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By vanhornautos | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 7:15 PM
Yes, We are Open

In accordance with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” guidelines, Van Horn dealerships remain open under the transportation exemption for Essential Businesses and Operations. We’ve minimized our on-site staff, for the safety of our employees and guests, but can work with you remotely to answer a simple question or help you complete a vehicle purchase entirely online.

Customer service has always been our top priority, and during times like this, we want to make sure we are providing the service you need based on your comfort and convenience. If you need to buy a vehicle, we are offering extended financing terms with low to no interest and deferred payments. If your vehicle needs repairs, we are offering discounted coupons to help you get a longer life out of your current vehicle. Give us a call, text or chat with us online and we will work to satisfy your needs on your terms. You can buy a car entirely online with VanHornDirect, and we will deliver it to your home. You can schedule a virtual appointment with our sales team, if you have any questions about a vehicle or wish to have a video walkaround. You can also schedule a service appointment online, and we can work with you on how your vehicle gets dropped off and returned.

We are taking all necessary precautions with our facilities in accordance with CDC guidelines, including frequently cleaning surfaces around the dealership and making sure the interiors, door handles and key fobs of all dealership and customer vehicles are properly wiped clean. All common areas, such as customer lounges, service desks and bathrooms are wiped clean with disinfectant between guest visits. We are also making sure our employees are taking necessary precaution with frequent hand washing, social distancing and sending people home if they show any suspicious symptoms or report any contact with any known carriers.

During this period, we understand our biggest virtue is flexibility. Should you choose to work WITH us, know that we will work FOR you, the way that best suits your needs.Thank you, and take care.

Jeff Niesen
President, Van Horn Automotive Group


By vanhornautos | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 8:09 PM

As an auto group with multiple dealership locations, we have been actively monitoring national and local news regarding the spread and symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Regardless of your position on the intensity and accuracy of media coverage regarding COVID-19, our highest priority is the safety and comfort of our employees and customers. This announcement is not intended to provide you with further updates on the virus itself, but rather inform you of the preventative steps Van Horn Automotive Group is taking to ensure our facilities are safe to visit. 

We have dedicated additional resources to keeping our dealerships clean and professional. That includes disinfecting all hard surfaces frequently and making sure the interior of your vehicle, door handles and key fobs are wiped clean before a test drive or after a service visit. All common areas, such as customer lounges and service desks, will be wiped clean with disinfectant between guest visits. We are maintaining a practice of making sure our employees wash their hands frequently, and are sending workers home with any suspicious symptoms including fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines and recommendations and will monitor local community actions for any additional considerations.

We continue to welcome all visitors through our doors, but if you are unable to come to the dealership or you want to limit your time onsite, we have all the online tools you need to complete a transaction. You can shop our full inventory at or purchase a vehicle 100% online with and we will have it delivered. You can also call us by phone or web chat with our operators with questions, or even schedule your next service appointment online. Whether in person or remote, you can be confident we have the tools you need to maintain communication.

This situation is changing rapidly, and we will continue to monitor and make changes as necessary to protect our customers and our employee owners. Thank you for your business.

Jeff Niesen
President – Van Horn Automotive Group

Van Horn Offers Healthy Eating Incentive to Employees

By vanhornautos | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 at 3:09 PM
Van Horn and Pic-a-Deli

Plymouth, WI (January 22, 2020) — Sheboygan County employers are always looking for ways to attract and retain employees and the Van Horn Automotive Group offers their employees a unique benefit and healthy incentive. Like many other employers in Sheboygan County, the Van Horn Automotive Group is self-insured and extremely concerned for the wellness of their employees. It made perfect sense for them to partner with Pic-A-Deli at Generations Intergenerational Center for healthier options for lunch.

“As part of our Wellness Program, we wanted to offer our employees a convenient way to eat a freshly prepared and affordable meal for lunch,” said Teresa Van Horn, CEO of Van Horn Automotive Group. “The retail car business can have unusual hours and lunchtimes vary, causing employees to opt for fast food. We offer our employees a $3.00 subsidy for eating a healthy meal from Pic-A-Deli, which encourages them to make a better choice and often we place a group order and bring it back to the dealership.”

