Building a Better Eldon

Katie Imler answers a phone call from her desk at construction company SPI in downtown Eldon, Missouri on Sept. 29, 2017. Katie owns the business with her husband Shannon.

Katie and Shannon Imler bounce ideas off each other for materials and placement of a detached enclosed structure for a hot tub room for clients Angie and Jim Bittle of Rocky Mount Sept. 26, 2017. Also pictured is the Bittle’s friend Ryan Sills. SPI Enterprises owners Shannon and Katie Imler go out to visit clients for estimates Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. after working a full day at the SPI office in Eldon. "We’re both open to each other’s ideas," Shannon Imler said.

Katie Imler wears flip-flops as she visits a job site in Barnett, Missouri to take some photos for social media and marketing of her construction company SPI Enterprises, LLC based in Eldon Sept. 27, 2017. “I never dreamed I would own a business that helps 15 people in our town. I’m employing people, and there’s nowhere better than Eldon,” Katie Imler said.

Katie Imler moves up the jack as her employees work to raise the roof on a house that is expanded their second story in Barnett, Missouri Sept. 27, 2017. "We’re never off work mode," Katie Imler said.

Employees head out to their jobs sites after meeting for the morning at the SPI Enterprises office in downtown Eldon, Missouri Sept. 28, 2017. SPI co-owners Katie Imler, 24, and Shannon Imler, 29, started both their business and relationship six years ago. The couple take pride in flipping condemned houses and buildings as well as constructing new buildings from the ground up in their small hometown. They were married at their self-renovated house during a surprise wedding disguised as an open house party. “Our life is our job” Katie Imler said.

Shannon Imler checks the straightness of wooden boards as he picks up material for a home remodeling job for his construction business SPI Enterprises in Eldon, Missouri Sept. 27, 2017.

SPI Enterprises, LLC co-owner Katie Imler, 24, writes greeting cards to new homeowners in Eldon, Missouri and the surrounding areas. Imler and her husband met 6 years ago and started their construction business. "You can be from Eldon and do whatever you want," Katie Imler said. She values staying connected to her hometown community and having positive interactions with potential clients.

Katie Imler looks at the wall her brother Jake Kirkweg is demolishing at a house that sustained heavy fire damage in Eldon Sept. 29, 2017. Construction company SPI works on several projects at a time from making new estimates, to building renovations and new homes.

Shannon Imler and Katie Imler work on a client’s construction estimate at home after dinner Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017. "Our life is our job," Shannon Imler said.

After long hours at work, Shannon and Katie Imler prepare dinner at their luxurious home in Eldon.

Katie Imler helps her mother Tammy Kirkweg carry a dozen frozen pies into her home Sept. 27, 2017. Katie and her husband Shannon Imler bought the large stately 1913 home in Eldon and completely flipped the inside to Katie’s taste in interior design. The Imlers own construction company SPI Enterprises, LLC based in Eldon. “I never dreamed I would own a business that helps 15 people in our town. I’m employing people, and there’s nowhere better than Eldon,” Katie Imler said.

SPI Enterprises co-owners Katie Imler, 24, and Shannon Imler, 29, look at a building that is for sale in downtown Eldon, Mo. Thursday Sept. 28, 2017. SPI Enterprises is a family-owned construction company the couple started six years ago. The couple take pride in flipping condemned houses and buildings as well as constructing new buildings from the ground up in their small hometown. "We try to make Eldon better," Katie Imler said.

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