In 1929, N.W. Salmon began a business dealing in feed and lumber supplies. Later, from 1936 to 1956, the business was operated by Don Salmon and Harold Widmeyer.
In 1956, the business became Widmeyer & Plato Inc when it was purchased by Dale Widmeyer and Stanley Plato. Upon Mr. Plato’s retirement in 1976, Rick Widmeyer joined his father, changing the business name to Widmeyer Farm & Home, Inc.
In 2000, Dave Kraeger from Constableville became Rick’s partner. Dave’s wife, Cathy, assists in the office and over the years, their four children, Jessica, Matt, Megan and Jenna, helped out at the store on weekends, college breaks and summers.
Jessica Carpenter joined the business in 2006 and became partners with her dad in 2009. Dale fully retired in 2010 and Rick retired in 2012. They both are in good health and enjoy getting away to Florida in the winter months.
In 2016, Widmeyer Farm & Home, Inc. will change their name to Keystone Lumber & Building Supply, Inc. Keystone will still continue to operate under the same trustworthy, family oriented, small business values; offering knowledgable and quality customer service.
Why Keystone? In short, aside from it’s definition, “something on which other things depend on for support,” “Keystone” represents a sawmill located in Glenfield in the early 1900s. At the time, Glenfield was home to the largest sawmill in the world. This provided many jobs, expansion of schools, roads and allowed many other businesses to flourish. While discussing the change of the business name for a couple years, reading Paul Joslyn’s book, “Mostly Memories,” inspired Dave and Jessica to choose a name that acknowledges the local history and represents the importance of their values. Their feed, lumber and building materials business has been family owned and operated thru the Salmon, Widmeyer, Plato, Kraeger and Carpenter families for over 85 years.
Keystone will continue to offer a complete line of building materials, along with rebar, wire mesh, concrete blocks, and insulated concrete forms [ICFs] for masonry projects. Their building supplies include lumber, plywood, metal roofing and shingles, windows, sheetrock, insulation, kitchen cabinets and countertop, interior and exterior doors, garage doors and vinyl siding. Keystone stocks a variety of drainage tile, leachfield chambers, septic tanks, plastic culverts, hardware items, plumbing and electrical supplies, tools and fasteners. Also available are tongue and groove pine, cedar siding and decking, as well as composite decking and vinyl railing. Whether you are looking for replacement windows or new construction windows, brands include Marvin, Pella, Lincoln, Farley, Earthwise and Interstate to offer clad, fiberglass, vinyl and wood materials.
This winter season, Keystone is featuring specials on all insulation products: Johns Manville fiberglass and blown-in, Greenfiber blown-in cellulose, DOW below grade, foil board, and Roxul ComfortBatt. Roxul is a stone wool product that offers many advantages over fiberglass: a higher R value, fire resistant, and water repellant to name a few.
Keystone has several floor covering options — carpet, tile, linoleum, laminate, engineered wood and hardwood. Luxury vinyl tile and planks are a new trend, offering the look of tile with the easy maintenance of vinyl.
Dave has been a life-long builder with extensive knowledge of construction projects. He offers complimentary estimates and can assist with designs for your building project, whether is a custom home, a kitchen, a deck or a simple set of steps. They work closely with engineers and truss manufacturers to special order roof and floor trusses, LVL’s, I-Joists and stairs.
Keystone is located on Main Street in Glenfield. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Their phone number is 376-2824.
The Kraeger and Carpenter families would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for your patronage over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve you in the past, and they look forward to doing business with you in the future. They sincerely appreciate your business.
Jessica Carpenter and her father, Dave Kraeger, own and operate Keystone in Glenfield.