Pic-A-Deli is the café and caterer located within Generations Intergenerational Center in Plymouth. David Hansmann, manager of Pic-A-Deli worked with Van Horn to identify low-fat and low sodium menu items for their program. “The partnership with the Van Horn Automotive Group is fantastic,” said Hansmann. “It is a win-win program. Generations benefits through this generous initiative and their employees benefit with healthy, inexpensive meals.”

Pic-A-Deli is the Generations’ largest social enterprise. The health and wellness of the community are key components of Generations’ programming, as evidenced by their extensive fitness classes, intergenerational activities and overall programming including meals offered through Pic-A-Deli. With the initiatives of Healthy Sheboygan 2020 and the efforts to attract workforce to Sheboygan County businesses, the partnership between Generations and the Van Horn Automotive Group is exactly the type of innovative idea that helps make Sheboygan County Someplace Better.

Van Horn Donates Heavy Duty Truck to Habitat for Humanity Lakeside

By vanhornautos | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 8:43 PM

When Habitat for Humanity Lakeside approached Van Horn Automotive for a new truck to haul their trailers and supplies, it was an easy decision to help out. Habitat for Humanity is a global, nonprofit housing organization, dedicated to developing communities through the construction and rehabilitation of homes for families in need. Habitat for Humanity Lakeside hauls two trailers almost daily – a 16 foot and a 20-foot trailer. Their previous vehicle, a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500, did not have the full capacity to haul both of those trailers when they were fully loaded. Habit for Humanity Lakeside needed a spacious, reliable, and powerful vehicle to continue their mission of benefiting the community. Teresa Van Horn, co-CEO of the Van Horn Automotive Group said, “The Van Horn Gives program is designed to strengthen our communities; and when we have the opportunity to partner with an organization that literally builds a better community, it’s always satisfying to help out.”

Van Horn was extremely proud to donate a 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 to enable Habitat for Humanity to continue their admirable duties. When asked about the partnership between Van Horn and Habitat for Humanity, Sarah Beckman, an Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, said “Family-owned companies like Van Horn help this community, and families inside the community, thrive. We are honored to include them as part of our Habitat family as we now having the towing capacity to reliably and safely transport materials to new construction and repair sites throughout Sheboygan County. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is all about bringing people together to build homes, communities, and home and we are proud to include a family-owned company like Van Horn in our mission. The entire Van Horn team was wonderful to work with!” Van Horn is excited to collaborate with local businesses and people to help the community to grow even stronger.

During 2019, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside had a very prosperous year. They were able to sell three homes to low-to-moderate income families through their Home Buyer Program, started working on repairing a home through their Home Repair Program, and assisted 9 homeowners with repair work through their Rock the Block Program. Now that the winter season has hit, they are currently on a pause until the upcoming Spring 2020 when they are beginning work on new exciting projects. They are looking to sell two homes through their Home Buyer Program, finance home repair loans for 5-7 homeowners through their county-wide Home Repair Program and complete 15-20 home repair projects through their Rock the Block Program. They are in the process of starting their new 5-year plan which includes the initiative to help more individuals and families. Over the course of 5 years, they are looking to serve 600 individuals through their Home Buyer (20 homes), Home Repair (55 repairs) and Rock the Block (200 projects) Programs. If you want to learn more about Habitat for Humanity Lakeside and their upcoming projects, visit their website:


By vanhornautos | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 5:09 PM

New south side location extends offerings on Racetrack Road

Sheboygan, WI, January 2, 2019 – Van Horn Automotive Group has announced the opening of their brand new, south-side Hyundai dealership. Van Horn Automotive, in partnership with Quasius Construction, broke ground in early May for a new facility located at 5525 Racetrack Road, directly next to Van Horn Nissan and Van Horn Volkswagen.

The new, 16,000 square foot, energy-efficient building will feature a state-of-the-art service facility with two interior service drive-through lanes and eleven service bays to increase car care efficiencies and perform high-quality repairs. Adjacent to the service area will be a comfortable customer lounge area and 2,600 square foot showroom. The design of this Hyundai dealership is the second one of its kind built in Wisconsin.

