About Gutter Helmet

Family Business, Family Culture

It started as a side business in their spare bedroom. Little did Lannie and Bonnie Grages know that they would soon be constructing an office building across their driveway to serve their exploding customer base.

The Glencoe, Minnesota-based couple already worked full-time jobs back in 2001, Bonnie as a health aide at the local high school, Lannie in the farm building industry. After learning about the Gutter Helmet product, they decided to start the first Minnesota dealership with only one employee: Lannie’s nephew, Ryan.

Within three years, Lannie would be running Gutter Helmet full time, soon joined by Bonnie. Today, Gutter Helmet Minnesota has nearly 40 employees, tens of thousands of loyal customers, and over 15,000 square feet of office and warehouse space — slightly more than that second bedroom …

Lannie & Bonnie Grages

Lannie & Bonnie Grages

Co-Founders / Owners

Jeff Menke

Jeff Menke

General Sales & Marketing Manager

Jodi Menke

Jodi Menke

Treasurer / Controller

“My mom and dad have always been honest people with sky-high integrity and incredible work ethic,” says their daughter, Jodi Menke, who serves as company treasurer. “To this day, those are exactly the kinds of people we hire.”

“We sell the industry’s best product, but what fuels our growth is the fact that we’re extremely service-oriented,” says Jeff Menke, Jodi’s husband and our sales and marketing manager. “We treat our employees like family, and they treat our homeowners as family. That’s what truly separates us in the marketplace.”

It’s fitting that a business that helps preserve homes actually started in one. Today, nearly a quarter of our current employees are related to Lannie and Bonnie Grages. But the real secret to our success is that everyone who touches our brand feels like they’re part of our extended family.

Ryan Graf  a/k/a Mr. Wolf

Ryan Graf a/k/a Mr. Wolf

Senior Production Manager

Jill Graczyk

Jill Graczyk

Business Office Manager

Jim Grages

Jim Grages

Warehouse Supervisor

Amy Schultz

Amy Schultz

Business Office Assistant

Nancy Wilber

Nancy Wilber

Sales Office Manager

Jenny Petersen

Jenny Petersen

Business Office Assistant

Jim Gildea

Jim Gildea

Production Supervisor

Adam Tellers

Adam Tellers

Inspection Sales & Service