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Tri-County news • Chilton Progress • Thursday, March 29, 2018

If water runs through it...

Halbach Plumbing & Piping grows quickly in 3 years By Mark Sherry Chad and Kelsey Halbach started Halbach Plumbing & Piping Service in April 2015, and the Chilton-based business has grown tremendously in just three years. The business is a little unusual in the plumbing world as Chad and his employees have handled everything from the plugged-up sink in Chilton to large commercial plumbing jobs throughout Wisconsin and commerical pipe fitting jobs in Minnesota, Michigan, and throughout all of Wisconsin—from Milwaukee to Hayward. He said he would be just fine if their business were still operating that way 10 years from now. Asked to explain how Halbach Plumbing & Piping has grown from a start-up business to having three full-time employees, one part-timer, and a fleet of four vans in just a few years, Chad said, “I can sell you anything but words don’t mean anything. You can’t build your reputation on words, but you can build a reputation on things you’ve done. I try to tell my guys that you have to be able to walk away from a job and put your name on it and be proud of it.” Chad began working for a local plumbing company at the age of just 13 as his father Gary—Chilton’s fire chief—was talking with a fellow firefighter who needed an extra pair of hands at his Turn to halbach/page 5

Kelsey and Chad Berchem stand next to the newest addition to their fleet of four vans.

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Tri-County news • Chilton Progress • Thursday, March 29, 2018

What sets Farm & Home apart?

It’s the people!

Each year when I am contacted by Delta Publications to participate in the Progress special editions I go through the same process—a reflection of what changes we have made to our business within the last year. There are the additions of new product lines, a bit of remodeling, and even the dropping of some product lines that have just outlived their usefulness. Which of these changes had the greatest impact on my business and which meant the most to our customers? Then it came to me—our people make the difference. My wife Nancy and I have had the privilege of working with some pretty fantastic people in the nearly 22 years that we have owned Farm & Home. We have one associate who has been here well over 20 years, five who have been here over 15 years, and three more who have been here over 10 years. Our staff are not just sales associates but members of the community. They are your neighbors and friends and are eager to assist with your project. Our mission statement has always been this: At Farm & Home we are here to help! We at Farm & Home are very proud of expanded product lines, the beefing up of our inventory levels, the roll-out of our overhauled Web site (, the many postings on our new Facebook page, our new ship to store program that allows you to shop from the convenience of your home, and our new cooperative effort with the Eastshore Humane Association that offers you a one-time 10 percent discount on pet supplies when you adopt a new pet. All of these changes are useful, helpful, appreciated, and some are just downright neat, but what makes the greatest impact is the staff. —Kim McKeen

Customer Service Desk: Judy Wesener, 7 years, Customer Service manager; Susan Zinkel, 10 years, Housewares/Variety manager

Cashiers: Heidi Maura and Jeanne Immel Owners Kim and Nancy McKeen

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Office staff: Lynn Kurscheidt, 16 years, Office and Farm Department manager; Vicki Spresser, 19 years, Office manager

Rental/Floor staff: Gerry Pingel (left), 15 years, Plumbing Department manager; Dave Cooper, 8 years, Rental Department manager

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Halbach plumbing shop. Chad worked there until he was 19 and also entered the five-year Journeyman Plumber program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. He took and passed his journeyman’s test, then continued on another two years to become a licensed master plumber. He also took classes and went on to pass the state certified testing to become a state licensed cross connection control tester and inspector. Now he can test and register back flow devices and do the staterequired inspections. Going out on his own Chad said he always entertained thoughts about owning his own plumbing business, even as he was working for a large Fox Cities company. Several events in 2015 led him to believe the time was right to set out on his own, despite the fact that nine other plumbing/piping companies wanted his service and employment. While Halbach Plumbing & Piping basically started like all new businesses with zero customers, Chad said several contractors in the region immediately brought their work to him because of the reputation he had built while working for that other company. The pipe fitting aspect of Halbach Plumbing & Piping is one of the big factors which leads the business to some

big-time job sites. It is currently doing its largest piping job to date—a new station for the Madison Police Department— and has done plumbing work for businesses such as Wal-Mart, Target, Pick ‘n Save, funeral homes, and small businesses. Chad said their largest plumbing job to date may have been an addition to Brillion Elementary School. The business does a lot of work for restaurants and taverns, and has done a lot of jobs at Appleton International Airport. The list of services provided by Halbach Plumbing & Piping is for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural purposes and includes small repair jobs, new construction, septic systems, plumbing work for bath and kitchen remodels, tankless water heaters, water heaters, boilers, commercial/retail stores, gas piping, steam piping, compressed air piping, refrigeration and air conditioning piping, heat pumps, and in-floor heating systems. Chad recalled even doing the plumbing work for a full-immersion baptismal font for a church. He said one of the slogans used by the company is, “If water runs through it, we can do it.” Two more vans added Halbach Plumbing & Piping added two new work vans this year as the business continues to grow. He said all his

continued from page 2 employees have various levels of formal training in plumbing and piping, and all of them take continuing education classes. He said he is always looking for additional employees and would like to get to the level of having four foremen and four pre-apprentices. He said the work is there right now if he could find the people to do it. Chad’s wife Kelsey has started to learn how to do the bookkeeping for the company and has also accompanied Chad to jobs when he needs an extra set of hands, all while still taking classes as she pursues her dream of becoming a full-time firefighter in the Fox Cities. Chad has been on the Chilton Fire Department for seven years and Kelsey for six years. Chad said he hopes to grow the business to the point where his crews are handling the out-of-town projects and he can focus on the more local jobs. “Every customer matters,” he said. “No project is too small, no project is too big for us. Our number-one goal is a happy customer. We strive on keeping up with the new technology and safety—that’s very important to us. We follow all state and local codes.” For more information on Halbach Plumbing & Piping, call (920) 213-8713 or e-mail

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Chilton Progress briefs 2018

Sohrweide part of city for 72 years

Sohrweide Insurance Agency, Inc. has been part of Chilton for 73 years. Owner Deb Bohn has 36 years of experience working in the insurance industry. Lynda Karls is an agent and office manager and has been working with the agency since 1989. Sharon Allen is a part-time secretary and has been with the agency since 2003. Sohrweide Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent agency offering auto, home, farm, business owners, commercial, life, health, disability, and bonding. It is located at 17 E. Main St. For more information call 849-4541 or toll-free at 1-888-317-7075, or e-mail

Full service at Jorgen’s Auto

Jorgen’s Auto Repair is a full-service auto repair and maintenance shop located at 1126 E. Chestnut St. in Chilton. Jorgen Fulleylove-Krause purchased the shop in 2017 and services all makes and models of vehicles.. The business recently added Richard Hostettler as an entry-level lube and and tire technician, joining FulleyloveKrause and Luke Bushman. For more information about Jorgen’s Auto Repair or to schedule repair or maintenance work on a vehicle call 849-3229.

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Celebrity 20 Questions The Chilton Furniture Twins Today’s Celebrity 20 Questions features two well-known local advertising personalities—a pair of twins from Chilton Furniture, located in the Southside Shopping Center in Chilton. You have seen them in newspaper ads and in TV commercials talking about their rather simple but unique concept of being “really laid back.” They call themselves Business Jerry and Casual Jerry. So we thought we’d give you a chance to meet the twins in up-close-and-personal fashion. They have never been seen together in public, and with the exception of the newspaper, it is rare that you will ever find them on the same page. But here are some of their answers to the pressing questions of the day. What’s the deal with the number 90? Is it your favorite number? Business Jerry: I never had an opinion one way or another. But it is really starting to grow on me. Casual Jerry: To me it sounds substantial and exciting. It seems the number 90 makes people sit up and pay attention. And besides, we do always have at least 90 recliners on our showroom floor. Do people ever come in and ask to count the recliners? Casual Jerry: Yep, can you believe it? Some people can be such skeptics! Business Jerry: They sure do. When I get the question, “Are you sure there are 90 chairs?,” I offer to give them a personal guided counting tour. I’ve never had to give one of those tours. Do you really have 90 on the floor at all times? Or is that just a gimmick? Business Jerry: Actually, we usually have over 100. Casual Jerry: 90 fits really nicely on my jersey. And I’m not about to gain more weight just to fit the number 100 on my chest! So with all of this recliner talk, can we assume that recliners are your favorite department in the store? Casual Jerry: The only place that I could possibly be more laid back would be the Mattress Department. Business Jerry: Just like a good parent, it’s never wise to pick favorites. We are really proud of every department in our store. And they are all very important to our business. But just between you and me, I do have a slight leaning toward the recliners. Which one of these recliners is the favorite? Business Jerry: I’m going to have to let you ask him! (pointing to Casual) Casual Jerry: Whichever one I can fall asleep in the quickest. Did I say that out loud? Why so many recliner styles? Business Jerry: Every one of our

