Mills Hardware opened its doors for business in October 1996. Terry and Dena Mills signed with United Hardware Distributing Company as their main supplier making them part of Hardware Hank co-op buying group. After a year in the little 2,000 square-foot store on the main street of Arnold, NE, they added a complete line of livestock feeds and were soon bulging at the seams.
In the fall of 1997 the old building was sold and the business rented a larger location and continued to grow, expanding into outdoor products such as fence posts and stock tanks. In 2001, a lawn spraying business was added, quickly growing to 190 lawns in the Arnold and Stapleton area's. Today the business has grown to over 600 lawns in five area towns and surrounding farm communities. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality affordable lawn care.
In 2005 we were honored to receive the Nebraska Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year award! Also that year a greenhouse was added, stocking a wide range of garden vegetables, potted, and flower bedding plants.
In 2007 the decision was made to build a new 12,000 square-foot building at our present location on Highway 92. Property was purchased from Dena's parents Glen and Connie Weinman and construction began. We were active in every phase of the planning and construction. When the new building was finished the moving process began and was completed in February of 2008. On August 24th 2008 Terry & Dena Mills and daughters Briana & April were honored to receive the Nebraska Farm Bureau Ag Family of the Day award at the Nebraska State Fair.
The new larger location has allowed continued expansion. We carry every major category of hardware, stock lumber, creosote, copper Napthenate, and hedge fence posts. We carry Purina Mills Feed for cattle, horses, chickens, fish, rabbits, and deer. We stock a large line of Diamond Dog and Cat food. Hastings Stock Tanks are part of our inventory also. Fresh vegetables and flowers are stocked in the greenhouse during the spring planting season. Our strongest categories are tools, where our son-in-law Andrew Tickle’s effort has made us first in the state of Nebraska in hardware division for Milwaukee Power Tool sales from 2014-Present.
Our plumbing department contains all the PVC, CPVC, brass, and galvanized fittings to help you complete your project. We also feature Sharkbite and Pex products and can special order almost anything we don't have in stock. In our Builder's area we are one of the strongest retailers in a 100 mile trade area. We stock Grade 5 and 8 bolts, wood, metal and concrete fasteners. We order Central States Manufacturing sheet metal for all your siding and roofing projects; in specific lengths, colors, and gauges. We also order a wide variety of building products in for your building needs including GAF shingles,
Currently there are four full and four part-time employees, who keep the shelves stocked with products and do their part to keep the business running on all cylinders.
Customer service has always been a priority in our business. We do our best to provide our customers with high-quality products and service. Our highest priority has been and will remain to be serving God with our thoughts, deeds, and actions. We give Him the glory and honor in all things.