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Fall Pheasants

We released 25 pheasants, both roosters and hens, on the prairie in a continuation of our efforts to have a resident population. To help with pheasant establishment, we have food plots for them and other wildlife on our property too. Pheasants prefer to run and hide in cover, so our prairie is the perfect home for them.fall-pheasants


Why Associates?

In the early 1990s,  we eliminated the word "employee" from our vocabulary, and replaced it with "associate". "We expect that everyone who works here will be a decision-maker. An 'employee' follows instructions. An 'associate' is an equal partner in the decision-making process," said Ron Lauret, executive vice president.
Our associates have always been and continue to be one of our greatest assets. 💕 Here's some pictures from the early 1990s when we put into play a new management style, based on teamwork and the empowerment of all associates. 


Associate Life in 1994

What was happening in 1994? We now have 540 associates and some great company events and amenities. Check out this picture from one of our Halloween parties! Halloween 1990s


A Special Evening

We welcomed thirteen associates to the 25 Year Club on Thursday evening. CEO, Kevin Steiner, also an inductee, honored them for their loyalty and dedication. How wonderful it was to have their fellow club members – both current and retired associates - there to help celebrate. Congratulations Stephanie, Judy, Lynn, Mark, Theresa, Dona, Tammy, Bonny, Lisa, Paul, Camille, Evelina and Kevin!IMG_0500


Happy Retirement, John!

Today we're celebrating John as he retires after 26 years at West Bend! We wish you all the best and hope you enjoy retirement. 



Flashback to the 80's

As we continue to celebrate our 125th anniversary,  we love looking back on old office and associate photos. In 1982, we built a 34,000-square-foot addition to our main street office. This brought the total square footage of the home office (at the time) to 64,000 with room for 360 associates. It also brought enormous computers, awesome hairstyles, and rad clothes. 



Happy Retirement, Bill!

Bill is retiring after 34 years at West Bend! We hope you enjoy every minute of retirement, thank you for your dedication and hard work! 



National Payroll Week

Celebrate National Payroll Week!

National Payroll Week (NPW) coincides with the week of Labor Day and celebrates America’s employees and the payroll professionals who pay them. Together, through payroll withholding, we contribute, collect, report, and deposit 70% of the U.S. Treasury’s annual revenue, about $2.4 trillion per year. The American Payroll Association (APA), its local chapters, and others in the payroll industry use the week as a platform to spread awareness of the payroll withholding system, to host community services projects, and to educate others on how paychecks are calculated and how to get the most out of their pay.  Learn More!  

The annual “Getting Paid in America” survey enables the APA to gauge changing trends and attitudes towards payroll and time and attendance topics. Participants are automatically entered to win a free paycheck and a dream vacation!!!



Happy Retirement, Chris!

After 38 years of service, Chris is retiring. We hope you make time to relax and enjoy yourself, we wish you all the best. Congratulations! 




Summer Associate Social

Last week some of our HR associates hosted a Minute to Win It Tournament and social for our summer associates. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time! 

summer associate social