Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

August 22, 2013

Centerville Produce is expanding with new facility

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — Centerville Produce is moving from its current 900 square-foot facility to a new building connected to an existing warehouse that will give the business approximately 5,800 square-feet of space. A grand reopening is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21 for the new facility.

Ryan Stober, 41, of Centerville, who has owned Centerville Produce since 1995, said the move to a larger facility is about consolidation and improving efficiency.

"We just had stuff everywhere," Stober said Friday morning during a tour of the uncompleted new building addition. "As we've grown we've got this warehouse here and that warehouse down there and some over there. It's a full-time job just bringing product that we need is not there, it's over there."

The larger facility will give Centerville Produce more room for a showroom to showcase some of the products they do sell.

"There was no room to showcase any items," Stober said about the current building. "With the new set-up, people will be able to come in, walk around, browse and see all of the different things we do offer."

The goal, Stober said, was to expand and improve efficiency with the same number of employees.

"My goal was to grow with the same amount of employees depending on our efficiency," Stober said. "This is really about efficiency."

Stober said it would be great if the expansion meant he had to hire more employees.

Centerville Produce will continue to use a stand-alone warehouse for storage north of the new building.

Centerville Produce has five full-time and three part-time employees.

Centerville Produce's core business is animal feed and livestock nutrition. Feed for birds, cattle, chickens, dogs, goats, horses and pigs, to name a few, can be purchased at Centerville Produce.

Centerville Produce can grind, bag, custom mix and deliver animal feed.

"If it eats we can feed it, pretty much," Stober said.

Another service Centerville Produce provides is seed grain sales. They sell Renze corn and soybean seed and other seeds like alphalpa, pasture, grass and CRP mixes.

They sell and service bulk grain bins and grain bin dryers. They sell live chicks and Yeti coolers.

Farmers with hundreds of acres of cropland and livestock all the way to a urban resident with a small yard can find useful products at Centerville Produce.

The old facility will be gutted, remodeled and leased out to a business, Stober said.

Centerville Produce has been a part of Centerville since 1954 when it was located near the Square on East State Street before it relocated to the Levee in the 1960s. Stober purchased the business from his grandfather in 1995.

"We're just a family-owned business that's grown and continues to grow," Stober said. "And this will be more conveinent for our customers and it will allow us to showcase the products that we carry and make things easier for us, to."