Custer Industrial a one-stop shop
Published: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Whether you need an oil change for your car, a light for your trailer, your RV chassis repaired or cabinet doors fabricated out of stainless steel, Custer Industrial is ready to serve you.
Owned by Mick and Susan Engle, Custer Industrial is now open for business at 747 Mt. Rushmore Road, in the building that was formerly Murner Chevrolet. Mick Engle has 40 years of experience in the metal fabrication industry and has worked diligently to upgrade his new building to better serve his customers.
Custer Industrial is truly a full-service facility, offering a wide variety of services. Among them are service and repair for cars, pickups, trucks, and RVâï¿½ï¿½chassis. Sale of steel, aluminum and stainless steel, pipe and tubing, trailer parts and accessories, vacuum pumps and accessories and welding and metal fabrication is also offered. Both Mick and his shop foreman Shane Mullen are expert welders and do mig, tig, stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel and titanium welding.
Custer Industrial's specialty is metal fabrication. If you want something—almost anything, for that matter—made out of steel, aluminum or stainless steel, come in and talk to them.
The business has a large supply of sheet steel, which can be cut, bent and formed for most uses.
They have a 12-foot shearing machine to cut the metal to size, and a 12-foot press brake to bend it as needed. Stainless steel counter tops and back splashes are common requests, especially for restaurants.
For four decades, the couple has owned and operated a company that does tank & trailer service, manufactures stainless steel food grade tanks, and builds and repairs vacuum tanks for the septic and other liquid handling industries. It is Engles' intent that this business will serve the community’s needs year-round. If work slows down over the winter, the Custer facility will build support equipment for the larger operation in Minnesota, which is now managed by Mick’s brother.
For the past four years, the Engles have traveled from their home in Sauk Centre, Minn., to their Custer cabin to vacation and ride ATVs. One constant on the couple’s trips to Custer, besides the ATVing, was Mick’s infatuation with the building his business now occupies. He heard Bill Murner was retiring and stopped in to meet him and discuss the building. Shortly thereafter, he had made a deal to purchase it.
In fact, Mick said whenever he and Susan would go to Lynn’s Dakotamart for food and supplies, he would send her into the store while he stayed outside to sit in the pickup and admire the old building.
“The building has so much character to it,”âï¿½ï¿½Mick said. “Iâï¿½ï¿½would say, ‘Man, Iâï¿½ï¿½love that building.’ For an industrial building, it’s the nicest looking building in Custer.”
After purchasing it,, the Engles began the task of upgrading and remodeling it with the idea of eventually renting it out. The roof was replaced, as were the windows. The building also needed to be rewired.
“I have asked myself repeatedly over the last three years of remodeling it, 'why did I buy this building'?”âï¿½ï¿½Mick said with a laugh.
The remodeling was done in phases, with the expectation of renting at least some portions of the building out. Last winter, after the building had been offered for rent for almost a year, he decided to complete it for his use and to move an arm of his Minnesota business to Custer.
The couple is in the process of upgrading the power system at the facility to make it large enough to accommodate the power needed for the shear and brake and other future machines. Mick expects it will be several months yet before the business, including the show room, will be fully stocked. Until then they will continue to build inventory and a clientele, while servicing the many farm, ranch, personal, recreational and industrial needs of the entire area. They are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 517-9454. Robert Paceley, the friendly sales and product support person, will be happy to assist with callers needs.
“We love it here,”âï¿½ï¿½Mick said.âï¿½ï¿½“We hope to offer a service the community is in need of. We are reasonable and competitive on our pricing, and we do a lot things and have a lot to offer.”
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