It was only a few years after Keno Maxom opened Sunflower Trailer at the corner of the old St. John Motel off US-281, that Bruce Heller, first began hauling trailers.
It’s been a trailer dealership since 1991, according to their website, sunflowertrailersales. com.
Their inventory is endless – equipment trailers, car haulers, tilt trailers, utility trailers, dump trailers, livestock trailers and more.
The address is 2-A, N.E. 20th Street.
“Then I was working in Chapman, Ks. and Junction City and hauling trailers for him and different things,” Heller said. “It got to be every night I was going somewhere half the night and delivering stuff. In 1993, he came to me and said, ‘Why don’t you come down here and we will just start growing this thing.”
And before he knew it, Heller had moved to St. John. “The more I was down here, the more I liked it.”
Now, he is the owner and president of Sunflower Trailer.
His customers technically come from across the nation.
“Yesterday, we had a guy come from Waco, Texas and last week, there was a guy from Colorado.”
More specifically, the business has customers in an eight-state region around Kansas.
“We’ve had some really good ones over the years and a lot are repeat business,” Heller said. “We go to the state fairs and set up for 10 days and man, you end up seeing people you saw 20 years before. I mean, it’s crazy how you hear from people. One guy bought a trailer from me in ’97 and a friend he knew decided he wanted to come try them. Pretty cool when it’s word-of-mouth.”