Get to Know WINCO – Scott

WINCO is a family-owned business with almost 80 employees. We thought it would be great to meet them!

Name: Scott Schanus
Department: Punch Press
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, restoring Allis-Chalmers tractors

Q: How long have you worked at WINCO?
A: Coming up on 6 years.

Q: Tell me about your family.
A: I have 2 brothers, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 1 great-niece

Q: Ice out is at the end of March here in Minnesota, will you still be ice fishing?
A: I have to get my ice house off the lake this weekend, but we can still use a pop-up shelter.

Q: Tell us about your tractors.
A: I restore Allis-Chalmers tractors. I have a 1939B, a 1947C and a 1953CA.

I also collect toy Allis-Chalmers tractors.


Q: Do you still use them?
A: Yes, I put a modern plow on them and plow at tractor shows. I also drive them in local parades.

Fun Fact! Scott brought his 1953CA to WINCO for a photo shoot with a 27PTO!


Thank you Scott for taking time to talk to me!


If you are able to come to visit, make sure to say ‘Hi’ to Scott!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG

Get to Know WINCO – Joyce

WINCO is a family-owned business with almost 80 employees. We thought it would be great to meet them!

Name: Joyce Forcelle
Position: Human Resources
Hobbies: Gardening, reading, traveling

Q: How long have you worked at WINCO?
A: It will be 30 years on February 4th.

Q: Tell me about your family.
A: I have been married 46 years to my husband, Freddy. We have 2 kids, Valerie and Bob. We also have 3 grandchildren, Lily, Cris, and Josiah

Q: Have you always been in the HR department?
A: When I started in 1991, I was the Administrative Assistant to the National Sales Manager. I have also worked in the International Sales department, was a Service Manager, then I was assisting sales until I moved to HR.

Q: You have been with WINCO for 30 years, that is amazing. What has stuck out as the craziest moment here?
A: The approaching months to Y2K. We didn’t have anything left in stock and the lead times were 6 months. Hurricane Katrina and Sandy were also very chaotic moments.

Fun Fact: Joyce still has almost every WINCO t-shirt we have made since she started.

1991 – 2020 t-shirts through the years

Q: I hear you are retiring in February. What will you miss the most about WINCO?
A: Everything, especially my co-workers. Really, the company as a whole. WINCO is a wonderful place to work. In this small community it is great to have a company with so many opportunities to grow.


Joyce, let me just say congratulations on your retirement. I know I will especially miss you and everyone else surely will too. I’m not crying, you’re crying.


If you call into our main line, you still might be able to talk to Joyce. If you do, be sure to congratulate her and wish her well.

– BIG DOG

Great Things Are Happening in our Service Department!

As we grow, we want to ensure that we can have the right support for our customers.

Our main focus is to provide faster response times and add more depth to our after sales support, through cross training and increased capacity.

Starting January 1st, 2021, we will be adding Dan Curran to our full time After Sales Support Team.

Let’s meet Dan.

Dan worked for 20 years in the marine and overhead hoist/crane industry. 6 of those years as a technician and a service advisor in the marine industry. In the crane world, he was a technician, service manager, and a licensed crane operator.

He has been with WINCO for almost 2 years now. Adding his knowledge of generators to his extensive field service experience, made him the right person to add to our After Sales Support Team.

Working along with Dan is Dale Riebel and Dwight Kramer. Dale’s primary focus is part support, while Dwight will be focusing on warranty support.


Stay posted for other exciting changes WINCO will be implementing in 2021!

-BIG DOG

Get to Know WINCO

WINCO is a family-owned business with almost 80 employees. We thought it would be great to meet them!

At this time of year the world focuses around family. That is why we found it fitting that our Get to Know blog this month should focus on our only father and son team working at WINCO!

Father
Name: Greg Mettler
Position: Punch Press
Hobbies: Cat fishing, ice fishing, BBQ when it is nice out, motorcycling

Son
Name: Cole Mettler
Position: Welder
Hobbies: Fishing, truck derby

Greg

Q: How long have you worked at WINCO?
A: About a year

Q: Tell me a little bit about your family.
A: I have been married to my wife, Michelle for 31 years. We have 3 boys, Tyler, Cole, and Max. We have one grandson and another grandchild on the way.

Q: What type of motorcycle do you have?
A: I have a Harley Wide Glide. In the summer we go on great rides.

Q: How is it working with your son Cole?
A: We hardly see each other, since we work in different areas. So it’s going good.


Cole

Q: How long have you worked at WINCO?
A: 5 years.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your family.
A: I have been with my girlfriend, Courtlynn, since high school, so 10 years. We have a son, Riley and a baby girl due in April.

Q: Were you able to participate in the truck derby this year?
A: No it was cancelled due to the Covid outbreak.

Q: Has the Covid outbreak changed your holiday plans?
A: No, we are still getting together with our family to celebrate the holidays.


I appreciate you two for taking time to talk to me and enjoy working with you two!

If you come to visit, make sure to stop by and say ‘Hi’ to Greg and Cole!

Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee.

See you soon!

– BIG DOG

Get to Know Winco!

WINCO is a family-owned business with almost 80 employees. We thought it would be great to meet them!

Kim

Name: Kim Brockway
Position: Air-Cooled Final Assembler
Hobbies: Rock hunting, garage sales

Q: How long have your worked at WINCO?
A: 21 years

Q: Tell me a little about your family
A: I am happily married and have 3 kids, 4 grandkids with another on the way!

Q: What kind of rocks do you go searching for?
A: My mom and I travel to find agates, geodes, and petrified wood. This year, we traveled to Missouri, New Mexico and South Dakota.



Q: What do you do with your findings?
A: We put them in our rock gardens.

Q: You seem to have a garage sale at your house every month, what is your favorite thing about garage sales?
A: I do have a garage sale once a month starting in April until October and I enjoy meeting new people. We also do flea markets, but this year they were cancelled. I also love to go to garage sales and find those hidden treasures.


Thank you Kim for taking time to talk to me, I look forward to working with you!

If you come to visit us at WINCO, be sure to stop and say ‘Hi’ to Kim! Stay tuned, next month we will meet up with another great employee!

See you soon!

– BIG DOG