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Burnstad Family Foundation to Build Park

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(11/12/13) Tomah, WI - Burnstad's Market announced today that the Burnstad Family Foundation will donate the construction of a family park in Tomah to give back to the community that supported the company for 69 years.

Construction starts in 2014 on Burnstad's Adventure Park, which will be located within Tomah's Recreation Park.   Burnstad's and the Tomah Parks and Recreation Department will host a groundbreaking event at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13th at Recreation Park.   Burnstad's Adventure Park will contain more than 15 pieces of playground equipment that relate to specific milestones within the family's history.  The park will be designed as the perfect place for weddings, social gatherings, family reunions, tractor-pull fans, and anyone looking for a relaxing outdoor setting.

    "As a company, we have a lot of passion for what we do, and to be associated with Tomah is very special," said Derek Burnstad, Burnstad's Market Vice President.   "Our family's business history in Tomah dates back to 1944, so to say the community has greatly supported us is an understatement.  I was taught since day one to give back and share your successes.  That is what we are doing today." 

   "Tomah is our home and has been so good to us," Burnstad's Market President Kent Burnstad said "Therefore, the gifting of a community park was an easy decision.  As I was always taught by my father: as a business owner, giving back is the greatest reward." 

   69 Years ago, company founder Chet Burnstad opened a small, 500 square-foot store on the south side of Tomah in the current Tomah Area School District administrative office building.  His vision was to offer a convenient shopping experience to local residents.  Since then, Burnstad's Market has developed, expanded and grown with Tomah.  The company has successfully evolved four generations of community leaders: Chet, Vic, Kent and now Derek Burnstad.

   "I like to ask myself the question, 'what would my dad, Chet, say if he was here and could see how the company has changed since 1944," Vic Burnstad said.  "For a small, family-owned company, I know he would be very proud of our success and this project."

   "This donation to Tomah is on behalf of the entire Burnstad's Team, all 350 employees and Burnstad family members" Derek Burnstad added. 

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