Ken Fritch grew up in Table Rock and was farming with his wife, Lillian Fritch, when he had an opportunity for a job in Omaha.
“In May of 1990 we moved to Omaha and I started working for a place that installed garage doors,” said Ken.
Lillian said she grew up in Beatrice and enjoyed working in insurance in the 1990s in Omaha, but after five years was looking for an opportunity to move home.
“Our son was in first grade and we really didn’t want him in school in Omaha," she said. "Before we moved back to Beatrice we researched a lot of communities. We asked the Chamber if there was a need for a garage door business and even though they said no, we moved anyway."
Ken stated that they bought a seamless gutter business that was for sale at that time.
“We added that to the sales, service and installation of garage doors and opened Blue Valley Door Company in 1995,” he said. “It was a chance we wanted to take,”
Blue Valley Door Company serves homes and businesses within a 100 mile radius with approximately 20 employees. The business is located at 5320 Nebraska Highway 4, west of Beatrice.
“It’s just proof that we never take “no” for an answer,” said Lillian. “We love helping other people and I hope that we’ve contributed to our community.”
Lillian said she waited a few years for Ken’s business to get started and then opened Fritch Insurance Agency, which is located at 104 N. 24th St. in Beatrice.
“I started from scratch,” said Lillian. “There has been some frustration and tears through the years, but I’ve been in the business 28 years total. It’s been a good life. Ken’s first love is farming and even now he’ll go to the farm if he’s had a rough day. We’re just workaholics and don’t know any other way.”
“I don’t know what the future holds, but we’ve done some planning. Our only son, Dustin, will eventually take over his dad’s business and his wife, Amanda, works with me at the insurance agency. She’s done very well. Maybe I’ll work for her for a while.”
Ken and Lillian Fritch do not have a date that they are planning to retire, but both said they have no regrets in moving to Beatrice and investing in the community.