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: https://www.habitatlakeside.com/current-projects.html
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.
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 www.vhcars.com.
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 www.kingsburyvillage.com.
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.
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.
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)
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.”
Golfer hits hole-in-one to win a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Kohler, WI, August 19, 2019 – What started out as a beautiful morning for golf at Blackwolf Run, became a magical day for Cambellsport resident Craig Hatch, who aced the 17th hole at Blackwolf Run’s River Course to win a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro from Van Horn Automotive Group.
Hatch, a brain cancer survivor himself, was participating in the annual Make-A-Wish Wisconsin golf outing, sponsored by Sargento and Johnsonville. Van Horn Automotive was the sponsor of two, hole-in-one contests at Blackwolf Run. With an 8 iron in hand, Hatch approached the 154-yard 17th hole of the River Course for his first tee shot of the day during a shotgun start. Hatch stated, “I didn’t think the ball actually went in! It was my first shot of the day and I was in disbelief. As the witness walked to the hole to verify that it was in there, I ran next to her because I couldn’t believe it. It was my first hole in one and my first time golfing in the Make-A-Wish golf outing.”
“This is my second time volunteering as a hole-in-one contest witness for the Make-A-Wish golf outing, said Sunday Strong, Executive Assistant at Van Horn Automotive Group. “It’s such a fun day for everyone. I’ve seen many golfers get close, but never make a hole-in-one; so to see Mr. Hatch achieve this feat was truly an exciting experience.” Teresa Van Horn, Co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive Group added, “We enjoy sponsoring great causes like Make-A-Wish alongside other area businesses to thank our communities for their patronage.”
About Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and nearly 40,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 315,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,600 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit www.wish.org.
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, Teresa and JP Van Horn, Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 16 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 580 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. For employment opportunities visit the Careers page at www.vhcars.com.
Sheboygan South High School continues to demonstrate their dedication to teaching students about automotive and electronic mechanics. Their course titled: Automotive and Electro Mechanics, is a year-long introductory course that provides training for: tools, equipment, operation, maintenance, and most importantly safety. Students also learn about proper procedures for diagnostics and service.
Students receive hands-on practice
Students practice their skills on a variety of vehicles as well as industrial equipment and are taught procedures as well as electro-mechanical skills that can be applied to a career in automotive or manufacturing. Sheboygan South High School is currently looking at the possibility of receiving credits towards Lakeshore Technical College in automotive electricity.
Van Horn Automotive Group supports South High’s initiative to educate young students on automotive and electro-mechanical skills. “When South High reached out to us regarding donating a vehicle: it was a no brainer,” said Teresa Van Horn, Co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive. “We want to help empower our youth and support the community with a skilled workforce.” When asked about what the 2007 Jeep Commander could do for Sheboygan South High School, Collin Kachel, a teacher at the school, said that “The vehicle will be used as a training aid for the Automotive Mechanics class for the next 5 years. We greatly appreciate the donation as it is the first time our program has been able to utilize a clean, modern vehicle for training.”
This past Memorial Day, Van Horn Automotive Group, once again, took a community-driven approach to customer test drives. For every test drive taken May 24, 25, and 27, 2019, Van Horn offered to donate $20 to Children of Fallen Patriots, a foundation that provides college scholarships and education to children who have lost a parent serving in the military. “This is our second year running this event,’ said Marketing Director Ryan Thiel. “Our goal was to beat last year’s mark, and we were very happy to have achieved a 35% increase. We had great feedback from participants; even those not intending to buy a car that day. It’s important that we keep focus on those who gave everything for our freedom and their families.”
TEST DRIVE RESULTS
After the event, the totals were combined from all 15 Van Horn locations throughout Wisconsin and Iowa equaling 302 test drives and made a total donation of $6,500. “We believe that one of the best ways we can honor our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is to invest in the future of those they loved most in the world – their children,” said David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. Since 2002, Fallen Patriots has awarded more than $30 million and assisted 1,417 students earn their college degree. “A college education is the key to a bright future for any child and the generosity of our supporters is making those hopes and dreams come true.”
THANKS FOR DRIVING
The Van Horn family would like to thank everyone that came out to test drive a vehicle. Whether it was a car someone was possibly interested in purchasing, or a ride in a convertible, we greatly appreciate everyone that came out.