Horn Trevor Feeds marks silver anniversary

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 6, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe

TREVOR — It’s not every day you celebrate 25 years in business, but the owners and employees of Horn Trevor Feeds Inc. did it with a bang Saturday by having a big open house and cookout.

The event, which also offered a petting zoo, dog adoptions, product samples and a raffle, was a chance to throw open the doors and thank those who have been coming there for their livestock and domestic food supplies for years.

“We’ve had a lot of very good customers over the years who like dealing with a family business,” said owner Jason Hulbert, who’s been working in the family business since he was 13.

Kathy Groth of Antioch, Ill., was one of those customers who has been shopping here for quite a while. “I come here all the time,” she said. “It’s a great store.”

Customers and employees appreciate the friendly atmosphere.

“I like that it’s so family-oriented,” said Josh Tackett of Trevor, who’s worked at the store for two months. “He (Jason) is real good if your kids are sick. He has kids, so he understands. It’s like a family here.”

Josh York, 27, also of Trevor, has worked at the store on and off since he was 15.

“There’s a lot of flexibility,” he said. “I help him out when he needs a hand.”

Started in Muskego

The business originally started as a general store in Muskego in 1919 and later expanded to include the Trevor location.

It was originally run by the Pacy and Krause families, Hulbert was in high school when his mother, Patricia, told him to go help out his grandfather, Richard Horn, in the business.

“I got here, and they said, ‘Figure it out,”’ said Hulbert, now 40.

The business has remained steady, with only a few surprises like “what he brings home on his shoes sometimes,” joked his wife, Jenn.

But it survived two fires and has weathered the changes to the area, from mostly agricultural to residential.

There are still enough farms in the area though, and a growing number of horse farms. The two 1920s-era silos continue to hold corn and oats that are milled and mixed on the premises for livestock feed for cattle, sheep and goats.

Workers also deliver feed to the farms. Horse feed is the No. 1 item sold.

The influx of homes opened the door to selling feed for domesticated pets, with the business adding onto the main store about 16 years ago.

“With more homes, you have more pets, dogs and cats,” he said. They even carry rat food for pet rats.

To employees like Claire Fox, who’s worked at the store over a year and planned Saturday’s event, “it’s fun to see people’s reactions” after their pet’s diet is changed and getting good results. “I like that I get to help people,” she said.

The best part for Hulbert may be seeing his daughter, Danica, 11, already getting involved in the business by handing out raffle tickets or talking to customers.

“I like the employees,” she said. She also likes “dusting the shelves.”

There’s probably a job waiting for her in the future.

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