The Builders Story:
The company was started in 1977 in Kearney, Nebraska as Payless Building Center. It was a 2,000 sq. ft. retail/office space with an 8,000 sq. ft. delivery yard, and only four employees. In 1985, the company outgrew its facility and moved to 2nd Ave where the store resides today. A few years later the business becomes Builders Warehouse. Fourteen years later Builders acquired Spelts Shultz countertop manufacturing in Kearney, Nebraska. As the years moved on Builders became a member of Do it Best Corp., a worldwide buying group. The doors opened at our Grand Island, Nebraska Builders in 1995, in conjunction with acquiring the Spelts Schultz truss manufacturing plant also in Grand Island.
In 2008 Builders crossed state borders to expand the business and opened its Colorado location operating as a professional lumberyard and a truss and wall panel manufacturing plant. In 2016, the Colorado location was outgrowing their facility and moved to Aurora, Colorado. Builders and Spelts Schultz manufacturing has a strong outlook and plan for growth in the upcoming years.
The Cunningham's Story:
If you have heard of The Bricks in downtown Kearney, you know that they
house a lot of history. They have a century or more of great stories and if the
walls could talk, oh the stories! That is what makes our first food vendor,
Cunningham’s on the Bricks, an exciting story to tell. The building itself has a
rich history of business, but it was the first business that provides the name.
The Journal-Enterprise which was a newspaper was owned by L.R. Cunningham; the mashup of names is how Cunningham’s Journal, the restaurant, received its name.
In 2018, owners Mike Anderson and Yousef Ghamedi opened a second location in south Kearney. Due to the separate locations with completely different atmospheres, the name of the business was tweaked a bit to represent the locations. So was born Cunningham’s on the Bricks and Cunningham’s on the Lake.
Cunningham’s on the Lake invites a modern twist to taphouse and grill dining. Enjoy the patio and view of the lake from their fire pit tables, sit at the bar and become a beer connoisseur with their 48 craft beers, or catch the game in the dining room with a TV in every direction.
The history of LandMark Implement begins with the purchase of Brown
Implement Company by Clyde McClymont and his son, Richard (Dick)
McClymont, Sr., in 1947. Once acquired, the name was changed to reflect
the new ownership and McClymont Implement, Inc. was established. In the
early 1970's, McClymont Implement became the first John Deere dealer to
reach a million dollars in whole goods sales volume within the Kansas City
branch. Outgrowing their current facility, a new facility was built southwest
of Holdrege in 1973 where they are located today. Dick's oldest son, Richard,
joined McClymont Implement in 1981 and his younger brother, Ted, in 1982.
In 1985, Dick McClymont retired and his boys became co-owners.
In 1994, McClymont Implement purchased Schafer Brothers in Alma, which was used primarily as a service center. They also increased and improved their service shop size at the Holdrege store. In 1997, McClymont Implement celebrated their 50th anniversary and obtained a new logo to solidify their image.
In 1999, the LandMark you are familiar with today starts to take shape with the purchase of Smith Center and Phillipsburg, Kansas. The following year, the Minden Terminal was merged into the group bringing the group total to five locations in Holdrege, Minden, Alma, Smith Center and Phillipsburg.
In 2006, LandMark Implement, Inc. was formed with four dealerships: Holdrege and Minden in Nebraska, and Smith Center and Phillipsburg in Kansas. LandMark continued to grow and change throughout the years adding Lexington and Gothenburg in 2009, then Arapahoe and Kearney, Nebraska locations following.
In 2016, LandMark grew to the dealerships it is today spanning from eastern Kansas and Nebraska to the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills by adding dealerships the communities of Beatrice, Red Cloud, Superior, Hebron, Hastings and Fairfield, NE and Marysville, KS.
With their growth, they’re able to offer a more extensive parts and service network, a larger parts inventory and specialized product support. They’re able to stock a larger, more diverse inventory of new and used equipment to meet the needs of their customers on both sides of the Kansas, Nebraska border.
They’re happy to say their growth provides them the ability to offer more resources to support their customers and more locations to serve them. They thank you for your continued business, and they look forward to many more years of providing professional customer service.
Experience the LandMark Difference.