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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending April 14

Commissioning Solutions hires one, promotes three

FARGO — Commissioning Solutions Inc. (CxS) has hired Nate Hastings as commissioning agent, promoted Brody Lavelle to director of operations for retro-commissioning, and promoted Aaron Hill and Jim Boisjolie to commissioning agents.

Hastings comes to the CxS team with over 22 years of experience in the field and since coming to the team has earned his QCP accreditation as a qualified commissioning process provider.

Lavelle has been a valued member of CxS since 2014 and currently manages all retro-commissioning projects. With 10 years of construction experience in residential, commercial and heavy civil projects, his experience and qualifications bring valued insight and ideas into the retro-commissioning process.

Hill has been a valued member of the CxS for one year and has 13 years of commissioning experience. He’s worked on a variety of projects in the commercial, medical and educational areas of building construction and remodel.

Boisjolie has been a valued member of CxS for one year and has 11 years of commissioning experience. His expertise includes commissioning, retro-commissioning, construction administration and mechanical design.

LJA announces two new hires

FARGO — Lightowler Johnson Associates, a full-service architectural and engineering firm in Fargo, welcomes Jess Jacobson as a structural technician and Ian Johnson as a mechanical technician.

Jacobson graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Design.

Johnson graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead with a degree in Mechanical Drafting & Design. He was previously employed as an electrical draftsmen at LKA Engineers.

Klaus Thiessen to retire as president and CEO of Grand Forks Region EDC

Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Klaus Thiessen he will retire June 30.

Thiessen, the longest serving EDC president, has been leading the organization since 2003. In his tenure with the EDC, capital investment by client companies has exceeded $750 million and clients’ regional employment and average wages have grown by more than 60 percent.

Under Thiessen’s leadership, companies including, Bison Transportation, and Challenger Manufacturing have expanded into the region and the region has successfully retained and assisted in the growth of companies including Cirrus Aircraft, J.R. