Riesterer & Schnell, Inc. Makes $250,000 Gift to Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center

posted on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 in Blog

Riesterer & Schnell, Inc. is celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year by giving back to the community that so generously supported their longevity. Today, the Riesterer & Schnell Board of Directors is announcing their $250,000 lead gift support to the capital campaign to build the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center (WAEC) in Manitowoc County. This gift will be made in honor of the company’s founders, Frank Riesterer, John Riesterer and Henry Schnell and its countless agricultural partners over the last eight and half decades.

Waldo Riesterer shared, “We are excited to be a believer and supporter of WAEC. We are thankful for the support of our loyal customers and our dedicated R&S team members. Without them, this donation would not be possible. The education of agriculture and how it is changing with the use of technology is important for people of all ages. The center will help educate current and future generations on how farmers are feeding the world. Supporting WAEC allows us to be part of shaping the future by the education of all.”

“We could not think of a better way to honor our past and show our appreciation to our employees and customers than with this donation, as we celebrate an important milestone in Riesterer & Schnell’s history and look forward to the future,” said Frank Riesterer. “Thank you to everyone who joins us in supporting this important project.”

“Riesterer & Schnell connects with its customers to ensure they are delivering the innovative and advanced solutions to support a changing agricultural industry,” states Nic Schoenberger, WAEC Board Vice-President, “With their commitment to the center, we will be able to continue to tell the agricultural story of how agriculture is a progressive industry.”

“We are overjoyed to have the support of Riesterer & Schnell, a local, family-owned business in Wisconsin. We are proud of the outpouring of local support thus far in the campaign,” Melissa Bender, executive director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center, “This gift will help us educate visitors of all ages on the agricultural industry and why it is important to them.”

To learn more about Riesterer & Schnell’s history, visit their website at www.rands.com.

More about the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center:

The Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center will be state-of-the-art agricultural education center, located in Manitowoc County, will provide visitors with the opportunity to connect to the industry by better understanding of where their food comes from and why agriculture is important to them. The center will include a discovery center that features hands-on learning opportunities through many displays and an opportunity to tour Grotegut Dairy Farm. The farm focuses on sustainability and best farming practices while milking 2,400 cows three times a day. A highlight for visitors will be the chance to view the birth of calves from the Grotegut Dairy Farm at the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in the Birthing Barn.

For more information contact Melissa Bender, 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015 at 920.693.1372 (office) or 920.946.9384 (cell) or at Melissa.bender@gotoltc.edu.