From the moment you cross the railroad tracks and head down the curved driveway to Soehnlen Brothers Sand and Gravel operation, you get the feeling that you are stopping by to see an old friend as much as you are heading to a family owned mining operation. Soehnlen Brothers (pronounced “Sun-lun”), in business since 1958, specializes in high quality masonry and concrete sand and washed river gravel. Together, these products are in high demand in the Akron/Canton/Massillon area a primary market for this Beach City, Ohio operation.
Nicholas Soehnlen who retired in 1981 founded the 150 acre operation. Then, sons Nick, Jr. and Frank together ran the business until 2008, when Nick, Jr. retired and Frank acquired ownership. Today, the operation is under the care of Frank, his wife Peggy, their son Brian, his wife Stacy, their daughter Barbara and perhaps one day, her 2-1/2 year old son, Chance. Soehnlen’s daughter Cathy does the company billing, and they have another daughter Theresa.