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Imagine a 2,475 square foot building filled with all the
tools, resources and technology necessary to build, design, create and invent
to your hearts content. Your key card gives you full access to the building from 6 am until midnight, seven
days a week. You’ll often find workshops, classes, demonstrations and great
networking opportunities inside.
If this sounds like a dream come true, that’s because it is.
The Brookings Area Maker Space celebrated its third birthday this month and is just one more example of the endless possibilities available to an innovative rural community.
The Maker Space got its start through a USDA rural
development grant used to help purchase equipment and tools. Empty warehouse
space in the Brookings Innovation Center houses the project. The maker space is
also supported by the Brookings Office of Economic Development.
“We wanted a way to help people bring great ideas … Read More »
With a passion for construction and a deep love of their rural roots, Jay Yohner and Brad Hahn teamed up in 2015 to launch a post-frame manufacturing business in their hometown of Martin, South Dakota. Jay and Brad had already been working together through Jay’s construction company, Yohner Construction, and the partnership was a natural progression for a couple of guys with a big idea.
“I actually left Martin and moved to Oregon to enroll in a structural engineering and architectural design program,” says Jay. “I moved back to Martin and started my own construction business. I hired Brad and we really clicked. We both love construction. We both have big dreams. And we both believe we can make those dreams happen right here.”