Hall Roberts’ Son of Postville selected as 2023 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award winner ...

Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism (ACED) has announced that Hall Roberts’ Son of Postville is the 2023 Cloy Kuhse Positive Impact Award Winner. The announcement was made at ACED’s Annual Meeting, which was held at the Waterville Community Center Thursday, October 12. Postville City Council member Larry Moore shared his nomination of Hall Roberts’ Son with the audience and ACED Board Vice President Brenda Hackman shared comments provided by the second nominator of that Postville-based business, Crystal Duffy of the Postville Library/Postville Community Heart & Soul. General Manager Chris Hoffert accepted the award on behalf of the company and shared Hall Roberts’ Son core values with the attendees.

An excerpt from one of the award nominations described how the business has adapted and grown during its years of existence and reads as follows: “Hall Roberts’ Son started business in Postville in 1864 and has been a cornerstone of Postville and Allamakee County for many generations. The family-owned business started as a general mercantile which featured coal, animal pelts and steel but through the years has become a wholesale distributor of agricultural products serving hundreds of customers in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Hall Roberts’ Son is a progressive, diverse business who adapts their product line in our ever-changing agricultural environment.”

Another nomination for the award explained the impact the company has had on the local community through more than just its business dealings, reading as follows: “They are financial supporters of the Big Four Fair, churches, missions, N.E. Iowa Shriners, Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, the public library, the Childcare Center, the DARE program, Dollars for Scholars, and the arts and sports programs, to name a few. They are instrumental in supporting the Food Pantry in Postville. They pay for the heat and electricity and do not charge the food pantry rent for the use of their building for this worthy cause.”

This annual award was created to highlight and recognize a business that is making a positive impact in Allamakee County, as well as to honor the memory of former Allamakee County Economic Development Board member Cloy Kuhse and his vision. Hall Roberts’ Son now joins the list of annual award recipients including Welsh’s Village Farm & Home of Lansing, Veterans Memorial Hospital & Clinics, Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill of Lansing, WW Homestead Dairy of Waukon, Growing Bear Daycare & PreSchool of Waukon, New Albin Savings Bank, Waukon Dental, Mike Ferring Construction of Waukon, TASC of Waukon, Wuennecke’s Meat Market of New Albin and Norplex Micarta of Postville.

Pictured in the photo above are, left to right: ACED Board member Dennis Keatley of the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors, ACED Board Secretary Michelle Wood of Waukon Feed Ranch, ACED Board Vice President Brenda Hackman of Allamakee Clayton Electric Cooperative, Hall Roberts’ Son General Manager Chris Hoffert, ACED Executive Director Val Reinke, ACED Board Treasurer Cathy Buhl of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, and ACED Board member Andrew Boddicker of Main Street Lansing. Submitted photos.

Pictured in the photo below during the award presentation are, left to right: Ardie Kuhse, Chris Hoffert of Hall Roberts’ Son, Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism, and award nominator Larry Moore of the Postville City Council.