After working as a yardman for Schuyler Home and Building Supply for four years, Art Lindberg decided it was time for a change of pace.
Instead of moving on, Lindberg bought the business at the beginning of the year. His vision for this new venture is simple.
“First and foremost I want to grow the community of Schuyler,” Lindberg said. “We are here to support Schuyler and help it to grow to a vibrant community that people can be proud to be a part of.”
Schuyler Home and Building Supply was opened by Brian and Becky Schmidt in 1985. Since then, the company has produced a wide variety of custom-made projects for Schuyler and serviced contractors in town.
“We made a Christmas tree stand for someone last year and a custom-made table-top,” Lindberg said. “We also made an 8-foot-tall solid oak arbor for Railside Arbor just outside of downtown. Just recently we constructed a door out of an old homestead door.”
Lindberg prides himself and his business as being very “community minded”. Having lived in Schuyler for 41 years, he has grown to admire the town's sense of belonging and togetherness. Lindberg and his wife, Tami, wish to reflect this virtue in their work every day.
“I feel that even though we have lived here for a long time, not everyone knows who we are,” Lindberg said. “I would like to show the community that we are longtime residents of Schuyler who know Schuyler and have seen it grow.”
The company has changed with the times.
“We have more product every single day,” he said. “We do everything we can to give the community more options by expanding our product line. Just recently we got a new marquee that even lights up.”
Tami has some ideas of her own to make the space look even more welcoming.
“Now that we have the new sign, I want to start decorating the outside with flowers to make it all look very friendly for everyone,” Tami said.
Lindberg says the employees are the heart of the store.
“The employees have input on pretty much everything we do,” he said. “It’s a team decision. I throw that word around a lot- team, team, team.”
One team member is Donna Petersen who manages accounts payable.
“I’ve been here for a few months and I just love it,” Petersen said. “I do just about a little bit of everything here and it just feels like home. The customers are amazing and they make this place just so comfortable and welcoming.”
The other two team members are hardware manager, Rich Mehaffey and sales representative Emma Domingo.
Lindberg says the future is bright for Schuyler Home and Building Supply. The reason for this may just be the attitude he shows.
“We make custom projects all over the place, from Seward to Dodge,” he said. “One of the biggest things I want people to understand is that we are not contractors, but are here to supply contractors. We are not here to take their work. With that being said, where our contractors go, we go.”
Lindberg stresses the concept of keeping his company's profits local. This goes hand-in-hand with a different goal he has in mind.
“We are going to hang our hat on customer service,” he said. “We are out to be the best at customer service and the most important customer to us is the public. There is a friendly group of employees here at Schuyler Home and Building Supply and we all strive to always serve our community in any way we can.”
In March, Lindberg plans on expanding business hours to Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store's grand opening will be Feb. 12 to Feb. 16, with special events on Feb. 16. Contact the store at 402-352-2526.