Jeff J. Dretzka is President of UPI Manufacturing, a growing Defense Supply Company. Born in Wisconsin, in August 1952, Jeff is the second of five children. His hardworking father was an entrepreneur and his mother, a devoted Christian and Native American. Jeff gleaned from his family, strength, excellent work ethic, strong family/church values, risk taking, and many other qualities necessary to run a successful business. At the age of 14, with a shovel in his hand, Jeff began doing whatever it took to help his father’s construction business succeed. In 1984, he and his brother, Norb began their own sewer and water construction company, Underground Pipeline, Inc.
Almost 20 years later, Jeff and Norb added the manufacturing division, UPI Manufacturing with the help of Jeff’s son, Jeffrey. Believing in helping our troops fight the war on terror they made a commitment to consistently provide quality supplies they adopted the tagline: “Deeds not Words”. They made efforts to attend as many conferences, seminars, and training sessions as they could, making contacts with the SBA, the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and many more agencies.
Jeff is a gentle, yet strong leader. His trust in God and love for his country help Jeff maintain a positive and assertive attitude. Jeff is committed to helping others reach their full potential by example, time and encouragement. Under his leadership, along with his son and fellow employees, UPI Manufacturing has received numerous awards. In 2007, Jeff was named Wisconsin Minority Business Man of the Year. UPI has received the DSCC Gold Award for 2007,2008,2009 and the Silver in 2010. The criteria for the Gold Award is 100% quality and on-time delivery.
Although, business is definitely a strong suit for Jeff, his family and the Lord are his first love. Married to his high school sweetheart for 35 years, Jeff and his wife, Linda have two children, and five grandchildren, that lovingly call him, “Papa”.