The Redwood area got some good news this past Friday morning when Brokaw Supply Company of Fort Dodge, Iowa officially announced they were going to be expanding their business operations by opening a new retail and service store east of Redwood Falls.
“This area is the epicenter of agriculture,” said Gary Nelson, owner of Brokaw Supply Company. “We are ex-cited to be coming.
“We already have some customers in the area and are looking to expand that base.”
The plan is to have the new store up and running by Nov. 1, and Nelson knows there is a lot of work to be done before that happens.
Plans to break ground have not officially been made, and according to Nelson the building is going to be erected by Ev-erstrong Construction of Redwood Falls, which is going to own the building.
The building is going to include 11,000 square feet of space and is going to be built on land near the new Titan building.
The structure is going to include a storefront area for retail sales, as well as a service and shop area.
Nelson said the complete line of sprayer and fertilizer equipment is going to be available through the new facility.
Nelson said current employee Robert Varland is going to come on as the general manager of the Red-wood Falls site.
“This is an outstanding farming community,” said Varland, adding he is looking forward to becoming part of the community.
Nelson said the company focuses on what he called precision agriculture, which means utilizing the best technology available to help farmers become the most efficient they can be on the farm.
“We sell the steel and the brains that go with it,” said Varland.
Nelson said in addition to operating the business, his family continues to farm, which means they are putting into practice the same kinds of things they are selling.
Brokaw, explained Nelson, was actually started in 1957, and after another investor bought it from the original owner, the Nelsons purchased it in 2008.
What started as a company with a handful of employees has grown significantly, so that today it includes 45 employees.
The plan is to start with approximately four people in the Redwood Falls store, said Nelson, adding the hope is to increase that number as the business grows.
Nelson said one of the things that led to the decision to build in Redwood Falls was the assistance they re-ceived from the Red-wood Area Develop-ment Corporation.
“Julie (Rath) was a big help for us,” said Nelson.
It was actually during Farmfest 2012 when Nelson commented he might be interested in adding a facility in the area. Rath took over from there and pointed out several potential properties that might work. In the end, Nelson said the best option was to build new. Find out more at www.brokawsupply.com.