Siwek Lumber, the Jordan, Minnesota-based prodealer, announced that Jason Pranghofer has been promoted to vice president.
In this new role, Pranghofer will be responsible for daily operations, managing staff, driving sales and company initiatives, and joins the ownership group of Dave Siwek and Samantha Siwek.
Pranghofer has served in sales and dispatch roles with the company, specifically managing online sales which grew exponentially. He also is credited with streamlining operations, updating equipment, converting delivery fleet to piggybacks on all trucks, and adding technology to deliveries including GPS tracking and photos of all shipments.
Pranghofer started working for the family business in Minneapolis as a full-time employee in high school as part of his school’s work program which allowed him to leave school early and work at the lumberyard as a high school class.
After high school, Pranghofer continued to work at the Lumberyard in Minneapolis until 2000, when he left to experience jobs away from the family business. After working for Cameron Ashley Building Products, Allied Building Supply, and Roof Depot Pranhofer returned to Siwek Lumber in 2010.
Dave Siwek, president of Siwek Lumber, said he is pleased that Pranghofer will use years of experience with the company to better serve its customers.
“As my nephew, the Siwek passion for this industry runs in his veins,” Dave Siwek said.“Jason will be pivotal in providing our customers with the high-quality products and services they deserve while enabling us to achieve our goals for growth as a company.”
In another leadership move, the dealer promoted Samantha Siwek to secretary and treasurer of the company.
Samantha will be responsible for administrative duties, oversight of financial information, standardizing procedures, and driving company initiatives. She also joins the ownership group of Dave Siwek and Jason Pranghofer.
Since first joining Siwek Lumber Jordan in 2017, Samantha has served as the customer service liaison, administrative assistant, and data entry. Specifically, she managed administrative accounts, data entry, and sales.
During that time, she was critical in the implementation of Bistrack software in 2018 along with the accounts payable transfer for Siwek Lumber Jordan and property management-related entities. Prior to that position, Siwek served in other roles of increasing responsibility and authority.
Samantha started working for the family business in Jordan on Saturdays and during the summer stocking shelves, answering phones, and helping customers. She also spent time at Siwek Farm helping her grandparents with whatever they needed and getting a feel for the “Siwek work ethic.”
When older, Siwek assisted her aunt, Pat Siwek Murzyn, in property management for the Siwek family and spent time outside the company working in hotel management.
Dave Siwek noted that he is pleased to give his daughter a chance to use her years of experience with the organization to better serve their customers.
“This year, 2023 marks our 90th year in business and the Siwek passion for this industry runs in her veins,” he said. “As the fourth generation of Siweks move into ownership, Samantha will play a key role in the organization’s future and continue to provide our customers with the high-quality products and services they’ve come to expect from us.”
Established in 1933 in Minneapolis by Dave Siwek’s grandparents, Siwek Lumber was born by a family trying to survive the Great Depression.
Today, Siwek Lumber operates locations in Jordan and LeSeuer, Minnesota.