“We’re very excited to add the Hyundai franchise to our south-side location next to Nissan and Volkswagen,” said Kyle Fale, Platform Director with Van Horn Automotive Group. “Customers now have the opportunity to shop over 500 new and used vehicles with an import brand focus from one location, and we’re able to provide an enhanced service experience for our valued guests. We are happy to be an integral part of the South Taylor Drive expansion project.” Quasius Construction managed the construction of Van Horn Hyundai of Sheboygan, partnering with Van Horn Real Estate, led by director, Chris Merklein. In an earlier statement, Matt Quasius, President of Quasius Construction was quoted as stating, “It has been a pleasure working with Van Horn Automotive on this project. Anytime we can partner with someone who’s values align with Quasius, it provides tremendous impact.”

Van Horn Mazda of Sheboygan will remain at the previous Hyundai location at 3512 Wilgus Avenue on the north side of Sheboygan. It will feature over 100 used vehicles in addition to a selection of new Mazdas, and will continue to service all makes and models.


By vanhornautos | Posted in Dealer Information, Dodge, Ram on Thursday, December 5th, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Location achieves status for a second time in 2019.

Plymouth, WI, November 29, 2019 – Van Horn Truck Center, located at 3003 Eastern Avenue, Plymouth, WI, has won the prestigious award of Number One RAM Dealer in the Midwest for the second time in 2019. The accomplishment was reached for the first time in January, and then again in October, for selling the most new RAM trucks form their location.

Mike Foti, General Sales Manager at Van Horn Truck Center stated, “Achieving this status in the small town of Plymouth Wisconsin is not only exciting, but inspiring. To beat out large market dealerships in areas such as Milwaukee, Chicago, and St. Louis means that our customers value the experience and great customer service that our sales team delivers. I am proud of our staff and all of our support services for working together to win this award.”

The award is given by the Midwest Business Center: a group working to advance the Midwest and impact federal policy sharing strengths and various economic growth in the region. The Van Horn Automotive Group is currently the #1 RAM dealer in the State of Wisconsin when considering sales from all three of their FCA locations in Plymouth, Manitowoc and Stoughton.

The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, the Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 17 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 550 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. For employment opportunities visit the Careers page at


By vanhornautos | Posted in Real Estate on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 6:45 PM
Kingsbury Village Ground Breaking

Former Kingsbury Brewery site offers luxury amenities to new residents

Sheboygan, WI, November 7, 2019 – Van Horn Real Estate and Quasius Construction recently celebrated the construction groundbreaking of the Kingsbury Village Town Home Apartments, scheduled for completion by Summer 2020. The 33 luxury apartments will be built on the former Kingsbury Brewery Site in Sheboygan at 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and will offer fantastic views of the Sheboygan River.

“We are very excited for the Kingsbury Village project to get underway,” stated Chris Merklein, Director of Development. “Van Horn Real Estate is expanding quickly and this investment marks another important milestone in our growth. We have to thank our creative team of architects, engineers, and builders for designing a cost-effective way to make this project possible.”

Kingsbury Village will include three residential buildings, totaling 33 townhome-style luxury apartments.   Each two-bedroom home includes two full bathrooms and a half bath with private entrances and a 2+ car garage. Each apartment features high-end fixtures, stainless steel appliances, and luxury finishes.  The development also includes outdoor living spaces, including balconies, hardscape patios, and a central courtyard for outdoor gatherings, campfires, and grilling.

Quasius Construction will serve as the construction manager and worked with the Van Horn Real Estate team throughout the design and preconstruction stages. “It’s an exciting time to be in construction in Sheboygan County” stated Matt Quasius, President of Quasius Construction Inc., “and we are proud to be a part of the Kingsbury Village project.”

Residents will benefit from the property’s proximity to downtown Sheboygan, Lake Michigan, and the Sheboygan River.  Individuals interested in learning more about the apartments should visit


About Quasius Construction

Quasius Construction, located in Sheboygan’s downtown district, delivers innovative construction solutions and services to clients throughout Wisconsin. Established in 1891, Quasius assists clients throughout their entire project life cycle, from conceptual design through construction completion, helping clients make informed decisions and meeting challenging project demands and budgets.

About Van Horn Real Estate

Van Horn Real Estate is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Van Horn Automotive Group, Inc.  The company serves two primary purposes.  First, to manage 17 automotive-related facilities.  Second, to develop and manage outside non-automotive investment properties.  The current portfolio includes single and multi-family residential, retail, service, and storage.

About Van Horn Automotive Group

Van Horn Automotive Group, Inc. is a family born, employee-owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck and Teresa, Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 17 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business, and several insurance companies. The group employs over 580 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa.

