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NORTH SIOUX CITY -- Two veteran Siouxland contractors joined forces last year, creating a combined company that offers both residential and commercial construction services.

The combined company, Brown Wegher Construction, is led by Rick Wegher and Tim Brown, who have decades of experience working in the tri-state area.

Wegher continues to specialize in higher-end custom-built homes, while Brown focuses on commercial construction.

The two principals, who have known each other for years, began talking about a partnership about a year ago. They say they work together well, bringing different strengths to the table.

"We really try to help each other out," Brown added.

"We both have our strong suits," Wegher said.

Wegher has kept busy for the last 25 years, typically building 20 to 30 custom homes per year, primarily within a 45-mile radius of metro Sioux City.

His company has been heavily involved in the Country Club neighborhood of Dakota Dunes and Wynstone, a nearby gated community near Jefferson, S.D.

Wegher also is currently building higher-end homes in Whispering Creek in Sioux City's Morningside area, and North Greenview Easte, a new development built around a golf course in Le Mars, Iowa.

Prices for single-family homes start in the low $200,000 range in Le Mars, around $300,000 in Whispering Creek about $275,000 in the Dunes.

Unprecedented flooding along the Missouri River last summer disrupted some of the company's residential projects in the Dunes and Wynstone. After the river flows decreased and groundwater levels dropped, crews were quickly back on site.

"We were able to complete all the the projects we started (before the flood)," Wegher said.

Wegher offers a wide variety of floor plans and styles, from modern to contemporary to colonial designs. About seven years ago, he started his President series. New models, each named for a U.S. president, are introduced regularly, and improvements are made to older presidents.

The North Sioux City offices at 135 Gateway Drive features a complete design center that helps clients choose everything they need for their new homes. Materials on display range from exterior bricks and stones to tile and wood flooring.

The commercial side of Brown Wegher's business also has been involved in a range of projects in the past year or so. The company, for example, served as the contractor for major additions at Ag Processing in Sergeant and the IML Containers of Iowa in Le Mars.

Brown Wegher recently completed the rehabilitation of a downtown building that is now home to Innovative Benefit Consultants. Two other Sioux City projects under construction include a new CNOS clinic along Outer Drive, and a new Central Bank branch, along South Lakeport street.





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