De Pere’s handyman business is evolving and growing

It’s not hard to imagine how De Pere’s Keith Reignier qualifies as a craftsman. For him, training began very early.

“When I was 10 years old, I started working on a neighbor’s farm in Lena,” Rainier said. “I worked there for eight years – milking cows, picking up rocks, doing farm tours, baling hay, building farm buildings, welding, plumbing and learning all the trades.”

Although his family’s farm was small, the neighbor’s farm was huge. This meant almost endless learning opportunities. Over the years, Rainier discovered that he enjoyed fixing and building things and thought about using those skills in the future as a business owner. He didn’t mind the long hours and learned the value of hard work.

“I was also super motivated,” he said.

After graduating from high school and working for a handyman for a year, he was ready to start out on his own. In 2001, he started Keith’s Handyman and Tree Service. The business began by offering basic repairs, but as customers requested services, the list grew. If he didn’t know how to do something, he taught it. And learned it well.

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