Power Test challenging local businesses in voting contest

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

November 1, 2014

SUSSEX — Alan Petelinsek said he is always pushing the envelope with his employees.

The CEO at Power Test Inc. — a Sussex-based manufacturer specializing in the design, production and sale of dynamometers and other heavy equipment — already brings in Army officers twice a year to administer a physical fitness test for his workers, but he wanted to energize them even further by challenging them to get out and vote on Election Day.

Petelinsek said he wanted to hit his 70 employees through their bellies, so he has offered to buy lunch for each one who comes into work with an “I Voted” sticker Wednesday.

But soon after, he decided challenging his own employees wasn’t enough.

“As I considered that,” he said, “I thought other businesses could do the same and being a competitive sort of guy, that is the way we do things, we pitch it out there and challenge other businesses to do what we do.”

Petelinsek said he has reached out to other local companies such as Dueco, American Roller and Gen-Met to join in on the challenge and see who can get the highest level of participation.

This week, the Waukesha County Business Alliance featured Petelinsek’s challenge in its newsletter to encourage members of the business community and citizens throughout Waukesha County to vote Tuesday.

“We are really holding up Alan Petelinsek and Power Test as an example for other employers as a neat way to encourage their employers to get out and vote,” WCBA President Suzanne Kelley said. “We see it as a really great example.”