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The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce’s Willkommen committee stopped by The Pinball Place to see the new expanded space. Owners John and Phyllis Vorwerk have one of the largest collections in the Midwest of pinball machines. They got interested originally when John was looking for Corvette parts and found a Corvette pinball machine. He has expanded his collection and has close to 50 different machines operating in the space. He also has the basement level filled with more machines that he refurbishes. Repairing some machines only require a small about of time while others can be 40-80 hours’ worth of time. New pinball machines are still being made and can cost anywhere from $6,800 to almost $19,000 depending on style and editions. His oldest pinball machine is from 1959. John said about 20 years ago the industry almost went away but now there is a resurgence, and it is gaining in popularity again. The Pinball Place is an authorized dealer that can serve commercial and residential customers. The Pinball Place is open Saturday from 6 – 10 pm and Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. It is also available for private rentals. Games are on free play with the cover charge. Beverages available for purchase on location.
Pictured here left to right: Brittany Abraham from Windings, Karissa Schlottman from Kristine Rueckert Farmers Insurance, Amy Midtbruget from Weelborg Chevrolet, John and Phyllis Vorwerk from The Pinball Place.