Three generations Art's Electric

Three generations of Art’s Electric. In the middle is Shirley Kruse, wife of founder Art Kruse (who passed in 2010). To Shirley’s right is daughter Janet with husband Dale Meixner. To Shirley’s left is granddaughter Jennifer with husband Steven Lecesse.

‘Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night’ may be the motto of the postal service, but for one DeForest business, it would also be an equally apt mantra.

Art’s Electric and Heating Inc., 416 Market St., is celebrating its 50th year, founded in 1972. Around 70% of Art’s customers are farmers—mostly dairy. That can mean a lot of emergency calls to get farmers back to milking cows as quickly as possible.


The 10 employees of Art’s Electric and Heating on Saturday, Dec. 3.

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