PUCK CUSTOM ENTERPRISES
LAUNCHES BULLDOG HOSE COMPANY
Puck Custom Enterprises (PCE), a leading manufacturer of manure application equipment, has announced the purchase from Angus Fire of the U.S. hose manufacturing plant in Angier, NC.
The Pucks will operate the company as BullDog Hose Company. It’s a natural progression for PCE which has built a reputation on providing high quality products and incorporating innovative liquid transfer technology in its operations.
They function like a fine tuned machine, from the placement of advertising signs in advance to the full day of preparations the day of the fish fry. Dressed in green KC shirts, every member tends to their job and the result is delicious. This year’s fish fry March 9 served a record crowd of 710 people. Pictured, from left, are some of the KC members who worked at the fish fry: Andy Rohe, Wes Dammann, Keith Kerkhoff, Craig Langel, Kevin Rohe, Lynn Odendahl, Joe Odendahl, Dave Irlmeier, Dale Ehlers, Greg Sporrer, Pete Croghan, Lyle Sporrer, Dale Stangl, Scott Renze, Denny Kasparbauer, Harvey Dales, Alex Sporrer, Cory Arp, Jerry Croghan, Marty Kerkhoff, and Jim Muhlbauer.
KCs work to help others
The principals of charity, unity and fraternity have guided members of the Knights of Columbus to be a blessing to others for nearly 20 years. The Manning-Manilla KCs have approximately 80 members and their charitable giving benefits people of all faiths throughout the area.
“If they are one of God’s children, we will try and help,” said Wes Dammann, Grand Knight. The KCs host only a few fundraisers during the year; an annual fish fry during Lent, the Scott Halbur memorial pro-life soup supper in November, and the Tom Hey memorial golf tournament each summer. Through generous support of these events, the hearts and hands of KC members can be felt by numerous groups and individuals each year.
Within three months of organizing, Manning’s newest 501c3 (non-profit) has donated $1,900 to local projects. Chicks with Checks held its organizational meeting in December. Shelli Lorenzen, who spearheads the group, heard of the Chicks with Checks through Main Street Manning. The women organized for the sole purpose of giving to projects in Manning without fundraising.
“I loved the idea of the simplicity of the group – no bake sales, no working a booth, no selling – just pay your money and help decide where to spend that money. Simple,” said Lorenzen.
Members come to quarterly meetings with $100 in hand. They also bring suggestions as to where they might donate the funds. The group votes on the projects, and the money from the meeting is given to a community project.
Currently, 28 people have expressed interest in the group which allows people to share a membership if they can’t afford $100 a quarter. The next quarterly meeting is May 2 at 6:00 pm in the back room of BrickHaus Brews.
Funds from the March meeting will benefit two projects. Six Kindle Fire tablets with cases will be purchased with a $600 donation to the Manning Child Care Center. The Manning Rec Center was given $1300 for new starting blocks for the swim team.
“In Manning there are no bad projects, so we will always have some place to donate our money,” said Lorenzen.
With every appearance of a real disaster, Manning Fire & Rescue, Manning Regional Healthcare Center, Manning Ambulance, and the Templeton Fire Department participated in a disaster drill March 22.
The drill took place on the east edge of Manning at Aspinwall Coop’s anhydrous station and simulated an ag-related accident. In the scenario a vehicle went off the road striking anhydrous controls causing a release. The fumes affected track runners and caused another vehicle accident. Some of the Coop staff was affected as well.
The drill was orchestrated by Jerry Eslick, an instructor with the West Des Moines Fire Department who also operates Professional Rescue Innovations.
Manning Fire Chief Bob Barsby said Eslick monitored movements at the scene and provided instruction and pointers to firefighters.