I live in Omaha, NE. I make most of my own equipment. When I do but beekeeping equipment I always, ALWAYS, make my first call to Jim Raders at Dadant Bee Supply in Sioux City, IA.
If he doesn’t have it or know what I need, he makes the effort to find out. That’s what it’s all about, helping beekeepers to Bee Successful.
However, in the off hand situation that Jim just doesn’t have what I’m looking for, I have decided to make Mann Lake the designated backup.
Why is this? Partly because I really, really liked the customer service experience I had on the phone with them and partly because they ship via my preferred shipper, SpeeDed Delivery.
BTW, Dadant Bee Supply in Sioux City, IA also will ship via Speedee Delivery. In both places, you have to specifically ask for that shipping service via a call in order. Which is my preferred method of ordering anyway.