Huebsch Marks 125th Anniversary

Posted August 31, 2016 at 6:57 pm

A group of 200 Huebsch Services employees, family and friends recently gathered outside the plant in Eau Claire, WI, for a picnic lunch and celebration of the family-owned company’s 125th anniversary, according to a news release.

“The business that we are in may change, but the dedication to serving the customer, the company and to each other doesn’t change,” said Jim Vaudreuil, president and CEO, during the celebration. He praised the employees for their hard work and dedication. “Let’s shoot for another 125 years!”

A Polaroid camera was available to take photos of employees and families standing next to or sitting in a replica of the “Huebsch buggy,” a horse-drawn delivery vehicle that the company operated around the turn of the 20th century. It was a way for each person to take home a memory of the day. 

Attendees at the Aug. 26 event also enjoyed a variety of foods and treats purchased from Huebsch customers. Other entertainment included lawn games, a “bouncy house” and vendor-donated prizes. Tours of the plant and the company’s delivery trucks were also on the agenda. “It was a beautiful day for everyone to converse and share memories about the company,” Tia Walker, HR manager said.

In September, Huebsch is planning two events to thank its customers and community members for its 125 years of business success. One program is planned for the company’s Eagan, MN, facility on Sept. 16; and a second will be held at its Eau Claire, WI, plant on Sept. 23.

Huebsch currently serves over 6,000 customers in West-Central Wisconsin, metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding communities. Since its founding in 1891, the company has dedicated itself to meeting the needs of customers, employees, communities and the environment when it comes to its laundry service business. In addition, Huebsch is active in pursuing innovative and sustainable business practices. The company is certified with TRSA's Clean Green program and it is pursuing a variety of efforts to save water, chemicals and energy.

Recently, Huebsch expanded its environmental focus by investing in a large-scale solar photovoltaic system. The investment the company makes today will help prepare Huebsch for the next generation. This month, workers are installing a 100 kilowatt-hour solar system consisting of 350 panels on the roof of the Wisconsin plant. It’s estimated that this system will supply 20-30% of the company’s electricity needs. 

Click here to see a video commemorating the 125th anniversary. 

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