By Brandi Makuski
New owners have taken over at a Stevens Point locksmith business.
Rick and Jenna Rzentkowski purchased Midstate Lock & Safe 3525 Patch St., in April from former owner Chris Fabich. Rick Rzentkowski previously worked as a municipal employee for the village of Plover.
Municipal officials and the Portage Co. Business Club Ambassadors visited the business on Nov. 14 to celebrate the new ownership with a ribbon cutting.
“I enjoyed playing with locks when I was working in the village, so when the business came up for sale I thought it was time for a new adventure, so we jumped in,” Rick Rzentkowski said, adding that the business specializes in “automotive, commercial, household door locks, padlocks, anything you can think of; anything to do with keys or locks, we got it.”
Jenna Rzentkowski said she had been “content being a stay-at-home mother” for the couple’s three children, but now, she’ll also take care of the phone and office work at the business.
The duo plans to take on an employee after the New Year.
“I’ve used your services more than once for either city business or personal, and we were really impressed with your customer service,” said Ryna Kernosky, Stevens Point Community Development Director, who attended in the place of Mayor Mike Wiza. “Nobody wants to need a locksmith but if you do it’s nice to have one that’s locally owned.”
Mike Witte, director of the PCBC said about 70 percent of the Chamber’s membership was small businesses.
“This is one of the highlights for us — when we see a business turning over instead of disappearing,” he said. “This is one of our favorite things to celebrate.”
Midstate Lock & Key is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and available 247 for emergencies at 715-341-6838.