The Hintzsche Companies, headquartered at 2S181 County Line Road, just south of Maple Park, rolled out the red carpet to show their appreciation for their customers and to celebrate 50 years of business. Employees gathered on Aug. 21 to entertain and treat their loyal customer base.
This unique ag retailer began in 1962 when brothers Kenneth and Richard Hintzsche purchased the grain mill. Since that time, it was grown to include agronomy locations in Kirkland, Scarboro, Minooka, as well as fuel sites at Troxel, DeKalb (Pacific Pride), Rochelle and Waterman. Hintzsche’s pork division primarily operates out of Amboy and Sheridan, and their feed mill, one of the first structures to be built at the original Troxel site back in 1963, still remains a vital part of their operation today.
Unlike a typical sultry afternoon in August, the 21st was picture perfect, with temps around 82 degrees and a gentle breeze.
The vehicles started streaming into Troxel around 2:30 p.m. A lot of employees were ready to park and shuttle their guests (via golf cart) to the reception area in the shop. There they received a gift bag and ticket to enter the prize drawings.
5B’s Catering (from Waterman) provided a delicious meal of grilled rib eye steak or center-cut pork chops, along with all the fixings. Guests were also treated to soft serve ice cream, cookies and popcorn.
Although the crowd was estimated at 1,400 people, things ran smoothly. Guests were enjoying themselves, eating, visiting or listening to the entertainment on stage. Performances included the Jared Olson Band (Maple Park); the Jim Kanas Trio, consisting of Steve Strombeck and Jim and Roger Hintzsche; and Max Armstrong, who showcased the stage with his unique style and passionate knowledge of the latest ag-related topics.
Kids were entertained, jumping in an inflatable castle, participating in face-painting and balloon twisting, and munching on popcorn and ice cream cones.
Later on, 25 prizes were presented, including a John Deere Gator, given to Jim Schoonhoven of Rochelle; an ATV/Sprayer, given to Kenny Shaw of Amboy; a Wisconsin Dells gift certificate, given to Max Gartner of Naperville, Ill.; and an Apple iPad, given to Eric
Wackerlin of Hinckley.