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Peter Sommer was in search of a better way. A hundred years ago, while scratching a living from the earth in Tazewell County, Illinois, he and other farmers country-wide were breaking their backs splitting wooden rails to make fences. Not only was a wooden fence difficult to construct, it just could not stand up against the elements: more often than not, it would blow over, rot, or even burn down.

So Peter Sommer invented something better: a machine that could weave steel wire fence. Instead of wrestling with wooden timbers, farmers could protect their property with lightweight, weather-proof, easily erected fencing.

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It was this invention that made life easier for millions of American farmers, and spawned a midwestern steel giant. At first Sommer could supply only himself and his neighbors with the new fence. Working overtime with his two eldest sons, P.W. and John, Sommer barely kept up with the demand.

With the steel-weaving fence machine he had built, Sommer and his sons could crank out about 200 feet of fence in a 16-hour day. Today at Keystone, one person


To OUR CUSTOMERS OF Ace Hardware – Big Sky

As we have continuously stated, the health and safety of our crew and customers is paramount and our foremost concern as we continue to serve Big Sky as an essential business to address the needs of those in the community. We continue to provide an environment that promotes just that. With hourly cleaning, recommended use of gloves, request for credit card payments, curb-side delivery, use of masks for those who choose and most recently- installing plexiglass at POS, we are securing the store. We closely monitor media reports of this virus and comply with all CDC recommended precautions.

With the tireless efforts and commitment of our staff to service, we believe that Ace continues to be the Place with the helpful hardware folk. We stand behind this motto and believe we are still undeniably the best ever. Without the help of our crew, we could not go forward in meeting the needs of those around us. With that premise, we are aware growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus and heightened anxiety and stress. As such, we are making the following adjustment to our store hours:

These are temporary hours ONLY and we look forward to returning to our normal schedule upon resolve of the virus and restrictions of the Government. Please note- we are voluntarily implementing these changes. We are not reacting out of need or fear, but proactively taking this step to meet the demands of being an “Essential Business” while balancing our staff concerns and government social distancing and stay at home protocols and schedules.

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