Business of the Month - 2015 Recipients
Cafe Soeurette has been serving up beautiful farm-to-table cuisine for the past eight years in downtown West Bend. Chef and owner, Jodi Janisse-Kanzenbach, works almost exclusively with local farmers to bring the freshest seasonal ingredients to the table. In order to get through the long Wisconsin winters, Cafe Soeurette cans, pickles and freezes throughout the growing season.
The menu at Cafe Soeurette changes as ingredients become available. Items this month include pumpkin parmesan ravioli with ginger pear chutney; bacon bison meatloaf with spinach and mashed yukons; and sweet potato poutine with hoisin bbq sauce and pork cheek.
A visit to Cafe Soeurette isn’t just about the food, it’s also about the experience. The quaint cafe is known for providing polite and exceptional service in a casual, elegant setting. In addition to the dining room, The Underground is a cozy spot for guests to enjoy a microbrew, glass of wine or tasty beverage. The patio is also a great place to take advantage of the beautiful summer nights.
Cafe Soeurette is located at 111 North Main Street and is open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. Visit cafesoeurette.com to view the current menu and find information on specials, including Happy Hour from 4-6pm and BOGO drinks on Fridays.
EPIC Creative Website Facebook
EPIC Creative is not your typical ad agency. Judging by the quality of our work, you might assume we reside in Milwaukee's Third Ward and commute in fancy German automobiles. But in fact, looking out the front windows of our main office on the south side of West Bend, you're more likely to see a John Deere tractor than a European sports sedan.
Our motto is "Work Hard, Have Fun." That phiosophy has been serving us well for more than 25 years, and we work harder and have more fun each and every day.
We specialise in brand strategy, web, print design, social media, public relations, video, photography, search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising for both B2B and retail organizations. Some of our great partners include: GE, Dougas Dynamics, EnPro Industries, Tee-2-Green and John Deere.
Cole Manufacturing Website Facebook
Dave Cole began his career in the tool and die industry in 1978, and it was in 1997 when he decided to purchase ACD, Inc. and turn it into Cole Tool and Manufacturing Corp. At that time, there were four tool makers and the business occupied 6,400 square feet. Two years later, in 1999, Dave opened Cole Stampings, Inc. to provide quality metal stampings and a higher level of customer service. The two companies united in 2006 and formed Cole Manufacturing Corp. One year later, they remodeled their facility and built an addition to improve traffic flow through the shop and allow for the implementation of new technology such as robotic welders, a laser and a couple press brakes.
Moving into their 18th year in business, Cole Manufacturing Corp. continues to provide customers with the highest quality parts and service. The corporation currently employs 40 employees, and their facility occupies 26,000 square feet on Schoenhaar Drive in West Bend. They also just purchased the building next door to them, acquiring an extra 6,500 square feet of manufacturing space.
Cole Manufacturing Corp. is dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality and most cost effective products in the metal forming industry. They are accomplishing this with knowledgeable and courteous employees, on-time delivery, and high quality services and products. Cole Manufacturing Corp. is an ISO registered firm with a fully equipped welding division, tool room, stampings department and fabrication division.
Pest Patrol Website Facebook
Pest Patrol was located in Milwaukee Wisconsin until 2005. A long time employee, since 1987, John Ryan began at Pest Patrol as a service technician. John now owns and operates the company and since John lives in West Bend it seemed logical to move it from its Milwaukee location to its current location in West Bend. John has spread his knowledge and fair business practices out to the Washington County area and believes “word of mouth” is the best way to advertise.
Pest Patrol’s dedication to their customers, competitive prices, and superior service are what makes people continue to call for an appointment, day in and day out. They service Milwaukee Metro areas including: Ozaukee County and Washington County and have expanded their services to the Madison area. Whether you are located in Whitewater, Kewaskum, Mukwonago, Waukesha, West Bend, Richfield, Cedarburg, or within their service area, they can be there. John and his family are fair business people with one main goal and that is to make their customer’s happy they called for his pest control expertise. New customers are always welcomed, so if you need pest control services for a reasonable price, give them a call for a FREE quote and they will be more than trustworthy and professional with your residential, commercial or industrial building.
En Fuego Fitness Website Facebook
En Fuego Fitness recently moved to the City of West Bend in January of 2015 and has a beautiful new studio at 820 S. Main Street. En Fuego has been in business for over five years and was previously located in Jackson. The new location has two studios, and a child care room that provides supervised childcare during morning and evening classes.
EnFuego specializes in personal training and group fitness classes. Personal training can be customized to people's workouts to meet their goals. They help their clients lose weight, gain strength, establish a regular fitness routine, prepare for fun runs, gain confidence and lots more!
