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Flat Lands Employee since 1976
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Jerry's dad, Everett, started Flat Lands Supply in 1966 after working for other distributors, so Jerry has been around the electrical & plumbing supplies business his entire life. Jerry has a civil engineering degree from Northwest Technical College, but chose to work alongside Everett after graduation. He has owned the business since 1989. Jerry enjoys Ohio State football & basketball, home improvement projects, and being the Secretary and Sausage Trailer Chairman for the Venedocia Lions Club. After living on the same street in Venedocia his entire life; Jerry and his wife, Laura, made the move to Van Wert in 2013.
Flat Lands Employee since 1983
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Ava began her career at Flat Lands shortly after marrying her high school sweetheart, Gregg. After over 3 decades with us, Ava is the second-in-command and all-around "go-to" person at Flat Lands. She has two very accomplished children, Alysha and Jordan, along with a cute and loving rescue dog, Buddy, who is a Carkie. Being a family oriented person, Ava loves spending every moment that she can with her children, grandpuppies, and her siblings. These BIG grandpuppies are Ajax, a loving red Chow Chow; and Groot & Harley Quinn, brother & sister blue Great Danes. Any leftover time is spent antiquing, garage saling, and going to the mountains with Gregg. Last but not least, Ava is a JEEP girl! Yep, her bright yellow Wrangler, clean or dirty!
Flat Lands Employee since 1999
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Walt is a lifelong resident of Van Wert County, having grown up in Middle Point and graduated from Lincolnview High School. He and wife Kelly have been married since 1977. They have two children, Courtney and Curtis. Walt previously worked at LaRoche Industries, a chemical company in the industrial ammonia and refrigeration field, for 23 years. He spent time on the hazmat team, emergency response team, and working with the Cleveland Fire Department while with LaRoche. He enjoys NASCAR, Detroit Tigers baseball, and fishing. He also enjoys participating in parades with his antique Ford tractor.
Flat Lands Employee since 2011
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Terry is a Paulding County native and has been married to wife Vada since 1985. They have two married daughters, Janelle and Jessica, along with a granddaughter and grandson. Terry has worked in various areas of sales and manufacturing for over 40 years. He brings his knowledge as a licensed electrical contractor to Flat Lands. Terry is also a farmer.
Flat Lands Employee since 2016
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Amy is originally from Putnam County, now living in rural Van Wert. She has been married to husband Ryan since 1996 and they have two daughters. Brooke is an engineering major at the University of Toledo; while Kayla is a senior at Lincolnview High School, planning a career in nursing. Amy has prior experience working for an electrical supplies distributor and in a hardware store, where she met her husband. She is a volunteer for the Van Wert Peony Festival, the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. Amy is also a Disaster Response Team member for the American Red Cross...so she might be a little tired on days when she's been out late the night before helping disaster victims!
Flat Lands Employee since 2016
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Jeff brings over 30 years of product application engineering experience to Flat Lands. He and his wife, Deb, have been married since 1980. They have one son who is completing a master's degree in High School Guidance at Ball State University and is a high school head cross country coach in Hartford City, Indiana. They live in the Convoy area and have a spoiled cat named Gizmo. Jeff's hobbies include auto repair, home improvement projects, and singing.
Flat Lands Employee since 2009
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Gregg grew up in the Ohio City area and has been involved in woodworking, especially cabinet building and trim work, and also remodeling for over 30 years. He especially enjoys projects that involve working with his hands. Gregg has been married to wife Ava since 1983. They have two children, Alysha and Jordan, and a dog, Buddy, who is a Carkie. He enjoys hockey, target shooting, going to the mountains with Ava, and attending Jeep jamborees and events.
Flat Lands Employee since 2009
Dave is retired from Aeroquip (Eaton) and also worked at West Ohio Gas and Federal Mogul. He and wife Jan have lived in Jackson Township, where he was the Fiscal Officer and Zoning Inspector, for many years. Dave enjoys Ohio State Football and attending his grandchildren's activities. He has a grandson currently working on his master's degree in Madrid, Spain, who hopes to return and teach Spanish.
