Businesses of the Month
Iron Creek Services
Iron Creek Services was established in October 2017 by owners Warren and Debbie Huckins.
Iron Creek Services provide residential or commercial gravel, dirt and shale hauling, as well as, backhoe work, skid steer, blade work and trenching. They have three full-time employees who strive to give their customers the best work possible.
Iron Creek Services is located at 1651 Hwy 16 and can be contacted at 307/660-7441 or email@example.com.
Sunset Amigos celebrated its 5th anniversary on June 14, 2018. This family-owned business is a smoke-free sports bar and package liquor establishment with a large fenced in area outdoors for smoking and summer activities. They also serve finger food and cheeseburgers.
Sunset Amigos has five employees and sponsors poker runs and various benefits throughout the year, a Corn Hole Tournament during Fun Days in July, and they host a yearly Rib Cook Off in September. Make sure to check out their Facebook page to keep updated on bands and events!
Sunset Amigos is located at 439 Sheridan St. and is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 2:00 am. 307/468-2775
Powder River Energy Corporation
Powder River Energy is a member-owned electrical cooperative. The original company was Tri-County Electric established in 1945; then in 1995 it merged with Sheridan-Johnson REA to form Powder River Energy Corporation. It serves Crook, Weston, Campbell, Sheridan, and Johnson counties as well as portions of Big Horn and Powder River counties in Montana. They have 125 employees, both full and part time. Powder River Energy has offices in Sundance (main), Gillette and Sheridan with lineman outposts in Buffalo, Gillette, Kaycee, Moorcroft, Newcastle, Sundance, Sheridan and Wright.
Powder River Energy is more than just an electricity provider; it is committed to the communities and
members it serves with charitable giving, economic development and financial assistance. They have an
excellent website that covers all aspects of the business and community involvement; the bottom of the
homepage gives you Quick Links, buttons for PREcorp Foundation and PREcorpBizWorks, and access to
Facebook and Twitter. Members can access their accounts through the SmartHub app, as well as report
and follow outages online. The annual membership meeting will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018, at
the Cam-Plex in Gillette.
Powder River Energy is located at 221 Main St., Sundance with office hours from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Biker Buddy is an app for motorcyclists created by Upton enthusiasts Paul and Debbie Douglas. The app was born of need: an inexpensive place to stay while travelling, local trail knowledge, and finding parts when a breakdown occurs.
Biker Buddy puts bike-minded people together; riders, hosts, and parts providers in a convenient app on your smartphone. To ensure that riders and hosts can be safe there is a rating system set up in the app to rate both riders and hosts once a stay is complete. Those receiving poor scores and bad feedback will not be allowed to continue using the service.
Biker Buddy is available on Google Play and iTunes and can be accessed by the press of a button on the Biker Buddy website at bikerbuddy.co. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upton Food Bank
821 Holly St. (PO Box 683) • Open on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. • Phone: 307-941-0553 • Mike Dodd’s Cell, 307-468-2444 (office, when open)
The Upton Food Bank moved into its present building in 2005 when the Upton Seventh Day Adventist Church took it on as a ministry. The building was paid off over the next ten years. Initially, the Food Bank was run by the Upton Methodist Church.
The Upton Food Bank is staffed by Mike and Nancy Dodd, as well as six volunteers. It is administered through the church’s 501 (c) 3 so all donation checks have to be made out to the church with “food bank” in the memo for donors to receive donation receipts for tax purposes. Food donations will be weighed and then a donation receipt will be given. They are always appreciative of food donations, but also welcome such items as paper goods (kitchen and bath), toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, laundry soap, shampoo, etc. They are there to cover the gaps when people just arrive in Upton or perhaps are between jobs, everybody needs help sometimes. Recently, three boy scouts and two little girls collected 845 pounds of food. “I’m so proud of our young people” says Mike Dodd. “We are so blessed by Unker’s Therapeutic Products, they pay for our utilities with a little extra to help with costs; also, Joe’s Food Center is a big contributor.” He also added, “We have never run out of food, we came close a couple of times, but have never run out.”
