Progress 2011: Mr. PlowPublished 6:00pm Thursday, March 10, 2011
By the numbers:
16 years Rehnelt has been at Hanson Tire in Albert Lea. He started as service manager and worked his way to store manager and part owner.
45 lots are plowed by Rehnelt and another employee. The lots are for businesses and in residential areas for people who hire them for their driveways.
12to13 hours Rehnelt and another plower must work to get all the lots plowed after snowstorms.
2 skidloaders are used to plow the lots as well as trucks with plow blades.
Hero: Kelvin Rehnelt
Secret identity: store manager/part owner of Hanson Tire
Base of operations: Albert Lea
Superpowers: ability to get up and work long hours after a snowstorm
Kryptonite: freezing rain, ice underneath snow or heavy wet snow makes snowplowing difficult
Affiliations: wife, Amy; daughters Sydney, 15, and Rachel, 11
Origin: Rehnelt grew up in Jeffers, which is in western Minnesota. He came to Albert Lea to go to Riverland Community College and has since settled here. He started at Hanson Tire 16 years ago as a service manager. He had been working at Wendy’s. Hanson Tire started its snowplowing service in 1998 after originally just needing to clean their own lot. They have since offered the service to businesses and residential areas.
Rehnelt said he enjoys plowing because it’s challenging to do a good job. Making the customers happy is his ultimate goal. That can be tricky because he wants to keep the costs down for customers while still keeping their lot clean.