Meet The Owners

Lloyd Vette

Knecht Home Center - Paint Expert

When it comes to “How to Succeed in Business” we at the Knecht Home Center in Spearfish do not have to look beyond our paint department for the answer.  We are blessed that Lloyd Vette joined our team in February of 2006.  At that time, Lloyd was selling sporting goods at the local Kmart.  As we all know, Kmart was going through many changes and Lloyd decided to make one of his own and join the Knecht team.  During the interview process I learned of Lloyd’s passion for hunting and traditional archery.  I explained to Lloyd we did not stock sporting goods and did not have intention of adding them to our product mix.  I followed that up with a question concerning his knowledge of paint products.  It turned out that Lloyd actually knew what paint was and had used a paint brush in the past. Combining his great answers concerning customer service with limited knowledge about paint we hired Lloyd to oversee our paint department.

Every time I take a new employee on a walk through as part of their orientation I like to stop in paint and introduce Lloyd.  I tell them the above story and how an individual even with very limited knowledge can become a super star with good self-initiative.  The first few months Lloyd worked here he was always telling me what he learned on the internet at home the night before.  The Ace paint tech line also became one of Lloyd’s best friends.  Today Lloyd has a great reputation in the market as the “go to guy”.  This is probably why paint department sales in our store have grown from just over a half a million in 2006 to over a million a year now.  Lloyd prides himself on great customer service.  This is reflected in the results of his department and the numerous letters of praise from his clients.

Lloyd was born and raised in Waverly, IA.  He met his wife (LeAnn) while attending South Dakota State University.  They moved to Spearfish in 1982.  Lloyd and LeAnn have 3 children Brianne, Tori, and Randy, and 8 grandchildren.  I mentioned Lloyd’s interest earlier and the one I did not mention was physical fitness which he claims takes care of everything else.

I will leave you with two of Lloyd’s best tips.  “Promise Good – Deliver Great” and “Work like everything depends upon you, pray like everything depends upon God!”

Grateful Store Manager:

Brian Dodge

Mead Lumber and Knecht Employee Owned

Mead Lumber Careers

Since 1928, Knecht Home Center has been helping customers with their home improvement needs, as well as providing professional contractors, builders and remodelers with the building and project essentials they need to get the job done right. We’re more than just a home improvement store -  we’re a partner to those who could use some help with their home design, cabinetry, home insulation, lighting and electrical needs. We’re a resource for every type of contractor or builder who needs assistance with their projects, no matter the size.

Knecht Home Center is a part of the Mead Lumber family, whose roots originated in 1910. With 45 locations across Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming, we take a great deal of pride in being part of a company as diverse as Mead Lumber. Our growing ESOP company consists of lumber yards, hardware stores, home centers, rental centers, countertop and millwork fabrication facilities and truss plants. This diversity gives us the capability to build relationships with an outstanding number of customers in a number of innovative ways.

Knecht Home Center is committed to providing top-quality, sustainable building materials, a tremendous product mix and selection, competitive pricing and outstanding service. Value-added design, estimating, timely delivery, in-house credit and much more are available throughout our family of companies.

Whether you’re a builder in need of a large quantity of lumber supply or a homeowner looking to sculpt a backyard oasis, Knecht Home Center is your one-stop shop for all the materials, supplies and knowledgeable staff recommendations you’ll need to get the job done. Stop in today and let’s build together!

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