Dye Lumber Inc. of Monticello is growing.The store will be expanding and moving to the former Kenney Implement building on U.S. 24 West in Monticello in 2002.Owner/general manager of the business is Art Dragoo, 39, of Monticello.“My grandfather, Russell Dye, began the business as Dye Lumber and Coal in Monon in 1924,” he says. “His father George started George D. Dye and Sons Lumber Company in Wolcott. The Monticello store was opened on Illinois Street in 1946.”Dragoo’s mother Jane resides in Wabash where Art grew up. He is a graduate of Indiana University and also the University of Rhode Island. He and his wife Sarah have two children.He joined the family business in 1998.Dye Lumber now has branches in Monticello, Monon and Royal Center.“We just outgrew the Monticello site and are planning for the future,” Dragoo explains. “We will be able to offer additional products and expand our product line. The showroom here is 7,500 square feet and the new location has 24,000 square feet. The store is located on 12 acres.“Here, we are out of the way and some people don’t know we’re here. The new site will have additional parking and give us better exposure.”The expansion plans have been ongoing for more than a year. The target opening date is scheduled for the spring of 2002, but that depends on the weather, according to Dragoo. The former Kenney building, which was built around 1975, will be refurbished and the roof replaced.“We will coordinate the old store closing with the new one opening in the same time frame,” he says.Store hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Once the move is made, plans are for the store to feature extended hours.The Monticello store manager is Bill Morris. Morris, 53, is a graduate of Twin Lakes High School and McPherson College in Kansas. He is married and has five children. He has been store manager since 1990.“We are going to strive to increase our established contractor trade. They are the life blood of our business,” says Morris, who was named Manager of the Year of the Indiana Lumber and Builders Supply Association in 1999. He is the incoming president of the Association for 2002.“We have 14 employees and we foresee increasing our staff after the move is made,” Dragoo notes.“We’re in the early stages, but we will have increased kitchen, bath and millwork displays, a multitude of items in the facility,” Morris says. “We will have the same helpful service offered for many, many years and qualified help with quality products.”The employees of the store are its best asset, according to Dragoo.“We couldn’t do it without our employees,” Dragoo says. “Bill and his crew have allowed this location to grow. We’ve been blessed with a good crew.”
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