Employee Spotlight: Joel Egland

 

Meet Joel Egland!  Joel has been with Vander Haag’s since 2009 and serves as a Service Technician at our store location in Spencer, Iowa.

Joel has been working as a Service Tech during his entire 11 years with Vander Haag’s.  He was originally referred to Vander Haag’s through Jim Behrens (Service Department Lead).  “He kept bugging me to apply, so I finally thought ‘What have I got to lose?’, so I checked it out.  And I’ve been here ever since.”

Joel enjoys a lot of different aspects of his job, but he especially enjoys the variety he gets to see each day: diagnosing engine problems, electrical diagnostics, A/C repair… the list goes on and on.  Joel says he especially enjoys the culture here at Vander Haag’s: “It’s a very family-oriented business… Everyone really works well together as a team.”  Throughout the day, you’ll often find Joel helping out a co-worker in the Parts Department, Salvage, or Whole Units.

Outside of work, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 kids on their farm just outside of Spencer.  “Being on a farm can be a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun.  We love it there.”

With 11 years of Vander Haag’s Service Technician experience under his belt, Joel has some good advice: “Always be humble and be willing to learn.  You always can learn something new if you’re willing to listen and work hard.”

Thanks for all you do for Vander Haag’s and our customer, Joel!  We are glad to have you on our team!

Employee Spotlight: Meet Kendall

This month, we’re happy to introduce one of our team members from our location in Winamac, Indana!  Kendall Sadler has been with Vander Haags for over four years and currently leads our team in Shipping & Receiving there.  

Kendall originally applied at Vander Haag’s through Indeed.com although he had a little additional insight into Vander Haag’s through a family connection: “My father-in-law is the local Snap-On tools salesman in Winamac and the surrounding area.”  After interviewing, Kendall was offered a full time role in Parts Sales.  During his onboarding, he spent some time in the Shipping & Receiving Department and decided to make that his full time role.  “I enjoy what I do on a day-to-day basis… getting things done and everything shipped out.  I take a lot of pride in trying to get everything shipped safely and cost effectively.”

During his time in Shipping & Receiving, Kendall has excelled at taking personal ownership for some of the challenges they faced.  He was big factor in helping that department make some improvements and achieve their shipping goals the past several years.  Even with all the improvements, Kendall said the part of the job he enjoys the most is the people he works with.  “I like working with the team we have around me here.  Everybody has each other’s back.”

Like many of our jobs at Vander Haag’s, Shipping & Receiving can be very fast paced.  “Don’t expect every day to be the same.  It’s fast-paced and I learn new things every day as long as you’re willing to put the time in.”

Kendall keeps busy outside of work as well.  He coaches freshman basketball at Winamac High School, enjoys golfing, vacationing, and mowing, and cheers on his Purdue Boilermakers. 

 

Thanks for all you do getting parts shipped to all our customers & VHI locations, Kendall!  We’re glad to have you on our team!

 

 

COVID-19 Update: We're Open and Running For You

Dear Valued Customer,

Let us start by saying, we are open. We have made a few changes this week to ensure the safety of you and our employees during these ever-changing times. Retail businesses are being shut down, work from home policies are being mandated, and states are entering lockdowns and implementing stay at home polices, however, the trucking industry is considered “essential business” at this time and Vander Haag's will remain open until further notice. 

Current changes to keep you and employees safe:

We are open – Our website is available to you 24/7 to place orders.We offer chat support M-F from 8a-5p Central Time. If you need assistance, please call one of our sales representatives who will be able to assist during the hours of 7:30A - 5:30PM M-F. We are closed Saturdays until further notice.

Please note that each of our locations have designated certain areas of our facilities for customer access. You will notice these areas are clearly marked-off throughout each facility. We are here to provide parts to our customers, but are taking steps to insure the health of you and our employees by limiting access to our sales, service, and shipping areas.

We strongly encourage calling ahead or visiting our website for part availability, questions, shipping quotes, and placing orders. We also asking all customers and employees that enter each location to wash their hands upon arriving. We are continuing to follow a strict cleaning schedule to disinfect commonly touched items at each facility. 

Shipping – Please note that delivery on some items may take longer than normal. We are doing our best to get you the supplies you need in a timely manner.

If you need any assistance, please call or email.  Our team is available to help you with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support,

Vander Haag’s Inc.

Covid-19: How Vander Haag’s is Responding

Dear Valued Customers,

As we all work through this rapidly changing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is extremely important that we keep you and our team members safe.

Vander Haag’s Inc. will continue to provide the same products and services you’ve come to expect along with high sensitivity towards the health of our customers and team members.

We have implemented practices to keep our facilities clean with special attention to the sanitization of our common areas.  In addition, we will be CLOSED on Saturday's until further notice. We have eliminated unnecessary travel to or entry into other facilities by our team members.  Team members exhibiting symptoms are required to stay home.

Even though our doors are still open to the public, we would like to encourage that you call ahead or use vanderhaags.com to find and purchase the products you are looking for.  If you need more information about an item, we will be happy to provide it.

Thank you for your continued support,

Vander Haag’s, Inc.

Meet Daniel!

Meet Daniel Sargent!  Daniel is a Yard Technician on the Salvage team at our store location in Council Bluffs, Iowa!  He has been a part of the Vander Haag’s family for nearly 12 years now, initially starting as an intern during his time at Iowa Western Community College and working in a full time capacity since graduating there.

Daniel has spent his entire time in the Salvage department in Council Bluffs, but has done a number of different jobs during the course of his 12 years: dismantling, pulling parts in the yard, and for the past three years, he has been running equipment and pulling parts.  Every day looks a little different – from moving trucks in and out of the shop to loading/unloading customers and vendors to checking parts list and maintaining the yard, Daniel gets involved in a lot of different things throughout the course of his day. 

He says that the most enjoyable part of his job are his co-workers.  “I like the guys I work with, we all make a pretty good team.”  Daniel is an important part of that team, too.  He’s been in the Salvage department in Council Bluffs longer than anyone else on the team!

Beyond the team in the Salvage department, Daniel says he enjoys the culture that he feels at Vander Haags. “I like working for a family owned business who truly appreciates their employees.”  Well, Daniel, we appreciate you being a part of our family!  Congratulations on your many years of service & we wish you many more!

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