Featured Business Relationships
Ballweg Family of Dealerships
The Ballweg name has been associated with automobile dealerships for nearly 50 years. The family-owned company is managed by Darlene Ballweg, president, and Jason Brickl, chief executive officer. Under their leadership, the company has flourished into one of Wisconsin’s largest and most respected automobile dealerships. They offer a diversified line of eight vehicle franchises in five locations.
When selecting a financial institution, Darlene and Jason chose a bank focused on relationships. They wanted a team with common values — and a passion for people. Their 21-year partnership with Bank of Prairie du Sac has been built on respect and trust.
“It gives you a warm feeling to work with people you respect and trust.”
Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Culver Franchising System, Inc. helps people realize their business dreams by connecting enthusiastic entrepreneurs with Culver’s restaurant franchise opportunities. Since 1984, Culver’s has been a favorite Wisconsin destination for ButterBurgers® and frozen custard. Today, locations are spread across the country, with more than 500 restaurants in 22 states.
Bank of Prairie du Sac has been proudly meeting the banking needs of Culver Franchising System, Inc. for many years with personalized service and attention. Culver Franchising System, Inc. has said the bank team is always eager to meet their business and personal banking needs and offers something they do not get at other banks: a greeting with a smile and often by name.
Virgil “Wolf” Schulenburg’s dream of owning his own Harley Davidson dealership became a reality in 1979. Nearly 40 years later, his business is thriving with 70 employees. From the beginning, Bank of Prairie du Sac has been there to support Virgil and his business banking needs. During the purchase of his Madison dealership, the bank team came through with patience, support and innovative solutions, ensuring a successful transaction.
Through ups and downs, expansion and remodels, Bank of Prairie du Sac has provided Virgil the service needed to keep his dealerships growing.
“Bank of Prairie du Sac believed in me and my dream of owning a business. It’s truly a partnership.”
For over 100 years, McFarlanes’ has evolved to meet the needs of the local agriculture community. The multifaceted operation includes a tire supply center, retail hardware and farm store, service/repair shop, farm equipment manufacturing/structural steel division, and a farm implement dealership. Generations of farmers continue to choose McFarlanes’ because of their commitment to service and honest business transactions.
When John, Stan, Tom and Dick McFarlane were selecting a financial institution, they strongly believed in staying local. They wanted to work with a responsive team—a bank with local access. Their 27-year partnership with Bank of Prairie du Sac is founded on common values and a commitment to service.
“We chose Bank of Prairie du Sac because decisions are made locally — right here in Sauk Prairie.”
Ramaker & Associates
Ramaker & Associates is a civil and environmental engineering and architectural firm providing professional services across the United States and Canada. When the president and CEO of Ramaker & Associates, Jamie Skowronski, wanted to transform the company with an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), he turned to Bank of Prairie du Sac. Despite never working with this plan, the bank developed an approach that met everyone’s needs.
Ramaker & Associates and Bank of Prairie du Sac have built a long-lasting relationship based on mutual trust, local decision-making, and community involvement.
“Steve Ploetz leads an organization of great people by example.”
Tools of Marketing, Inc.
In 1995, Marietta Reuter founded a promotional product distribution company, Tools of Marketing, Inc.Marietta recognized the power of promotional products that are used when telling the story of businesses across America. They have 12 employees and serve over 1,100 customers. Marietta is passionate about the community and values excellent customer service.
When selecting a financial institution, it was important that her bank focused on both. Marietta has trust in Bank of Prairie du Sac as her financial partner. “You had trust in me that my business would succeed,” said Marietta. The foundation of the 30-plus year relationship is trust and a commitment to service.
"We continue to bank here because I've never felt like a number - I've always been a name."
Universal Die & Stamping
Universal Die and Stamping opened its doors in Illinois in 1967 before relocating to Prairie du Sac in 1980. More than 20 employees work in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility creating metal prototypes for customers all over the world. Originally founded by Harry and Giselle Eichmann, the company is now owned by their daughter, Carol Baier.
Carol came to the Bank of Prairie du Sac as a second generation customer. Like her father before her, Carol relies on the bank’s local but professional services as well as its confidentiality, security and up-to-date technology. Not only has the bank provided advice and support during expansion, they have delivered presentations on identity theft to her employees.
“Steve Ploetz acts as an advisor to me and my business. The bank has found creative solutions and ideas to help our business grow.”
Wollersheim Winery is the largest winery in Wisconsin and one of the leading wineries in the Midwest. Their mission is to grow and produce the best wine possible, offer it at a reasonable price and share their passion for wine. The winery is managed by Philippe and Julie Coquard.
Bank of Prairie du Sac has been with Wollersheim Winery since it was established in 1972 and remains a trusted adviser as the winery continues to evolve.
“We have a 45-year relationship with Bank of Prairie du Sac built on trust — trust is everything.”