Upcoming events are: the Upton Elementary School students will be out “trick or treating” for food on Saturday, October 28th; the WCSD#7 organizations FCCLA, FBLA, FFA, and others also plan to gather food for the food bank; Thanksgiving baskets for those who might not otherwise have the means for a holiday meal: the signup for baskets must be made by Wednesday, November 1st for delivery by Monday, November 20th; Christmas baskets will also be put together for delivery on Thursday, December 21st, you can contact The Upton Food Bank for the signup deadline; the next Portable Pantry will be around the end of this year or the beginning of next year, this is unrestricted and anyone can come get a pre-selected assortment of food.
First Tier Bank
612 Pine St. • Upton, WY 82730 • Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lobby and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Drive-Up Window • 307-468-2446 • Website
FirsTier Bank has been in business for 93 years. The Union State Bank became FirsTier Bank in June on 2005, and currently has five employees. There are six branches in Nebraska and Wyoming, with the main branch located in Kimball, Nebraska. “FirsTier Bank is a full service bank including: online banking, mobile deposit, bill pay, phone app, and ATM, and more right here in Upton,” says bank president, Mary Bickett.
Bear Lodge Rehab
717 Pine St. • Upton, WY 82730 • Open Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm • 307-468-2000 • www.northplattept.com (search for Bear Lodge Rehab Upton)
Bear Lodge Rehab moved into its present location behind the Upton Regional Medical Clinic two and half years ago. They offer spine, orthopedic, sports, and general physical therapy.
Bear Lodge Rehab is staffed by Travis Cochran, PT and Michal Hanselmann, PTA as well as two office staff members. The business comes out of North Platte Physical Therapy and the Crook County Medical Services District working together to cover the region. “Every person is a person to us, and each one has a different body with different needs. The job always different, no two days are the same. It’s nice that Upton has a local place for physical therapy,” says Travis.
Beans & Bistro
Beans & Bistro was purchased on March 30, 2017. Their Upton Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting was held on Friday, July 14, 2017. This wonderful coffee shop has a great selection of coffee; hot, iced and chai tea; infused waters; Italian soda; Frappes; and smoothies with real fruit! There are breakfast and lunch selections; Monday-Wednesday-Friday specials; Tuesday-Thursday soup and salad bar. The gift center has many items for sale made by regional and local artisans.
Beans & Bistro is a family run business with owner Danielle Kennedy McMillan and her two oldest daughters. “It’s nice to work with my girls, and not have to have daycare for the two younger kids. This is something we can do as a family,” says Danielle. Danielle’s first job at age 13 was working in a coffee shop, now she owns one!
121 W. Merino St. • Upton, WY 82730 • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. • 307-468-2466
TYVO, LLC is a locally owned and operated business started in 1997. Currently they have seven employees, both full and part-time. They have one drilling rig and primarily do water wells in Wyoming and South Dakota, as well as production, exploration and supervisory work with larger firms. They handle every kind of water job from stock wells to large municipal projects, drilling new wells and revitalizing old wells. “We take pride in developing water and overcoming challenges to help people get the water they need in
Wyoming Earthmoving Corp.
Wyoming Earthmoving Corp. has been in business in Upton since 2009 as a full service dirt construction company specializing in excavating, fine grading, compaction, soil stabilization, reclamation work, demolition, trail building, seeding, gravel hauling, water hauling, trash containment, trash removal, snow plowing, and on-site consulting. WEC is a family-owned business with David Wise, Glen Wise and Jerry Stephenson as joint owners. They employ a professional staff and crew of 10 to 20 people, depending on the season. With a reputation of quality workmanship and efficiency with projects for WYDOT and University of Wyoming, WEC’s motto is: “If it’s difficult, we can do it right away. If it’s impossible, it may take a little longer.”
Wyoming Earthmoving Corp. has a sister company, Strong Road Products Inc. Strong Road Products has a stabilization product that when mixed with soil of a plastic index of 50, will reduce swelling in that soil by 97%, which will cut road building costs tremendously.
1019 Second St. • Upton, WY 82730 • Open daily from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. • 307/468-2266 • Facebook
Remy’s Diner has been in business since June 14, 2000. Owner Mickie Remington said, “Thank you to everyone that supports Remy’s, we wouldn’t be here with you!”
Remy’s Diner is a restaurant serving delicious homemade breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. They feature hand cut steaks and hand formed hamburgers. Everywhere you look in this neighborhood eatery boasts a fun and varied moose décor. Mickie has ten employees that serve you with a smile in a hometown atmosphere you don’t want to miss. Stop in and say “hi”.