customers is different, so we need to have the right chair for each of them. Casual Jerry: I hate to sound like that Bubba guy in the movie, but we have recliners for big guys and recliners for little ladies. We have recliners in sofas and recliners in loveseats. We have recliners that lift you and recliners that massage you; power recliners and recliners with tilting headrests; recliners in leather and fabric recliners that look like leather. Yep, we have a recliner for just about anyone! What’s your favorite brand of living room furniture in the Chilton Furniture showroom? Business Jerry: That’s kind of a loaded question, because there are so many options to consider. But I really love the quality of our Smith Brothers upholstered furniture. Handcrafted and bench made, it’s as close to heirloom quality that you can find in today’s market place. But to be honest, we have a wide variety of brands to fit everyone’s style and budget. Casual Jerry: I have to be honest. Me and my La-Z-Boy have a very tight relationship, if you know what I mean. What’s your favorite color? Casual Jerry: I think they’re all great. That’s why rainbows are so beautiful. Business Jerry: I would say it’s the color that makes each of my customers the most comfortable in their home. So you could say my favorite color changes with every customer! Will you ever wear those Hawaiian shirts again? Casual Jerry: I wouldn’t mind shaking things up a bit on occasion. But those decisions are made by Mr. Serious over there! Business Jerry: For me? Probably not. The New Year’s hat and kazoo have already moved me out of my comfort zone. I’ll leave the Hawaiian stuff to him. How do you feel about sharing the spotlight with a twin? Business Jerry: The day that I introduced my twin brother is the day that things started hopping around here. As

laid back as he is, people really seem to like him. Casual Jerry: Hey, thanks brother. I was always told that my reclining skills and laid back attitude wouldn’t get me anywhere. Look who’s laughing now! Can you think of anything nice to say about your twin brother? Business Jerry: Casual has a way of keeping things light around here. He helps make this a relaxing place to be. Casual Jerry: Someone has to be the adult in the room. He’s the best man for the job. So...How laid back are you really? Casual Jerry: Just like you see in the commercials. No more. No less. Business Jerry: Never judge a book by its cover. Its always better to look inside and see for yourself. The same is true for us and our staff. You have to come and visit us to find out for sure. What’s the best time to shop at Chilton Furniture? Casual Jerry: Hmm...whenever the doors are unlocked? Business Jerry: How about: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9-5; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9-8; Saturdays, 9-3. But not on Sundays. We all need that day to spend time with our faith and our families. So tell me why I should trust you guys to teach me about how I can get a better and healthier night’s sleep? And why I should buy my new mattress from you? Business Jerry: Great question. First and foremost, you should always consider purchasing from someone who earns your trust. That reigns true for your groceries, your car, your clothes, and yes, your mattress. Second, we have a very wide selection of sleep systems to offer from the best brands. And we know how to match their features and benefits to the needs of our customers. Personally, I would love to teach you about the features of our new Tempur-pedic mattresses with adjustable power bases. They are awesome! Casual Jerry: It’s simple. I have a lot of experience in the rest and sleep departments.


We, the undersigned, hard-working staff of Chilton Furniture, who have to serve under the self-proclaimed celebrity presence of the two Jerrys hereby give permission for said Jerrys to serve as celebrity representatives of Chilton Furniture on our behalf. While we, of course, continue to do all the work! Gail Schabach: Sales and design associate - 29 years Rhonda Roepke: Sales and design associate - 20 years Laura Meier: Office manager and sales associate - 17 years Cathy Dreiling: Sales and design associate - 2 years Dave Mallmann: Warehouse and delivery manager Jim Manz: Warehouse and delivery Tom Konen: Warehouse and delivery Drew Price: Warehouse and delivery Florence Mallmann: Environmental Preservationist (Yes, Mom’s the Cleaning Lady!)

What sets you apart from other home furnishing stores? Business Jerry: That question requires a multi-faceted answer. First, we are a full-service furniture and flooring retailer. That allows our customers to work with the same sales and design associate for an entire decorating project, under the same roof. Kind of a one-stop shopping experience. Second, our staff has tons of experience. It’s that experience that helps point our customers toward their goal of a beautiful and comfortable home. Casual Jerry: Is he done talking yet? It’s simple. We are really laid back. And we let our customers do the same! When they are in our store, the stress of the high-pressure salesman goes away. Why should people come to shop at Chilton Furniture? Business Jerry: Seriously, we offer a completely different shopping experience. No salesman following you around with a clipboard. No high Turn to TWINS/page 8

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Thrivent helps with retirement plans By Mark Sherry Simply put, the need for retirement planning has never been greater. The peak of the “Baby Boomer” generation is at retirement age. People are living longer and remaining in their homes longer. The political climate of the times has contributed to robust but volatile financial markets. The above factors and others make it more important than ever for people to map out their retirement years, and Barb Van Grinsven of Thrivent Financial is helping people do that—a lot of people, as a matter of fact. Van Grinsven recently conducted four sessions of a free workshop titled “Safe and Sound: Steps Toward a Secure Retirement,” and she said even she was surprised by the overwhelming response to the workshops. Because the workshops filled to capacity, Van Grinsven said she is planning additional sessions in late summer or fall and encourages area residents to watch for dates. She said it had been about five years since she last conducted the workshops, and in that time a lot has changed—in the nation, in people’s lives, and in retirement planning. One thing which has not changed is the anticipation with which most people look forward to retirement. Van Grinsven encourages people to turn that anticipation into action by assessing their retirement income sources and discovering tips to maximize Social Security benefits. More topics discussed Those are a few of the topics discussed in the workshop, along with ways to leave

something behind for loved ones. The timing of one’s retirement is crucial to maximizing Social Security benefits and retirement income. Protecting nest eggs and preparing for possible market corrections are other topics Van Grinsven can address. But people obviously do not have to wait for a workshop to be scheduled in order to start tapping into Van Grinsven’s 41 years of experience with Thrivent. From her relatively new (about 2-1/2 years) office location offering great visibility at 14 W. Main St. in Chilton, Van Grinsven can meet with individuals anytime to discuss the full range of products and services offered by Thrivent Financial. In addition to retirement options, that list includes life insurance, annuities, health insurance, retail brokerage, mutual funds, estate and legacy strategies, education funding options, and managed accounts. “I help people create a financial strategy that reflects their goals and values that carries them from the present and throughout their retirement years,” Van Grinsven said. She holds the securities licenses Series 6 and 7 and 63 and 66 as well as life and health insurance licenses. “I see my business continually growing,” she said. “Referrals from existing clients is a very big part of my business. My territory isn’t limited to Chilton. I have many clients throughout Calumet, Outagamie, Manitowoc, and Fond du Lac counties.” An organization of Christians Thrivent—a not-for-profit membership

Barb Van Grinsven (left) and Katie Feider of Thrivent Financial in Chilton recently enjoyed a visit with Finn, the pet of one of their longtime clients.

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organization of Christians as well as a Fortune 500 company (318th)—offers much more than financial services. Van Grinsven said, “As an organization of Christians we view money not as a goal

but as a tool to strengthen family, church, and community. It’s a fresh way to think about faith and finances. We call it the Turn to THRIVENT/page 8

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AutoSource keeps changing with times By Mark Sherry In an era when many businesses face new challenges, Chilton-based AutoSource is thriving by doing two things—staying true to its core services and philosophies while modernizing to keep up with changing retail patterns. Growth and business sophistication are not words one might associate with a vehicle parts and repair shop, but it is definitely the case at AutoSource. It has been a parts and repair business at 61 E. Chestnut St. since 1987 and still is today, but the changes to the business in just the last few years have been significant. “Things are definitely moving,” said Tom Schmitzer Jr., who joined the business of parents Tom and Kathy several years ago and has contributed greatly to the changes. “You have to be growing in distribution, and you have to be online.” As reported in last year’s Chilton Progress edition, AutoSource started that process by acquiring large 1-800-Radiator & A/C warehouses in Appleton and Madison. With those warehouses now in the fold for a little more than a year, the Schmitzers said the acquisition is going very well. AutoSource has taken over its own logistics and its drivers are delivering parts daily throughout eastern Wisconsin, including as far south as the Turn to AUTOSOURCE/page 9


pressure. You get to shop in total relaxation. We are here to help you as much or as little as you want. It’s your call! And our showroom is beautifully decorated to allow your mind to wander and imagine. That’s where the low-pressure experience comes in. Casual Jerry: I couldn’t have said it better. Did he mention that we’re really laid back? What’s the best thing a customer has ever said to you? Business Jerry: Thank you. Casual Jerry: It’s a tie between:

continued from page 6 “Hey, wake up!” and “Do you really have a twin?”

