Archive for Thursday, July 20, 2006

New lumberyard opens near city

Schmidt to benefit county coffers

July 20, 2006

Members from the Basehor, Tonganoxie and Leavenworth/Lansing Chambers of Commerce cut three ribbons Friday to welcome Schmidt Builders Supply Inc. into the community.

The business, which offers lumber and other supplies for large construction projects, has been open since June 1, but invited the public in for a free lunch, booth prizes from vendors and Schmidt merchandise for their grand opening celebration. Owner John Duncan said he was excited about the location of the sixth Schmidt facility on U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Basehor.

"We are so excited for the opportunity to grow in this community," he said. "We have a tremendous amount of business in Tonganoxie and Basehor so this was a natural location for us."

Duncan said they invited their vendors to the grand opening to set up booths for a meet and greet with customers. Vendor Bill Bergman from Vivco Components, a company in Maysville, Mo. that specializes in roof and floor trusses, said that while Schmidt was a new customer for him, he knew their reputation was sound.

"Everything I've ever heard is very professional; a very polished company held in high regard," he said.

As members of the community walked around the facility, talking with vendors, signing up for booth prizes and checking out what Schmidt had to offer, Bergman also said he was happy with the grand opening turnout.

"I'm impressed with the community support," he said. "It shows to the strength of Schmidt because they have a good name in the business."

Both Duncan and the manager for the new location, Andy Richmond agreed that the new location would not only benefit Schmidt, but the surrounding communities as well.

"I think we're going to help the community by having a closer facility for them to get supplies," Richmond said.

"We can service this area much better because we're local," Duncan said.

While Schmidt focuses on customer service, the addition of such businesses in the area also will help the city of Basehor in a greater sense.

The latest sales tax information revealed Monday evening during a city council work session by Carl Slaugh, city administrator, showed that sales tax revenue is 20 percent higher now than it was at this time last year. The increase was most likely caused by the boost in sales Casey's General Store received when it moved its store from farther north on 155th Street to the intersection of 155th Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.

Manager Donna Dornbrack confirmed the increase in sales at the new location.

"Yes, we've had about three times the business," she said.

Ed McIntosh and John Bell of Benchmark Enterprises hope to attract a grocery store to their development, Wolf Creek Junction, and funeral director Jason Gorup and his business partner, Darro Rusk, have expressed an interest in building a funeral home in Basehor. Slaugh said such businesses would also affect sales tax revenue.

"Undoubtedly they would have a big impact on sales tax," he said.

Sales tax revenue is put into the general fund, Slaugh said. It is primarily used for road improvements in the city and some is also used for capital improvement. While Schmidt does not directly benefit Basehor because it is outside the city limits, Slaugh said it would benefit the city indirectly.

"It will pay sales tax to the county," he said. "We will get some county sales tax for road improvements."

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