The group fitness classes are listed below and are known for being fun and interactive:
- 6 Les Mills programs (BodyPump, BodyCombat, BodyFlow, Sh'Bam, CXWORX, and BodyPump).BodyPump is the original barbell class where lifting is set to music. It's En Fuego’s most popular class.
- BodyCombat is a martial arts inspired cardio workout (think kicking and punching!).
- BodyFlow is a mind-body class which mixes yoga, tai chi, and pilates into an awesome hour.
- Sh'Bam is dancing to the latest tunes.
- CXWORX is 30 minutes of core work; everything from shoulders to butt.
- RPM is the newest class, and quickly becoming a favorite; 45 minutes of cycling!
En Fuego offers a variety of options for people to attend their classes. Unlimited monthly memberships are the most popular. Punch cards and drop-in passes are also offered. The best part is, your first class is on the house!
The personal training sessions are sold in packs of ten in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions. You can even train with your friends!
Krimmer's Restaurant Website Facebook
After years of contemplation, planning, and searching for the right property, Wes and Kelsey Krimmer achieved their dream of opening their own restaurant, appropriately named Krimmer’s Restaurant. In late 2013, the couple purchased the former Canton House building at 114 N. Main Street in downtown West Bend, which had been vacant for many years. Those familiar with the building may not recognize the former Canton House. After a year and a half of love driven labor completed mostly by the couple, family and friends, the building was completely renovated from top to bottom including a new entry.
Krimmer’s Restaurant opened on February 25, 2015. Krimmer’s Restaurant serves high quality steak, seafood and wine in a friendly, cozy atmosphere. Krimmer’s pairing of fresh steak and wine is a great addition to the downtown business district. The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, but hopes to expand service to lunch in the future. The building also offers a patio area, which the Krimmer’s hope to renovate and open for outside dining options.
As with many small businesses, Krimmer’s Restaurant is a local, family owned and operated business. Both grew up in West Bend and continue to call West Bend home. Wes is the executive chef, while Kelsey directs the front-of-house operations. Wes has over 18 years of restaurant experience and Kelsey has over 12 years of knowledge in creating the ideal dining atmosphere for customers. The business has 10 employees.
To assist in opening the restaurant, the Krimmer’s secured a Small Business Administration loan and were also the first recipients of a loan from the Downtown West Bend Business Loan Pool from First Bank Financial Centre in partnership with the City of West Bend. The loan pool was established to help revitalization efforts, increase capital investment and provide support for new and existing businesses with the Downtown West Bend Business Improvement District and Historic Barton Commercial District.
The Threshold Website Facebook
For 52 years, the Threshold Incorporated has been committed to providing meaningful service options that meet individual needs and promote independence, employability and inclusion within the community for people with disabilities. The Threshold Incorporated is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that recognizes:
All people have unique abilities and personal preferences.
All people are treated with dignity and respect.
Families, friends and others are valued supports in people’s lives.
All people are entitled to community membership, including both the rights and responsibilities such membership brings.
The community is strengthened through the full inclusion of all its members.
The mission of the Threshold is to “Create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live fulfilling lives.”
Their Adult Day Services Program serves adults whose capabilities and interests suggest success in areas other than community-based employment. Individual programs are designed based on the person’s choices, abilities, medical and physical levels of needed support. The focus of the Community Employment program is to assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment of their choice within the community. Through our partnership with the Workforce Development Center at Moraine Park Technical College, individuals are offered additional resources to assist them in successfully reaching this goal. The Options program is one of several programs of the Threshold offering “Choice” to individuals; choice to work, choice to enjoy leisure activities or work on skill-building activities. The amount of time spent working or in activities is determined by input from the person and their family members or guardian. The Prevocational Services Program provides daily paid work opportunities to 150 people. This service is primarily based at the Lawrence and Vivian Stockhausen (LVS) Center and is also based at the Rolfs Avenue location. The focus of this program is to develop vocational skills in individuals while increasing independence and initiatives in a work setting. The Threshold Recreation Program has a long history of providing scheduled “after hours” and weekend activities, as well as a variety of Special Olympic sporting events. This program serves nearly 150 people annually. The Senior Day Services program is designed to provide meaningful community involvement and focuses on retired disabled senior citizens. SDS provides socialization and therapeutic activities that promote community integration, independence, and a sense of well-being. Designed to meet the needs of people with physical or other disabilities who have a desire to gain greater independence, our Special Services program meets the long and short-term rehabilitation goals of each individual we serve.
