About Hay Creek Companies

Hay Creek Pallet Co., Inc., was founded in January of 2000 when the opportunity to acquire a small pallet rebuilding operation provided the means to produce and market pallets in Wisconsin, a product that many transportation customers needed. Today, that company has expanded to Hay Creek Companies, a manufacturing operation that has extended its reach with additional industries.

Our operation consists of a fully automated saw room that produces our component parts, a new pallet assembly line, a repair and remanufacture assembly line and a pallet dismantle line - all fitted with or powered by some of the latest technology in the industry.

The company is a full-service pallet manufacturing operation providing businesses in the food industries, the paper industry and a variety of other industries, with reconditioned, remanufactured and new pallets. Additionally, as a by-product utilization, the company also manufactures premium wood heat pellets, wood landscape mulches and shredded wood animal bedding by recycling wood waste material.

Hay Creek Companies is a member of The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA), which is the largest organization of wood packaging professionals in the world.

Our Core Values

We are a company grounded in the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Integrity, Social Responsibility and Thankfulness.

This is a reflection of how we conduct our business and how we care for our employees - our greatest asset.

Mission Statement

Striving to honor God in all we do, helping people develop, pursuing excellence, while growing profitably.


CARING - Feeling and exhibiting concern for others

HONESTY - Speaking and acting truthfully

RESPECT - A feeling of deep admiration of someone

INTEGRITY - Act according to the values, beliefs and principles of Hay Creek

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - The Obligation we have toward the welfare and interests of our community

THANKFULNESS - Conscious of the benefit received


Our Company Verse is Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

C12 Membership

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We have been a member of the C12 Group since 2012. The C12 Group is the largest network of Christian CEOs and executives working together to increase company performance and integrate faith and business.

C12 is an objective advisory board for brainstorming and decision-making, learning what we don’t know, and focusing on areas we need to sharpen. In a confidential, non-competing trusted C12 peer board, business owners learn from their group’s wisdom and insight – and encourage and hold each other accountable to the principles and core values that guide them.

Ministries We Support

Hay Creek Companies is more than a business; we are a ministry, both for our employees and for our community. And as a ministry, we also support other ministries. Whether it is through donations from sales of our products, collections of clothing and personal items, trips to India, support of widows and orphans in India, or serving meals at a local shelter, we work together as a team to make a difference in our community and in the world. We regularly support the following ministries:

Don Shire Ministries

Don Shire Ministries serves widows and orphans in India, Haiti, and Honduras. DSM has taken thousands of people on mission trips offering work projects, evangelism, teaching, children’s programs, and more. 

Evergreen Initiative

Evergreen Community Initiatives hosts community meals and a homeless outreach, a kids clothing pantry, and movies in the park for families.

Love INC. 

Love INC of South Wood County is part of a nation-wide network to coordinate service with local churches, non profits, community agencies, and volunteers.

Other ministry activities:

  • We want to reach the youth in our community to teach biblical life principles, and we have sponsored local events with motivational speaker, Bob Lenz. Bob is known for his highly sought-after school assembly programs on anti-bullying and suicide prevention.
  • Participated in the ReviveWisconsin tour as we visited businesses in Central Wisconsin.
  • Hay Creek Companies hosted a Stepping Up Bible study at the corporate headquarters for men in the community.
  • Collected personal items and household goods to deliver to the veterans at Tomah VA Medical Center.

When someone joins our team, we give an overview of what it's like to work at Hay Creek Companies during their orientation. We invite you to learn more about what it's like to be part of our team with this "welcome" video that our new employees see on their first day. If you'd like to know more about working for Hay Creek Companies, we invite you to stop in our office. We'd love to tell you about opportunities to work on our growing team!

Meet the team


Tom Gardener



Janeen Gardener

Executive Secretary


John Cyboran

Sales/Customer Relations


Sean Strahota



Jeremy Janssen

Human Resources/Safety


Andy Hoogesteger

Plant Manager


Sandy Chasteen

Sales Coordinator


Shawna Bratlie

Office Manager


Kathy Woodard

Logistics Coordinator


Kevin Burkholder

Assistant Plant Manager


Cutline Crew


Maintenance Crew


Material Handlers

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Storti Crew


Hand Build Crew


Hammermill and Pellet Mill Crew

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Hay Creek Road Crew

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Rebuild Crew