FAIRMONT - Boekett Building Supply is coming to Fairmont, according to the sign outside what used to be Fairmont Building Center.
The Truman-based company closed on the property this week, but it will be a little longer before they're open for business, says Terry Boesch, co-owner with Dale Kettner.
His best estimate for opening day is April 1, but first "we want to try to get the grocery store look out," he said, referring to the building's original use.
READY?FOR?BOEKETT?— The former Fairmont Building Center site in Fairmont is now home to the Fairmont branch of Boekett Building Supply, a Truman-based business that has been around since 2004.
When the work is complete, including replacing the concrete floors with porcelain tile, Boekett Building Supply in Fairmont will strongly resemble the Truman headquarters, with full-service lumber supplies, sheet rock, laminated lumber, beams, paint, hardware supplies, poles, rafters and livestock equipment.
"We're more geared to the ag side of things, which is probably why we've been so successful," Boesch said.
Boesch and Kettner began their business in 2004, but the two men worked together long before that, first at the Truman Farmers Elevator's lumberyard. It was the early 1980s, and the farm economy was hurting bad, Boesch recalled. He asked for a job in the lumberyard, which was just starting to build livestock confinement buildings. He started out pouring cement pits and worked his way up.
At Boekett Building Supply, the owners and their staff continue to work hard. They have no secretary, cleaning crew or account manager. They do it all themselves.
"Starting out, we were wondering if we would make enough money [to pay the help]," Boesch said. "Now we have 11 people working for us."
Another five to seven employees will man the store in Fairmont. Most already have been hired.
Boekett's presence is already felt in their new town. The company is making two to three deliveries per day to Fairmont customers.
The company prides itself on its prices and customer service.
"We'll sit down and talk to you," Boesch said, noting that his employees are trained to help customers not only pick out the right products but also to talk a customer through the technical aspects of a project. "... You can drive to Menards and maybe get something cheaper, but you'll not get the personal service.
"That's what I tell my employees we need to do in order to be successful."
When Boekett opens in Fairmont, the store hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and closed Sundays.