Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Hosts Truck Center Ribbon Cutting


This past Thursday, August 11th, 2016, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted the Van Horn Truck Center open house which consisted of a ribbon cutting and appetizers with members of the community.

The Van Horn Truck Center opened July 23, 2016, and has made a splash in the community with the amount of trucks they offer. Van Horn employees and the members of the community came together to see the new center and to welcome the new business.

The Van Horn Truck Center, the tenth and newest addition to the Van Horn locations, is expected to bring in customers state-wide with its large selection of Ram and Chevrolet Trucks. 

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Teresa Van Horn, COO and Adam Gaedke, GM cut the ribbon at the Van Horn Truck Center open house

Van Horn Sign & Drive Raises Money for Generations in Plymouth


In early July, Generations, an inter-generational center located in Plymouth, WI had a family fun night and Van Horn hosted a sign & drive at this event. Van Horn is proud to announce a grand total of 22 test drives that raised $440 for Generations!

Joann Wieland and other Generations employees gathered around to accept the sign & drive check this past week.

Teresa Van Horn presents the Sign & Drive check to Generations employees

Van Horn Automotive Group Donates to Fond du Lac Humane Society


During the month of May, Van Horn employee's competed against each other in a Penny War. A Penny War is a fund raising challenge that takes pennies as positive points and all other money ( silver coins and paper money) as negative points. The goal is to have the most pennies in your jar. You can bomb the other teams jar by adding silver and paper money to theirs. 

The total amount of money raised was $281.47. The sales team at Van Horn Hyundai of Fond du Lac had the overall most points! As winners of the competition, their team got to decide where the money was donated. They chose the Fond du Lac Humane Society! 
Thank you to all the Van Horn Employees who participated!

From Left to Right: Fond du Lac Humane Society Representative and Kayla Stobbs, Business Development Manager, Van Horn Hyundai of Fond du Lac

Van Horn Employees donate to Sheboygan County Humane Society


For the last three weeks, Sheboygan County Van Horn employee's have been bringing in donations to work for the Sheboygan County Humane Society. Yesterday, we dropped off our donations. The items included kitten food, dog treats, cat litter, peanut butter, folders, envelopes, and other office supplies. 

The total donation ended up being around $150 in value. We were please to present these items to the Humane Society yesterday. 

To make your own donation or learn more information, visit

Humane Society employee's with Tina Tasche (Center) receiving donations

Van Horn Automotive Group Wins Family Business First Award


In March 2016, Van Horn Automotive Group was nominated for a Family Business First Award by a couple of employee's. The students in the business department at UW-Oshkosh voted and chose four family businesses in the state of Wisconsin to receive the award. Van Horn was honored to receive this award.

On Monday, May 2nd, Van Horn Automotive Group attended the 20th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration. Van Horn Automotive Group accepted the Family Business First Award. The Award was received by Chuck and Teresa Van Horn. 

From Left to Right: Chuck Van Horn, CEO; William Deppiesse Vice President of First Business Bank; Teresa Van Horn, COO; and Halle Van Horn, Chuck's Daughter.
The other businesses that received the award are Winsert, Inc., Tweet/Garot Mechanical, and Sargento Foods Inc. As Sargento is also a Plymouth, WI based company, these awards were an honor for our little corner of Sheboygan County. In her acceptance speech, Teresa joked to long-time business friend Louis Gentine, CEO of Sargento Foods, "Really Louis, you're selling cheese in Wisconsin, how hard can it be?"

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Van Horn Employee's from left to right: Sunday Strong, Executive Assistant; Dick Strong, President; Patrick Van Horn, Teresa's Son; Teresa Van Horn, COO; Halle Van Horn, Chuck's Daughter; Chuck Van Horn, CEO; Trina Van Horn, Chuck's Wife; Brian Wieland, Purchasing Director; and Sarah Rieder, Digital Marketing Specialist

Van Horn Employees Help with Habitat for Humanity Build in Fond Du Lac


Yesterday, ten Van Horn employees volunteered their time to day one on a Habitat for Humanity build. The house is located in Fond Du Lac, WI.

The build was organized by Brian Wieland (Joann Van Horn Wieland's Son). The employees included Amy Horness, Niki Meixensperger, Cathy Schultz, Sarah Rieder, Deidre D'Amato, Shellie Miller, Sandy Schaefer, Steve Gottsacker, Brian Weiland, and Teresa Van Horn. 

The build began at 8:00 AM and went until 4:00 PM. Tom Wilhelms, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, ReStore and Joel, Habitat for Humanity Contractor. Joel worked with the Van Horn Employees to go through each step of the building process.

The goal was to deck a floor. At the end of the day, the foundation, crossbeam, and joists of the house were built up and half of the floor was decked.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit:

From left to right: Brian Wieland, Shellie Miller, John, Steve Gottsacker, Brennan Van Horn, Casey Van Horn, Teresa Van Horn, Sandy Schaefer, Sarah Rieder, Amy Horness. Deidre D'Amato, Cathy Schultz.

Van Horn Auto Group is Paying it Forward to Junior Achievement


On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual meeting and awards dinner. The guest speaker was Scott Walker and it took place at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. Van Horn Auto Group was honored by winning Large Business of the Year!

Van Horn Auto Group also created another Pay-it-Forward donation. Van Horn donated $1,000 dollars to a randomly selected participant at the event. That person then decides what local organization or charity they would like the money to go to. 

The recipient was Jodi Schoerner of Masters Gallery Foods. Jodi decided to Pay-It-Forward to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin which helps kids learn about entrepreneurship, financial responsibilities, and future career choices and responsibilities.

"Considering the state of Wisconsin has virtually no requirements for personal finance education JA ECD is well positioned to educate our young people to own their personal economic success.  At Junior Achievement we have core curriculum approved and academic career path approved programs to meet the needs of the students, teachers and state and federal requirements," says Mary Monday, Junior Achievement District Director.

Junior Achievement in the East Central District is very well positioned in the elementary schools.  A goal for the 15-16 year includes expansion of the path into the middle and high schools district-wide to increase financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurial programs.

Another goal is to increase the volunteer force to present the Junior Achievement programs in the middle and high school classrooms. The volunteers bring the relevant and hands on programs to life in the classrooms. 

Having been around since 1919, Junior Achievement is all about the students and their direct connection and interaction with the community.

To learn more information or volunteer for Junior Achievement visit: 

From Left to Right: Teresa Van Horn, COO of Van Horn Automotive Group; Jon Grosshuesch, President of the Oostburg State Bank and Vice Chairman for Junior Achievement in the East Central District; Jodi Schoerner, Masters Gallery Foods; and Steve Heun, CFO of the Vollrath Company and Chairman for Junior Achievement int he East Central District