Menards bosses waste money fleet of big private jets - Why not lower prices?

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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Aug 24 #1203065 Plainsboro, New Jersey

Because they would rather spend money on that than providing acceptable wages and benefits to it's management staff.

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Nov 20, 2015 #1066802

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 ****** ***

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Sep 20, 2015 #1036524

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

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Apr 16, 2015 #972867 Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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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Mar 30, 2015 #965475 Spicer, Minnesota

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.

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Feb 19, 2015 #948280 Cambridge, Minnesota

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

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Feb 21, 2015 #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.

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Jan 08, 2015 #928304

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.

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Dec 10, 2014 #914104

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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Sep 03, 2013 #711180 La Crosse, Wisconsin

Listen dipshit menards doesn't sent that jet to Marquette you *** self centered yooper weenie. Marquette is a small stop on its journey. to other stores you ***. Why do you think that anything in that shithole in the state of Michigan is so important ? P. S. a b1900 is a prop plane plane ***

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Dec 10, 2014 #914101

I know you will never see this, but that does not make any sense what so ever.
Menards is based out of Eau Clair, Wisconsin which is roughly 250 miles SOUTH WEST OF Marquette, Michigan. So traveling from corporate office in Eau Clair to Marquette they would be heading North East. Now here is the kicker;There is not a single Menards store to the east or north of Marquette, Michigan. Using Marquette as a pit stop or transition point would be be down right STUPlD. The majority of Menards stores are WEST OF MICHIGAN AND TO THE SOUTH OF EAU CLAIR.
You're ignorantly implying that Marquette Michigan is on it's way to other Menard stores when in fact it this not the case at all. Marquette Michigan would be hundred of miles out of the way. There are no stores in Canada or New York. Eau Clair is Northern Wisconsin the majority of Menard's stores are to the south of it.

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Feb 26, 2013 #614952

At a company like menards time is litterally money. Yeah he pays tons of money to fly people around, but if he sent them on the airlines, they would have to sit in security for hours, then maybe have to catch a connecting flight, and it would take them forever to get there. It makes no sense to have your big bad business executive whos making half a mil stand around in an airport or drive 5 hours (Eau Claire to the UP) Also the only reason he has 19 seat airplanes is because 19 passengers is the maximum a commercial pilot can carry before he is required to get an Airline transport certificate. John Menard employs multiple pilots, and this is a great support to the Aviation industry. Times are tough for everyone man, but I would be doing the same thing if I was him.

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Dec 23, 2012 #585566 Eau Claire, Wisconsin

You literally have no idea what you are talking about. As someone who's father works at the corporate office and has to fly around the midwest every week, I think I would know more than you when it comes to how things work. The planes fly out of the Chippewa Valley Airport in Eau Claire. The plane starts out full, and stops in different cities to drop off corporated employees so they can drive to the Menards store in that area and do their job. The planes then fly back to Eau Claire when they have dropped everyone off. To pick people up, the planes fly to the different airports to get them and take them back to EC. Menards isn't committing a crime by having a fleet of planes- they need so many because not everyone goes to the same places. A plane may fly out towards Indiana, while another flies south to Iowa. One plane can't do it all. Besides, corporate doesn't want the company cars driving all over the Midwest, spending more money on gas and other things when flying is a lot easier. Oh, and employees would have to leave way earlier than when they do if they drive. Get your information correct before making comments and assumptions about Menards.

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You don't even know

Dec 16, 2012 #582693 Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Menards has company jets because people from the corporate offices have to fly around the country to get to different stores, because driving the company cars only works if the location is close to Eau Claire, where the corporate office is located. And they have a fleet because not everyone from the corporate offices fly to one location - they fly to many different stores across the midwest, and one plane cannot fly everyone to where they need to be. Too bad that you have a problem with it, but if you worked at the corporate office, you would understand.

