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Housing Shortage Provides Opportunity for Wishek Lumber Company

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Housing can be hard to find in parts of North Dakota, but there are companies stepping up to meet the demands. The housing shortage is providing a new opportunity for one family business, 325 miles away from the heart of the oil boom.

Pinke Lumber was founded in 1976, and sits on a corner in downtown Wishek. They've long built dream homes for customers, but the father and son are now expanding their offerings to include a different kind of home.

"For many years we've built homes on site and as long as we're within about 80 miles of Wishek, we can still easily do that.  If a customer is further away or there are time constraints or other logistics, then it's a great option for us to build a home across the street from our bus, utilize our local trades people we have in the area, then bring it to their location of choice," says Nathan Pinke.

The new Pinke Homes business is a timely expansion. They've already built this duplex, the first home in a new development in Wishek. It's a rental, and both halves were quickly snapped up.

"We're really excited about this home because we have a three bedroom, two bathroom home, we have 1500 square feet all on one level. It makes it very accessible for pretty much any age group of families to live here, and I think we've made it very comfortable," says Pinke.

They're planning to being building a similar home with 1700 square foot on a lot directly across the street from the business. But that home won't stay there.

"It's really an opportunity for us to be involved in that housing shortage, because of the local trades people we have in about a 40 mile radius, we have good access to plumbers, electricians, all the labor including carpentry and so forth for projects like this.  We're going to build it across the street from our business and then allow those people to be a part of the project, then have it go down the road to wherever its needed," says Pinke.

The home will be a higher quality home than a typical mobile home. In fact, Pinke refers to them as "moveable" homes instead.
He expects the business will be able to build four to six new homes every year, but if there's a big enough demand, and they hire enough workers, they do have enough space to build two homes at a time.

Pinke says the pre-built homes will be of the same quality as a traditionally built home. And if a buyer comes along early enough, they will be able to have input on things like flooring choices and countertops.

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