The Threshold also offers programs for our community youth. The Birth to 3 program provides in-home therapy and education to Washington County families who have a child under the age of three who may be falling behind in development. School to Work is a transitional program in partnership with Washington County School Districts. This program helps high-school seniors successfully move from their senior year of school into the workforce. Education, testing and temporary work experiences are part of the program. The Summer Youth Community Program emphasizes building connections for young adults. The program connects participants with their peers and with community members through an array of social, community based and leisure recreational activities.
The Threshold offers commercial services through Clean Sweep and TTI Industries. Clean Sweep is a fully insured and bonded profitable business entity for the Threshold which provides excellent cleaning services to area businesses, while providing a work opportunity for its 92% of staff members with disabilities. TTI Industries is a profitable division of the Threshold, which offers subcontract manufacturing services to businesses. TTI Industries specializes in packaging, assembly, kit packaging, and inspection. The Threshold also has space for rent at the Lawrence and Vivian Stockhausen Center mall.
The Threshold has 107 employees at the Rolfs and Washington Avenue locations. Their adult and youth services touch over 500 disabled people each year. Many local businesses utilize employment and commercial services provided by the Threshold, including Serigraph, Pick ‘n Save, UWWC, Culver’s, Horicon Bank, West Bend Mutual Insurance, Wurth Adams and Whitetail’R.
Custom Equipment Website Facebook
Custom Equipment was started in 1981 by Steve and Lynn Kissinger as a small fabrication and welding repair business. The first shop was located on north Main Street in West Bend. Here, Custom Equipment gained a reputation for providing creative solutions, superb customer service, and quality workmanship. It was here that the first “2 in 1” scissor lift was designed and manufactured for use in mausoleums.
Custom Equipment outgrew their north Main Street location and in 1993 moved into a larger location on the south side of town on Progress Drive. In 2004, after recognizing the need in the industrial market for a smaller, lightweight lift, Custom Equipment designed and started to manufacture Hy-Brid Lifts. Today, they continue to grow, moving assembly operations into a second location. Currently Custom Equipment employees 35 employees, approximately 15 employees at the West Bend facility, and 20 employees at the Richfield facility.
Hy-Brid Lifts are compact and robust scissor lifts. They are used for a range of applications including facility maintenance, electrical, wiring, and drywall installation. Hy-Brid Lifts stand out due to their light weight, low floor loading pressures and high lifting capacities. Because of their light weight and innovative design the machines are able to successfully operate on many traditionally "off-limit" flooring surfaces.
Hy-Brid lifts are sold to dealers and available to rent throughout the United States, Canada and across the world. Additionally, Custom Equipment provides service and support for their equipment. Service training, genuine parts, and warranty information is provided by the company.
The company is committed to providing innovative, creative solutions to low-level access problems. The lifts are manufactured using the highest standards available, leading to less maintenance and increasing the lifespan of the lifts. These qualities reduce the natural resources and carbon footprint, as sustainability is important to Custom Equipment.
While they have grown from a small family owned business to a globally recognized aerial equipment manufacturer, they strive to maintain their commitment to producing a quality product and maintaining superb relationships with all involved. Future growth plans include additional product lines, consolidating into one larger facility, and additional employees.
MD Design Website
MD Design & Automation is a design and precision machining shop that was founded in 1996. Owner Michael and Mary Daul founded the company, with Michael using broad base of experience in the tool and die and manufacturing fields. He has over 30 years of experience in tool and die machining. Today the company’s employees have over 100 years of combined experience. The company is committed to providing quality work, timely delivery, and cost efficiency as a job shop and short run production facility. Using the team's extensive experience, MD Design & Automation is able to help customers get the best quality product at the most efficient cost.
MD Design offers a variety of special services for the traditional short run machine shop and has the right equipment and expertise to complete any size order, from a single prototype assembly to a run of 100,000 parts. As a precision machining and job shop, MD Design & Automation offers redesign and reverse engineering, jig and fixture, CNC machining, jig grinding, CMM inspections, gauge work, wire EDM, and prototype services. The company also specializes in repair work, specialized replacement parts, design to full drawing to production, and short or long run production.
Customer service is a priority for MD Design and Automation. They work closely with each customer to understand the important issues facing each project as it enters the shop. They review the specific job and its requirements - deadlines, special concerns, budget constraints and the general scope of the project and finally develop a delivery timeline for the project while staying on time and on budget.
MD Design & Automation relocated from Menomonee Falls to the River Road Industrial Park on the southeastern side of the city. The new 12,000 square foot facility at 1350 Rail Way was completed in December 2014 and features office, manufacturing, and warehouse space. The company has 13 employees and plans to add positions in the future.
