1093 Road W Clarkson
, NE 68629 Map
Vavrina Inc. has its roots dating back to 1922. At this time a young entrepreneur, Joe Vacin, began a hardware and automotive business in the growing small town of Clarkson, Nebraska. Later in the decade he added a John Deere implement line to his expanding business. Although maintaining and sustaining a business in rural Nebraska during the difficult thirties, Mr. Vacin was able to make his business successful. His secret to success was treating his customers fairly and providing the service that these customers needed.
During this same time, he took his 10 year old fatherless nephew, Ron Vavrina under his wing. Ron joined the business immediately after his graduation from high school. The two even expanded the implement business into the nearby community of Dodge, NE. Consecutive dry years during the 50’s forced them to consolidate back into Clarkson. During the 60’s Mr. Vacin relinquished his daily management duties of the business to his nephew.
Being an expansion minded businessman, Ron recognized the need for on farm, air tight, sealed grain storage silos. This venture required the need to build these structures, consequently a construction department was developed and organized.
In 1974, Ron's son, Randy Vavrina, joined the business and was appointed to manage the construction division of the business. Because it was obvious that the business was growing beyond the scope of its early years, the decision was made to separate the business into the implement/automotive business and the construction. The implement/automotive business kept the name Vacin Inc. and the construction business took the name Vavrina Inc. Additional construction and service personnel were added in order to install and maintain the equipment that had been sold.
During this same summer (1978), the Federal government instituted a federal grain reserve program. There had been two back to back bumper crops and the current crop showed signs of record yields. Area farmers had been expanding and on farm grain storage was very limited. Seeing an opportunity to expand the high moisture storage business into conventional grain storage Ron and Randy joined forces with York Manufacturing and Butler Manufacturing to sell, install and service their grain storage and drying equipment.
York was a well known, local manufacturer of grain bins. Butler was the largest and oldest company manufacturing grain bins. The affiliation of the two companies worked well in meeting the large demand for these products. In just three short months, over three dozen grain bins were sold and erected. The affiliation with Butler lead our company into a new direction. Not only was Butler the largest manufacturer of grain storage and drying equipment but they were also the largest manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings. Demand for grain storage also necessitated the need to build flat, grain storage buildings. This worked well with the personnel on the staff. They were skilled and trained construction people who were capable of installing these structures. This naturally lead to the installation of conventional farm equipment storage buildings as well as shops. Our reputation for selling quality structures and doing quality installation work grew and allowed us to expand this segment of the business. We found ourselves building mini storage structures, confined livestock facilities, convenience stores, car dealerships, school additions as well as farm buildings. In the process, we have earned numerous sales awards from Butler in selling and installing these buildings.
In 1986, Butler purchased Lester Building Systems, a post frame building manufacturer. Lester enjoyed an excellent reputation of manufacturing high quality and well constructed buildings throughout the entire Midwest area. Butler wanted to use its national dealer network to bring this company from a regional to a national building manufacturer. Today, Lester Building Systems is the second largest post frame building manufacturer in the country. Because of our association with Butler, and because it fit within our guidelines of quality, it was only natural for us to include this line of building products to our business. In fact, because of their wide adaptability, we currently sell more Lester buildings today than Butler. Our general manager, Randy Vavrina, has even acted as a representative to the Lester Buildings dealer council offering his views and opinions how the Lester product can better serve the demands and needs of our customers.
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