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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.
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.
Brett Fosdick, Sales Manager at US Cellular, was the lucky recipient of the Pay-it-Forward award. He chose to pay it forward to Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. He stated that he chose Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County because “they have helped out a peer of mine who was in need in the past. I believe it’s a great service for people who aren’t able to leave the confines of their homes to be able to get meals delivered to their homes.”
Van Horn has sponsored the Pay-it-Forward donation for the past four years, benefiting other local organizations such as the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, the Sheboygan County Cancer Care Fund, and RCS Empowers Inc.
Teresa Van Horn believes it is very important as a pillar of the communities we live to give back to the community and support one another. “We have been very fortunate to have the support of our communities these past 50 years. Pay-it-forward gives us the opportunity to say thank you and give the community the additional opportunity to help each other out. The support that communities receive from our business and the many other businesses will help us to continue to grow and remain strong for the future,” says Van Horn.
This past summer Van Horn Automotive Group purchased various livestock raised through the 4H program at the Ozaukee and Sheboygan County fairs. We had the meat processed and offered it to our employees in exchange for a donation to our local food pantries. Donations were made to the Plymouth Food Pantry, Kewaskum Food Pantry, Peter's Pantry, Fondy Food Pantry, Hunger Task Force, Stoughton Food Pantry, Oconomowoc Food Pantry, and the Sheboygan Food Pantry. Van Horn Automotive Group proudly supports our community food pantries and our local 4H programs.
|Representatives from the Plymouth Food Pantry, Exhibitors from local 4H programs, and Ryan Thiel from Van Horn Automotive Group|
Bringing a wide selection of vehicles and new job opportunities
The location has a total lot size of almost 6 acres; capable of holding over 400 vehicles. A 32,000 square-foot, building includes an open-concept showroom and service center, complete with 10 service lifts. Roy Edwards will operate as the General Manager, bringing over 15 years of automotive business experience; most recently functioning as one of the top-performing general sales managers at the Van Horn Truck Center in Plymouth, WI. “This store has great visibility,” said Roy, “And the location allows us the serve the Highway 41 corridor from the Fox Valley south to Milwaukee.”
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