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Any last words of wisdom? Casual Jerry: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Business Jerry: At Chilton Furniture, we really are laid back. Editor’s note: We did our due diligence in investigative reporting. Chilton Furniture does indeed have more than 90 recliners on their showroom floor. And they really are laid back. And by the time I finished this interview, so was I!


Thrivent Way.” She added, “I love my career. It’s actually more like a calling to me. There’s so much reward and satisfaction that comes my way every day.” Van Grinsven said she often hears comments from clients stating “you’ve been so informative to explained things in such a way that I could actually understand.” She added, “Often times my phone will ring and they will say, ‘My friend suggested I give you a call to help me understand my finances better and make sure I’m on the right track. You take things slow and aren’t pushy. You’re trustworthy and caring.’ That speaks volumes to me.” Thrivent once again was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” in 2018 by Ethisphere Institute. “We earned this distinction as a result of our leadership in promoting ethical business standards and for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public,” Van Grinsven said. Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think tank dedicated to the creation, advancement, and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anticorruption,

AutoSource in Chilton is now affiliated with Auto Plus, and new signage and a plaque received from Auto Plus were highlighted by staff members (from left) Matt Bennin, Eric Heidke, Jeff Geurts, Tom Schmitzer, John Powers, Kathy Schmitzer, John Powers Jr., Darlene Thurwachter, Megan Lombness, and Hunter Bunnell. Not pictured is Tom Schmitzer Jr. Mark Sherry photo

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and sustainability. Thrivent has been recognized with this honor since 2011 and is one of only five honorees in the financial services industry. “For the last seven years, Thrivent has been honored to be named a World’s Most Ethical Company,” said Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial. “As we serve our members and carry out what it means to be an ethical company through our actions and business practices, we are pleased to be recognized as leaders in setting a standard that we hope will continue to develop within the business commmunity.” With its roots going back more than a century and a membership today of more than 2 million members, Thrivent Financial is the epitome of a solid financial organization and has an A++ Superior rating from A.M. Best—the highest possible rating. To learn more about Thrivent Financial or to schedule an appointment, stop in the office or call 849-7161; e-mail barb.; go to; or find her on Facebook or Linkedin.


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AutoSource state line. The significant changes at AutoSource have only continued since last year’s acquisition. Kathy said as of Jan. 1 of this year the business implemented its new operating system software. In the past AutoSource had separate parts and repair software programs, but the new system handles both and is internet based so that it can be accessed from anywhere by authorized AutoSource employees. “The new computer system is a big deal for us,” Kathy said. “We can sell on Amazon and eBay very easily.” Thanks in part to about four months of database building by Tom Jr., the new system also allows AutoSource to connect with more suppliers and have greater availability of parts—another goal if not a necessity of this growing business. Kathy said AutoSource now owns and controls all aspects of its supply and distribution systems, which means it also provides technology support for repair shops and other customers who use AutoSource as its parts supplier. “A customer isn’t just someone who buys something, they’re a partner,” Kathy said. “I’m a farm girl born and raised, and among farmers everyone shares resources. That’s still a successful business model.” Another big development in recent months at AutoSource is the switch to Auto Plus as the primary parts supplier

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for the business. AutoSource’s previous supplier was a regional entity, but Auto Source is nationwide with over 3,500 team members in over 270 locations. Auto Plus maintains one of the largest and most extensive catalogs of namebrand and trade-trusted parts throughout the industry, and its integrated technology platform provides a competitive advantage for wholesale and retail distributors. Company officials have said their plan is to be one of the largest automotive aftermarket companies in the U.S. Customers are beneficiaries Those goals align well with what AutoSource is doing in Wisconsin, providing the local company with greater purchasing power which in turn means both selection and price benefits for AutoSource customers. The Schmitzer family is not losing sight of the fact that they are still a local repair shop owned by a local family and employing local technicians and support personnel. Numerous improvements have taken place in the service area as well in recent years, including the addition of four new overhead garage doors for ease of moving vehicles in and out of the shop. The shop lighting also has been updated to provide a much brighter working atmosphere with more energy and cost efficient lighting.

The Schmitzer family also said they know success in business continues to be all about quality customer service, and that focus will never change at AutoSource, they said. That includes the service area where Tom Sr. oversees a crew of four technicians. Tom Jr. said, “We feel like we have the best team we’ve ever had.” Darlene Thurwachter is taking on a greater role in managing the Parts Department, including face-to-face contact with walk-in customers and making additional sales calls. That is allowing Kathy to take on a greater role managing the finances of all of AutoSource’s holdings. A former storage room in their building is being remodeled into an office for her to do that behind-the-scenes work, and she said she still enjoys her contributions to the business. “Customers know me and they’re use to me,” she said. “I still enjoy the customer interaction.” When they started AutoSource more than 30 years ago, Tom Sr. and Kathy could not have envisioned their business taking repair appointments online, partnering with eBay to sell parts, or having customers shop for parts online without even having an account. But times have changed and AutoSource is changing with them while still keeping its roots firmly planted in Chilton.

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Fox Valley offers variety of classes

Fox Valley Technical College’s Chilton Regional Center is located at 1200 E. Chestnut St. (STH 32/57). Students are able to take general education classes, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes, hobby classes (painting, yoga, aerobics, cooking, dancing, auto repair, and babysitting), nursing assistant classes, computer classes, Commercial Drivers License (CDL) classes, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) classes, and more. Staff members at the Chilton Regional Center include Jessica Heimann, administrative assistant for 3-1/2 years in Chilton with 18 years of service to FVTC; Sally Thiede, adult basic education instructor for two years in Chilton and 13 years total with FVTC; Candace Chaussee, administrative assistant for the past eight months; and Rachel Lau, administrative assistant for the past four months. For more information check out www. or

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PFCU continually improves experience By Mark Sherry Premier Financial Credit Union serves people in all demographic sectors from its offices in Chilton, New Holstein, and Kiel. That includes high school age students as the credit union sponsors the Banzai financial literacy program for students of Chilton and Hilbert high schools. Banzai is designed to help students learn financial literacy in a hands-on way, and over 30,000 teachers in the U.S. are using the program with the help of sponsoring institutions such as Premier Financial Credit Union. Premier Financial also has played a role in financial literacy in other local schools, including the longtime sponsorship of its branch inside New Holstein High School. With a bill recently being passed in the Wisconsin Legislature requiring financial literacy education in schools, Premier Financial was ahead of its time but also is prepared to lend assistance to local schools to help them meet their requirements. Banzai allows students to play an online game which includes real-life financial scenarios, including those unexpected expenses which seem to pop up all too often. Counselors ready to help When those life situations happen to members of Premier Financial, the credit union is ready, willing, and able to help as well via its trained financial counselors. Fritzy Brady, manager of the Chilton branch of PFCU, is one of three trained financial counselors offered by the credit union. The others are New Holstein Member Relations Specialist Karen Lisowe and Kiel Branch Manager Peggy Goch. They each received the designation of Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFCs) through months of reading, study, and examinations in recent years. Goch explained new CCUFCs received training on lending for the under-served populations, budgeting for households, and budgeting so that loan payments are at a comfortable level for consumers. She said she feels the information she learned in obtaining her CCUFC designation has benefitted Premier Financial members. Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of Premier Financial, added that often times the need for counseling comes to light when people are applying for a loan. Lisowe emphasized that financial counseling is not just for current PFCU members but for anyone who might be struggling with finances. “They need to want the help,” she said, adding that all assistance is confidential and nonjudgmental. She encouraged anyone in need of help to simply call their local PFCU office for this free service with no obligations. “We get them on track,” Lisowe added. “It’s very individualized.” Serving Spanish speaking members From its new Chilton office Premier Financial also serves the area’s Spanish speaking population as Brady and Chilton High School student and PFCU part-time employee Maleny Capetillo both speak the language. Julie Binversie, vice president of member relations at PFCU, said Capetillo started working at the credit union in late October and is there most mornings through a school-to-work program which PFCU arranged with Chilton High School. Capetillo will continue with PFCU at least through the school year but Binversie said the relationship could continue beyond that. “She’s very valuable to us,” Binversie said.

