Marquette, Michigan
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Why do huge Menard's company jets fly into Marquette several times a month.

And why does Menard's have a fleet of at least 9 airplanes - including several big jets.

The big jet that visits regularly is a beauty - 1998 Raytheon Beachcraft 1900D with 19 seats (Yes 19 seats)- Flight Tail Number N535M.

I noticed the swanky jet - one of several owned by Menard's - is constantly landing at Sawyer International Airport and always on the move flying to airports around the Midwest including Chippewa County in the U.P.

This has caused many rumors around the airport.

I can not believe that they are bringing 19 people into Marquette on each visit.

This seems like huge waste of money - and its one of at least three big jets and six other planes.

This fleet of jets/planes probably costs millions each year.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States #1247783
I own a small business with 3 trucks, they are nice and comfortable. I have nice house and take nice vacations. I also work many times 7 days a week and as much as 16 hr days. I charge my clients a fair price and make a good living. what I do with my money is not the business of the likes of you who probably works 40 hrs per week with paid vacation and health care paid by your employer. the same goes for menards, they charge a fair price with good service. how they choose to run their company is not your concern. additionally, those private planes are not only cost effective, but also a great employee benefit to the managers who work a lot more hours than you can imagine...
Plainsboro, New Jersey, United States #1203065
Because they would rather spend money on that than providing acceptable wages and benefits to it's management staff.
Who really gives a **** what they do with their money? Get a life of your own and stay out of everyone else's. This is an example of what's wrong with the world today people are more worried about what others are doing, focus on you own miserable life and don't worry about what the other person is doing it's none of your pathetic *** business. Grow up you ****** ***
i refuel all of menards planes i work at the airport that they are based at he has like 13 jets and they send out like 8 and sometimes 9
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States #972867
Ok someone didn't do a little research.. A flight search from Expedia shows that a round trip flight for 1 person from Eau Claire, to Marquette cost only $1,597.20 not including taxes. The problem with commercial travel is that you can not return the same day as when you travel with Menard Air. So now Menards would have to not only spend the $1,597 in air fair for 1 Team Member but there needs to be a hotel room for another $75. Now this flight + hotel + payroll + car + per diem is costing a lot of money for 1 Team Member. Take that and multiply it by 19 people and Menards is not saving big money at all.
I should point out that the commercial flight takes 5 hours and 5 minutes and this team member will have a 2 hour layover in Chicago before finally reaching their destination. Menard Air certainly would not take 5 hours to travel that distance.
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Spicer, Minnesota, United States #965475
Chippewa County in MN means they are probably hunting if their trips are in late summer and Fall. Pheasant, deer, and huge goose and duck wildlife management area.
Cambridge, Minnesota, United States #948280
The jets are used to transport employees that are headed for training seminars at Menards headquarters in Eau Claire Wisconsin yes they are really filled with 19 people or however many seats each plan has
to Anonymous #948910
The fleet of jets is used for much more than flying people to training seminars. Meandrous has over 280 stores and it is more economical to fly corporate staff on a private jet than driving or commercial aircraft. A plane may leave Eau Claire drop 4-6 people in Fargo, head to Bismarck drop a few more then head for Sioux Falls and back to Eau Claire. All at a fraction of the cost of trying to get them to all these cities in one morning. Lenard's isn't know for spending a penny for anything that can be done for less money.
Ok to clarify this plane question. The reason that Menards has this many planes is that they not only fly managers from every department in every store once a year to the General Office for training, (which is done because flying is quicker than driving when they are only there overnight) they also fly general office staff such as buyers, merchandisers, analysts, computer techs, etc to stores all over the Midwest for store checks, fixing problems etc on a weekly basis. Not only do they fly these people, they also maintain a fleet in order to fly for other things such as racing events etc. It is easier, faster, and cheaper in the long run of things to have the planes and fly them vs commercial flying.
They're just visiting the two Upper Michigan stores; Marquette and Escanaba. They're not making a pit stop or using it as a HUB like some ignorant people below have posted. There is not a single Menards Store to the North or East of Marquette, there is one other and that's 60 miles to the south.

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