He had been in the feed and seed business for 23 years. We started in a small gas station with a 1,600 sq. ft. warehouse. My family was very involved in the everyday business. My mother kept the books, and my brother, sister and I came in every day after school and through the summer months. We pumped gas for a year until the farm and home business took off. After a couple years we built a bigger warehouse and concentrated on the farm and home business.
We were blessed with continued growth and expanded again in 1984, adding another warehouse, knocking down the old rock gas station that served as our showroom, and building a new showroom and offices. We purchased a feed mill and elevator around 1994 to make our own line of feeds and do custom mixing.
My parents retired and sold me the business in 1997. Along with my wife, Lisa, my three children, Megan, Levi, Isaac, our son in-law Abe, and our other 20 committed employees , we continue to operate the business. Thanks to the loyalty of our great customers, many great employees, and God's blessing in our business, we continue to see growth.
At the main store, we purchased another seven acres in 1999 and started adding warehouses. We now have over 38,000 sq. ft. of warehouse. Our showroom was updated in 2003 with over 5,000 sq. ft.
In the fall of 2011 we added a state of the art 2,000 sq ft bulk chemical facility to better serve our customers. We also started a brand new showroom and shop facility.
In Feb. of 2012 our new showroom and shop was completed. Our 4,000 sq ft, 3 bay shop is state of the art which will improve our service.
Our new showroom is over 16,000 sq ft, complete with a mezzanine and stage area to display even more products. We have added lots of parking and a larger outdoor display area as well.
We thank you for our continued growth and look forward to working with you for years to come.
We are family owned and operated. We strive for customer service, as well as developing a relationship with our customers. Here, you are more than a number. You are our neighbors and friends. We are consistently competitively priced, and our service is second to none. We keep large inventories of product and rarely run out. We thank our customers for over 30 years of being able to serve you.
-Rich A Tarwater Jr.