Ground breaking

Taking part in the ground breaking ceremony for a new building for Paul Martin & Sons in Napoleon’s Industrial Park were (from left) Dan Brubaker, president of the Henry County Community Improvement Corp. Board; Jeff Mires and Ken Haase, Napoleon council; Eric Wiemken of Paul Martin & Sons; Paul Martin, who started the business; Sarah and Ted Stover of Paul Martin & Sons; Doug Martin of Paul Martin & Sons; Brienne Martin; Mike Schnitkey of Farmers and Merchants Bank; Lori Siclair of Napoleon council; Todd Kahrs of Paul Martin & Sons; Justin Groll of Rupp Rosebrock; and Joel Miller, director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Martin & Sons broke ground Tuesday on a new facility in Napoleon which will be nearly four times as big as its current site.

Paul Martin & Sons, which sells new and used farm equipment, is currently located in Gerald, on two acres of land next to the Martin home. It was started by Paul Martin in 1988, but is currently run by his son Doug and his partner Ted Stover.

“Dad ran his business with honesty and integrity, building a solid, loyal customer base,” Doug Martin said.

“Now today, we are at the precipice of starting another new building project, and just like the project of 1988, this building will create a launch pad for Paul Martin & Sons to continue to grow and thrive to service our customers the right way today and for many years to come,” Doug Martin added.

He said the current facility is 3,000 square feet of office, shop and storage space split across two lots, but the new building will be 11,200 square feet on 11 acres.

It will also have the advantage of being located right off U.S. Route 24, rather than on a county road four miles away from Napoleon.

“To say that we are beyond excited to move to our new facility is an understatement,” Doug Martin said.

While the move is necessary, it isn’t something the business rushed into. Doug Martin said the move has been in the planning stages for about 10 years, when the land was purchased.

“We knew that this place was where we would be one day, but we waited until the time was right,” Doug Martin said.

He added the building should be open next summer. The company also offers equipment rentals, fabrication and welding and hydraulic hose assemblies.

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