Interview with Paul S. Cieslewicz
Growing up in the country, in the Amherst/Bancroft, Wisconsin, area, a mile from Prairie View Farms, Paul Cieslewicz was exposed to agriculture at a young age.
“I spent a lot of time at Prairie View Farms,” he relates. “When I was old enough to be useful, I did everything from picking rocks to planting corn.”
“I learned how to grow potatoes, irrigate and harvest them, and get them into storage. I even ran the packing shed for several years,” Cieslewicz says. “Kenny Prondzinski is a big factor in showing me there are no boundaries out there if you want things badly enough.”
The sole member-owner of Sand County Equipment, LLC, founded in April 2012, Cieslewicz says it was always a dream to own his own business, but admits it was scary pulling the trigger.
“After working for another dealership for several years and being the go-to guy, I felt it was time for a change and to do it for myself,” he says. “We started out very small, having only a few lines, but over the last six years, we’ve grown to over 20 short lines of equipment.”
“I got a lot of advice from local business owners and farmers, and the encouragement they gave me was the deciding factor to do it,” Cieslewicz adds.
Sand County Equipment is a potato and vegetable equipment dealership backed by 25 years of experience and knowledge in planting, spraying, tillage and harvest.
The company also offers farm equipment for cranberry, carrot, horseradish, sugar beet, pickle and Christmas tree growers, as well as a large steel inventory and custom fabrication services.