Unker’s has been in business since 1982. Current owner Patricia Pendleton’s company Olde Tyme Remedies purchased the business from Pat’s father on January 11, 2010. They just celebrated their seventh year in business. Pat says, “We are proof that a woman-owned, women-run business can succeed; support other small businesses; and can be a role model to other women in business.”
Unker’s is a small manufacturing firm of four, all women, whose company motto is “To God Be the Glory”. The core product of the Unker’s line is “Unker’s Multi-purpose Therapeutic Salve”, which was the original product sold door-to-door by Pat’s dad. All of Unker’s products are hand-crafted with all natural ingredients purchases exclusively from USA suppliers.
Unker’s is a new sponsor of K & K Motorsports of Casper, WY for 2017 in the Top Alcohol Funny Car division. Check out the calendar at uptoneconomicdevelopment.com for driver Kris Hool’s scheduled races.
Upton Branch Library
22 Fourth St., Upton, WY 82730 • Hours: Monday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. • 307-468-2324.
Upton Branch Library has been associated with the Weston County Library System since they moved into the newly constructed library building on March 1, 1968. The library is an asset to the community, we need to use it, or we could lose it!
Upton Branch Library has four employees: librarian, assistant librarian, inside custodian, and outside custodian.
The library has many special events during the year; Lego Club meets once a month, there is Story Time on Tuesday’s during the school year, Summer Reading is in the months of June and July, periodic bake sales that happen during the used book sales, and in December there are visits from Mrs. Claus and Santa!
- Card catalog for Upton Branch Library: WYLD.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/uptn/
- If you access GOWYLD.net you can check out e-books, audio books, magazines, and references
Red Onion Museum
729 Birch St., Upton, WY 82730 • Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. • 307.468.2672 • Facebook
Red Onion Museum opened in October of 1996 and recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
Red Onion Museum holds Good Old Days once a month except December. Mrs. Darrow’s fourth grade class has been studying local history at the museum this school year. Red Onion Museum has access to twenty-two history trunks through the museum district. Currently, the Colonial History Trunk is being borrowed by Upton Elementary. They have two employees who give personal tours when you stop into see them, and delight in sharing the rich history of the Upton area.
Red Onion Museum is participating in the Festival of Trees on Friday, December 2, at the Newcastle Senior Center. The event is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and is a fund raiser for worthy causes. Red Onion Museum will receive one third of the amount raised to go toward the museums mortgage. If you would like to see your hometown museum continue please attend.
1101 US-16, Upton, WY 82730 • 307-468-2700
B-4 Automotive has been in business since February 2005. Owners Scott and Ladena Buckley let their son name the business referring to the four members of the Buckley family. The Buckley’s purchased the building from Tom Rothleutner in the fall of 2004.
B-4 Automotive carries automotive parts with special orders available; they do mechanic work, and are authorized dealers of Dreams Carports.
B-4 Automotive is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is located at 1101 Second Street. 307-468-2700.
Joe's Food Center
519 West Highway 16 • Upton, WY 82730 • Phone: (307) 468-2372 • Website
Joe’s Food Center moved into its present location when the building was completed in August 1979. Current owner, Carmen Diehl, has been running the business since 1996.
Joe’s Food Center is a grocery store with a full service deli including pizza and broasted chicken, catering, gasoline pumps, and fishing/hunting license sales. The sixteen employees are always ready with a smile and a hello when you come into the store, and are always willing to help you find what you need.
Joe’s Food Center is located at 519 Second St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday. 307/468-2372.
Weston County School District #7
PO Box 470, Upton, WY 82730 • Website
Weston County School District #7 has a long history in Upton from when the first Upton School opened in 1909. In History of Weston County it was reported that the school house burned down in November of 1920 and was rebuilt in 1921. The school records only go back to that time.
Weston County School District currently has a student population of two hundred sixty in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. They employ approximately one hundred two full and part-time staff over the course of the school year.
The Upton Elementary/Middle School is located at 802 Juniper Street and serves Kindergarten through eighth grade. This building was constructed in 1992 and contains classrooms, special education rooms, a library, computer lab, gymnasium, and Boal Auditorium named for longtime teacher, coach and administrator, LaVerne C. Boal. 307/468-9331.
