R.E. Smith Company keeps area warm
When Dan Strailey and his son, Butch Erb, and son-in-law Curtis Michael, took ownership of R.E. Smith Company, 607 Cemetery St., a little over a year ago, they wanted to continue service the business offers as a family business.
The company is a provider of stoves, fireplaces, grills and accessories and provides service to its customers from the time they come in until after home installation and beyond. Brands sold include Jotul, Alaska, Sierra, Real Fyre gas logs, Broil King and Broil Master gas grills, Heat and Glo and Mendota fire places. They also sell accessories to go with their products.
The family comes with a lot of experience in the business, with Michael working for approximately 18 years and Erb working as approximately 3 years in the industry.
Strailey says they continue to serve R.E. Smith customers that purchased products from the business before his family’s takeover and they still work with the former owner.
“It was a great base. Folks call us for service work, and we clean their fire places and stoves,” he said.
They kept the original business name for its recognition in the community. The business is dedicated to serving its customers from start to finish in a project.
“When folks come in, we show them the product and what’s available. Then someone, usually Curtis, will do an estimate and provide it to the customer. If they want us to install it, we do it,” Strailey said.
They’ve had a successful summer, Strailey said, and have been doing well working with the client base.
“Everybody seems to be happy,” he said.
As they continue in their business venture, Strailey said the family is expanding the back of the property to establish self-storage units.
“You don’t see a lot of self-storage in the west of the city. It will be nice to expand what we have on this property,” Strailey said.
A building on the back of the property was knocked down in June.
He hopes construction on the new units will be finished by the end of September.
“It’s what came to mind when we first looked at the property and saw the building in bad shape,” Strailey said of the storage unit project. “We thought it was a good way to create income and provide a service to the neighborhood.”
And the family has enjoyed being a part of the neighborhood.
“It’s been a great neighborhood for us. Folks know we’re here. We want to take what was here before us, expand and make it more successful,” he said.
R.E. Smith Company can be reached at 570-323-4123 or found online at resmithcompany.com.