Mahlander’s rich history spans more than a century. In 1906, three local businessmen founded Electric Construction Company – an electrical contractor which supplied electricity to large area projects.
As electricity made its way into the homes and businesses of the region, so did the company.
Shortly after World War II, Marlo Mahlstedt purchased one electric refrigerator to test the Sioux Falls market for such a product. The city was ready! Soon after, the original store on Phillips Avenue was brimming with more refrigerators as well as ovens, ranges, automatic washers and dryers, televisions, and high-fidelity phonographs.
In 1970, Steve Mahlstedt entered the family business, which continued to grow as a prime provider of household appliances.
As partners retired, the company was amiably split. By mutual agreement, Electric Construction Company remained as an electrical contractor. Mahlander’s focused on retail appliances and lighting. Both companies continue to enjoy great success today.
Mahlander’s moved to its current location at 8th & Minnesota in Sioux Falls in the early 70s. Large selections of lamps, light fixtures, and home décor were added to the mix a short time later. The showroom became – and remains – a destination for homeowners and contractors. When looking to furnish their homes and projects with the latest home appliances, lighting, and home accessories, Mahlander’s is the showroom of choice.
In addition to Mahlander’s being a proud member of the American Lighting Association and Lighting One, our lighting consultants offer decades of collective design experience and are eager to share their expertise with homeowners, builders, designers, architects, cabinet makers and developers. Similarly, Mahlander’s membership in the largest appliance buying group in the United States – Nationwide West – gives us an edge over the competition when it comes to purchasing power. Our experienced appliance staff brings longevity and know-how to their clients.
We’re also active members of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire, which helps build relationships with industry professionals in the region.