Sheboygan Student Receives Automotive Technician Scholarship

By vanhornautos | Posted in Service on Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 9:51 PM
Justin Matthew M. Swigert

Wisconsin high school graduates and continuing education students are selected to receive technician scholarships through The Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA) sponsored by local dealerships and other foundation partners.  Recipients will use the scholarship awards to fund their vehicle service education in automotive, diesel, motorcycle or collision technology at the Wisconsin Technical College of their choice.

Among the recipients is Justin Matthew M. Swigert of Sheboygan, WI.  He will receive a $4,000 tuition scholarship sponsored by the Van Horn Auto Group headquartered in Plymouth, WI.   “The co-op program allows companies to help students find and achieve their career goals. It has provided us with many students who have transitioned into youth apprentices, part-time employees, college students, and eventually long-term full-time employees.  Van Horn is grateful that we have the opportunity to find high school students who have a passion in a career where we face a nationwide shortage. We are able to bring these employees in at a young age and grow them into really great technicians,” stated Hannah Vassar, Human Resource Generalist for Van Horn Automotive Group.








Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep of Plymouth will provide Swigert  with on-the-job training and mentoring while he attends the automotive program at – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) in Cleveland, WI. “Justin has taken the knowledge he has learned at Sheboygan North HS/LTC and works diligently each day to apply it to his job daily here at VH,” added Marc Shuman, Service Manager and Justin’s mentor at Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep. In addition to the scholarship, Swigert will receive a tool set valued at $4,075 from Snap-on Corporation headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Foundation of WATDA scholarship recipients are selected based on completed application, GPA, testing, and interviews.  This year The Foundation of WATDA awarded it’s 2,000th scholarship; encouraging and assisting young people to pursue a career in the automobile, truck and motorcycle industries in Wisconsin.



By vanhornautos | Posted in ESOP on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 1:52 PM
James P. Van Horn

Business Owner, Husband, Father, Brother and Community Friend

Plymouth, WI, October 7, 2019 – Van Horn Automotive Group lost a proud owner, supporter, and friend , James P. Van Horn on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Son of founder Joe Van Horn, J.P. entered the family automotive business in 1997 after a successful career as a commodities broker in Chicago, IL and owning a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade. Over the years, J.P. grew to love the automotive business, but what he really enjoyed was the family business; working alongside his brother (Chuck) and sister (Teresa).

In the business world J.P. was thoughtful and deliberative; in his personal life, he was gentle, engaging and possessed a great sense of humor. He was admired by everyone who worked with him, and he truly loved what he did. Unfortunately, J.P.’s career was abbreviated when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. He remained as active as he could, until the disease took its toll. Although Alzheimer’s did all it could to take J.P.’s light, it did not take away the impact he made on the lives of those who knew and loved him.

J.P. is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his two sons, Everett and Joe and his brothers and sisters Chuck, Teresa, Joann, and Suzy along with many nieces and nephews. On behalf of all Van Horn employee owners, our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Van Horn family.

The Van Horn Automotive Family

The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, the Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 17 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 550 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa.

James Patrick Van Horn Formal Obituary (Hyperlink to site below)


By vanhornautos | Posted in ESOP, Van Horn Gives on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 4:41 PM
School Supply Drive - Boys and Girls Club

The start of a new school year is exciting and hopeful for most families; but for others, it can be an anxious time. The expense of providing required school supplies is real, and sometimes overwhelming.

This year, the Van Horn Automotive Group organized a ‘Stuff the Trunk’ event; encouraging both employees and customers to donate school supplies to help area families start the year right. Each Van Horn dealership popped the trunk of a showroom vehicle, and invited people to stuff it full of notebooks, backpacks, markers, glue sticks and other necessary school items.












From mid-July to mid-August, fifteen Van Horn dealership locations and supporting departments were able to collect over 2,400 supplies for area students. The supplies were then provided to local community organizations for distribution, including: Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, United Way, Family Promise and a few individual schools.

“We are so appreciative of the efforts from our employee owners and our generous customers to make this event such a success,” said Ryan Thiel, Van Horn Automotive Group Marketing Director and ESOP Committee Member. Teresa Van Horn, co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive group added, “We have over 550 employees in our organization, and it’s very satisfying to see them dig a little deeper during a time when they are already spending their wages on school supplies and clothes for their own families.”


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