The Upton High School is located at 610 Poplar Street and serves students in grades nine through twelve with classrooms, library, computer lab and gymnasium. Also on the property is the Rainbolt Building which is the welding shop; and “Tead Weaver” Field: track/football field with bleachers built into the side of a hill, a concession stand, and lights for night football games named in honor of another longtime teacher, coach, and principal. 307/468-2361.
The L.W. Nelson Building was built in 1975, and began as an elementary school housing Upton’s first Kindergarten class along with grades one through four. It is currently used for administration, technology and community education offices, elementary and middle school music classes, an exercise room, and a board meeting room. The building was named in honor of Lloyd W. Nelson, longtime teacher, coach, and superintendent. It is located at 804 Willow Street. 307/468-2461.
Weston County School District #7 has a mailing address of PO Box 470, Upton, WY 82730, and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Weston County Children’s Center
629 Sheridan Street. • Upton Wyoming 82730 • 307-468-2642
The Weston County Children’s Center provides curriculum based learning for children ages two to school age to prepare them for Kindergarten and general school success in alignment with state early learning guidelines.
The Weston County Children’s Center in Upton moved into its new building in 2003. Previously, Weston County School District #7 provided a classroom for them. They have been serving Upton for over twenty years.
The Weston County Children’s Center currently has forty students enrolled. There are six employees: two teachers, two aides, and two support staff.
The Weston County Children’s Center is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am for the morning session, and noon to 3:00 pm for the afternoon session. It is located at 629 Sheridan Street. 307-468-2200.
Weston County Gazette
The Weston County Gazette has been in print for 102 years. Clarence “Woody” Woodard purchased the newspaper in 1976; his daughter, Lisa LeVasseur took over the paper in 2001. This is a family-owned family-operated weekly newspaper. There are currently five people working the business, including three generations of the family, with the fourth generation liking to help out when there is no school.
The Weston County Gazette is the official newspaper for the Town of Upton, Weston County School District #7, and Weston County. They sell office supplies with special orders on request, make copies and provide a public fax service. They provide publication for all legal notices, report news, have an interesting collection of printing antiques in the front office, and bound copies of over one hundred years of issues of the paper.
The editor/owner Lisa LeVasseur had this to say: “Weston County Gazette is providing the community with services that stand the test of time, because news on the internet is so temporary. Newspapers are the keepers of history.”
The Weston County Gazette is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is located at 723 Second Street. 307-468-2642.
Arrow Gas Service
1002 E. Second Street • Upton Wyoming 82730 • 307-468-2640 • Email
Arrow Gas Service was purchased by Lou and Nancy Frederick in 1969 from Ted Sheehan. At that time it was a gas station, auto shop, and propane business. Jerry Frederick and Debbie (Frederick) Douglas had worked for their parents starting in 1980 when the family acquired the Ready Mix plant, and then took over running the business in the 1990’s. Today, Arrow Gas Service has 24 hour gasoline and diesel pumps, a convenience store, and the Ready Mix plant. They sell concrete landscaping blocks and garden benches made on site.
Arrow Gas Service has fourteen employees, some of whom are part-time. Over the years, a number of high school students were able to get their first jobs with Arrow Gas Service.
Arrow Gas Service is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with 24 hour gasoline and diesel pumps. It is located at 1002 E. Second Street. 307-468-2640.
Pathfinder Firearms has been in business in Upton since 2011. Pathfinder Firearms is owned by Scott and Peggy Evans. Scott runs the Upton location of the business, while his daughter and co-owner, Melissa McCoy, takes care of their Casper location at 5170 Webb Creek which has been in business since 2009.
Pathfinder Firearms has many big name offerings for hand guns and rifles: Ruger, Sig Sauer, Savage, Smith & Wesson, Tikka, in stock. They also carry a variety of ammunition, are a reloading dealer with Hornady products, do minor gun-smithing, and sell parts, accessories, and Pelican coolers.
The Evans’ have recently finished building a house, and have lived in Upton for the past two years and have been welcomed into the community. They moved to Upton from Casper after Scott retired from the oilfield and are enjoying making new friends.
Pathfinder Firearms is open Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and is located at 810 Second Street. 307-262-5191, call or email anytime for an appointment.
Upton Golf, LLC
2579 N Highway 116 Upton Wyoming 82730 • 307-468-2847 • Website
Upton Golf, LLC doing business as Cedar Pines Golf Course officially opened on May 1, 2016, but preparations started in August of 2015.
