New ownership takes over at Sioux Corp.

2018-01-15T15:06:30+00:00 January 15, 2018|PFBA, Success Stories|

New ownership takes over at Sioux Corp.  For almost two decades while driving to the airport before returning home to California or Nevada after Christmas, Jack Finger would broach a tough topic: working at his family’s business, Sioux Corp. in Beresford. It never worked out. “After receiving a mechanical engineering degree in 1974 from SDSU, [...]

Building the ButterBurger brand: How Culver’s took root in Sioux Falls

2017-12-07T12:51:50+00:00 December 7, 2017|PFBA, Success Stories|

Building the ButterBurger brand: How Culver’s took root in Sioux Falls In the early days of his restaurant career, a slow lunch crowd meant it was time to hit the road. Nick Magera would leave his Culver’s at 2509 S. Louise Ave. about 2 p.m. with to-go menus and coupons for free food, and start [...]

Montgomery’s approaches 130 years with eye toward sixth-generation leadership

2017-11-14T11:57:20+00:00 October 24, 2017|Awards, Member News, Success Stories|

Montgomery’s approaches 130 years with eye toward sixth-generation leadership Alexandria was where the train line ended in Dakota Territory and a business began in 1888. The passenger, George H. Montgomery, had gotten on board in his native Wisconsin and gotten off when he could go no farther. A woodworker, he used his skills to start [...]

Fourth-generation auto dealership owners plan more growth

2017-11-14T11:58:00+00:00 October 4, 2017|Awards, PFBA, Success Stories|

Fourth-generation auto dealership owners plan more growth Ernest Patnoe’s motto in the 1930s was “We smile when you come, you smile when you leave.” Three generations of the Patnoe family Almost nine decades later, the family-owners of Liberty Superstores are still smiling, with a business that recently doubled in size and a long-tenured group of [...]

Cloverdale Foods evolves to meet changing market

2017-11-14T11:46:32+00:00 September 20, 2017|Member News, Success Stories|

Cloverdale Foods evolves to meet changing market Cloverdale Foods in Mandan, N.D., has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 100 years. But just because it’s the same family doesn’t mean it has always been the same business. Adaptability has been key for the meat processing and packaging company, said President and [...]

Muth Electric builds on decades of success with plan for the future

2017-11-14T11:47:04+00:00 August 31, 2017|Member News, Success Stories|

Muth Electric builds on decades of success with plan for the future  It was somewhere in Vietnam – likely while driving a U.S. Army truck or on guard duty – that Dick Muth made a life-changing decision. When he finished his Army service and returned home to Ethan, he resolved he would learn a trade [...]

Innovative auto mechanic ends up building international business

2017-11-14T11:58:11+00:00 July 28, 2017|Member News, PFBA, Success Stories|

Innovative auto mechanic ends up building international business It’s a classic entrepreneurial story: Identify a problem, create a solution, build a business. Dillon Moffatt Dillon Moffatt wasn’t thinking about founding a company back in 1954. The self-taught auto mechanic from Minnesota was just trying to see better under the hood of a car. [...]

Business blooms as Medary Acres Greenhouses enters third generation

2017-11-14T11:58:22+00:00 June 30, 2017|Member News, PFBA, Success Stories|

Business blooms as Medary Acres Greenhouses enters third generation   Brian Darnall had a decision to make. His wife, Lynn, had told him: “You can be either a rural mail carrier or a greenhouse guy, but it’s one or the other,” he said. “She said, ‘If you really concentrate on that greenhouse, I think you’ll be [...]

Next generation takes over leadership at J&L Harley-Davidson

2017-06-05T14:49:53+00:00 May 30, 2017|Member News, Success Stories|

Next generation takes over leadership at J&L Harley-Davidson For Jimmy Entenman, life in a family business began with his father’s reaction to his due date. Aug. 30. Not ideal. “That’s Sturgis,” is how the family remembers father Jim Entenman responding. Jimmy Entenman “He knew he had to work,” Jimmy said. “I was born during a [...]