David Bird is general manager of Wayne-based Sand Creek Post and Beam, which has built structures for livestock, families, weddings and other events in 48 U.S. states, across Canada and even in Australia.
“We produce everything from a small garage-type barn to large ‘barndominiums’ that you hear about,” Bird says. “We produced the events center in Wayne, a very large — what we’d call our western horse barn style. We produced a barn home south of Papillion that’s well over 18,000 square feet.”
Sand Creek is the nation’s top manufacturer of wood barns, barn homes, and commercial post and beam kits.
Bird says sales are now about 50-50 between barns and houses. It’s a thrill, he says, to be singled out in the national report.
“The one thing Sand Creek prides itself on is customer service and the desire to do whatever is necessary to make our customers happy,” Bird says. “It really boils down to, if they can dream it up, we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen for them.”
Bird says it’s a big honor to have been chosen by the search engine giant as one of the country’s best examples of a company that’s expanded significantly through its use of the internet. He says it’s “quite astounding” that 95% of the company’s customers buy their products without ever having seen one of their barns or homes in person.
“If you’ve been on the website, you’ve probably noticed our 3-D walk-throughs you can do now, our virtual walk-throughs,” Bird says. “We’re constantly looking at expanding that so people can get a flavor for all the different types and sizes and how other people have decorated theirs.”
Sand Creek has doubled its business since 2013, when an EF4 tornado destroyed its manufacturing facility in Wayne. The company now has about 100 employees, in Wayne and at its timber facility in Texas.
One other Nebraska company was named among the 52 best in the country, Speedway Motors of Lincoln, which sells auto parts, primarily for race cars.
Hear the full interview with Bird below: