Harlem Lumber is now in its new showroom, ready to serve the public
December 5, 2018
Rod Wagner and his wife Lorie took over operations of the Harlem Lumber store back in 2012 when they purchased the operation from Lorie's parents Charlie and Kay Brekke. Rod worked at the store for ten years before relocating to Bozeman in 2002.
After 10 years away Rod found himself in charge of a business with a solid footprint within Harlem and the surrounding communities as well.
About 18 months ago plans began to improve the operation which included building an entirely new show room.
Brent Hotzer, a friend of Rod's from Bozeman did the architect design for the new facility and Jeremy Siemens, owner of Siemens Engineering Company in Havre did the engineering.
Pike Construction was called in to do all the ground work and Ed Fetter did all the framework. Loch Electric was tasked with the electrical work, Pete's plumbing was also on hand and Jim and Sam Jaha did the sheet rock work and painting.
With such an extensive project being taken on Rod and his crew were able to continue meeting the hardware and lumber needs of his customers without interruption.
When the new building was completed it meant a huge increase in available space and features a 4,800 square foot show room.
The old building showroom was around 1,800 square feet and made displaying all products impossible.
With the new building in place, Rod was able to fill the show room with all of the products available to his customers, "It's all in the showroom, everything is out there. I don't need to go look upstairs or in a storage room to find something, it's all there," said Rod.
Harlem Lumber still provides the same great service, "All departments got bigger and everything is on display," added Rod. They have everything a customer might need and if not they can most likely order it.
Services include Window/Glass repair, Wood and building needs, including delivery of most wood products. They have a huge selection of paint available and all the Hardware one could hope to fine. Also in stock is a large supply of products to meet all of his customers home needs as well as lawn and garden care.
They also feature a large selection of tools, toys and a limited amount of sporting goods.
In 2015 Harlem Lumber updated to a current Point Of Sale (POS) System and currently have two terminals to assist their customers. This new upgrade meant they no longer had to write out paper receipts and moved the store to a completely paperless system. In the future Rod will look to add a few more POS's to better serve his customers.
Rod is always looking for ways to better serve the community, "There is still more to do but it will take some time. I'm also looking at longer hours in the future, maybe being open a little earlier and later during the week as well as on Saturday, but we'll see," commented Rod.
The place was packed with customers when they opened the doors to their new showroom last week, "It was hectic, I don't know if they were buying anything but this place was crazy, there was a lot of people in here," said Rod.
The store is definitely going to have a Open House or Grand Re-opening sometime in the future, "We'll do something, that's for sure, hopefully in the spring but we are going to do something for sure," Rod concluded.