We currently stand 95,000 sq.feet, our favorite color is maroon and shades of gray…not fifty, our favorite music is whatever Schuster is feeling in the lab or Milkshake by Kelis, and our favorite food is Snickers Ice Cream Bars…popcorn popped by Hollie…Janet Cake…Kelsi’s Cupcakes…the chips that keep reappearing…Walking Tacos…hot dogs no buns…and today Famous Daves!
This year’s Wa Du Shuda Theme was Under The Sea.
We defended our Wa Du Shuda Parade Title as Pirates sailing the New Lisbon Sea! Brittany and Devin’s son, Gage, won over the crowd as he slept in his remote control car.
We threw out over 3,000 bags of candy, disrupted a live broadcast of the parade for a selfie, sweat a lot in our costumes, but took home another first place trophy!
Brian and Hollie have been busy this summer cooking up steaks, hamburgers, nachos, and tacos this summer!
Have you heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? It’s simple, it’s basic, and can really sum up the Mill Haven Foods Experience. Maslow’s Hierarchy is a pyramid, showing basic human needs for motivation. Really, it could be the Slater way and explains why we are constantly moving towards the next project.
The base of the pyramid is the physiological needs, it’s the absolute base; food, water, warmth, rest. This level comes with any job, a paycheck. At Mill Haven Foods, that’s not our focus, and that’s definitely not the goal.
The next section up on the pyramid, safety needs. The feeling of security and safety in a job is necessary. To be at ease when working, to be comfortable, and to know that there is a tomorrow, a next week, next month, to be part of the continued plan. Mill Haven Foods absolutely takes care of the safety needs; we work hard, we stay focused, and we know that we will be a part of tomorrow.
Movin’ on up…belongingness and love needs. We aren’t robots. We as humans need to have friends; we need to have that sense of belonging and we need to build relationships with meaning. This is where Mill Haven Foods differs from a “job.” We are, without a doubt, family. We eat more birthday cake than one should, we celebrate life with each other, we mourn loss with each other, whatever we do, we do it together.
A step higher on the pyramid, esteem needs. When the bottom three levels are reached and satisfied, we have the need to be successful, to be confident, to achieve, to do more, and to have self-respect and respect from others. Mill Haven Foods has created an environment where we are allowed to push to the next level; we are allowed to achieve and do well, which is obvious in our exports, our technology, our needs to offer the highest quality ingredients with the highest quality customer support and knowledge.
Finally, we’ve reached the tip of the pyramid; self-actualization and even the illusive transcendence needs. This is Mill Haven Foods. We love what we do and are always pushing ourselves to do more, learn more, and to be ahead of trend. We are constantly thinking of new ways to succeed, new markets to reach, and how to help.
With all of these steps reached, we are able to reach the transcendence needs. To be transcendent one needs to be able to connect outside of oneself. Charitable giving is common for businesses, but to be invested, to donate money and time, and to genuinely care about projects, causes, and everyone’s tomorrows is Mill Haven Foods. We don’t rest. For example, Hollie and Brian created Stepping for Hunger. This past weekend was the 9th Annual 5k and 10k to raise money for the Juneau County Food Pantry. After this year, they will have raised 70,000 dollars. Hollie also donates her time and volunteers at the New Lisbon Food Pantry. Brian donates his time as the New Lisbon Education Foundation President, this year Mill Haven Foods, donated $100,000 to the foundation. Their passion for these causes is so contagious that their causes are our causes. We don’t do things for our benefit; we do things for the community benefit, so we all win.
Our passion and commitment to community drives our passion and eagerness for success and a bigger and better tomorrow.
Our bigger and better tomorrow starts now…
On Friday, September 16, Brian and Hollie Slater signed a developer’s agreement with the city of Tomah to create a new 77,000 square foot facility. This facility will help us meet customer demands, at Mill Haven Foods standards, while being able to add Tomah to our Family.
On Monday, September 19, Brian and Hollie Slater signed a developer’s agreement with the city of New Lisbon to expand on our existing location on 211 Leer Street. We have outgrown our footprint and need to expand our current lab to comply with our growth in New Lisbon, as well as our new home in Tomah. We will also be expanding several other aspects of our facility, including locker rooms, a new training facility, and administrative offices.