Larry Prager, CEO of Center of the Nation Wool says, "The invisible business in Belle Fourche because people drive by and they know we're here, but they really have no idea what goes on here, they just know it's the wool warehouse."
Center of the Nation Wool is a bit like a Pandora's Box, with numbers that are darn near startling to hear.
Larry Prager, CEO of Center of the Nation Wool, Inc. says, "United States produces about 25 million pounds of wool a year. And through our doors we'll market between 4 and a half and 5 million pounds. So we're handling roughly 20 percent of the wool produced in the United States is local to this region."
That is a whole lot of wool. And this warehouse operates with just 6 employees. You won't see any sheep here, they're sheared at the producers ranches. What you will see is stack after stack of white nylon wrapped bales, each filled with the wool of 40-50 animals.
Center of the Nation's role is to be a middleman between the ranchers who sell the wool, and the textile industry that buys it.