The Chilton office of Premier Financial Credit Union is staffed by (front, from left) Renee Schmid and Kerri Regan, and (back) Katie Schneider, Branch Manager Fritzy Brady, Maleny Capetillo, and Tami Schroeder. Mark Sherry photo

The credit union also gains value from Brady’s connections with the Chilton community, including being first vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. Brady has been with PFCU for about five years. Even the children of PFCU members and others in the community benefit from the credit union. On Friday, March 30, the Easter Bunny and Penny the kangaroo will be at the Chilton office from 3 to 4 p.m. to meet with kids and do cookie decorating (9 to 10 a.m. in New Holstein and 11 a.m. to noon in Kiel). PFCU also sponsors the New Holstein Easter Egg Hunt which is planned for the following day, March 31, starting promptly at 11 a.m. at Civic Park. A total of 3,000 eggs will be hidden for children 10 and under to find. More family activities Other family friendly activities during the year include a night at the New Holstein Aquatic Center, a back-toschool concert in New Holstein’s Civic Park, and appearances by Mr. and Miss Christmas Mouse. Premier Financial Credit Union continually looks for ways to improve the credit union experience for its members who benefit from those improvements because they are the “owners” of the financial institution. 2017 was yet another year of programs and promotions which benefitted the members of Premier Financial, and more is in store for 2018. Looking to the year ahead, the Board of Directors of Premier Financial Credit Union has approved the implementation of an instant issue debit card. Nothem said there are many details to work out with the new offering so it might not be ready until later this year, but he added the credit union staff is excited to be able to offer members the ability to get a new debit card the same day they come in to ask for one. In addition to serving new members who wish to have a debit card, the instant issue service will benefit those members who may have lost their card, had it damaged, or in this era of cyber crimes had their card compromised. “People today truly can’t be without that debit card,” Nothem said. “When you’re without your debit card, you’re without money.” He said Premier Financial wants to “make that pain less” when something happens to a debit card or when members open a new account and are hoping to get debit card access to

that account as soon as possible. Flip-flop loans While instant issue cards could end up being the new product highlight of 2018 at Premier Financial, certainly one of the promotional highlights of last year at PFCU was its “flip-flop” loans. Starting last summer and running for four months, Premier Financial offered area borrowers the opportunity to switch their loan(s) from other financial institutions to PFCU with a guaranteed savings on interest rates of one-half percent. Many members experienced an even greater savings since the Credit Union loan rates were more favorable than the interest rates they were currently paying. Those who took advantage of the flip-flop special often saw an immediate savings due to a lower monthly payment and will also see a savings in the overall interest paid on the loan. As a matter of fact, here is a little tip for readers of this article—while PFCU is not currently advertising the loan flipflop promotion, the experienced loan specialists at the credit union still will honor the promotion at this time. It is scheduled to “officially” come back this summer, but PFCU’s loan specialists advise “sooner the better” when it comes to trimming interest rates. One of the great advantages of the New Holstein-based credit union is the fact that decisions are made locally. Loan applications are not sent to another city,

state or country for yes-or-no decisions to be made, and applicants are not kept waiting days for a decision to be made. Nothem said the character of a local loan applicant is still taken into consideration when making decisions. “We will still make a $50 loan if it’s in the best interest of the member,” Nothem said. “By in large, credit unions still serve the underserved.” A person only needs to live or work in Sheboygan, Calumet or Manitowoc counties—or parts of Fond du Lac and Outagamie counties—to become a member of Premier Financial, and they need only have $5 to open an account. While Premier Financial certainly serves “the little guy,” it also offers commercial loans for mom-and-pop businesses but also large, local industries and businesses. Chris Schultz is the dedicated business lender for Premier Financial and has been with the credit union for almost two years. Although new to Premier Financial Credit Union, Chris had 31 prior years of experience in the business lending field. Home loans also are available at PFCU, of course, and currently the noclosing-costs promotion is back in effect at PFCU (excludes business, secondary market, and construction loans). It also is currently offering a special on secured loans (cars, boats, ATVs, etc.) with an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 2.75 percent (terms vary depending on the age of the collateral).

Tri-County news • Chilton Progress • Thursday, March 29, 2018


Fuhrmann a service giant for over 38 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 38-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership in June of 2015 to allow Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners. Demand for plumbing services continues to grow so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company along with a plumbing helper. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for eight years. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs. Residential and commercial From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients. Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Country Visions Co-op.

While they service most heating and cooling products, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is primarily a Carrier dealership receiving numerous awards over the years from Carrier acknowledging their quality workmanship. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. specializes in commercial and residential heating, air conditioning, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, wood, and oil. Fuhrmann does a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work. Approximately 80 percent of its business is forced air heating and cooling. With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring hook-ups to the natural gas lines. Ductless AC systems installed Central air is now standard in nearly every new home and also can be added to existing homes. Homes that have hot water heat and are without duct work can be a bit tricky to air condition and can be costly. The ductless split system air conditioners work well—and is very affordable—in those situations if duct work is not feasible. Popular in today’s homes is radiant or in-floor heat, which is often called for in basements of new home construction projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed

Jarred Ellman, left, owner of Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating and Cooling stands along with plumber Greg Van Lanen.

in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source. With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. Air exchange units are very common today and highly recommended. Fuhrmann installs many units along with performing duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cool-

ing Inc. offers residential customers the opportunity to join an annual computerized list where annual check-ups are performed and they also offer free estimates for customer projects. While offering quality products and services is important, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. practices good community relations as well. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. actively supports and helps fund local causes and trades educational Turn to FUHRMANN/page 13


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Tri-County news • Chilton Progress • Thursday, March 29, 2018

Great Midwest has products customers need

By Faye Burg Great Midwest Bank of Chilton works with customers to find the best product available to fit their needs. Kathy Baganz serves as branch manager and loan officer for the financial institution. Baganz was promoted to branch manager at the location in January and said it has been a pleasure working with new and present customers of the bank. “I especially enjoy working with helping customers with their mortgage needs. It’s very rewarding to help finance a customer’s first home, new home, construction or remodeling projects. I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know the customers who come in the lobby for their banking needs. They really do become friends of all of us.” Amber Lee, who was promoted to head teller for the bank in October, assists Baganz. “Her years of experience and knowledge made her a perfect fit for the position. She knows so many of the customers from her years of being here. Her warm friendly smile and outgoing and friendly personality make her a great goto person and leader.” New employee and part time teller Lori Krause has been a great addition to the staff with her friendliness manner. Active in church and the community, Krause is familiar with many city residents. Also assisting at the bank are full time tellers Christine Meyer and Connie Moehn who work hard to explain the variety of products and services available and take care of customer’s needs. Variety of services offered “We offer a variety of loans including construction loans, refinancing, purchases, home equity fixed rate, home equity lines of credit and WHEDA,” Baganz said. “Applications can be done online, over the phone, or in person. Many things can be done now via phone and email saving our customers time from actually having to come into the bank.” Mortgage appointments can be made after banking hours for the ease and convenience of Great Midwest customers, Baganz added. Great Midwest Bank retains and services all of their mortgages, which makes the service a popular amenity offered by the bank. Fixed rate as well as portfolio loans are offered for customers who don’t always fit the exact criteria, with loan officers working hard to find the best product to suit the customer needs. Great Midwest Bank customers enjoy the friendly, home town atmosphere offered and is known for friendly staff who know their customers names, family members and even pets. “We are also known for our cookies that everyone grabs as they walk out the door,” Baganz said. The loyalty of Great Midwest Bank customers sets the bank apart from other financial institutions, with customers enjoying the bank’s services for decades and generations of families trusting the institution with their banking needs. Great Midwest Band has a knowledgeable staff that works together like a team to help customers with all of their banking needs. Great Midwest Bank is located at 1050 E. Chestnut Street in Chilton and can be reached by calling (920) 849-9381.

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Staff members at Great Midwest Bank include (from left) tellers Lori Krause and Connie Moehn, Branch Manager/Loan Officer Kathy Baganz, Head Teller Amber Lee, and teller Christine Meyer.

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Pat’s Tire to celebrate 40th anniversary in ‘18 Pat and Karen Koenigs, founders of Pat’s Tire Sales and Service Inc., said they are pround that the company will celebrate its 40th anniversary in October of this year. Pat began his career in the tire business running a farm tire service truck for the Chilton Co-op. When the Co-op made the decision to get out of the tire business, Pat approached J & R Tire in Appleton hoping to extend his career working in the tire industry and continue to take care of the cliental he had built. After a year of the logistic struggle of the inventory being in Appleton and the service work being done in Chilton and the surrounding communities, J & R Tire decided it was not economically feasible to continue with this arrangement. That was the final push Pat needed to branch out on his own. With his passion for farm tractors and his knowledge of the farm tire industry (and a little help from his wife Karen with the paperwork), the rest is history. Today, the business has grown to employ 18 people and covers an area from Illinois to the Michigan UP. “Right now, we are experiencing a good mixture of hard knocks knowledge and openminded technology advancements. Pat and I are teaching the next generation about product application and what it takes to sustain a profitable business. The younger generation is introducing us to new equipment and methods of working more safely and efficiently to service our customers.” The key to the success and future of Pat’s Tire is being able to keep

Technicians Ben Bauer (left) and Travis Kramarczyk stand next to a skid steer.

