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Josh Harmelink

Purchasing analyst at Pizza Ranch headquarters in Orange City

ORANGE CITY—Pizza toppings and chicken breading don’t get to Pizza Ranch restaurants without a lot of planning, reporting and data analysis.

Purchasing analyst Josh Harmelink makes sure it all goes right from the buffet chain’s headquarters in Orange City.

With more than 200 locations across 14 states, Harmelink’s job is quite the undertaking.

The Sioux Center native and resident said growing up with Pizza Ranch informed his choice to join the team.

“For me, it’s about the ‘why’ more than the ‘what’ I did,” he said. “When I was looking for something to come back home, I’d rather work for a company that stands for something.”

The faith-based restaurant lines up with his values and it makes the job worth doing.

“It’s more about the purpose and the vision behind the company than it is the actual day-to-day work,” Harmelink said.

“I’ve found that day-to-day work becomes numbing and boring. If there’s a bigger purpose, there’s an additional drive if you align with it.”

The real-life difference Pizza Ranch makes — more than any menu item or gimmick — is what makes the company special, he said while referencing its vision statement: “To glorify God by positively impacting the world.”

His four years in the job have been fulfilling, but only because of the faith-inspired impact Harmelink has facilitated beyond the spreadsheets and reports.

“I feel like if I can do my job here to help the stores be more financially stable, they can make more of an impact in their communities,” the Ranch-hand said.

“For me, it’s about how I lower their costs and help increase their revenues to really bring an impact. I get excited about what we do with those profits.”