Abstract Electric and Officials Den are examples of small businesses whose owners Rob Davis and Keith Rimer started from scratch and took over, investing a great deal of their personal time, effort and money.
The two Hilbert businesses are the result of a dream and vision that continues to unfold as the businesses grow and develop. Davis said use of the word “abstract” in the name Abstract Electric reflects their philosophy which is to look at things in a unique and different manner. Part of that philosophy is to give the customer the best value for the dollar, a fair price for what the customer wants. “If you can dream it, Abstract Electric can do it,” said Davis, quoting the firm’s motto.
When Davis talks about Abstract Electric and Officials Den, he speaks of growth and profit but also of the companies’ social value to the community. That becomes evident when they willingly donate money to organizations supporting community events and activities and sponsor events whether they be athletic or social. They live by the thought attributed to inventor and businessman Henry Ford, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”
Davis and Rimer are equal partners in the two businesses, Abstract Electric a nine-year-old business and Officials Den which they took over March 1, 2012.
Abstract Electric with a dozen employees focuses on commercial, industrial, farm, agricultural, residential (new and older homes) and home theater sound wiring. “No job is too small or too big,” Davis said. “We can even install the system that enables a homeowner to run all one’s home electrical devices through one’s cell phone.”
The firm is proud of its ability to design-build the electric spec plan for a specific commercial or industrial job. It has the capability of trouble shooting machines on the shop floor such as a CNC, lathes and boring bars.
Abstract Electric serves customers in a 60 mile radius of Hilbert including such communities as Fond du Lac, Appleton, Green Bay, Waupaca, Manitowoc and the like. They are committed to 24/7 emergency service.
Abstract Electric has been at its current location on Twelfth Street for two years. The facility’s shop allows the firm to pre-fabricate everything needed at its work sites.
Employees of Abstract Electric are journeyman technicians, apprentices, and helpers. After one year of employment, helpers enter a tuition reimbursed apprenticeship program attending classes at an area technical school one day a week. Before taking classes the firm wants to be sure that the individual wants to work in this particular trade. Davis said they get paid while attending classes. Following apprenticeship, the employee begins a five year journeyman period after which a test is taken. For all employees, random drug testing is carried out routinely.
Officials Den Bowl & Spirits which islocatedat408N. 8thSt.,Hilbert isa sports bar and bowling center. Davis said the business appropriately carries a logo with a whistle.
Officials Den features weekly specials in bowling, volleyball and dart leagues. There are open bowling specials, a ladies night, taco Tuesdays and more.
Party room available
Birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversaries, graduation events, rehearsal dinners class reunions, company parties and bowling banquets can be celebrated and accommodated in a party room that can be partitioned off. Between 40-50 people can be accommodated. Food can be catered in from a local restaurant but a full bar and a full kitchen menu is also available.
Davis said Officials Den is not your average watering hole. Its entire interior has been restored with the community’s usage in mind. It is a family friendly place for the community to gather for entertainment and recreation, he said.
Lots of work and updates have been performed on Officials Den. Its eight bowling lanes will be refinished and the mechanical pin set updated from Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 10.
The exterior of Officials Den will be repainted shortly. Lighting has been installed at the two outdoor sand volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. Lighting has been upgraded on the poles in the regraded parking lot as well.
The air conditioning at Officials Den is now working well. Its coolers are functioning at full capacity. Seven HD TVs have been installed and the lighting in the bar/dining area has been changed to LED.
In the near future, Davis said they are eyeing new carpeting and ceiling tile at Officials Den and eventually asphalt paving of its parking lot.
Davis said no profits are being taken at Officials Den. Instead, all money realized is being reinvested into the place. “It is our intent to bring it back to what it was,” he said.
New bowling leagues are being organized, said Davis who would like a junior league set up for next summer. Besides kids’ bowling, Officials Den is equipped with a game area.
Looking ahead, customers will enjoy Packer game day specials. A Friday fish fry is already a popular draw. Food specials which change daily are offered at Officials Den. For instance, featured on Mondays are all-you-can-eat chicken wings at $5, and $1 tacos on Tuesdays.
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