New tire technology such as this Michelin Tweel is available for ag skid steers via Pat’s Tire near Chilton.

up with and offer new products to their customers. Products such as tweels for skid steers, tracks for skid steers and tractors, flotation tires for semis, and LSW flotation tires are changing the way the agricultural industry operates. Along with keeping up with the advancements of the agricultural industry, Pat’s Tire has also greatly expanded their complete offering of passenger and commercial tires over the last decade. As Pat’s Tire continues with its transition to the next generation, they are keeping their main focus on people. “Pat and I have dedicated much of our lives to this business. Without the hard work of our employees, and the loyalty of our customers, we never could have come this far. When everyone works together, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Fuhrmann development programs with generous contributions. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. holds professional memberships in the Brillion Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, Inc., and the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association and employees are trained on a regular basis. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. participates yearly in the MidShores Home Builders annual Home Show each March in Chilton. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is also associated with Focus on Energy and WPS program with money back rewards. Service at Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is available 24/7, 365 days of the year with an employee always available to take customer calls. When

continued from page 11 customers call Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.’s regular number outside of business hours, emergency calls are transferred to the employee who is on duty overnight and on weekends. The company will mark 38 years in business with 17 full-time employees along with many part-time employees who work together to provide top-notch customer service and products to Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is located at 304 E. Water St., Brillion. More information can be found on their Web site at The firm also may be reached by calling (920) 756-3277 or e-mailing

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Quality, pride show in Luchterhand projects By Faye Burg With over 50 years experience, Arno Luchterhand of Luchterhand Builders takes great pride in a job well done. Luchterhand Builders offers new home construction, remodeling, light commercial, roof replacement, new roofs and project management in addition to masonry stone, brick and concrete flatwork. “I’ve been doing this since I was 18 years old,” Luchterhand said, adding his first job was with Don Parsons Builders of Chilton. “Construction is just something I’ve always been good at and I really enjoy it.” Although located in the Chilton area since he started his own business 37 years ago, Luchterhand travels all over the county and has done numerous projects not only throughout Wisconsin, but also in Michigan, Illinois and Montana. “I design homes from start to finish and do a lot of speculation homes for resale,” Luchterhand added. “We also offer the cost plus program to our customers.” Offering in-house design, Luchterhand enjoys putting ideas into homeowner’s plans to make their dreams a reality. As general contractor, Luchterhand helps support other businesses in the community by using all local subcontractors and local suppliers. Working with his nephews who own Cedar Ridge Builders, Luchterhand has quality local people to work on his projects. Luchterhand has done numerous light commercial projects in the city of Chilton including Kaytee’s first office on Grand Street and the office and avian education center located on Clay Street. “The Englers were very good to me,” Luchterhand said, citing numerous busi-

Quality shows in new homes and other projects done by Luchterhand Builders of Chilton.

ness and personal projects completed for the family over a 20-year time span. Working with Calumet Medical Center for 18 years, Luchterhand completed two remodel jobs for the facility. Remodels at Seven Angels restaurants located in Chilton and Appleton are also part of Luchterhand’s commercial work in addition to building and remodeling homes. With satisfied customers and great ref-

erences, Luchterhand Builders is proud of the many commercial projects the company has done in the Chilton area as well as numerous homes around the state and country. “It’s really nice to look back and see what you’ve accomplished,” Luchterhand said. Luchterhand builds quite a few highend homes and enjoys special projects and being able to come up with creative and unique ideas for his customers. “We

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New Hope Center offers surprising array of programs By Faye Burg New Hope Center is well known through out the Calumet County and surrounding areas, but few know just how many services the center offers to a variety of people. CEO Greg Logemann said, “The most common response I hear from when giving tours or talking about New Hope, even from members of our own community, is “Wow, I had no idea”. It’s a problem that we have struggled with for a number of years. We are a unique organization that is providing a host of progressive and innovative services that the community can be very proud of.” Logemann and the staff at New Hope decided to launch a new campaign to highlight and brand each of the unique areas of service the center provides. Inspire, Connect, Achieve, Drive, InnerAct, and Live are a few of the new brands the center would love area residents to learn more about. “Inspire” is an adult day enrichment service that offers activities and events to empower and engage participants to increase their independence, self expression, and physical and cognitive well being. The program provides a wide variety of activities at the center and through out the community for participants with intellectual and physical disabilities. The program is personalized for each participant to provide the most support and care possible while challenging participants and promoting independence in a positive and fun environment. “Connect” is the name given for New Hope’s Community Employment Services. Much like a job placement agency, Connect works with local employers to match their needs with uniquely talented employees. They provide a wide range of flexible work experiences for referrals throughout area communities. Employers receive the high quality workers and the collaborative support needed to ensure the best production solutions. “Achieve” offers participants on site employment at the New Hope Manhattan Street location. “Achieve” is the longest running service New Hope is known for. “Achieve” provides packaging, small assembly, labeling, and sorting services to dozens of local businesses to help meet their fulfillment needs. This work is all time-studied and paid commensurate to productivity. The work is facilitated through highly experienced production professionals that function as educators when work is slow. All work is customized to meet the individual needs of each employee’s individual ability. Transportation service available “Drive” is a new transportation service offered through New Hope Center and is available for elderly and disabled residents in Calumet County and surrounding areas. Vehicles can accommodate wheelchairs or ambulatory individuals. Drivers are trained and screened to provide safe and reliable transportation for medical appointments, special events, shopping or whatever transport needs exist. Service is offered 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact New Hope for pricing and scheduling information.

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“InnerAct” is an after hours program offering courses taught by community members with various knowledge and talents designed to meet the needs of individuals with a disability. The courses are adaptable to allow participants to laugh and learn new skills and activities while living their lives to the fullest potential. “Made by M.E.” is a micro enterprise located inside the New Hope Center that provides screen printing, heat press vinyl products, sublimation, and embroidery with New Hope Center participants providing the labor to produce custom printed t-shirts, hoodies, koozies and a variety of other products at a reasonable cost to area businesses and organizations. The program helps participants

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gain valuable skills and earn hourly wages while providing quality products. Logemann said over 200 customers have used the service since it’s inception three years ago. Finding the best place for everyone to thrive is the goal of the “Live” program at New Hope. Whether it be apartment living, group home, or in-home care, the program matches individuals with the best place for their unique needs and then provides the unique level of support for those individuals to live as independently as possible. New Hope operates five residential facilities in Calumet County, as well as two apartment settings in Chilton. Logemann said New Hope Center services are wide and varying to meet the needs of many residents and fami-

lies through out Calumet County. “We currently serve 150 individuals with a variety of disabilities and we are one of the largest employers in the area. We are always interested in having people join our mission to “inspire freedom and independence for the lives of people with disabilities”, which by the way is all of us.” Logemann encourages area residents to check out all the services New Hope Center has to offer. “We are so much more than people realize.” New Hope Center, Inc. is located at 443 Manhattan Street in Chilton and can be reached by calling (920) 849-9351. More information can be found by visiting

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Briess has key connection to Wyoming Since its founding as a family-owned malting company in 1876, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has seen a lot of changes. Once an exporter of commodity malt from its original Czechoslovakia malthouse, the business is today a leading North American supplier of natural, specialty ingredients to American craft beer, food, pet food, and beverage manufacturers. Briess has called Chilton home since the 1950s, when it established a relationship with then-Chilton Malting Company. Today, the Briess campus in Chilton includes headquarters and offices, central distribution, the iconic Chilton Malthouse which produces specialty malts, and plants for the production and packaging of malt extract and heat-processed grains. It also operates malthouses in Waterloo and Manitowoc. Five years ago, the Briess family continued its history of investing and changing for the future—this time acquiring grain processing operations to assure a consistent source of high-quality raw barley for its premium specialty ingredients. The move to Seed to Specialty supplier put Briess in complete control of its barley supply chain, from grower to manufacturer. Acquisitions included a major elevator operation and seed plant in the Bighorn Basin of northern Wyoming in 2013. The new facility directly connects Briess with a large network of experienced barley growers, and captured the region’s potential production of malting barley for American craft beer—premium raw barley for premium craft beer. Then, in 2014, Briess acquired a large

The Briess elevator in northern Wyoming includes an elevator, automated probe for testing inbound barley, lab, and modern storage bins—with the backdrop of Wyoming’s rolling hills and mountains.

barley processing facility in Manitowoc for receiving, cleaning, grading, and storing raw barley received from Wyoming and other barley growing regions. The following year, a large malthouse on the property was recommissioned by Briess. It is the largest malthouse operated by Briess, and more than doubled the company’s malting capacity. These acquisitions fit well with the Briess culture, which is dedicated to the production of premium, specialty ingredients with an emphasis on sustainability and family. Features of the Bighorn Basin barley growing region include: n hot summer days with lots of sunshine are followed by very cool nights.

