Cook County Home Center Celebrates Customer Appreciation MonthJun 11, 2021 01:07AM ● By Editor
Exclusive to Boreal Community Media - June 11, 2021
Just a bit east of town, Cook County Home Center is bustling with customers, questions, and of course, good conversation and humor. Owners Nate Sheils and Jeff Buetow purchased the business in 2015. Nate had been working at Sawtooth Lumber for 25 years prior to that. Jeff started working at Knox Lumber in 1986 and moved up here to work for Lyle Spry in 1994, bringing 35 years in the industry before they took it over from Lyle. Dan Fernlund is their Operations Manager, and five other employees help round out the work family.
Since taking over, the biggest change that they have made is making their store full-service with a focus on contractors to keep business local. Other than kitchen cabinets, anything that a person could need can be found there, including Marvin Windows. Items that cannot be found physically in the store can be ordered from acehardware.com and picked right here at the local store once they are delivered on the trucks.
They said that the pandemic has only increased business and sales at their store, as many people took advantage of their time at home to work on projects and painting. According to Dan Fernlund, paint sales were up over 500% during the pandemic.
Nate Sheils said that even with lumber prices increasing, projects have not slowed down yet. Lumber prices have at least tripled, and Nate said that it’s hard to say when the prices will decrease. He said that some things are still going up in price, even as COVID restrictions are relaxing.
One local promotion that they have going on until June 30th is Customer Appreciation Month. For anyone spending $100 or more in the store, they are eligible to have their name entered in a drawing for a Traeger Pro Series 22 Wood Pellet Grill. Second place is a $250 gift card and third place is a $100 gift card.
One of the ways that they give back to the community is by supporting Hamilton Habitat, a local non-profit that builds affordable housing. Cook County Home Center provides all of the building materials for these homes at cost. Anna Hamilton is one of their employees, and her smiling face can be found greeting customers as they come through the doors.
Stop on by, say hello, and help support a local business that gives back to the community!