Jim and Lisa Swanson and their family are no strangers to the rental business. Since 2000, the family has owned a number of rental businesses around the Midwest. When they heard the storefront previously owned by Clare Riesberg was up for sale, the family didn’t hesitate to make the jump.
Of course, that wasn’t the only reason for their move from Missouri to Dyersville. Their oldest daughter, Ashley Ellis, who moved to the area recently celebrated the birth of her daughter, Braelynn. “They just had a little girl,” said Jim, “so that’s kind of why we’re here, to be a part of that.”
G.S. Supply Welding & Rental Center, located at 1515 2nd Ave. SE, provides a variety of services including rentals for construction, home improvement and lawn equipment, table and chair rental, rental and sales of hand and power tools, and welding services and repair. The family is excited to provide a variety of services for the community.
“It’s kind of whatever comes in the door,” said Jim. “If we can take care of it, we will.”
For the Swansons, rental is a family business. While their son is running their rental business in Missouri with help from Lisa, Jim and their youngest daughter, Sophie, 9, are busy getting their Dyersville location set up. The family plans to keep their Missouri location as their primary winter location, and may close the Dyersville location during the winter.
Jim said that he and his family have no plans to change anything about the building where they are located. “They (the Riesbergs) had a nice set-up. We’re probably just going to roll with it and see how it goes. Hopefully, we can take care of it as good as they did.”
G. S. Supply Welding & Rental Center can be reached at 875-2067. While they are currently open for business, hours are still flexible, and Jim recommends calling the shop to make sure it is open. Regular business hours should begin in July and will be Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.