Barley likes that. n At an elevation of 4,400 feet with less than six inches of annual rainfall, the Bighorn Basin qualifies as a high plains desert. n The basin is surrounded by mountains. Extensive flood irrigation projects provide a constant source of mountain water for barley fields when needed. n In flood irrigation, furrows (corrugations) deliver water directly to the roots. Irrigation water never hits the canopy or seed heads, greatly decreasing the risk of disease and staining. n Very experienced barley growers have learned the best times to call for irrigated water for their crops to produce

the highest quality malting barley. n Many grower farms are family owned and operated. n There are no major competing, commodity crops grown in this region, and Briess barley growers like and want to grow barley. It is an excellent rotation crop for them, especially with dry edible beans and sugar beets—two other major, specialty crops grown in the region. They especially like growing barley for American craft beer, knowing where their barley is going and learning that craft brewers are as passionate of their craft as they are. Turn to BRIESS/page 17

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Briess The Bighorn Basin barley growing region fits well with the Briess Sustainability Program. Flood irrigation is gravityfed from mountain to fields. The largest irrigation project—the Shoshone—is a major supplier of electricity to the basin. Its power plants generate over 91 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year. In perspective, in 2015 the average home in

continued from page 16 the U.S. consumed 10,812 kilowatt hours of electricity. In Chilton, high-strength wastewater from the brewhouse is transported a few miles up the road to a mega farm digester, where it helps generate a continuous 1.5 megawatts of electricity. Briess has been family owned for five generations and 142 years.


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CACHF provides strong support for community

nancial base. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation currently has approximately $5.4 million in its base fund. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to reach out to individuals and groups in the community to request their help in building up the fund’s balance. “We truly rely on the community to keep this fund working properly to pay dividends back to the health care community,� Calumet Area Community Health Foundation President Glen Calnin said.

By Faye Burg Health care has a strong supporting partnership in the greater Calumet County area. The partner is a community-supported public trust known as the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Through community contributions the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support medical training, education, and health care equipment/facilities needs for the benefit of the wider Calumet area, most recently completing a $3 million pledge for the renovation at Ascension Calumet Hospital. Since the foundation was created in 1998, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation has served its mission statement well. That statement reads, “Promoting the health, welfare and health related education which indirectly or directly support and benefit Calumet Medical Center and the health of citizens residing within the Chilton, New Holstein, Kiel, Hilbert, Potter, Stockbridge and Brillion Zip Codes.� To date, approximately 90 percent of all grant money awarded by the foundation has gone to support Ascension Calumet Hospital, in conjunction with its mission. Largely, the fiscal backing has supporting infrastructure needed for continued excellence in health care through services provided at Ascension Calumet Hospital. Such generosity requires a solid fi-

Tax exempt public trust Calumet Area Community Health Foundation (CACHF) is a tax exempt public charity trust, operating exclusively within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation was created in 1997 with the same spirit and sense of community, as when Ascension Calumet Hospital began in 1954. Prior to Ascension Calumet Hospital’s decision to affiliate with Affinity Health System almost 20 years ago, Calumet Medical Center’s Board of Directors had the foresight to establish the foundation. They accomplished that task as a means of maintaining the presence of the hospital in Chilton for the community’s long term future. Through an agreement with Ascension Health care and its affiliations, the Calumet Area Community Health Founda-

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support the growth and services of Ascension Calumet Hospital. Pictured are CMC Administrator Jenny Derks and CACHF President Glen Calnin. Faye Burg photo

tions gives assurances to the community that Ascension Calumet Hospital will always be part of the area’s health care provider systems. When the foundation was created, its base of funds stemmed from a portion of community investments that had previously supported the hospital. Over time, other contributors both small and large, have continued to help the fund grow. The foundation’s presence provides community members with a reliable entity though which their contributions support continued, quality-driven health care facilities and professionals in the Calumet area. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation is governed by a local board of directors. Current directors include Andy King, Kim Rietbrock, Jenny Derks, Joe Mathes, Glen Calnin, T. J.

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Air bags which protect occupants from all angles, front-collision warning systems, and “overhead” view cameras are just some new vehicle safety features.

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Safety comes first in vehicles sold by Chilton dealer By Mark Sherry Have you jumped behind the wheel of a new vehicle lately? There is more advanced technology and computer power at your fingertips than what the astronauts had who traveled to the moon. While all the gizmos, gadgets, bells, and whistles on new vehicles might be a little daunting to some people, there is a critically important truth behind all those things—they are keeping people alive. In 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced plans to update its 5-Star Safety Ratings program and encouraged auto makers to produce cars with better crash protection

and new crash avoidance technologies to save more lives and reduce passenger and pedestrian injuries. Vehicle manufacturers are indeed taking what was already a strong emphasis on safety to another level, and that is evident in the vehicles on the lots of Vande Hey Brantmeier Chevrolet Buick and Vande Hey Brantmeier Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Chilton.

Highlighting safety features Sales Manager Dennis Kendall and Sales Consultant Stacy Schweitzer of the Vande Hey Brantmeier Automotive Group recently highlighted just a few of the latest in vehicle safety features: n Overhead camera views—One of

the newest safety features in vehicles is a camera view shown on the video screens which most new vehicles have these days. The view appears to be from about 10 feet above the vehicle, but there obviously is not a camera up there. The view is actually a composed image put together via four cameras mounted around the car, giving the driver a look at what is around their vehicle on all four sides. Kendall said the overhead view likely will replace the need for back-up cameras. n Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keep Assistance Systems (LKAS)—These systems help keep drivers safe on the highway by keeping their vehicle in the lane while at highway

speeds. Both LDW and LKAS technologies use cameras—typically mounted behind the windshield—to read the lines ahead. LDW systems simply notify the driver that they are crossing over the line via an audible warning or vibration, prompting the driver to take action. LKAS takes it up a notch by physically applying a correction to steering, automatically keeping the vehicle in its lane. n Blind spot detection—As the name implies, blind spot detection is a vehiclebased sensor device that detects other vehicles located to the driver’s side and rear and provides a warning if one is detected. Cross Traffic Alert systems are related Turn to safety/page 20

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to this and alerts drivers backing out of parking spaces if traffic is approaching from either side. Kendall pointed out that these systems now include alerts if pedestrians are approaching, keeping those people safe as well. Some vehicles will automatically engage the brakes if an approaching vehicle or pedestrian is detected. n Air bags—Air bags are not a new thing, of course, but new things are being done with them. Kendall said the new Chevrolet Traverse has an air bag which deploys in the front center of the vehicle keeping the two front passengers from colliding into each other in a side impact crash. He also said vehicles are getting “smarter” about deploying only those air bags needed in certain crashes as replacing deployed air bags is expensive. n Adaptive cruise control—Also called autonomous cruise control, this system automatically changes the speed of a vehicle to keep a safe operating distance between the vehicle in front of a driver on the highway. Schweitzer has been in the vehicle business for a little more than a dozen years and marvels at the safety changes in just that time. “Everything has changed,” he said. “It’s gone into a lot of things.”

