Carter Brand, age 8, son of Eric and Faye Brand and grandson of Dale and Tana Brand and Leon and Margaret Vander Weerdt, made his drag racing debut at Eddyville Raceway Park on Saturday, June 27. In previous weeks, Carter had attended test-and-tune events to get his license. The 27th was his first race where he faced another opponent. Unfortunately, Carter had a red light his first round, getting a little antsy off the starting line. But he came back in the consolation race, and followed in his grandpa’s footsteps, beating the girl in the next lane with a hole shot victory. Crew chief dad Eric has a little more learning to do with a junior dragster, changing from tuning a 250 mph funny car at 5.5 seconds in the quarter mile to a 50 mph car at 11.90 seconds in the 1/8 mile. Good job, Carter!
Eight 4-H kids in Jasper County were given a bucket of “junk” parts to create an object of their choice. Each had the same pieces and parts. The kids, along with a parent, were to weld anything of their choice. They could cut, bend, and weld the parts however they wanted, but they could not add anything from outside the bucket. The kids will be judged on their creations the Saturday of the fair, and then their creations will be on display for all to see. The projects will be auctioned off Thursday night of the fair before the livestock auction. The money raised will go towards 4-H scholarships and camps for 4-H kids.
This was the second year Colby Tool, the son of Co-Liner Dan Tool and his wife, Renae, participated in the bucket of junk challenge. Colby and Dan put their very creative minds together and decided to weld a Farmall steel-wheel tractor. They started with the wheels, and Colby said it all fell into place. Colby would like to thank Rail Brand and Co-line for donating all the “junk. ”
Co-Liners enjoyed a free lunch on MidWest One during the first quarter meeting on Thursday, Apr. 23. Several representatives from the Pella bank were in attendance, including Brian Hauser, who explained a handout listing perks the bank offers to Co-Line employees only.
In addition to free food, some Co-Liners also received cash and free socks awarded to those who completed the first quarter wellness program.
Also at the meeting, Eric Brand listed all the percentages that contributed to the first-quarter bonus. Eric also announced that the south building expansion is on hold for this year, mainly because of the slowness
of government applications and the current economic conditions. He congratulated the entire group, especially the Goalsetter group, because April had the largest sales month in the 24-year history of Goalsetter.
Dale Brand also spoke to the employees. “I’m so humbled by the incredible group of people here and their families dependent on this organization.”
Then he mentioned numerous ways society promotes the feeling of winning versus actually winning in a presentation titled “Winning in a Changing Market.”
“I’ve been in business for 36 years, and I’m amazed how many businesses don’t understand winning,” he said. “At Co-Line and Goalsetter, we do know how to win. I’m so obsessed with details because that is all there is for the difference between the competition and us – details and more details.”
Team Co-Line brought home another trophy in April – but it wasn’t earned with the race car. With a gold donkey on top and “Donkey Basketball Champion 2015” written on the front, this new trophy looks nothing like the wallys brought home in the past!
A team of brave men and women represented Team Co-Line/Goalsetter at a donkey basketball event in the L-S high school gym on Apr. 13. In true Co-Line fashion, the team gave it their all, beating the L-S school staff in the first game and Janco in the championship game to take it all.
The hilarious and sometimes painful event raised over $1,920 for the Sully Central Park improvement project and playground equipment and kept audience members thoroughly entertained.
For community members, this is the first time in approximately 40 years that donkey basketball or baseball has taken place in the area. And for some, it can’t come back soon enough. The hilarious antics of the donkeys as they bucked, ran, and stubbornly stayed still had the attendees beside themselves with laughter and talking about the night’s fun events long after the games were over.
Members of the Co-Line team, coached by Dale and Eric Brand, were Ryan Johnson, Cory Brand, Cory Tice, Chris Tice, Jeff Kling, Brady Van Wyk, Tony Van Wyk, Shane Jansen, Steve Davis, Jason Allbee, Ashley Lemons, Rachel Zuidema, and Tayler Vander Molen.
Co-Line cylinder head customer Nick Januik is raring to get going in the 2015 alchohol funny car racing season. The season is just getting rolling for Januik, who wrote the note below commending the Co-Line product he uses. Januik had the top alcohol funny car at the the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas in 2014.
“In my opinion, Co-Line heads are the best in the business,” Januik said. “We are a fairly new team, going into our only second full season of racing funny cars, but having such a great head helped with making the power to compete with all of the seasoned veterans of the sport. We were not new to the top alcohol combination as we ran it in a top alcohol car in the sand, so when we decided to make the transformation to the asphalt, it was no question that we were going with the Co-Line product. Not only is it a nice piece, but to have the technical support that comes from Eric and his whole group of employees goes a long way. The craftsmanship of the heads they produce and the quality of repair work they do is by far some of the best in the industry. With these heads, we were able to win our first national event in only the third national event that we went to. Thank you to the whole Co-Line team.”