Flat Lands Employee since 2010
Bob grew up in the Venedocia, Ohio area but spent many years in the Los Angeles, California area where he raised his family of four children. He retired and returned where he met and married his wife, Jane. Bob is a licensed pilot, but doesn't fly much these days. He enjoys going to breakfast on the weekends with his buddies and spending time with Jane. Bob is a dedicated member of the Venedocia Lions Club and is instrumental in preparing the trailers for the next sausage sandwich event.
Flat Lands Employee since 2014
Jerry is a Van Wert area native and Lincolnview graduate. He has a son, Nick, who is a doctor and a daughter, Nashea, who is a collegiate athletic trainer. Jerry spent many years working in the construction industry as an estimator and manager for Wortman Brothers, who specialized in steel buildings, and is now retired from that career. He enjoys traveling and working at Flat Lands part-time. Jerry is an avid runner and hiker and enjoys running with a group of friends and participating in area marathons.
Flat Lands Employees since 2010
Peanut Butter (yellow) and Boomer (black/white) are brothers from different litters, with Boomer being the older brother. They enjoy living at Flat Lands. While they can trip the automatic door to get outside, they have yet to figure out how to get back in. Don't worry if a meowing yellow cat charges inside as the front door is opened, he lives here. Their hobbies are outdoor bug and rodent hunting, and sneaking out the door at 4:45pm so they can negotiate a snack to come back indoors for the evening. They also enjoy being inside where it's safe and sometimes climb to the highest shelves to curl up for a nap underneath the warm lights or snuggle together on the pillow in their bed.
Flat Lands Supply was founded in 1966 by Everett J. Koenig in Venedocia, Ohio, a small Welsh community located in Jennings Township in Van Wert County in Northwest Ohio.
Everett was raised near New Bremen, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1937 with a degree in Vo-Ag Education. He began teaching school in Van Wert County. He married and started his family, establishing residency in Venedocia. After a number of years of teaching, Everett began working for National Brands Supply, an electrical & plumbing supplies distributor. Everett finally decided to start his own electrical & plumbing supplies business at the age of 50.
Meanwhile, Everett's wife, Dorothy, had been operating Koenig Home Hardware since the early 1960s in half of the large Koenig homestead on Main St. She sold nails, small hand tools, yard/garden supplies, paint, and other various items. The home hardware store was finally closed in the 1990s.
As Everett's business was just getting started, a vendor stopped in one day and remarked about the rich farmland and flatness of this part of Ohio. The vendor then asked the name of his business for the order form. Everett hadn't really thought about a name, so he responded with "Flat Lands Supply" ... an unusual name that continues to stand the test of time.
Flat Lands opened in the old Uhl Grocery Store building on Main St in Venedocia. Everett ran a one-man operation. He would be up early in the mornings to do bookwork, then head out on the road in an old station wagon to call on customers. When he returned home in the evenings, there was more bookwork to be done.
In the early days when Everett would be gone during the day, contractors would stop by the Koenig home, pick up a key to the store, go get their supplies, jot down what they were getting, and return the key.
In the early 1970's, Everett purchased an old grain elevator, seed house, and Quonset building located at the north end of the village to use for warehouse space as the business began to flourish. Everett added a few employees around this time also.
In 1976, Everett's son, Jerry joined the business full-time.
A new 5,000 square foot facility was constructed in 1981 on Williams St in Venedocia, near the other warehouse buildings.
In 1989, Jerry bought the business from Everett.
A second location opened on Market St in Van Wert in 1992. In 1994, after two years of operating both stores, the difficult decision was made to close the Venedocia store and operate solely out of Van Wert, where there was a noticeably larger amount of walk-in customer traffic than in the fairly remote Venedocia store. In the first years of operation, the general procedure had always been that the contractors would place an order and usually have it delivered to the job site. Therefore, it didn't really matter where the store was located.
Flat Lands was once again on the move in March 1998. In just four business days, the entire store was moved from Market St to its current location at 1220 E Jackson St. Overlooking two historic landmarks, The Marsh Foundation Campus and Lincoln Highway; the 26,000 square foot facility features a spacious showroom, large counters, and wide self-serve aisles. The building also includes a large warehouse with three truck docks and one ground level overhead door.
After a life well-lived, Everett passed away in 2004 at the age of 88. But his legacy lives on in the form of Flat Lands Supply.