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U.S. Venture Receives Workplace Excellence Award at 2014 New North Summit


Appleton, Wis. – U.S. Venture, Inc. was recognized with the prestigious New North Workplace Excellence Award at the 11th annual New North Summit, held at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The Workplace Excellence Award is presented to organizations located within the 18-county New North region. It recognizes companies with best-in-class people practices, leading to successful results that create a competitive business advantage.

Lisa Raab-Smith of Right Management, one of the presenters of the award said, “The goal of this award is to broadcast the great things being done within the New North that contribute to the growth, reputation and economic strength of our dynamic region. Today we are recognizing a third generation, family-owned business that is well known for its philanthropy as well as its business success.”

Raab-Smith goes on to say, “With growth comes change, but one element that remains consistent is the company’s culture. U.S. Venture’s four core values of Caring Relationships, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Strategic Foresight and High Performance are what differentiates them and serves as the foundation for all their key initiatives.”

John Schmidt, company President and CEO accepted the award from Governor Scott Walker on behalf of U.S. Venture. “Receiving this award is a tremendous honor. This Workplace Excellence Award will continue to inspire us to focus on our company’s greatest asset, our Associates,” said Schmidt after receiving the award. “Our Human Resources Team has worked very hard to develop a number of key progressive initiatives that invest in our Associates. These initiatives ensure that as our organization grows, we will continue to place emphasis on sustaining a positive and engaging culture that allows us to attract and retain top talent critical to our business.”

For over 60 years, U.S. Venture, Inc. has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive care market. Its customer promise of “Finding a better way,” delivers unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge in the marketplace. The company’s core business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce, and U.S. Lubricants.

Head quartered in Appleton, Wis., U.S. Venture is a privately held company that employs over 1,100 people across the United States. For more information, follow U.S. Venture on LinkedIn or visit:


Accepting the award for U.S. Venture are members of the Human Resources Team and CEO of U.S. Venture, John Schmidt.
From L to R: Myriah Farrell, Lori Hoersch, Kelly Dakins, Carly Schoenenberger, John Schmidt, Lori Karls, and Melanie Simon.