CFE adds fifth lumberyard location

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spirit Lake is now the home of Cooperative Farmers Elevator's fifth lumberyard. The lumberyard will be located two blocks north of Casey’s General Store on Highway 9 and plans are to open the business in April. CFE’s four other lumberyard locations reside in George, Hartley, Lake Park and Ocheyedan.

The CFE Board of Directors approved the purchase of the building due to the market and customer demand. The board hopes the new locaiton will help capitalize on the growing agricultural, commercial and residential construction market in Dickinson County. CFE’s customer base has also expanded to the Iowa Great Lakes area due to their Lake Park lumberyard and Kitchen & Home Design Center in Okoboji, both will remain open to best serve the area.

The building was the former Ferguson Manufacturing Co. located on Memphis Avenue. The 27,500 square-foot building was built in 2006. It is fully insulated with 2,880 square feet of office space.

"The building was not meant to be a lumberyard, but it will work great, the facility layout and accessibility will help us provide the best service to our customers," CFE Vice President of Lumber Dave Helms said. "Most materials can be housed inside due to the amount of space. The loading dock will increase efficiency for CFE and its suppliers. This updated building gives the opportunity for more advanced systems and equipment. A board storage racking system will be implemented at this lumber location. This system automatically moves and stores materials when needed. The system will help improve safety and labor for employees. Several employment opportunities are available consisting of a yard supervisor, yard laborers, drivers and sales personnel."

"Our promise has always been to drive the success of our customers, employees and communities," Helms said. "We are excited to bring our expertise and support to the Spirit Lake community."

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