Mike and Vicki Johanneck began Johanneck Water back in the fall of 1984. Mike had been working for the water conditioning division of Quesenberry’s Appliance in downtown Redwood Falls, and when Quesenberry’s expressed an interest in selling that portion of their business, Mike jumped at the chance, and his excited, but more cautious, wife followed him down the rabbit hole.
Mike and Vicki purchased the equipment, inventory, and rental fleet from Quesenberry’s, and Mike’s Softener Service was born. By 1995, the downtown location was starting to feel a little cramped so Mike and Vicki decided to move to their current, more spacious location on the busiest edge of Redwood Falls, where they happily remained until…
Their sons Scott and Jay returned to the nest, when they began looking for an opportunity to expand. In 2007, they discovered that the EcoWater Systems dealership in Willmar was available for purchase, and Mike, Vicki, Scott, and Jay took a leap of faith and became Johanneck Water Conditioning, Inc.
The Willmar store opened in January 2008, and less than two years later, in December 2009, and feeling not-quite overwhelmed, they added the location in New Ulm.
Who Is EcoWater Systems, LLC?
EcoWater Systems LLC, based in Woodbury MN, is the largest manufacturer of residential water conditioning equipment in the world! Their definition of products includes not only superior water treatment equipment, but also every aspect of service and support.
EcoWater originated back in 1925, when Lynn Lyndsay obtained the first patent for automatic water conditioners, and today has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Belgium, and China. As a member company of The Marmon Group, EcoWater Systems is part of an international company with more than 180 autonomous manufacturing and service companies, and a subsidiary of the Berkshire Hathaway Company, owned by Warren Buffett.