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Godfrey company barrelling along – Alton Telegraph

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Godfrey organization barrelling together


GODFREY — A Godfrey man’s personalized furnishings small business is barrelling along, and demand from customers is so superior that he will quickly go into a greater room to accommodate the demand.

“I’m acquiring a barrel of enjoyment to say the minimum,” said 33-calendar year-old Ryan Jenkins, who owns and operates Second Hand Barrels. As the identify implies, Jenkins sells applied, White Oak distillery barrels, possibly unmodified or fashioned into planters, cabinets, tables, glass holders, and any type of home furnishings that purchasers can picture.

At times the desire is so excellent that Jenkins feels like he’s over a barrel.

“It’s outrageous what it is grow to be,” Jenkins explained of his house-dependent business. “I test to create a supply of barrel craft to retain in stock, but a ton of situations I’m just seeking to keep up generating it to get. I have generally obtained total barrels and planters all set to pick up at any time.”

The business enterprise grew out of a pastime that Jenkins experienced of getting and selling matters to make a number of excess dollars. In 2010 a relative created Jenkins aware of two oak barrels that have been staying sold from the Dr. Pepper plant in St. Louis. Jenkins bought the barrels for $50 each and every, set them on Craigslist, and experienced 150 phone calls in just one working day from prospective prospective buyers.

“So of class, currently being in the state of intellect to acquire and re-market, I figured I essential far more barrels,” Jenkins reported.

But acquiring much more of the White Oak wares was not as quick as capturing fish in a barrel.

“I termed hundreds of unique spots. I combed the Midwest for barrels, and ultimately manufactured get in touch with with a few of men in Kentucky and drove down there to fill my pickup truck,” Jenkins mentioned. “I outlined the new established of barrels at a better value and sold all of them in just a weekend.”

The results of selling the unaltered products caused Jenkins to consider outside the house the barrel, and which is when he began crafting planters and home furniture from the in-demand from customers containers. 1 of his most sought-following creations is a “cradle” model planter the place the barrel is sawed vertically, developing an oblong alternatively than a spherical planter.

Jenkins is no longer scraping the bottom of the barrel to occur up with the raw content for his merchandise. He has made associations with a number of significant distilleries in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and somewhere else and buys the barrels in truckloads of up to 300 at a time.

Next Hand Barrels will transfer into a commercial facility on Stanka Lane in Godfrey in March, and Jenkins then strategies to expand his revenue across the Midwest. Jenkins operates entire time so he, his spouse and niece perform on barrel jobs through evenings and weekends. Jenkins’ two younger sons also assistance with this kind of responsibilities as drilling drain holes for the planters.

Jenkins didn’t have a ton of woodworking expertise when he rolled out the barrel for his new enterprise, but noted that his wood-carving grandfather was an artist who made unbelievably realistic figures in wood.

“There’s so a great deal heritage to barrels. They are for the most element even now hand-produced and the preferred wooden is Missouri White Oak,” Jenkins claimed. “People from throughout the globe get barrels from the United States simply because of this White Oak, which is also the official state tree of Illinois.”

A lot more facts about 2nd Hand Barrels is out there on Fb or by contacting 618-610-7582.