Archive for June, 2019
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.
New south side location provides state-of-the-art facility focused on customer experience.
Sheboygan, WI, May 10, 2019 – Van Horn Automotive, in partnership with Quasius Construction, broke ground on a new Hyundai dealership and service facility May 9th. Present were representatives from Van Horn Automotive Group, Quasius Construction, Sheboygan County Chamber and Mike Vandersteen, Mayor City of Sheboygan.
The Van Horn Hyundai of Sheboygan franchise dealership will move from its current north side location at 3512 Wilgus Ave. to the south side of Sheboygan at 5525 Racetrack Road. “The new 16,106 square foot Hyundai facility is designed to provide the best customer experience possible,” said Chris Merklein, Director of Van Horn Real Estate and Development. “Located just south of our newly acquired Nissan and Volkswagen store, the construction process and site-work will begin in mid-May – we will see structural steel going up in June – interior framing in August, and substantial advancement in late November. Van Horn Automotive Group is excited to be selling and servicing cars out of the new dealership in time for Christmas.”
The new facility 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 higher quality repairs. Adjacent to the service area, will be a comfortable customer lounge area and 2,600 square foot showroom. Designed to be energy efficient, the building will provide LED lighting throughout. Customers will also notice the glass façade’ wall along the entrance providing an abundance of natural light into the store.
“Van Horn is really excited to sharing the new space with our customers,” said Kyle Fale, Van Horn Platform Director for Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen. “Hyundai has been a great brand to work with both for Van Horn and customers who have purchased vehicles. Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is the best in America and proves to be an extremely reliable car brand. Our location on Wilgus Ave has treated us well over the years, but we are ready for an upgrade. Customers will agree and be very happy when they see that we have built a facility for better vehicle purchase and service needs.”
Quasius Construction will serve as the construction manager of the project. Quasius has partnered with Van Horn early in the planning and preconstruction process to help identify design and construction efficiencies for their new facility. Designed using Hyundai’s brand and prototype store specifications, the new Sheboygan store is the second one of its kind to be built in Wisconsin.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the Van Horn Automotive group on this project, and to play a role in the development of Sheboygan County” stated Matt Quasius, President of Quasius Construction. “Anytime we can partner with someone who’s values align with Quasius, it provides tremendous impact.”
The new facility will also include a large employee training area that will help to retain and attract quality talent as well as allow for character and career development. “We always strive to continue our mission of empowering people and by creating this space, we can do just that,” stated Fale. The inside will feature a wall-hung TV for computer projection and training assistance. The training area will serve a variety of functions for: meetings, presentations, training and think tanks.
In a statement Chuck Van Horn, Van Horn co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive Group, said “With the acquisition of Nissan/Volkswagen, and the addition of the new Hyundai location, we are committed to developing the Sheboygan South Business Park. As a student pilot, I fly above the new locations getting excited about how we can continue to play a part in making this area a more desirable and attractive destination for Sheboygan County and beyond.”
About the 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 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 18 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.