Prairie Barnwood owner Blayne Wyton cuts a piece of wood to officially welcome the business into its new location on Nov. 3. (LAUREN MACGILL, Morden Times)
A local furniture refinisher will be continuing work out of a new space.
Prairie Barnwood celebrated the move into their new facility on Nov. 3.
Owner Blayne Wyton started the business in 2008, working out of their old building on the south-west corner of Morden. Prairie Barnwood dismantles old barns and wooden structures to salvage the wood and turn it into new pieces. Most pieces include features like knots and nails holes, to continue telling the history of the piece.
“It took us three and a half weeks to move in, so this coming week is our first full week of production,” Wyton said. “We’re excited to get going.”
Prairie Barnwood was previously operating out of a barn, but now has expanded into its new building on Jefferson Street. “We’re really excited with the new space,” Wyton said. “The old space was kind of neat because it was an old chicken barn and it really did lend itself well to what we do, but we just outgrew the space.”
The new space boasts 5,000 square feet of space, including a 1,000 square foot showroom and a 1,000 square foot loft above the main working area.
“It’s brighter, warmer,” Wyton said. “We’ve got a beautiful yard outside. It’s easier to find.”
Wyton said the impact the new space will have on business is going to be huge. “We’re pulling everything together and tightening up production,” he said. “When we were doing a study as to how it would directly impact, with the numbers we were doing we would be able to add one full-time person to the business and not really increase the expenses of it.”
Right now, Prairie Barnwood has seven full-time employees and Wyton hopes to add more.