Becker Installations will vend for Home Depot
Interior designers have known for a long time that wallpaper, carpeting and window blinds need to be coordinated. When Home Depot opens this week, seeing these interior design elements in one place will be easy. Becker Installations, Inc., an ins...
Interior designers have known for a long time that wallpaper, carpeting and window blinds need to be coordinated. When Home Depot opens this week, seeing these interior design elements in one place will be easy. Becker Installations, Inc., an installation service, will make it even easier for customers who want any of these products installed in their home or business.
Becker Installations is a new company in the Northland and will act as a vendor for Home Depot by handling floor covering, window coverings and wallpaper installations for the store when it opens.
Becker Installations started in the Twin Cities in 1959 as Becker Brothers. Rick Proctor was working in the Twin Cities area with a floor covering company and was "so enthralled with the way that Becker Brothers did their work," he decided to switch to Becker Brothers. Now, he is opening Becker Installations, which will install carpeting, vinyl floors, wood floors, windows and doors, sheds, garage door openers and window blinds.
Becker will coordinate the installers and receive delivery of their products at its warehouse in the Airpark.
"There will be a group of installers who work for us, and we will coordinate the time with the customer and make sure the installer gets to the job," Proctor said.
"When we start off, most of the calls will go to Home Depot," Proctor said. "But we'll have an 800 number, and the customer can call us if they have a problem with the installation. We will go out and make sure the job is done right. We are a service-oriented company, and we know you have to take care of the customer."
Proctor is the manager of Becker Installations. His three partners are located in the Twin Cities, and they're part of Becker Brothers, Inc.
"One thing you'll have in the new store is a very well-trained carpet department, because seven or eight people are coming from the St. Cloud store and other stores around the Twin Cities. They have the same philosophy we do in terms of service," Proctor said.
Becker Installations will provide installations for the other northern Minnesota Home Depot stores, with the Bemidji store being the next one in line to open. Following that, Home Depot stores are slated for construction in Grand Rapids and Superior.
Home Depot, founded in 1978 in Atlanta, caters to do-it-yourselfers, as well as home improvement, construction and building maintenance professionals. Each store stocks 40,000 to 50,000 different kinds of building, home improvement and lawn and garden products. The Duluth store is one of 18 new Home Depot stores to open in the United States in February. It will offer 121,265 square feet of space on Central Entrance in the new facility.
In addition to future Home Depot stores, Becker Installations will market its services to other companies in the area that sell carpet. The carpet would be shipped directly to Becker's warehouse, and then Becker can coordinate the installation.
Presently, Becker Installations has 12 installers, and eventually will have 25-30 installers.
Although the company has big plans, Becker Installations will be carefully built as a business. "We want to approach it with care. We want to make sure it's well coordinated and make sure we have quality installations," Proctor said.
Sharon Almirall is a business writer for the Duluth Budgeteer News, a Murphy McGinnis Newspaper