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Nov 18, 2011 #376840

Okay, Menards is a privately owned company so technically they can do pretty much anything they want, so long as it is within regulation. Having an airplane fleet is not illegal.

You say they should have lower prices? Have you ever cross-compared their materials with Lowes or Home Depot? Their prices are already much lower on over 72% of items in their store. If they weren't they would go out of business. They

To answer why they have airplanes, the company has a very tight hierarchical executive system. Those who work for the corporate office are often required to travel to inspect new areas for stores or inspect existing stores. Since Menards is constantly expanding, it is cost effective to use their own private planes as opposed to taking the even more expensive (and TIME CONSUMING) public air travel. Furthermore, the reason they can seat 19 people is so Menards can transport its store managers in large groups to and from managerial training and conferences.

Furthermore, if you don't like the store, you don't have to buy from them.

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Oct 30, 2011 #366465 Erode, Tamil Nadu

oh where do you get all your valuable info---i get mine first me,menards does not FLY all the dept mgrs. from marquette anywhere--period
you are very misinformed pal

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Nov 09, 2014 #897526

As a department manager, I can tell you I've been on those jets more than once. They are used to fly all levels of employees for any number of business reasons.

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get a grip

Oct 30, 2011 #366462 Erode, Tamil Nadu

first of all---its not bosses on the jets
2nd when the managers go to eau claire for meetings, they all catch a bus in green bay or other pick up locations.3rd the people on the jets are operations techs who have to be at many stores in the midwest everyday. totally impossible to do this driving in a vehicle.they would be away from home for weeks at a time.4th if you dont know something first hand---dont critisize
5th why are you worried about it? you arent paying the fuel bill--it comes off of menards bottom line-----if you are gonna worry about money, worry about money spent on frivolous things by city, county,state,and goverment officials---that ,my friend is your money being spent

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Sep 13, 2011 #343499

Dear AnAviationBuff,

When you take on all of the risk, invest millions and millions of dollars, put countless people to work, live through too many sleepless nights due to stress and open your own business, then you can decide how you and your employees get from one place to another.

If I was your employee, I guess in your mind it makes a lot more sense to have me drive an hour to get to an airport (arriving an hour early to give me time to get through security), pay whatever fee the airline tells me to, go rent a car and then drive another hour and a half to get to a location. Then if my return times are limited, I end up spending the night and eating out because my meeting went 30 min too long and there isn't any additional flights out.

Or I could drive 10 min to my local airport, arrive 5 min beforehand, walk right onto a plane, land at a local airport have someone pick me up, drive another 15 min to get to my location.

Your right, your way is much better....better for the airlines, rental car, hotels and restaurants because I'm now spending, maybe $750-$1000 and an extra 3-4 man hours on a trip. That's just one person for one trip.

On second thought, if you are so narrow minded, save your money and don't try to open a business. No use having another business fail.

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Apr 23, 2011 #278118

First of all - thank you to all the people who have written interesting and reasonable comments.

I still think millions annually is a bit much on a plane fleet - but glad to hear the company makes "billions."
And the arguments put forth seem sincere.

I must correct one thing written by "Unknown" (could not see a username)
Unknown stated:
The planes start full of people in Eau Claire and will make 3 or 4 stops droping staff in several cities on each flight.

This is not true - as I have checked on the about a dozen or more flight paths of these Menard's planes coming into Marquette a few or more times per month - They are non-stop into Marquette and then back to Eau Claire.

I am not saying the "dropping off" theory never happens but as a rule - its into Mqt and back to HQ.

When a company is super-rich (and Menard's is not the only one who has a fleet) - an argument can be made that its cost effective.

But I feel in this age of the middle class getting smaller - and the 30 percent unemployment in the Upper Peninsula (Mqt) - it would be much cheaper to drive plus spend some money along the way in the U.P. at restaurants, hotels.(but understandably less convenient to a big boss used to a plane).

I am one of those who believe that the super rich - even if they have created a huge company (and usually pay low wages) - are out of touch.
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