Aug 2017                 Chester Inc. Newsletter              Volume III
Chester Inc. = Best of NWI Business!

Pete Peuquet, Chester CEO

Both Chester, Inc. Architectural & Construction Services and Chester, Inc. Information Technologies were honored by the readers of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly as one of the best businesses in three different designations in our region!
The "Best of" awards allow readers a chance to take pride in our region and to acknowledge local businesses doing it right! 

 Chester Inc. is honored in the following categories in Northwest Indiana:
  • Best Commercial Architectural Design Company - Winner
  • Best Information Technology Consulting Company - Winner
  • Best Commercial Construction Company - Runner-up
"It's quite an honor to be recognized by the readers of the region for these illustrious designations as 'Best Of' in our region. It truly represents the professionalism and diversity Chester Inc. offers our clients and the region's businesses. I think a lot of businesses appreciate the fact we are unique in the region within our offerings as a one stop shop for all their architectural design, general contracting construction services, and information technology needs," says Rich Shields, Director of Marketing & Business Development for Chester, Inc.
Chester, Inc. Inducted into Chief Builders Hall of Fame

Chester, Inc. is being recognized again. This time the accolade comes from Grand Island, Nebraska and Rensselaer, Indiana's steel guru Chief Builders (a division of Chief Industries) as Chester, Inc. and CEO Pete Peuquet have been selected into the Chief Builders Hall of Fame. The twenty-year relationship was partially indicative of the Hall of Fame notoriety. Overall sales and constant commitment to partnership is the cornerstone to the business's longevity.
"We sincerely appreciate the business Chester [Inc.] has provided us over the past twenty years and are looking forward to many more years of the Chester-Chief relationship," says D.J. Eihusen, CEO/President of Chief Industries.
"It's been quite an honor to work with Chief Buildings for the past twenty years and we're hoping to continue our working relationship for at least another twenty," adds Pete Peuquet, CEO/President of Chester, Inc. and the Hall of Fame recipient for Chester.

Pete Peuquet with D.J. Eihusen

Chester 70th Anniversary

Chester, Inc is celebrating its 70th year in business.  In 1947, Orville Redenbacher and Charles Bowman established Chester Incorporated, after purchasing the George F. Chester & Sons Seed company. At that time, Bowman was Manager of the Purdue Ag Alumn Seed Improvement Association, Lafayette, Indiana, and was formerly Manager of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association Seed Certification Service.
Orville Redenbacher was Manager of Princeton Farms, Princeton, Indiana, a large farm operation which among other major projects, produced hybrid seed corn, certified seeds and commercial popping corn.
Orville Redenbacher was employed by Hunt-Wesson Foods to help promote the Orville Redenbacher brand of gourmet popping corn by making personal appearances and television commercials. Charlie Bowman remained as President of Chester, Inc. and, for three years, utilized one half of his time teaching Hunt-Wesson Foods how to produce, process, condition, and store both popcorn seed and popping corn. Orville passed away in 1995 and Charlie in 2004.
Charlie Bowman & Orville Redenbacher in the early 1990s.
Employee Milestone Anniversary

Duane Endris will be celebrating his Fifth Anniversary with the Chester Ag Division on September 11.  Duane has been married to his wife, Christina, for 12 years and they have three children.  One of his favorite things to do is spend time with his family at their place on the river.  About his employment at Chester, Duane says, "It's been a good five years and I look forward to many more.  It's great working with our crew.  We have a great team who works well together and gets the job done!"  Congratulations, Duane!

Service Spotlight - Ag Division

As a Valley Performance Plus dealer, we have annual requirements that we must meet to continue to hold our Performance Plus title. Our service technicians are required to regularly complete many on-line courses as well as attend Valley Service School every year.
DaRick Madlung and Phill Byerman with their awards.
Valley Irrigation offers Advanced Level 2 classes, and this year we sent our techs to the advanced training. It is our honor to announce that Chester had two of our technicians, Phill Byerman and DaRick Madlung, score in the top 10% of the nation!
Phill Byerman has been with Chester since 2011. Phill was hired in as a service tech but has moved his way up to Service Manager. His high score on the advanced class shows he has been staying very engaged in the field and works hard to stay up to date on the continuous changes.
DaRick Madlung has been employed with us for nearly 14 years. In our Ag Division, we are all asked to complete many different tasks and wear different hats to help make the division run smoothly. DaRick does a great job with this. We ask a lot of DaRick and he never complains and always gets the job done efficiently and correctly.
We are extremely proud of their accomplishments. The scores that they earned reflect the knowledge and dedication of our entire division. Being a Valley Performance Plus dealer is an honor in and of itself. Adding the prestige of having two of the best service techs in the country working for Chester really puts us head and shoulders above the competition. Thank you and congratulations, DaRick and Phill!
Gaylor Cookout 2017

Once again, Gaylor Electric, one of our CSD sub-contractors, treated everyone at the Valpo location to a cookout.  This year's event happened to fall on Tony Peuquet's birthday and a DQ ice cream cake mysteriously appeared!  Everyone enjoyed burgers, brats, sides, cake, and just hanging out with our friends from Gaylor Electric.


Safety First!

EACH DAY in the US, 8 people are senselessly killed and nearly 1,200 are injured due to distracted driving.  Workplace Safety can begin before you leave your driveway with a commit-ment to stay off your mobile device while behind the wheel.  For more info and stats, see the article below.

Click here for the full article from the CDC
Health Corner

The USDA recommends we eat 5 - 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health.  While that seems like a lot, this yummy recipe can help sneak in a serving or two!  
    Honey-Lime Fruit Salad
 2 large bananas, sliced
1 (16 oz.) package fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 lb. fresh blueberries
2 TBSP honey
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup pine nuts

Combine bananas, strawberries, and blueberries in a bowl. Drizzle honey and lime juice over fruit; stir to coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts. Enjoy! 

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