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Preserving a barn in a unique way

By Kriss Nelson - Farm News editor | Nov 10, 2020



ALTON – Being a provider of hay production products for the central United States, the owners at the Fine Twine Company only saw it fit to have their lobby and office area of their business represent those country roots.

When you enter The Fine Twine Company it is just like walking into a barn.

Owners Tony and Rick Kellen acquired the barn wood from a nearby barn owned by Jerry Langel.

“They wanted to office to be unique and look like a barn,” said Gena Kellen, with Fine Twine Company. “Tony and Rick had gone over to see about getting a few parts off of the barn and he said we could have the whole barn.”

After being offered the barn, the brothers, rather than taking the siding down piece by piece, chose to cut panels out of the barn, keeping the barn wood all intact. This not only kept the process a simpler one, it also keeps the barn closer to the original.

The panels cut out of the barn, after they were power washed and given a coat of lacquer, were then placed on the walls and framed in.

This may not be the most typical way of preserving a barn, but to the Kellen family it is one way they can keep a part of rural Iowa history alive. Something they believe in, as they have preserved a barn on their own farm as well.

About The Fine Twine Company

The Fine Twine Co. is located in Alton and supplies producers across a 13-state area from Texas to North Dakota with high quality hay products including baling twine, net wrap, alfalfa seed, Crusher rollers, hay tarps, and many more hay production products.

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