4 responses to Working With The Amish: 5 Questions with Jim Miller, CEO of DutchCrafters
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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on Values (December 28th, 2016 at 10:23)


    Growing up in the 50s and 60s values and integrity were a part of most businesses, especially the many family owned businesses. As corporations have taken over family businesses values and integrity have gotten lost and we now see them as novelties. I worked for Kmart when before and after Mr Kresgie (spelling?) died. Big difference in the way they treated employees and thus the way employees treat customers. Same with Walmart. The values and integrity of Walmart took a steep dive after Mr. and Mrs. Walton died.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Working With The Amish: 5 Questions with Jim Miller, CEO of DutchCrafters (December 28th, 2016 at 13:13)

    I agree with you, Debbie. I worked at a Walmart before “Mr. Sam” died, and noticed the difference in the whole “atmosphere” afterward. It seems to me that the “values” of the founders of many family businesses (Englisch) get buried with them, unfortunately.

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    Comment on Very good points. (December 28th, 2016 at 20:31)

    Very good points.

    Although it may seem a little odd talking Kmart and Walmart in response to a post about the Amish and DutchCrafters, it fits because the contrast is really significant. Though I have never had the occasion to deal with DutchCrafters, I have dealt with numerous Amish business people over the past 30 to 35 years and the experience has always been more than rewarding.

    I would rather take a beating that deal with Walmart, but sometimes it is my only option.(Insert sad face here)

    When Sam Walton was still running the show, if you were shopping there & couldn’t find something you could just stop an employee and ask them where it was located. Without fail they would say; “Let me show you ” and they would stop what they were doing so they could walk with you to the spot where the item could be found. Now they either wave their arm and without looking at you, say: “I think it is over on aisle 11” (which may or may not have been correct), OR, just give you a totally blank stare and a “I don’t know”.

    I could go on for another 20 paragraphs about how much Walmart has slipped since Mr. Sam passed away, but suffice to say that Debbie and Alice Mary nailed it.

    I’ll have to check out this DutchCrafters outfit. Sounds interesting.

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    Vernon jarrell
    Comment on Working with the Amish/Mennonite (January 12th, 2017 at 10:08)

    Working with the Amish/Mennonite

    I am a small roofing and siding contractor. I have struggled for years with the regular American workers and all the regular construction worker problems. I now use a Mennonite crew and it is enjoyable to work with them. They are honest, respectful and naturally do a good job. They take the normal construction stress out of my life. The worst thing I have to deal with is I better be there by 6:30 and have all the materials needed to do the job. They do all type roofing and siding for me. Shingles, flat roofs, metal roofs and vinyl siding.

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