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Life is About Choices - Your Choices

Joel Strahota, Rennert's Fire Equipment Services, Inc.

Above: Joel Strahota, Rennert's Fire Equipment Services, Inc. - Markesan & DeForest.


"My choice was to give my business to a bank that cared about me, knew my name, was flexible, friendly and professional.”               – Joel Strahota, Co-owner Rennert’s


Joel Strahota began banking with Markesan State Bank when he was still a senior at Markesan High School back in 1978. 40 years later, Joel is still banking with Markesan State Bank – using MSB for both his personal banking and for Rennert's that he co-owns with his partner, Ron Theim.

Rennert's Fire Equipment Services employs 12 people in two locations (Markesan and DeForest) and serves customers as far north as Green Bay and south to northern Illinois and northeast Iowa. Rennert's specializes in factory authorized pump and valve repair, and NFPA 1911 certification for fire trucks and emergency vehicles. "The NFPA 1911 Standard helps ensure that in-service fire apparatus are serviced and maintained to keep them in safe operating condition and ready for response at all times," said Joel.

Both Joel and Ron know how important it is to have proper working equipment in a crisis. Besides owning Rennert's, Ron is the Deputy Chief of the Grand River Fire District and Joel is the Assistant Chief for the Grand River Fire District and is the Director of the Southern Green Lake Ambulance Service.

According to Joel, Rennert’s is starting to branch out beyond firetrucks to also service ambulances and boom trucks (bucket trucks) used by companies like Charter (Spectrum) and MG&E. “The hydraulics in the ladders and booms are related to firetrucks and also require yearly inspections and maintenance.”

Joel likes MSB's Direct Deposit for employee payroll because it's convenient for everyone involved – especially with two locations. “We don’t have to cut and mail checks,” Joel elaborated. “Direct Deposit simplifies the payroll process and helps ensure there are no delays for our DeForest staff.”

Joel noted that Rennert's also uses MSB’s online banking service to better keep track of account balances and easily make account transfers.

Regarding MSB's CardValet® that he uses for his personal banking, Joel said, "I really didn't like debit cards before I added this service. With CardValet I feel more secure and in control. Also, I don't have to maintain a bank register anymore – my phone is my register.”

When asked what he likes best about Markesan State Bank, Joel mentioned how much he hates talking to a machine and commented on the friendliness of the MSB staff. “When I call MSB I talk to a real person. And, to borrow a line from that old theme song from the TV show, Cheers, everyone knows my name at MSB. Everyone says hello. I know of a business that banked elsewhere and grew tired of being just a number. I convinced them to switch to MSB and they couldn’t be happier.”

Markesan State Bank has been providing both personal and business banking services since 1891. If you're not already a customer, get to know us – you'll be glad you did!

Rennert's Fire Equipment Services website is: https://www.rennerts.com