New shop rises to replace decades-old service
By Cynthia Scheer Telescope News
Jon Stenson said he is finally living his dream.
Stenson and his wife, Beverly, opened in July Stenson Repair, which is a mechanic shop and welding business in Republic. The new business occupies the former Republic Feed and Fertilizer Welding Shop building, which closed in late April after the retirement of welder Ray Danielson. The Stensons purchased the building at auction in June.
“I’ve been wanting to get my own shop for a long time,” said Jon Stenson, who has been doing mechanic work for an employer since 2004. “We were going to build, and then I heard Ray was going to retire.”
Beverly Stenson said many in the community knew her husband wanted to buy the former feed and fertilizer welding shop, which was built in 1984 by Anita Cline and her late husband, Bill.
“The whole crowd erupted into applause when [the auctioneer] said, ‘sold,’” she said. “We just stood there with tears in our eyes.” The couple soon got to work readying the building for business. Jon Stenson said he already had most of the tools, but he had to buy much of the equipment.
Since the business opened, the couple said, they have been “pretty busy.”
Beverly Stenson does the bookkeeping in addition to being a part-time LPN at Republic County Hospital. She also entertains sons Noah, 15, Jacob, 11, and Zachary, 7, in the office attached to the shop, which was the community’s former hardware store. The couple, who lives a few blocks from their new business, said the community has been very supportive and welcoming.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time,” Jon Stenson said.
“We are blessed,” his wife added.
Jon and Beverly worked previously with North Central Kansas Small Business Development Center in Concordia with Linda Sutton on business plan for their project. If you would like confidential assistance on a business idea please contact RCED director Luke Mahin for local, regional, and state resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-374-3047.