Chamber honors business

January 19, 2019

JOHNSON CREEK -- The Johnson Creek Chamber of Commerce recently held its New Year event for 2019 and it was quite a celebration, with the chamber honoring Lyle Wuestenberg and his business, J&L Tire Service, as 2018 Business of the Year.

J&L Tire Service has been in business for more than 25 years.

“With continuing growth and it being a major asset to the community, J&L Tire is deserving of such an award,” Tammi Vetrano of the chamber said. “They are well-known for their great customer service and prestige work. Not only have they been supportive chamber members, this business has knowledgeable, certified technicians, speedy, on-the-spot service and top-quality tire products.”

Vetrano noted J&L Tire has been involved with St. Coletta in Jefferson for many years and continues to help at various St. Coletta events. For decades St. Coletta, with a facility in Jefferson, has worked on behalf of the developmentally disabled.

J&L has also assisted other organizations in the area such as Rainbow Hospice, Boy Scouts of America, Jefferson County Cancer Coalition, Johnson Creek Cancer Center, Johnson Creek Historical Society, Santa House in Watertown, Shriners and the Johnson Creek Reading Program, among others. The business also has contributed to the Johnson Creek School District.

“They have been involved in the many fundraisers, such as golf outings and galas, Run for the Fields and Shoot for the Fields. Not only has time been spent on these events, J&L has supported other events such as high school baseball, youth and high school football. J&L Tire continues to grow every day and we are honored to have them in our chamber and community,” Vetrano said.

Rick Wrensch of Wrensch CPA, Johnson Creek, received the Outstanding Community Service award from the Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by two of Wrensch’s proteges, Chazz Welch and Trayven Weller, something Vetrano called “emotional for all.”

“A true rising star, Wrensch’s passion for this community through the years has not gone unrecognized,” Vetrano said. “Rick is deserving of this award for all he has done in our community, for our families and for the chamber.”

Outside the chamber, she said, Wrensch has been a big supporter of the school district.

“He has been involved in the Johnson Creek Education Foundation and the school referendum effort for years,” she said, adding he is a continuing supporter of the One Team One Dream fundraising campaign. “One of his biggest passions is as a Johnson Creek basketball supporter, among many other athletic teams the Johnson Creek School District has to offer.”

Currently serving on the school board, as its president, Wrensch has been called an “inspiration to many” who have known him.

“Not only has he been a staple in our community, he has touched the lives of many young individuals,” Vetrano said. “He has been a certified foster parent and opened his home to many people over the years.”

Among others honored at the winter event was Walter Grain Farms. Vetrano recognized the Walter family with a Certificate of Appreciation for hosting the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days event coming July 23-25.

The chamber also recognized several area businesses with longevity awards. They were:

Ten years -- Opportunities, Inc.; the Council for the Performing Arts.

Fifteen years -- Badger Bank; Culver’s; Loos Custom Homes.

Twenty years -- Johnson Creek Premium Outlet; Apel Associates.