Menke; Schwenk Inducted Into Local Business Hall Of Fame

Huntingburg (NNDC) – Two new inductees formally entered the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame Thursday morning.

The 2017 laureates Robert H. “Hank” Menke and Gervase Schwenk were honored at a breakfast ceremony hosted by the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana at the Huntingburg Event Center.

MENKE

MENKE

Menke has been President and CEO of family-owned OFS Brands in Huntingburg since 1978.  OFS currently has more than  1,700 employees in Dubois County.

According to the JASI, Menke and his family have given generously over the years in support of the Huntingburg Fire Department, Huntingburg Stellar Endowment, Dubois County Community Foundation, the preservation of Old Town Hall in Huntingburg, and were a major contributor to the building of the Huntingburg Event Center.

Gervase Schwenk was the long-time Chairman of the Board to the Associates of Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

After serving in World War II, Gervase Schwenk began working as a bookkeeper for Alvin C. Ruxer (a previous Dubois County Business Hall of Fame inductee) and his Ford Dealership in 1946.

SCHWENK

SCHWENK

Schwenk joined the then-Jasper Engine Exchange soon thereafter.  It later became Jasper Engines and Transmissions, the nation’s largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines, and electric motors.

JASPER has more than 2000 Associates and 44 branch and distributor locations across the country.

The Junior Achievement of Dubois County says Schwenk also served in various capacities with Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center of Jasper, the Evansville Catholic Dioceses,  Precious Blood Church, Sisters of Saint Benedict, VU Foundation, St. Meinrad Archabbey, the Dubois County Community Foundation and he was also President of the Jasper Band Parents for a number of years.  He was presented the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts.

Schwenk passed away in 2010.

Past inductees into the Dubois County Business Hall of Fame which was founded in 2015 are Arnold F. Habig (Kimball International), Clement M. Lange (Best Chairs), Robert Ruckriegel (Servus, Inc.) and Alvin C. Ruxer (Jasper Engines and Transmissions).

 

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