Four decades ago, in December of 1976, Dudley Hussong built his first fireplace in his shop outside of the town of Lakefield, MN to keep warm. Soon after, a farmer came along, asked Dudley to build a fireplace, just like Dudley had in his shop, for his new house he was building. The rest is history!
Dudley's son, Jim, was working at Kozy Heat as a child doing everything from pushing a broom to cutting parts. He went to Jackson Vocational Technical School, for marketing, for a year. Upon returning, he was hired full time in customer service, sales, and marketing.
Today, Jim's two daughters, Heather and Hannah Hussong, have started at the family business as full time employees! They both agree that they are finally in the job fields that they both enjoy, working together to continue the family tradition.
Hannah, a University of Iowa graduate, became part of the team in May 2013. She works in the engineering department writing technical manuals.
Heather, a University of Northern Iowa graduate, started in May 2014, as the new marketing manager.
They have both have worked part time in the summers on and off since high school. But now as full time employees, Heather states, "This is what we grew up on, basically this has been our families' livelihood and now its
my dream job"