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Businesses of Today For this section of the book we asked business owners to write a brief history of their business and submit it for publication. We are grateful to those who responded. We have attempted to recognize all current Stratford businesses and we apologize for any oversights. A & B Process Systems Corporation A & B Process Systems was started in 1973 by A.J. and William Hilgemann. The company fabricates and installs stainless steel equipment for the dairy, food, pharmaceutical and other processing industries. A & B has designed process- ing equipment for major food processers throughout the nation. They are one of Stratford's largest employers with ap- proximately 100 employees. Access Mobility Access Mobility is a Stratford based business specializ- ing in accessibility products and adaptive driving equipment for seniors and the physically challenged in Central and Northern Wisconsin. Accessibility solutions to help people get where they want to go and overcome architectural barriers in their homes and communities include: stairway lifts, porch lifts, ramps, residential and commercial lifts, residential elevators and bathtub lifts. Owner Angela Williams says "Our consultants are informed about accessibility issues and we believe that architectural barriers can be overcome with the right equipment and a "Can Do" attitude." Our Adaptive Driving Division offers safe and reliable equipment for vehicle access and adaptive driving including wheelchair and scooter lifts, hand controls, power seating, wheelchair restraint systems, and custom interiors. Access Mobility is a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) and is working with this nationwide organization of manufacturers and dealers in setting industry standards for the safe and dependable trans- portation of the physically challenged. Access Mobility also handles three wheel power scooters, a leading line of Swedish rehab products and power lift chairs; products which enhance 222 the quality of life for those with limited mobility. Access Mobility can be reached locally by calling 687-4404. Those outside the local dialing area can call toll free: 1-800-233- 1235. Access Mobility looks forward to being an integral part of the Stratford community. We appreciate the support we have received and look forward to working with the commu- nity to make Stratford an even better place to live in the years ahead. We are committed to serving the accessibility needs of communities, businesses, schools, churches, families and individuals in Central and Northern Wisconsin and here in Stratford. We salute you, Stratford and thank you for the opportunity to be part of this fine village. Becher Feed & Farm Supply During the summer of 1952 Aloysius Becher and his brother, Philip, now of Winona, MN, started remodeling an old barn in which Al had housed layer chickens. The land had been purchased by Edward Becher, their father, around 1937 from Herman Langer. The mill opened for business in March 1953. The first dairy cow grinding was done on that day for Mertz Weber. A grand opening was held in September 1953. The first Beautena dairy heifer was won by Joseph Wenzel at that event. An egg laying contest was held with pullets entered by Richard Leick, Mrs. Howard Lloyd, Norman Graveen and Mrs. Ed Kafka. A number of additions were completed over the years. In 1978 a drive through with truck hoist was built. Bulk storage and a cob corn roller mill were added in 1984-85.
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