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October 9, 2018 • Page 10 shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com AUCTIONS Pod Manufacturing Taking Off In South Dakota Black Hawk, S.D. – Ask a contractor what part of a project consumes the most time and often they’ll tell you it’s the bathroom. From residential to commercial, especially in the hospitality industry, carving out and properly plumbing bathrooms are often the culprits for setting projects behind schedule. But a manufacturing company tucked away in the Black Hills of South Dakota is learning they may have the answer for keeping projects not only on time, but under budget. B&T Manufacturing, based in Black Hawk, South Dakota, 10 miles northwest of Rapid City, manufactures steel frame bathroom pods. These pods dramatically decrease construction time, as they’re manufactured off-site from a construction project. It’s something owner Tim Torpey says is his major selling point. “Contractors like our product because not only can we produce pods quickly off-site, but we also deliver them on time, every time,” Torpey said. “Additionally, we provide excellent advice on how to streamline some construction processes and design that will greatly benefit the end user.” Torpey, who retired out of the Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base as a lieutenant colonel, joined a company that specialized in defense contracting in Omaha, Neb. As a side-business, he began a small construction company and through a friend, learned of an opportunity supplying pre-fabricated steel-frame pods for hotels. “It’s a lucrative business concept that’s big in Europe and Asia and now the United States is starting to take notice as well,” he said. “We’re wrapping up a contract for a hotel in California and we are hoping to secure a contract for army lodging.” Torpey says after his friend connected him with a Hilton representative, his manufacturing leaped from a crawl to a run. “The biggest selling point is that we manufacture our pods off-site in a climatecontrolled facility. Contractors often lose production time when they’re building and plumbing out bathrooms. Subcontractors, weather and other factors limit production on a building site, so our pods eliminate those factors, giving way to ontime completion. “Pod installation is cost efficient, sustainable and durable, and hotel contrac- tors love it because they essentially slip our pods into each room and build around it,” Torpey explained. “Each pod is identical to the next one so building specs are precise, again, making project completion much easier.” Torpey says that while there are competitors who produce similar products, their location and workforce is what sets them apart. “Not only is South Dakota’s business climate an obvious sell but South Dakota is centrally located, too,” he said. “Because of our location we can easily ship our pods for quick delivery, no matter if they’re going east or west, north or south. “In a region that primarily is in the service industry, we’ve found our manufacturing business thrives because of our workforce,” Torpey added. “The career market is beginning to fill and building relationships with students and faculty from the South Dakota School of Mines and Western Dakota Tech has been and will continue to be vital for future growth.” To learn more about pod installation and B&T Manufacturing specifically, go to http://bandtmfg.com/. We Are Open For Business As Usual ATV, Quality Tools, Tractor, Collectibles AUCTION Saturday, Oct. 13 -- 10 a.m. At harvest time and after, we are here to serve the feed and grain needs of our friends and neighbors. LOCATED: 30480 NE Jim River Road, Mission Hill, SD from WNAX towers 4 miles north and 1/2 mile west or from May?eld Store 8 miles south and 1/2 mile west ATV, TRACTOR, MOWER: 2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 4WD 4 wheeler, 1900 miles, 1 owner; 1936 IHC F-20, new rubber, older restoration; 4x8 2 wheel trailer; MTD 20 1/2 hp 46” riding mower, sleeve hitch and attach; MTD 15 1/2 hp 38” rider QUALITY TOOLS, SHOP AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT: Dayton 6500W gas generator; Hobart 110V wire welder; arc welder; 2 ton cherry picker w/ leveler; Rigid miter saw w/ utility stand; table saw; gas pressure washer; bench top drill press; bench grinder; side grinders; 3 ton ?oor jack w/ trans. mts.; hyd. jacks; high lifts; jack stands; elec power tools including drills up to 1/2”, hammer drill, sawsall, saber saw, circular saws, router, several sanders, scroll saw, port. sand blaster, Drill Dr, buffers, wet & dry vac, plus many other elec. tools; air tools including impacts, air nailer, air hammer, ratchets; 3/4” socket sets up to 2 1/2”; metric and standard socket sets up to 1/2”; impact sockets; box & open end wrench sets of every description; torque wrenches; tap and dies; ez outs; drill bits; gear pullers; channel locks; crescents; nut & torque drivers; punches & chisels; pipe wrenches; stud remover; vises; bars; forks; shovels; ?les; staplers; specialty tools; parts washer; eng. stand; 2 ton chain hoist; load binders and straps; comalongs; log chains; battery charger; battery tester; hyd table; metal No. & letter stamps; volt meter; tile cutter; shop lights; various shop heaters; creepers; shop fan; air tank; car dollies; carpentry supplies; straight edges; nails; sawhorses; paint supplies; elec supplies; 24’ alum ext ladder; Little Giant ladder; hyd mower lift; 12V sprayer; Honda mini tiller; 2 Homelite chainsaws; gas weed eater; lawn spreaders; landscape timber; misc lawn & garden tools & supplies; ?rewood caddy; permanant mt. dehumidi?er; tent; lanterns; golf clubs; 7’ loader bucket; 3pt buzz saw; JD N0. 5 7’ mower; poly water tanks; bin fan plus much more Here is a large selection of quality tools and shop related items with most in new or near new condition. Most tools are Craftsman with some Snap On, Rigid, Makita, Bosch, Delta ect in the offering ANTIQUES, COLLECTIBLES: 26” cast iron church bell, complete; Maytag engine; F-20 mags & carbs; IHC memorabilia; buggy step; hand cultivators; pedal grindstone; late 1800s oak upholstered sofa, excellent; oak library table; German mantle clock; wood rocker; leaded stained glass windows; antique vanity; wash tub; wash boards; lanterns; old Yankton advertising; German tube type radio, works; handmade wood beam clock; Lionel Polar Express elec train, NIB; doll; doll bed; toy piano; cookie jars; collector add. plates; cups & saucers; tea pots; lead crystal; collectible glass; angel collection HOUSEHOLD: Large dining table, 6 chairs and matching hutch, nice; smaller dining table and chairs; large corner curio; modern roll top desk; computer desk; desk; 2 glider rockers; over sized easy chair; recliner sofa; book cases; window a/c; room a/c; Hoover steam vac; steam cleaner; treadmill; exercise bike; massage pad; area rugs; pictures; stereo; recievers; DVD’s; 8 track player recorder; reel to reel ; speakers; Playstation 2; puzzles; games; lawn ornaments; 11 pc lawn nativity scene; lighted x-mas village; lots of holiday decor; ceramic glass ?gurines of every size and description; lots of misc small kitchen and household related items This auction will consist of extremely clean well cared for items from start to ?nish. Don’t miss this one! George & Connie Wathier, Owners Peterson Auctioneers TERMS: Cash www.petersonauctioneers.com Lee Wittmeier - Tyndall, SD Cody Peterson - Avon, SD Not Responsible for Accidents Glen Peterson, RE #234 At Upper Midwest Grain Elevators, your grain and payments are GUARANTEEED. Come see us at Tabor, Utica, Irene and Meckling. Check out some of our storage and grain programs for 2018-2019 •Free storage until January 1, 2019 •Priced later, deferred payments, or cash grain settlements •Grain bank for livestock feed Extended harvest hours (including Sundays). Other special unloading hours by appointment. We have both federal grain warehousing and state merchandising licenses. See current pricing by accessing our website www.uticagrain.com Upper Midwest Grain Elevators Tabor • Utica • Irene • Meckling
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