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Website Facebook
In 1894 West Bend Mutual Fire Insurance Company was founded by local business owners after a fire roared through West Bend, destroying an entire commercial block and devastating a community. After 120 years, the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company headquarters can be found at 1900 S. 18th Avenue on the city’s southwest side. The personal insurance lines consist of a home and auto package policy called Home and Highway©, and personal umbrella, while business or commercial lin...es consist of property, liability, auto, business umbrella, bonds, surety, and workers’ compensation insurance. West Bend Mutual Insurance Company writes in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
With over 680 full-time associates, West Bend Mutual is the largest employer in the city. To protect employees and their families, associates can participate in health, prescription drug, dental, and vision insurance, short term disability, group term life, business travel accident insurance, and voluntary life. Their on-site 7,100 square-foot fitness center is available 24/7 to employees, spouses, and children, as well as 3 miles of walking/ running trails surrounding the campus. A partnership with the YMCA offers other wellness and weight loss programs to employees. An on-site health and wellness center opened in 2014, offering a full spectrum of medical care including annual physicals and immunizations, preventative screenings, lab work, personalized care for prevention and health maintenance and wellness initiatives such as health risk assessments and flu shots. The on-site center is operated by QuadMed, a nationwide leader in employer sponsored onsite healthcare. Associates also have the opportunity to participate in the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Employee Savings and Retirement Plan and Trust 401(k), allowing employees to save for retirement. Employees with the highest longevity at the company receive a higher contribution rate under the “retirement” benefit. A performance bonus plan was also introduced in 2012 to provide financial incentive, foster teamwork, and attract and retain quality associates. Payment is based on growth and profitability of the company.
In 1995, the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company Charitable Trust was established. Through September 2014, donations of over $1 million from the trust and $107,000 from the corporate budget have been granted. Most of the grants are made in response to requests from employees that volunteer for the non-profit or service agency. In addition to financial support from the trust, many associates and departments raise funds for various causes within the community. The company encourages volunteering and financial support through various ways. Associates who give to the United Way according to the giving guide receive an extra day of vacation. Departments sponsor Christmas trees decorated for the charity of their choice. Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny is a morning filled with food, activities and fun, and in return for a food pantry donation, associates receive a picture with the guest of honor. A $10 donation gives an associate the opportunity to wear jeans on a particular day of the week for one month. Those funds are donated to a family member or friend in need or to a local non-profit entity. Since 2004, the annual Blitz Build for Habitat for Humanity allows associates to help build or renovate a local Habitat project, while still being paid their regular salary. The Prairie Business Center can be utilized by non-profit organizations for which a West Bend Mutual associate serves. In 2014, over $700,000 was raised by 15 community service and non-profit organizations. Many employees, from management to associate level, volunteer and support local and regional non-profit organizations too numerous to name.
Tenure at West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is 11 years- a statistic that is astounding given the high mobility of today’s society. In addition to the above benefits, employees have access to an atrium-like cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch, on-site convenience store, bank, ATM, and dry cleaning service for added convenience. The company has been named a top workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Workplace Dynamics. The company has also received awards for healthiest employers by the Milwaukee Business Journal, as well as Deloitte Distinguished Performer Award in environment and community. CEO Kevin Steiner has also received awards for leadership and charity involvement.February
Technical Products Website
Technical Products Inc. is a full service company in machining, laser machining, engineering, specifying, developing and manufacturing simple or complex designs to precise tolerances in advances industrial ceramics and plastics. David and Kate Bresina started the company in the family’s barn in 1976 and relocated to West Bend in 1994. Technical Products Inc. (TPI) moved to a state-of-the-art facility at 198 West Progress Drive in the city’s South Industrial Park.
TPI is one of the largest Corning Macor® distributors in the world. Corning Macor® is a machinable glass ceramic product for industrial applications. TPI also has a large Alumnia department that offers precision grinding, lapping, laser machining and on site furnaces for customer’s firing needs. The company works with a broad range of plastic materials too numerous to list. TPI has a fully equipped machine shop with extensive inventory of carbide and diamond tooling for their experienced machinists to utilize. Machine equipment includes CAD/CAM, CNC lathes, mills, lasers, various grinders, and machining centers. TPI is dedicated to maintaining a state-of-the-art shop in material, equipment and software, which allows machinists to produce at their highest skill levels reducing human and machine error.
Precision machined products including plates, disks, nozzles, bearings and spacers for use in the aerospace, automotive, biotech, defense, electrical, medical, nuclear, and scientific industries. TPI has a large inventory of stock materials on hand for quick response to customer needs. Quality and competitive pricing are guaranteed. Dedication to quality allows TPI to supply ceramic, plastic and metal precision parts to some of the world’s most prominent companies.
TPI remains a family owned company with Kate Bresina as President after the passing of David. The couple’s 4 children are all actively involved with the company. TPI has 35 employees and plans to add new positions in the future.