Standerfer Construction 10/11/17

Virginia and Bill Standerfer are pictured in the front office at the new Standerfer Construction location at 3020 Lake Land Boulevard in Mattoon on Wednesday.

KEVIN KILHOFFER, JOURNAL GAZETTE & TIMES-COURIER

MATTOON -- Standerfer Construction moved on Oct. 9 to a new location in a renovated and expanded former restaurant building at 3020 Lake Land Boulevard.

Owner Bill Standerfer plans to offer tours of this new location, the former Custom Smokehouse building, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday during a Mattoon Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours open house. This event will offer burgers, brats and pork chops by Kep's Cooking; adult refreshments and soft drinks; and live music by Breakaway.

This move follows Standerfer Construction suffering a massive fire on Dec. 31, 2015 at its previous location, 1901 Wabash Ave., where the company had been located since 1988. The company lost more than 6,000 square feet of workshop and warehouse space to the fire. The company's office was in a separate building, so this space was unscathed except for smoke damage to the roof.

Standerfer said in a press release that he has not been able to reach a settlement with his insurance carrier, so he has not been able to rebuild at the Wabash Avenue location yet. In the meantime, Standerfer said he negotiated a renovation project several months ago with the investment group that purchased the old Custom Smokehouse building.

"The original plan was to build storage space for vehicles like RVs, boats and large trucks," Standerfer said. "The agreement included the use of storage space for our tools and equipment while we completed the work."

Recently, Standerfer agreed to lease the entire building. Standerfer said he has relocated his company's office, workshop and warehouse to this location while he continues to pursue the insurance settlement he needs in order to rebuild.

"This arrangement will consolidate our operation and minimize travel time in completing other jobs. It will help keep costs down that can be passed on to our customers," Standerfer said.

The newly renovated building offers a lobby, offices and a conference room in front, as well as a workshop, equipment storage space, a garage with four bays, and a large warehouse in back. Standerfer said the building utilizes energy efficient LED lighting and high efficiency furnace, air conditioning and heat pump systems. He has converted former bar counter tops in this building into work benches. 

Standerfer said he invites his company's subcontractors, vendors, customers and other friends to come by to enjoy refreshments, music and a tour of this facility on Thursday. More information is available by contacting Standerfer Construction at 217-235-3713.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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