Owners Neil and Victoria Schiller, and Jory Hillman wanted to keep the golf course going and set to work providing a place for not only golf, but events such as weddings, receptions, meetings, dinners, and reunions. There are nine holes, a driving range, as well as meals and liquor available in the Clubhouse. The Cedar Pines Golf Course has been an important part of Upton since it opened in the late 1970’s.
Upcoming events are the Joe Haynes Memorial Golf Tournament during Fun Days on July 16th and 17th, and the Kids Golf Camp to be held July 27th through the 29th. Ladies Night is on Wednesdays and Men’s Golf is Thursdays. There is currently a tournament in the works for late August.
Their goal was to have fifty memberships the first year and they have exceeded that with 33 single memberships and 20 family memberships. They average 17 golfers per day right now, and look forward to that number increasing.
The Cedar Pines Golf Course has five employees and four unpaid helpers (including the owners) and is open seven days a week, except holidays.
Cedar Pines Golf Course is open Sunday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and is located at 32 Country Club Road just a mile and a half north of Upton. 307-468-2847.
Dan Hart Patrol Service, LLC Sells
1405 US-16, Upton, WY 82730 • (307) 468-2679 • Website
Key players in the Dan Hart Patrol Service, LLC business are (l-r) Joe Olson, engineer, Keith Materi, foreman, Dan Wirth, foreman, Dan E. Hart, consultant and former owner, Dan Hart, former owner, Mary Hart, former owner, Schott Gerber, CEO, Steven Gerber, COO and new owner, Chelsea Gerber, new owner, Winifred Parsons, office manager, and Robyn Honey, executive assistant.
By Lisa LeVasseur, Publisher/Editor
For the past two years, a sale has been in progress at long-time Upton business, Dan Hart Patrol Service, LLC between Dan E. Hart and Steven Gerber. Steven has been an employee with the company for seven years. The final sale took place on Steven’s 26th birthday, March 25, 2016. Dan E. told the Gazette he is very excited about seeing what the company is going to become. Steven has some great ideas and he knows they will move forward positively. Hart wanted to thank both Steven COO and Scott Gerber, CEO, for what they’re doing and is confident they will continue to support the community in the manner he and his father Dan Hart had done in the past. Hart also wished to thank the community for the long-time support of the business since opening in 1974. He will remain on as a consultant.
Although, it is still off season for another month or so, they are expecting a standard construction season this year. They primarily deal with road construction and reclamation in Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. Dan said they have a great crew and can go in to reclamation project and turnkey the job from beginning to end with the specialties of engineer, Joe Olson and foreman, Keith Materi. He is looking for a phenomenal year. They look to have an estimated thirty employees, from a three-county area, for the season, where they had around 40 last year. They will start their hiring process from the slate of workers who have been furloughed for the season.
The company has been one of the largest employers in the community for the last ten years, with a 12.8 million dollar payroll in the last four years.
All in all, Gerber sees this as a good opportunity for all and he knows the importance of the company in the community and wants to continue that. The company will not change names nor will the structure of the business alter.
Steven and his wife Chelsea make their home in Upton and are expecting their first child.
Story reprinted with permission from the Weston County Gazette.
Open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm • 824 Ash Street • 307-468-2111 • Facebook Page
Wicked Brew opened its doors to the public on March 1, 2016, after a few months of preparation and hard work. Wicked Brew started as dream to open a space to the public that was more than just a coffee shop or a restaurant, but a venue where people felt comfortable to visit, work and relax with family and friends. We hoped to be a business that could not only cater to our customer’s needs, but also reach and support the community and provide opportunities for family-friendly entertainment, creative and artistic expression, and community service and support.
Wicked Brew hosts Open Mic Nights the second Saturday of every month. We also host events and meetings upon request.
Wicked Brew offers a full service coffee bar that includes house coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, Italian cream sodas, smoothies, hot chocolate, juice and teas.
The Wicked Brew Crew loves to prepare fresh meals for their customers. They provide breakfast sandwiches and burritos, deli-style sandwiches, wraps and salads. They run soup specials and lunch specials, as well. Their specials range from interesting sandwich selections to savory Asian-inspired meals. They also offer a variety of pastry and bakery options.
The Wicked Brew employees include Maci Williams, Deborah McElhiney and Kayla Knowlton-McElhiney.