Palmer Hardware and Rental has been a family owned and operated hardware store located in the center of downtown Manchester Iowa since 1952. Doug Palmer purchased the single store front in 1952 and by 1974 had doubled the store size. In 1987, the building expanded for a third time. In 1989, under the management of Steve Palmer, Doug's son, equipment rental was added to the services offered to the community. In 2003, the corner gas station was purchased to allow for further expansion of the rental business.