Weller Brothers plans larger location in Tea, expansion in Minnesota

March 13, 2019

Weller Brothers Landscaping is out of space after significant growth and plans for more.

The business founded in 2001 by Cole and Brent Weller has become much more than a way for two brothers to make some money while in high school.

“We’re the normal high school kids who went out and cut the neighbors’ grass for money. It’s just that we never quit,” said Cole Weller, who serves as company president.

The business is based in Worthing and out of room, so it’s moving to a new 10,000-square-foot building in Tea not far from the Tea airport.

“Everyone is doubled up in offices, we’re sitting people in the conference room and just making space anywhere we can,” Weller said.

“We’re bursting at the seams, and when equipment isn’t on job sites, we have no room, so we’re excited about additional outdoor storage.”

The business will go from a 1-acre location to a 7-acre one. It will spend one more season based out of Worthing while the new building is constructed. The new site will include dedicated space for wash and mechanics as well as offices for the sales and administrative teams.

Last year, there were 50 employees during the peak season, and it’s expected to be more like 60 this year.

Weller Brothers offers services including hardscape and softscape work, mowing, brick masonry, weed control, fertilizing and snow removal. The hope is to have about a 50-50 split between landscaping design and building and maintenance work, Weller said.

“Getting the right team has really allowed us to grow,” he added.

They’re also growing beyond the Sioux Falls area, opening an office in Rochester, Minn., this season. Brent Weller moved there to help oversee it along with one of the company’s landscape construction managers.

“We’re excited to expand there,” Weller said. “We know that Rochester offers a similar population demographic with the presence of Mayo Clinic, and our research shows the marketplace is generally underserved from a landscape perspective. So we think there’s great growth opportunity there and not just for growth’s sake but for the benefit of our employees.”

It could be the first of multiple new markets, he added.

“We do have a clear, bigger vision to go to more markets. We want to continue to stamp this thing in other locations. We’ve got at least two other locations in the foreseeable future planned. We’ve done a good job of gaining traction in Sioux Falls from a personnel and a systems and processes standpoint. We’ve really made those things consistent … and now that we’ve achieved success, we think we can do it in other markets.”

Weller Brothers plans larger location in Tea, expansion in Minnesota

Weller Brothers Landscaping is out of space after significant growth and plans for more.

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