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Van Horn Offers Healthy Eating Incentive to Employees

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
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

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

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

VAN HORN HYUNDAI OF SHEBOYGAN NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

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.

Meals on Wheels Recipient of Pay-It-Forward Donation

Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Last week, the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce held their 2018 Chamber Champions Gala at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. In attendance representing Van Horn Automotive Group were Teresa Van Horn, Dick Strong, Sunday Strong, Jeff Niesen, Brian Wieland, and Crystal Dekker. Van Horn Automotive Group was a Platinum Sponsor of this event, as well as the host of the the “Pay-it-Forward moment” – a random drawing, allowing a chosen guest to select a charity for a $1000 donation. 


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.” 

Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County partners with local farmers and gardeners to provide fresh meals for the elderly and homebound. 

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.


For more information about Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County, please visit http://www.freshmealsonwheels.org.

VAN HORN OF PLYMOUTH TOPS WISCONSIN FCA DEALERS

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat, located at 3000 Eastern Ave, Plymouth, WI, is proud to announce their status as #1 FCA dealer for new car sales in Wisconsin and #1 Ram dealer in the Midwest.  
Opened in 1987 as Chuck Van Horn Dodge, it was the second Van Horn dealership established after the original Joe Van Horn Chevrolet in 1966. After celebrating 50 years of business, the Van Horn Automotive Group opened a Truck Center in 2016 to create a destination for truck enthusiasts. “Having a dedicated location with Ram experts serving truck buyers has really helped us be successful in the market,” says Adam Gaedke, Platform Vice President for the Van Horn Automotive Group. “This is a very satisfying accomplishment considering the competition from larger metropolitan FCA dealers in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.”
Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Plymouth and the Van Horn Truck Center employ over 45 people in both sales and service. “We’ve seen a lot of growth with the Automotive Group in just the last two years, expanding to markets including: Oconomowoc, Lomira and even Newhall, IA,” says Chuck Van Horn, CEO of Van Horn Automotive Group. “Its great to see one of our original locations stand the test of time and achieve this level of success in the backyard of our Plymouth headquarters. We really owe our success to the support from our local community and our employee owners in building a solid reputation.”

Van Horn Ford Chevrolet of Newhall Grand Opening

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 was an exciting day for Van Horn Automotive Group- we held our grand opening celebration for our first out of state location in Newhall, Iowa!


We celebrated with a performance by Jazz band, Eddie Piccard, Lifetime Achievement Award presentations, a ribbon cutting ceremony, public open house, and giveaways from Hyvee, Cit Drel Supper Club, First Stop, and numerous Van Horn prize packs. Scott Saville, sports talk show host from KCRG, was our MC for the night. The event was catered by Hyvee, who provided two separate delicious food stations as well as an ice cream bar!


During the ceremony, Bill Grovert was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Newhall Council Member, Bill Much. Steve Schallau also received this same honor presented by Van Horne Mayor, Martin Junge. Both of these awards were given to honor Mr. Grovert and Mr. Schallau’s work in the local automotive industry. Steve Schallau proudly presented Van Horn President, Dick Strong with a Ford clock that was displayed in the original Newhall Ford dealership. Teresa Van Horn presented a $2,000 check to the Benton Scholarship Fund. 


Van Horn Ford Chevrolet of Newhall welcomed over 200 guests to our celebration. Van Horn Automotive Group is looking forward to our future in the Benton County community.


More photos of our grand opening celebration can be found in our Facebook album.

Van Horn Gives Back to the Food Pantry

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

11/29/2017

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

Van Horn Ford of Lomira Grand Opening

Friday, November 3rd, 2017


On Thursday October 19th, 2017, Van Horn Ford of Lomira held a grand opening celebration in honor of their new Ford store located in Lomira Wisconsin. 

Among those who attended the event were Lomira city officials, Lomira High School staff and band members, area chamber businesses, and Van Horn associates. 
The celebration of the new store consisted of a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a public open house with entertainment. 
During the Ribbon cutting ceremony, President Dick Strong from the Van Horn Automotive Group spoke, as well as Roy Edwards, General Manager of Van Horn Ford of Lomira. Lomira High School Principle Deb Janke also took a turn speaking. Later on in the evening band direction Rod Eggert was presented with a $500 check for the High School Band will would use the money toward their trip. 

