New business, Shed Center, open in Rugby
Open since early August, a new business in Rugby that custom builds sheds and other buildings has encountered demand.
“The demand is there,” said Troy Musser, manager of the Shed Center, adding that an estimated 150 buildings will be built for 2019 between the Rugby location as well as a location in Mylo.
The Rugby location is in the former North Central Ag building next to The Brown Lantern, just off U.S. Highway 2. Musser, two full-time and two part-time employees build the buildings wholesale and sell them to the Shed Center, and Melissa Kraft, of the Brown Lantern, assists with sales.
Musser said the Shed Center is currently in need of a skilled carpenter, and is also looking to expand what has been built in North Dakota and grow at a “healthy,” “efficient” rate.
Customers looking to buy a building from the Shed Center can either talk to a dealer in various locations around the state, talk to sales in Rugby, or visit the Shed Center’s website for a custom-order, which is then submitted to Musser. Musser said the current average turnaround time for a building is four weeks. However, how long it takes to have it built depends on the season.
Customers can also purchase pre-built buildings on the Shed Center’s lot. Musser said winter will be when the Shed Center will build up stock.
On the Shed Center’s website (theshedcenter.com), the company offers garages, cottages, cabins, animal shelters, playhouses, greenhouses and caboose buildings in addition to sheds. In addition to North Dakota, the Shed Center also does business in other states, including Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Musser said he was “born and raised” in construction, particularly in home building and general contracting.
“The shed industry is a pretty seamless transition,” Musser said, “A lot of the same things apply into this realm.”
Musser worked for more than six months at the Mylo shop prior to taking it over.
According to Musser, the Shed Center started in Montana and expanded throughout the state and into North Dakota. Previously buildings had been built in Great Falls, Mont. However, Musser said “it became less and less efficient” to deliver buildings from that far.
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