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Local company recognized for growing success


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Typically, graduation ceremonies are held for students, but Wednesday, the pomp and circumstance was designed for a local business.  

"We fabricate commercial and residential countertops," says Selective Countertops Co-Owner, Tim Heinbuch.  

Jackie Pavelski, who sits on the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center Board of Directors, says, "It's a real success story for us to see a graduation."

Wednesday, a local company was recognized for their growing success. Selective Countertops was born at the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center.

"We've been growing in sales every year since we started and it hasn't leveled off yet," says Heinbuch.

After five years at the Innovation Center, Selective Countertops is ready for a place of their own. They purchased a building on Melby Road, as the next place to set up shop.

Selective Countertops Co-Owner, Nate Olson, says, "The good thing about the Innovation Center is they start you out at a pretty low rent but every year it goes up. So by the time we're out of here, we're pretty much paying what we're going to be paying rent-wise for the building."

Five years ago, Tim Heinbuch and Nate Olson knew, nothing about starting a business in a tough economy would be easy.

Olson says,"We thought, if we can do it now with this economy, five years from now we'll be smelling like a rose once it turns around, it's going to turn around. People thought we were crazy."

It took a lot of hard work and some help to get where they are today.

"They needed a lot in the very beginning in terms of help, both finding financial resources as well as how to run a business," says Pavelski.

"They did provide a lot of services as far as training new employee hires, sales, how to run your business, financials," says Heinbuch.

Olson says, "One thing it helped us do is, it helped us save a lot of money. We put a lot of money away."

Pavelski says, "One of the critical parts that we view as success, is their ability to create jobs."

In its first year, Selective Countertops started with just two employees and could hire more after the move.

Olson says, "I think we maybe got up to five or six by the end of the year, and right now we are at 11,12. 11 full time and one part time."

The space Selective Countertops was renting will be available the first of the year.  To find out more information, click here or call (715)-834-0070. 

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