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Two Washington County Businesses Receive Statewide Recognition

Posted: Thursday, December 13th, 2012 at 6:26 am
Author: KCII News - Ben Stanton
Accepting for Premier 1 Supplies are co-founders Jean and Stan Protratz (center)(photo submitted).

Among the nine recipients of the 2012 Iowa Venture Awards are two Washington County businesses. Both Kehl Management in Riverside and Premier Sheep Supplies south of Washington received the honors from the Iowa Area Development Group.

That group gives the awards to the businesses that they see as making significant contributions in diversifying and strengthening Iowa’s economy.

Kehl Management has casinos in several cities in Iowa, including Riverside.  The Riverside Casino and Golf Resort employs about 750 people, and they are the largest employers in the county.

Accepting for Kehl Management are:Gary Bishop, Joe Massa, Dan Franz, Karlyn Ollendick, Dan Kehl, Cody Kehl, Sharon Hasselhoff, Ken Hanson, and Dale Scheibe. Also Kirk Trede and Dave Mohr of Eastern Iowa Light & Power Coop, ABI's Mike Ralston, and IADG's Rand Fisher (photo submitted).

Premier Sheep Supplies was started by Stan and Jean Potratz. After farming in England, Potratz started raising sheep locally, but he was not finding the supplies that were more available overseas.  Now, his supply company has 40 employees and a large warehouse and shipping center.

The awards were presented to the recipients at a ceremony last month.

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