Phil and Judy Stowater of Cherokee are now the proud owners of Cherokee Lumber. The couple recognized it as a great opportunity when the previous owner offered to sell. Since the business is well established in a great location it was not hard for Stowater, who was already employed there, to convince his wife, Judy, that they had a chance to realize his dream of owning a lumber yard. To obtain funding for the business the couple had to develop a formal business plan to present to the bank. Stowater says that Leon Klotz from Cherokee State Bank was a tremendous help in developing the plan. Klotz says the bank was happy to support a young couple in developing a business that will be an asset in Cherokee for many years. The couple officially purchased the business May 1.
Stowater has been in the lumber business in one form or another since 1992. After graduating from Washington High School in 1994 he attended college at Northwest Community College and graduated with a degree in carpentry in 1995. Many may recognize Judy as a nurse at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital where she plans to continue working while also helping in the business on her days off. The young couple have three sons, Kirk age seven, Kyle age five and Kolton age two.
They are permanent members of the community and involved in many volunteer efforts most of which include being on the Cherokee County Fair Board and helping with the county fair. They are also members of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
The couple is looking forward to serving the area with their business for many years and are happy to be a part of the Cherokee business community. They are community minded couple and want to be a part of Cherokee's growth.
The only changes you will find is the name of the business, instead of being Cherokee Lumber Company it will now be Cherokee Lumber, Inc. The highly experienced staff will remain on board. Gordy Richter, who also has a degree in carpentry, will remain as manager and brings over 30 years of experience to the business. Virgil Riedemann will also remain on board with his 30 plus years of experience. He worked at the original lumber yard located at the same site in 1970.
Cherokee Lumber, Inc. offers items that are in demand year round such as lumber, shingles, hardware, Milwaukee tools, kitchen cabinets, fencing, Diamond Vogel paint, and much more. They provide free delivery and bids along with expert advice from the combined 60 plus years of experience of the staff. Stowater has future plans of expanding their line of electrical and plumbing supplies. Business hours will be operated from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday they will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. An grand opening is being planned for sometime in July.