Entertainment was provided by the Lomira High School Band who played multiple songs for the public, as well as the High School Cheer Team, and WMBZ, 92.5 Buzz Country provided a live broadcast and backdrop of music.

Over 200 people came to celebrate this event, and all those who attended got to enjoy Sue’s Country Catering who served a homestyle meal for guests which included BBQ Pork and Turkey and Gravy.
The atmosphere of the grand opening celebration was neighborly and welcoming. The community came together and celebrated the event in a true warm and friendly fashion.
Van Horn Ford of Lomira is the 12thdealership to join the Van Horn Family.

Van Horn Automotive Group Adds Ford Lomira to Family of Dealerships

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Bringing a wide selection of vehicles and new job opportunities

September 1, 2017
The Van Horn Automotive group has announced the purchase of Ford Lomira from Ernie Von Schledorn, located at 700 East Avenue, Lomira, WI. This marks the 12th dealership to be part of the Van Horn Automotive Group, and the 2nd Ford dealership, since Van Horn Ford of Oconomowoc was purchased from Safro in October 2016.


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.”

 

Growing a larger inventory and further developing the service center, Van Horn aims to double the staff from 20 to 40 employees. “We believe in investing in all the communities that we serve,” said Dick Strong, President of Van Horn Automotive Group. “People are our single greatest asset and we will support the people that live and work in Lomira and the surrounding area.”

 

Coming from the small town of Plymouth, WI, Van Horn Automotive Group CEO Chuck Van Horn appreciates the role and responsibility each business has in the community. “Our team all has a common vision,” says Chuck. “We strive to create a great experience for our customers. When the customer is happy, we are happy.”

Van Horn Automotive Group Adds Chevrolet Newhall to Family of Dealerships

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
August 1, 2017
The Van Horn Automotive Group has announced the acquisition and purchase of Grovert Chevrolet, located at 7300 28th Avenue, Newhall, Iowa, from Bill Grovert to be effective as of August 1, 2017.
New Van Horn Automotive dealership in Iowa
As a well‐established automotive group, operating for over 50 years, this will be the first dealership location outside the state of Wisconsin. However, Iowa is not new territory for the Van Horn family. “My great grandparents immigrated from Ireland and settled in Ainsworth, near Washington, Iowa,” said Chuck Van Horn, Chief Executive Officer of Van Horn Automotive Group. “We celebrated our centennial on the family farm about 10 years ago, which is still owned by our cousin who is a 4th generation farmer.” Teresa Van Horn, Chief Operating Officer of Van Horn Automotive Group adds, “My father grew up on the farm in Ainsworth and my mother is from Davenport, Iowa. Our family is very happy to be back in Iowa; especially with a leading franchise like Chevrolet. The over 100‐year history of the Grovert dealership, and our shared passion for customer satisfaction, played a big part in our decision to purchase.”
Van Horn's first dealership outside of Wisconsin
Van Horn intends to increase vehicle inventory and further develop the service center, as well as grow staff. Jon Bell, a member of the acquisition team, will operate as the executive manager of Van Horn Chevrolet of Newhall. The Van Horn organization and their employees take great pride in their participation in civic and charitable causes and plan to be active supporters of the corridor area. “We strive to invest in all the communities that we serve, and make the customer experience our priority” said Dick Strong, President of Van Horn Automotive Group. “Coming from the small town of Plymouth, WI, and especially as an employee owned company, we understand and embrace the role and responsibility each business has in the community.”

Grovert Chevrolet was started in Newhall, Iowa 107 years ago by Bill Grovert’s grandfather. “This is now a time in our life that we want to spend more time with family and related activities” said Bill who has operated the dealership with his wife Susan. “We are thankful for the long-term employees and our loyal customers and friends who have made this a wonderful experience and we will always be grateful to them. Susan and I couldn’t be happier that the Van Horn organization will be the new owners. As they are the only true employee owned dealership in the area, we feel confident our former employees, who are all staying with the company, will be happy and our customers will enjoy a great experience”.
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