Waspy's Earns Spirit of Excellence Award - Waspy's Truck Stop

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Brian and Pat Handlos and other members of the Waspy's team receive the Spirit of Excellence award
Picture, from left: Brian and Pat Handlos, Beth Handlos Wahlert, Doris and Lawrence ‘Waspy’ Handlos, Carroll Area Development Corporation Member Paul Milligan, CADC Executive Director Shannon Landauer, and Templeton Mayor Ken Behrens.

Waspy’s Truck Stop’s Templeton location received The Spirit of Excellence Award from the Carroll Area Development Corporation on Nov. 5, 2019.

The award recognizes Carroll County businesses that invest resources in projects resulting in a larger property tax base and additional quality jobs in Carroll County.

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Waspy’s Templeton location was honored by the Carroll Area Development Corporation.

The prestigious honor was presented to the Handlos family, who own and operate Waspy’s. 

Handlos Family Owns Waspy’s

Waspy’s Truck Stop is under the owner and leadership of Lawrence “Waspy” and Doris (Quandt) Handlos. The family-run business includes their son, Brian Handlos (Chief Executive Officer), daughter Beth Handlos Wahlert (Chief Operating Officer), and daughter-in-law Pat Handlos (Director of Operations).

Lawrence and Doris were born and raised in Willey, in Carroll County. The Handlos family has farmed in the area for years and responded to the community’s need for a truck stop. They saw a need to serve the thousands of vehicles that pass by on Highway 141 and for visitors to journey to Templeton to visit the Templeton Rye brewery.

Templeton Truck Stop on 6.4 Acre Site

The family has invited more than $7 million to create Waspy’s Truck Stop on 6.4 acres in Templeton. The truck stop is located on South Rye Avenue.

Waspy’s Truck Stop, in Templeton, has a staff of 19. The facility includes a convenience store with a Grab & Go Kitchen. The kitchen offers a generous menu including hand-cut tenderloins, hand-breaded broasted chicken, half-pound burgers, hot beef and more. 

The truck stop features a large seating area, coffee bar, and bakery and grocery items. The walk-in beer cave and spirits den also features a cigar humidor.

Waspy’s Truck Stop offers multiple fuel options, a car wash, ample and wide parking for vehicles, semi-trucks and trailers and golf carts.

“Businesses like Waspy’s keep the Carroll County economy vibrant, providing an opportunity for employment, strong business partnerships, and essential community involvement,” said Shannon Landauer, Executive Director of the Carroll Area Development Corporation. 

Waspy’s opened the truck stop in Templeton in May 2017. A second truck stop, located in Audubon, was opened in August 2018.

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