Grain Bin Supply Company, LLC owner Ken Knuppel said the kindness shown to him from those living in the Vandalia area through his 26 years in the grain bin industry have led him to opening a location in Vandalia.
“I enjoy the people I’ve worked with in this area,” he said. “I know the people here are more social than in the other areas I work with. I really like it here. I like the town and I like the people…We don’t feel like if us (opening) here will be successful because there isn’t a doubt we already feel accepted.”
Knuppel said his Vandalia business venture brings his career full circle. He said he remembers a time many years ago he was working on Paul Gore’s farm, helping Gore with issues involving an out of state company.
“When I looked around, I determined right then and there I wanted to get into selling grain bins; right there on his farm. I’ve never told him that story before,” Knuppel said.
Knuppel’s business, now located at No. 2 Industrial Drive, the former location of Jim Miller Plumbing, will be officially open at the beginning of January 2012. He expects to hold an Open House later in the month.
When Knuppel began the stages of opening a second location in Vandalia, he said he enjoyed working with City Administrator Alan Winders and Jim Miller.
“(Alan) worked to get me in contact with Jim right away and I appreciated working with Jim,” Knuppel said. “It seemed like all the pieces came together.”
Knuppel said Vandalia offers a unique variety of agriculture businesses.
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