Visit the Sentinel Tribune website
August 07, 2013
SMALL TOWN BUSINESS
Cabinet maker and contractor comes home
Westbrook native Dave Schneider recently moved his Custom Wood Working business to Storden
|Dave (middle) with his two employees, Mark Baker (left) and Garett Amundson, in his show room/living quarters.|
|Tom Merchant photo|
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- storden — Last year Dave Schneider and his wife Shanell were looking to relocate to the area where they both grew up. As it turns out the timing was perfect as Shanell accepted a position as Drug Coordinator for the drug enforcement program in Marshall. At about the same time Dave was looking for a suitable building to set up his wood shop. At the same time Mike Hass Pioneer Seed representative was looking to sell his building in Storden and move his operation to his farm south of Westbrook. The bottom line is Schneider and Hass came to agreement and Schneider moved his business to Storden last winter.
Schneider, a 2003 Westbrook grad, grew up on a farm south of Westbrook, went to Southwest Minnesota State college for two years. He then transferred to Minnesota State University Mankato where he earned a degree in Construction Management and Business Administration.
Schneider got interested in wood working while he was in high school shop classes. In his senior year he set up a wood shop in the corner of his dads shop on the farm. He continued working on wood projects there until he graduated from high school.
That summer he worked for Matt Jackels doing general carpentry work.
When he turned 20 years old he attained his contractors license and did small jobs while attending college. He also worked in Ryan Noomen’s cabinet shop one winter doing cabinetry and furniture building.
After graduating from MSU Schneider lived in Mankato and Eagle Lake where he had a cabinetry shop for the past seven years.
He and his wife Shanell built a house in Eagle Lake. His plan at the time was to build spec houses and live in them for a couple years, sell them and build another to live in and sell. However when Shanell received a job offer as a drug coordinator in Marshall, they had already made a deal on the building in Storden owned by Mike Hass.
Schneider said, they had to do a very fast renovation of the building to accommodate his wood shop. They moved back to the area in January, and at the same time built an addition on the building to be used as temporary living quarters, plus additional shop space for a finishing area. Schneider said, “we plan on eventually building a new home in the area. Then they will use the addition for a show room or rent it out.
Schneider’s primary business is building cabinetry for new homes. He sub contracts with several builders in the Mankato area to build cabinets and other custom details for custom built homes. “We also do a lot of kitchen and bath remodeling projects,” Schneider said.
Schneider commented “the nice thing about this business is we seem to keep busy with enough work lined up for the next year, and it looks like it is going to continue for a while.”
Schneider has been using a computer aided design program to do three dimensional 3D renderings of some of his projects. But he says he still does hand drawings of some of his projects.
He said, “one of the reasons we wanted to move here is that we both grew up around here, and when we start a family we want to raise them with the same surroundings we grew up with.”
Schneider has two full time employees Garett Amundson, and Mark Baker. He also has a couple of art time people that come in when we need them. If things keep going as well as they have been Schneider felt he probably would have to hire another full time person.
Schneider really enjoys doing the hands on of cabinetry, but he realizes as the business grows he will not get to build as much as he would like, because of management work.
“We like to keep up with the trends in what people are looking for in new cabinets and other custom things they build,” he said.
Schneider does a wide range of wood work and construction beside cabinetry. He also builds custom furniture, bars, fireplace mantles and surrounds, arches and columns, and decks.
“I really like to see projects come together in the end. I enjoy seeing a satisfied customer when they get the product,” he said.
Schneider admits though being his own boss is great, but it also creates a lot of demand on his time planning projects and lining up what is needed to complete a job.
“I really like building specialty items — I don’t like doing assembly line work, but to be efficient you need to have some of that in order to get things done in a timely matter,” Schneider said.
Schneider talked about one of the last projects he and his crew completed. The home was 7,000 square feet three stories, with kitchen, fireplace, mud room lockers, five bedrooms, six baths, home theater, and basement bar. But they still appreciate doing small jobs as well, and they can do jobs locally as well.
Schneider is planning an open house late in August or early September.
© 2013 Sentinel Tribune
Westbrook, Minnesota. All Rights Reserved. This content, including derivations, may not be stored or distributed in any manner, disseminated, published, broadcast, rewritten or reproduced without express, written consent from STPNS