) Miller, and myself. On January 1st, 2006, a year after my dad passed away, we formed the partnership and took over the shop from my mom. In November 2009, having outgrown the facilities, as per agreement, we moved into a new building located one half mile east of the home farm, 3070 W 350 S Topeka, IN 46571.  In 2013 we had to expand our facility and have added and addition that triples our production facilities.

To Our Valued Customers

We at Sunrise Metal Shop are excited to open our new web site, especially designed to bring out a small portion of our high quality maple syrup equipment.

We trust this will help you, our valued customer, make the proper choices in selecting the unit that fits your operation.

Every unit is a reflection of four generations of metal fabrication dedicated to durability and quality standards that meet or exceed your needs. Our family of craftsmen here provided many hours to produce a product that will last you a lifetime.

Feel free to contact us if you need assistance. You are welcome to visit our shop when you are in the area. Even though we are not always at the phone, you may call and leave a message. Expect a prompt return call, or you may fax or write to us and we will help you in selecting the products of your needs.

Stop in sometime! We appreciate you as a customer and hope to be of good service to you at all times.

God’s blessings wished to you all!
John Kuhns
From all of us at Sunrise Metal Shop