THE HISTORY OF THIELEN TURF IRRIGATION, INC.
Jerry Thielen established Thielen Turf in 1960 as Thielen Trenching, installing farm drainage systems. In 1964 Thielen Trenching installed their first Golf Course Irrigation System, and in 1965, Thielen Trenching changed their name to Thielen Turf Irrigation.
In 1973 the business was incorporated when Doug Thielen, the son of Jerry Thielen, joined Thielen Turf Irrigation. In 1980 Dave Thielen, son of Jerry Thielen, also joined to achieve the family business. Thielen Turf Irrigation, Inc. is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and has been at its current address for forty years.
THE THIELEN TEAM
Doug Thielen, President (manager) – 36 years of experience
Dave Thielen, Vice President (office manager) – 29 years of experience
Ben Thielen, Vice President (golf) – 7 years of experience
Randy Sharrar, Commercial & Residential (sales manager) – 21 years of experience
Richard Burden, Superintendent (golf) – 19 years of experience
John Kremsreiter, Superintendent (golf) – 29 years of experience
James Robinson, Lead Man (residential) – 12 years of experience
Randy Yunker, Service Technician (residential) – 20 years of experience
Bob Smyth, Service Technician – 18 years of experience
Steve Fedewa, Superintendent (residential) – 19 years of experience
Jeff Anderson, Foreman (golf) – 16 years of experience
Mike Smyth, Lead Man (residential) – 11 years of experience
Brendon Fuller, Lead Man (golf) – 12 years of experience
Kevin Sweet, Service Technician (golf) – 10 years of experience
16 additional employees with over 5 years of experience
Thielen Turf Management has over 50 years of experience in the irrigation business, currently with three golf course crews and one residential crew.
AWARDS & HONORS
Toro Residential Contractor of the Year (1998)
Top 100 Irrigation Contractors for Irrigation Association (1998)
Outstanding Sales Achievement from Toro (1988, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Best Commercial New Business Premises from the City of Mt. Pleasant (1988)
Contractor of the Year from Spartan Distributor (1988)
Central Michigan Home Builders Association
Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
Michigan Turfgrass Foundation
Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
Handcox Center – Michigan State University Research center