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State Bank: Family bank for 125 years By Faye Burg State Bank of Chilton has been a family owned Bank since its inception, 125 years ago, and it is presently being operated by the sixth generation of the founding family. State Bank of Chilton is proud to be one financial institution operating with five community focused banking offices with combined assets of over $260 million. With five locations adding to customer service convenience, Executive Vice President Laura Hoerth said new options added for customers have also been extremely popular. “Mobile banking with mobile deposit capture allow customers to deposit checks simply by using an app on their phones. “It is great for students at college who can continue to bank with us using the mobile deposit capture.” Hoerth said. “Many times customers are surprised to find we offer the same products and services as the big banks, but without the hefty fees,” Hoerth said. “We have opened a lot of new checking accounts this year from customers who are sick of being charged high service fees at the other institutions. We also provide excellent customer service and have a great staff waiting to assist customers. Our employees have a lot of experience and are willing to take the time to help you setup all of your accounts.” “We are locally owned and operated and we are the only Bank headquartered in Calumet County,” Hoerth stated. “When customers deposit their money at our Bank, we are lending to farmers, small businesses, and consumers right here in our local area.” Mortgage services popular Vice President Kathy Burg and Mortgage Loan Officer Suzanne Hostettler continue to provide over six decades of banking experience in the Mortgage and Consumer Lending department and are happy to assist customers with all of their lending needs. Burg and Hostettler are passionate about their work and eager to share the variety of products offered at State Bank. As they highlight the advantages of the menu of lending products offered at State Bank, they guide customers to take advantage of the best available option. At State Bank there is no charge to initiate

the application process. Loans including traditional secondary market fixed rate loans, WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority), In-House, Home Equity Line of Credit, construction, as well as federal grant programs and more, provide a wide array of choices for customers to choose from. “Most people are familiar with a fixed rate loan but have limited knowledge of other products. A personal loan can be used for multiple reasons, such as car purchase, recreational vehicle, or debt consolidation,” Burg said. “We bring forward all the options that can assist a person in purchasing their home and there are programs out there, many of which can be combined for their benefit. A WHEDA loan is a qualifying income-based loan that has an easy close option. This is a down payment assistance program where nominal money or even no money is needed for down payment. Federal grant programs exist as well. A qualified individual could receive up to $6,000 toward the purchase of a home. Annually, the federal government has offered these grants, which are capped. So, it is best to inquire early about the availability of funds,” Hostettler said. State Bank’s portfolio loan has an inhouse product that can be used when a fixed rate product is not available to a customer, for example, if someone would want to purchase a unique property such as a hobby farm. “Despite recent regulatory changes there are still financing options available for those who want to pursue their dreams,” Burg said.

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company having been the recipient of the prestigious Consumer Digest “Best Buy” award 12 consecutive years for outstanding mattress values. Founded on tradition Building on the traditions founded in 1898 by C. J. Meiselwitz, the well-known Kiel store continues to serve the people of Eastern Wisconsin with fine home furnishings. We look forward to assisting you with all your home furnishing needs. From bedding to dining room to living room selections, Meiselwitz proudly offers the finest brands and the most intriguing design selections. We invite you to our showroom for a friendly visit with our professional staff. Please stop in our store. It’s located at Fourth and Fremont Street in Kiel - the same place the business started back in 1898.

Vice President Kathy Burg (right) and Mortgage Loan Officer Suzanne Hostettler continue to provide over six decades of banking experience in the Mortgage and Consumer Lending department at State Bank of Chilton.

educate. We ensure that they have an understanding of the products and process and encourage them to ask questions. We provide full disclosure of the entire process and follow our customers from the beginning of the application until closing and the numerous contacts in between. It is not unusual for someone to call us multiple times with questions. That is OK, we are here to help.” Also popular with area residents is the free of charge annual historical calendars produced and given to customers by bank staff. “It is a favorite each holiday season,” Hoerth said, adding the publication features Chilton, Stockbridge,

Brillion, and Sherwood area residents and buildings, and promotes the history of the local areas. “Photo submissions and information are always welcome,” Hoerth added. State Bank of Chilton’s corporate office and main branch is located at 26 E. Main St in Chilton. Additional locations include 401 W. Lake Street in Stockbridge; 7155 N. 76th Street in Milwaukee; 103 N. Main Street in Brillion, and W4443 Veterans Avenue in Sherwood. More information on the State Bank of Chilton can be found by calling (920) 849-9371 or visiting their Web site at

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Managers share same goals at Vogel By Mark Sherry Managers at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel have varying lengths of tenure with the business, but all of them share something in common—the desire to do quality work with as little hassle as possible for the customer. From three-year veteran Joel Noordyk in service and 30-year employee Kelly Johnson in sales to 21-year employee Brian Hruby in the body shop, all of them talk about making life as easy as possible for the customer while providing the best possible service. It is the Vogel Chevrolet way of doing things. In the showroom, sales representatives Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann know all about quality—they look at it everyday in the new vehicles being produced by Chevrolet. Johnson said there is a lot of excitement already about the all-new 2019 Silverado pick-up truck which will be hitting the lots this fall. “It’s a whole new truck,” Johnson said of Chevrolet’s number-one seller. “Doing all the research on it, it’s amazing what they put in this truck.” A lot to look at From technology to fuel efficiency to style, the 2019 Silverado will have plenty of new things for truck enthusiasts to explore. Just one example, Johnson said, is the return of the square box interior for the first time since 1987. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. While people wait for the new Silverado to arrive, they can check out the all-new 2018 Equinox. Customers are liking the changes on this tremendous-selling crossover, including increased fuel efficiency while maintaining all the power drivers need. The Chevrolet Traverse also is new for 2018. Johnson called the Traverse a “good, solid vehicle” which serves a broad range of drivers as a midsize SUV. There are plenty of other quality new vehicles on the sales lot at Vogel Chevrolet, and now there will be a greater emphasis on quality preowned vehicles as well. Vogel Chevrolet is enrolled in GM’s Certified Pre-Owned Program. The program gives customers some peace of mind knowing that the vehicles went through a more indepth safety inspection— a 172-point inspection, to be exact—and also have an extended bumper-tobumper warranty as well as an extended power train warranty through GM. “We just enrolled at the beginning of February, and are just receiving the supplies to get going on the inspections,” said Tara Vogel of Vogel Chevrolet. The daughter of owner Mike Vogel, Tara is carTurn to vogel/page 25

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Pieper Indoor Aire grows in first 5 years By Mark Sherry When Jason Pieper began his Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care business, his biggest concern was finding enough work to keep himself busy. Five years later, Pieper has a full-time employee, assistance from several other part-timers, and he is looking for another full-timer to keep up with demand. That is a good indication that Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care is accomplishing what Pieper originally set out to do—provide quality service at a fair price. “I think I do quality work because I do things the right way, not the quickest, easiest way,” Pieper said. “I never say, ‘It’s good enough.’” New home market up An aspect of Pieper’s Indoor AireCare which will be keeping employees busy in 2018 is installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in new homes. Pieper said he has installations lined up in seven or eight new homes this year, with the possibility of more bids being awarded. Helping Pieper get the work done is full-time employee Adam Raquet. The Kiel resident was in charge of the pellet stove area of Lulloff Hardware which provided him with valuable insights into the heating business. He began working full time for Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care this past March. Tom Prange helps Pieper on a parttime basis with sheet metal work, a necessity for duct work installation especially in new homes. Pieper mentioned that his business will do other “odd” sheet metal jobs when called upon as it has the materials, the equipment, and the person to do it in Prange. Local roofers have used his services on made-to-order flashing projects. Among the several people who help Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care on a part-time basis is Jason’s girlfriend Jaime Otto, who handles the office and secretarial aspects of the business. May need more people In addition to advertising for another full-time technician with HVAC experience, Pieper said it is possible he might need two or three more people this spring if his business is awarded more bids on doing the HVAC work in new home construction. While Pieper said he prefers doing the HVAC installations on new homes, he and his crew also do service work on all types of HVAC equipment. “It’s a big portion of the business,” he said, adding that he keeps his Monday schedule free

Jason Pieper, owner of Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care, stands next to one of the hydronic in-floor heating systems he recently installed. Pieper said the systems are very popular in new-construction homes these days.

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Crazy T’s Auto located in Potter

Crazy T’s Auto LLP provides a wide range of vehicle services including auto sales and service, warranty work, new tires, tire rotations, and oil changes. Used car warranties also are available at Crazy T’s Auto, located at 204 E. Main St., Potter. Founded in 2015, Crazy T’s Auto recently expanded to become a five-bay shop. Ryan Kamba and Anthony Krake spearhead the services at Crazy T’s Auto. For more information call (920) 4640841.