With the retirement of Co-Line Repair Shop employee Gaylord De Jong after 24 years with the company, some customers have wondered if Co-Line still does farm and commercial repair. The team in the Repair Shop would like to assure all that the shop is still open and is ready to tackle whatever projects customers bring in.
The Repair Shop has been and still is an important part of Co-Line. In fact, the company got its start 36 years ago with the opening of the welding shop. The quality work and personal service guaranteed at the shop back then is still at the heart of Co-Line today, even with the tremendous growth the company has experienced since its start in 1979.
In its many years of serving local farmers and businesses, the Repair Shop has worked on a wide array of projects. The team has made fabrication repairs to all lines of farm equipment, grain and livestock trailers, construction equipment, and more. Other unique projects have included everything from working in a mine to creating custom racks for businesses to building projects like skateboard ramps and roll-off containers.
Though a lot of projects come to Co-Line, the Repair Shop team has the capability to go on the road to wherever a repair job is located. The shop’s portable welding services are particularly utilized by farmers when their equipment is broken down and time is of the essence.
With a combined 65 years of experience in the welding/repair/equipment field, the Repair Shop team is comprised of four skilled men: Team Leader Kyle Krampe, Don Steenhoek, Ty Clark, and JT Walker.
The team is available at the Co-Line Repair Shop five miles south of Sully (1232 100th St., Sully) from 6 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 641-594-2953.
The historic March Meet held in Bakersfield, CA, is one of the most prestigious events of the year for nostalgia racing, and the Sierra Pipe team of Howard Anderson performed well. Racing to a career-best low ET and top speed of the meet with a 6.464 at 216.51, Howard and team started to show the potential of the new Co-Line stage 6 cylinder head. “You’ve created an animal!” noted Howard. “We now have a lot of clutch work to do to keep up with the new power.” Apr. 11 in Sacramento, CA, will be the next outing for the team to dial in on the new-found horsepower. Thanks to Kurt Steenhoek, Brian White, and Marty Van Wyk for their efforts in completing these new cylinder heads!
The Co-Line facilities were spotted with red on Feb. 13, in recognition of National Wear Red Day, held at the beginning of February. The special day brings attention to the fact that one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, even though 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Co-Liners were encouraged to not only wear red but to also take steps to live longer, healthier lives.
The Hometown Press took home 11 awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) Awards Banquet on Feb. 6. The Co-Line-owned newspaper earned four first places, two seconds, and five thirds.
In only its third year of being eligible for awards, the Hometown Press finished second in general excellence judging in the Weekly Class 1 division for papers with a circulation of 1,150 or under, a significant accomplish for the paper considering it’s only five years old. The Hometown Press accumulated a total of 26 points, behind The La Porte City Progress-Review with 34 points as the top newspaper based on points for awards received.
Three members of the Hometown Press staff, Faye Brand, LeAnn Hjelmeland, and Margaret Vander Weerdt, spent the day with Iowa newspaper professionals at the annual INA Convention.
The INA Awards Banquet was held at the Marriott in Des Moines. The theme for this year’s event, DIG-IT-ALL, encouraged convention-goers to embrace everything digital while at the same time recognizing the rich tradition of the newspaper industry.
Aside from placing second in general excellence, another standout accomplishment was the Hometown Press also received third place overall for its first-place ad featuring financial, insurance, or other professional service when all the categories were judged together.
The 11 awards the Hometown Press received was more than double what it received for the past two years, five awards each year, since it became eligible for awards.
Best Ad Featuring Financial, Insurance, or Other Professional Service (14 entries)
First Place and Third Place Best of Weekly Class I Advertising: JH Travel
Second Place: Dowie Pest Control
Best Ad Featuring Grocery/Food/Entertainment (16 entries)
Third Place: ZIP IN
Comments: Graphic is so clean and the food looks good. Easy to read with an eye-catching heading. Like the change in typestyles in the copy.
Best Newspaper Website (4 entries)
First Place: www.hometownpressia.com
Best Feature Page (5 entries)
First Place – 8/14 Fopma’s Aronia Berries, 2/27 Wooden Spoon, 7/24 Harthoorn Family Double Blessing
Comments: Enjoyed all the pages and stories. Creatively designed with photos. Good headlines also.
Best Newspaper Marketing (8 entries)
Third Place: 12/26 Hometown Press page ad, front page graphic, and page three article all announcing the launch of the newspaper’s new website
Comments: Catchy ad. Great use of color. Creative content. Nice.
Best Sports Feature Story (8 entries)
First Place – “The Final Quarter”
Comments: Nice narrative lead draws in reader. The writing leaps off the page and is fun to read.
Third Place – “Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk”
Comments: Fun-to-read feature on a local prep football player.
Best Use of Graphics (8 entries)
Third Place: 2/6 Kennedy Roland feature, 10/17 Stella Turnbull feature, 12/19 front page, 2/27 FFA Salute, 7/17 Van Kooten Mustang feature, 12/5 Jasper County Freedom Rock feature