Minnich’s Receives Monthly Recognition
The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors surprised Scott Minnich with Minnich’s Lawn Care and Excavating as the June Member of the Month. Minnich’s Lawn Care is located at 815 West Cherry Street in Bluffton.
A small company, with a big heart. Minnich started working at the age of 12 mowing lawns for family and neighbors. “Those neighbors had friends across town so I would rollerblade or ride my bicycle to their homes,” explained Minnich. “When I was 14 years old, I bought a riding mower from Steve Gerber. I had saved up some money to pay him $100 as a down payment. Steve told me to pay him the rest at the end of the year and I did.”
The business continued to grow for Minnich purchasing a truck and a dump truck by the age of 16. Thirty years later, Minnich is still working for himself. “I have one employee, Luke Zurcher, and I involve my son Corbin, age 12, helping in the business as much as possible. We get to spend a lot of time together in the summer and it is great.”
Minnich said instilling a good work ethic in his son is important whether he decides to work for his business or for someone else, he will understand the value of work. Corbin said he is trying to get bigger around town and has three customers so far. Corbin’s goal is to take over the business someday when his dad retires.
“I am very fortunate to have an employee such as Luke,” stated Minnich. “He started working on a Dairy Farm when he was 12 years old and understands the value of hard work. His life experiences have brought many skills to this job that I don’t have to worry about the quality of work. He understands what needs to be done and does it.”
Minnich’s Lawn Care and Excavating offers a variety of services such as repairing sewer and water lines, grating driveways, installing new landscape designs, plowing snow, cutting trees, taking out bushes, and maintaining outside lawn care. “We have skid loaders, excavators, bucket trucks, and dump trucks, so every project is an adventure and something different every day,” explained Minnich.
Minnich enjoys the challenges in the job such as fixing people’s problems. “It might sound strange, but fixing a sewer line is enjoyable for me. Figuring out a problem and making it better for a customer is what this job is about. I have some very loyal customers and have been serving them for 20 to 30 years. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service.”
Most of the work Minnich does is in Wells County. “We really don’t have to travel far because we stay very busy in our community,” said Minnich. “This is a great community and has everything we need right here. I don’t think I could have built this business and be where I am at today without the support of our small town.”
“This has been a good job and a good life,” said Minnich. “I’ve got great customers and a great employee. Things have changed and evolved over the years, but I am the luckiest guy in the world.”
Pictured in the photo left to right:
Piercen Harnish, Shelton Financial, Chamber Ambassador
Heather Morgan, National Oil & Gas, Chamber Ambassador
Jayde Ketring, First Bank of Berne, Chamber Ambassador
Keith Muhlenkamp First Merchants Bank, Chamber Ambassador
Luke Zurcher, Minnich’s Lawn Care and Excavating
Doug Fear, Edward Jones
Scott Minnich, Minnich’s Lawn Care and Excavating
Corbin Minnich, Minnich’s Lawn Care and Excavating
Erin Prible, Executive Director, Wells County Chamber of Commerce
Erin Daugherty, State Farm Insurance, Chamber Ambassador