About

In the mid 1930’s a small gas station opened on the site of what is now The Elcho Service Center. Ever since, the lot has been used for some aspect of the automotive industry. Long time Elcho residents love to recall stories of Jake Krause and his family, who ran a garage on the site for many years.

Despite the building sitting empty for a few years, Bob and Cheryl Geise recreated a successful auto repair business when they opened as The Elcho Service Garage in 2008. It was no small task, though, as most of the equipment was gone or out dated and the building was in need of updating. When it came time for Bob and Cheryl to try their hand at retirement, they sold the garage to Scott and Pam Haskins.

In June of 2014, Scott and Pam opened The Elcho Service Center, LLC. Part of their goal is to keep alive the decade’s old traditions of quality automotive care, superior customer service and reasonable pricing.

Today, the shop has five service bays, three hydraulic lifts and a tire station. They specialize in all types of car and light truck repair. The Elcho Service Center, LLC is gaining a reputation for their exceptional customer service and honest, upfront attitude toward vehicle repair.

Our Team

Scott

Owner, Technician
Scott got his start in the automotive world as a “nozzle jockey” at Emery’s Standard Station in his hometown of Highland Park, Illinois. Although he was still in high school, he began working on cars and was promoted to his first mechanic job. The position came with a whopping $3.25 an hour paycheck.

After high school, Scott took a job with Allis Chalmers, building heavy farm implements until the plant closed in 1980. He then went to work at Arlington Toyota for 14 years before relocating up north. Moving to Rhinelander gave him the opportunity to work at Bergstrom Ford, where he stayed for 14 years before they closed their doors. He bounced around to a few different shops until he decided to become his own boss.

Small business ownership has its unique challenges, but Scott loves having his own place. He puts a lot of pride into every aspect of his work. He claims he wants to retire someday, but until then his focus is growing The Elcho Service Center and providing top-notch service to the Elcho area.
Despite not being a native, Scott has spent more than 20 years in Rhinelander and calls the Northwoods home. His two daughters, Kelly and Sheena, were raised here. He loves camping with his wife, Pam, and waterskiing on Lake Thompson. Scott also enjoys spending time with his new grandson, Cameron, and step grandson, Dimitri.

Amanda

Office Manager, Tire Repair
Born and raised just up the road in Rhinelander, Amanda has enjoyed getting to know the Elcho community. Although her background is in customer service, she loves the challenge of learning to manage a busy office. Her skills have now extended to include tire repair and installation, as well as the occasional oil change. She wants to continue learning as much as possible about the auto repair business.

Amanda lives in the woods with her boyfriend, Josh, and their Jack Russel Terrier, Molly.

She also works part-time at the Al-Gen Dinner Club in Rhinelander. If she has any free time after all that, she spends it on one of her many hobbies that include skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, reading, gardening and traveling.