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If you want quality and a company that will be there from concept to completion, then the only real choice in stone is Buechel Stone. Buechel Stone provides the best, most dependable experience in the natural stone industry—guaranteed. 2017 was an eventful year. What started with big ideas turned into a year of risks, growth, and triumph for Buechel Stone. The company kicked off 2017 by opening a fabrication facility in North Carolina to support the launch of 28 new stone veneer products. It proved to be one of the most ambitious endeavors in Buechel

Stone’s 53-plus year history. An interior remodel of their Fond du Lac Showroom produced wall panel displays for creating high-quality imagery to showcase on a newly revamped Web site and updated product literature. But ultimately, the company credits its successes to an incredible staff at all locations. Because no accomplishments would have been possible without Team Buechel, the company continued its Extreme Anniversary Program. Don Fesing


rying on the longtime Vogel traditions at the dealership. No hassle, low pressure With 24 years in sales at Vogel Chevrolet and six more in service and detailing before that, Johnson said his sales philosophy has not changed. “We stay with the same approach we’ve always had—no hassle, low pressure,” he said. “We look at you not as a sale but as a member of the family.” Helping to get certified used vehicles ready for the sales lot will be Vogel’s service department led by Noordyk. He said the department recently acquired a new Road Force wheel balancer to help in the wheel and tire balancing process. Vogel Chevrolet services all makes and models of vehicles, providing pickup and delivery of vehicles at businesses and residences in the Kiel and New Holstein areas. From oil changes to engine rebuilds, transmission work and everything in between, Vogel Chevrolet can do it. It also has a fleet of loaner vehicles, use of which is available to service customers free of charge.

celebrated his 40-year anniversary with a well-deserved seven-day all-inclusive trip to Mexico for two. A DeWalt drill, TV, kayak/bike package, charter fishing expedition, stove/fridge combo, and $500 to $2,000 cash were just some of the other gifts dedicated to honoring tenured team members. Buechel Stone continued their commitment to a healthy workplace with an onsite garden plot, nutrition awareness, corporate yoga classes, and wellness


challenges. They closed out the year with team building and safety training. As the company enters 2018, Buechel Stone is preparing for even more growth by raising their investment in talent with an increased referral bonus ($300 after six months and $600 after a year for both the referrer and the new person). For more information on career opportunities visit https://www.buechelstone. com/careers/.

continued from page 23 What Vogel Chevrolet does is important, but so is how it does it. Noordyk said, “We want to be as fair as possible and give them options. Sometimes some repairs can wait. We are low pressure. We want to treat them the way we would want to be treated.” Hruby knows all about how things are done at Vogel Chevrolet. Even though he is just starting his tenure as the body shop manager, he worked in the shop for 21 years before leaving briefly. Now he is back and said he is “very excited for coming back and working with the guys.” Those guys have a lot of years of experience at Vogel, led by Gary Zahorik with 44 years, Paul Schmitz with 25 years, and Dave Kapellen with 30 years of body shop experience. They work on all makes, models, and years of vehicles, fixing anything from the most minor of “dings” to major collision damage. They also do a lot of price matching to get new parts, not after-market knockoffs. Hruby said as he gets more comfortable with the body shop management he hopes to free up more time to get back

out in the shop doing the things he has enjoyed doing since he was a kid. Raised in the Meeme area, Hruby is a 1994 graduate of Kiel High School and lives in the School Hill area with his wife of 18 years and their two children. Hruby said the first car he owned was a 1987 Trans Am. “That one didn’t get driven much,” he said, adding, “I was the one customizing the inside.” He graduated from the Auto Body program at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland in 1995, and less than two years after that had landed a job at Vogel Chevrolet. “We always pride ourselves on the quality of work and the integrity,” Hruby said of the body shop. That includes making sure they have quality, modern equipment in the shop to handle everything, such as the new aluminum welder Vogel acquired and the new puller which can handle both steel and aluminum. In some instances they also employ an outside paintless dent repair service which has the tools, methods, and experience to best serve Vogel Chevrolet’s customers—something every department there puts at the forefront.

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New doctor to join Calumet Hospital By Faye Burg Dr. Ben Dellaria is set to join the clinic staff of Ascension Calumet Hospital as a family medicine physician later this year. Ben is a native of Lindenhurst, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at St. Thomas, Ben played for the men’s soccer team, was a resident advisor for the Catholic Men’s Floor and volunteered weekly with the Missionaries of Charity. He furthered his education by attending the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. Upon entering medical school, Ben immediately knew he would pursue family medicine as it satisfied his passion for both service and relational care. During his time at Creighton, Ben became very involved in a student-run free clinic and the Catholic Medical Association. He also tutored and mentored younger medical students and took part in intramurals as often as he could. Ben’s tutoring including teaching anatomy and neuroscience. He was inducted into Alpha Omega

to increase the level of care provided to the patients. Ben was also active with the Catholic Medical Student Association and the St. Thomas Irresistible Revolution, a service group oriented to finding Christ in the poor that were served by the group. As coach for the Urban Starz, Ben helped get kids interested in soccer with the inner city soccer team in Minneapolis. In his free time, Ben and his wife Molly love hosting friends and family for dinner or games. They also take their daughter Lena on many walks and Ben

hopes to teach her how to fish someday. “I enjoy improving my camping and fly fishing skills with my wife,” he said, adding the couple will welcome another child soon. In addition to reading recreational books, Ben still enjoys playing soccer when he can. With roots in Illinois, Ben is an avid Chicago Bears fan, and can be spotted in blue and orange almost year-round. He said he is excited to be part of the program and is looking forward to learning more about being a full-spectrum physician.

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True Value: Hardware and a lot more By Mark Sherry Hardware is still at the core of New Holstein True Value—but there is so much more. There is no better way to find out all that the store has to offer than to stop in at 2204 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57). Ownership by the Reese family dates back to 1987, a major remodeling of the store took place in 2009, and Melissa Reese has owned the store for the past 4-1/2 years. Despite all those years of consistent, quality operations, Melissa said customers discover New Holstein True Value for the first time on a weekly basis. “We’re getting a lot of people saying, ‘We didn’t know you have this.’ ‘You have a beautiful store—this is my first time here.’” Along with new visitors to the store has come a boost in sales, and Melissa said there may be multiple factors making that happen—a new facade put on the store in the last few years, an influx of new residents in the area, a broader advertising effort, and an improved economy. Don’t have it? Just ask No matter the reason, new customers at New Holstein True Value are learning what longtime customers have known for decades—New Holstein True Value has it, and if they don’t they can likely get it all while providing friendly, experienced service. “The internet is huge,” Melissa said about the changing trend in shopping, and to a large degree New Holstein True Value has adopted the old saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” While the store has tens of thousands of items in

Jeff Dietz and Melissa Reese work hard to provide the best products and services at New Holstein True Value. Mark Sherry photo

it, there is even more at www.truevalue. com. With direct-to-store service, people can browse the Web site, order something, and have it shipped to the store within days. If assistance is needed in finding something in-store or online, Melissa,

Jeff Dietz, and the rest of the veteran staff is ready and willing to help. New customers quickly learn that there is little Melissa cannot do when it comes to projects in and around a home or business. Need some pipe cut? She and others at New Holstein True Value can

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NHTV adjustment for some customers over the years. “I am in a man’s world,” Melissa admits. She talked about one recent and new customer who was hesitant to seek her advice at first but eventually said with a smile, “You’re starting to grow on me.” “Grow” is a fitting word to use at New Holstein True Value as the store has been in a continual growth mode for many years. When the neighboring dry cleaning business closed its doors, True Value took over those services with the help of a Green Bay-based dry cleaners. The space which the New Holstein dry cleaners occupied eventually will be turned into an outdoor living showroom with expanded offerings of pool and spa chemicals, coolers, grills, patio sets, and more. The staff has been so busy with day-to-day operations that it has not been able to finish that project, but Melissa said she plans to have it done within the next year. Another big area of growth at True Value gets back to internet shopping. New Holstein True Value handles United Parcel Service (UPS) shipping services, including prepaid packages. “Everything has changed—there is so much done online now,” Melissa said. With 10 to 30 packages coming in and going out daily, New Holstein True Value serves as a convenient hub for shipping out UPS packages and a drop-off for prepaid packages—and it also gets people in the door to see all the other things the store sells and does. One local woman buys her horse feed online and has it shipped to New

continued from page 27 Holstein True Value. Another customer needed antibiotics for her chickens, and now she gets them through New Holstein True Value. Like a fast food chain’s slogan of years ago, special orders don’t upset the staff at New Holstein True Value. A key aspect they offer which big box stores and the internet struggle with is top-notch, person-to-person service. Melissa said Jeff often says, “I sell them what they need, not what they come in for.” There is no arrogance in that statement, just a statement of fact of the many times the staff has figured out what a customer really needs to properly complete that home improvement project. “If I don’t know, I’ll tell you I don’t know,” Melissa said. More equipment acquired The continual enhancement of New Holstein True Value has included new additions to the large equipment rental department, such as a commercial dehumidifier, a walk-behind concrete grinder, and a tile chipper. “I want to keep building the rental department and expanding the store with unique items to provide to our community and surrounding areas,” Melissa said. A few years ago that included the addition of Benjamin Moore paints to New Holstein True Value’s paint line. The store continues to offer a color matching computer and a customer paint database, two great tools for getting just the right color. Melissa said whites and neutrals are hot paint colors right now, and that chalky paint continues to be popular. “People are trying more things because

of the internet,” she said. At the fall market, Melissa picked up 54 new displays. She and Jeff recently attended a show in Washington, D.C., and they will be going to a rental show in New Orleans. Anyone who knows Melissa knows she will come back with plenty of new items to enhance the New Holstein True Value shopping experience even more. “They almost need to come in and see what we have,” Melissa advises customers, and that is sound advice from an experienced hardware store owner.

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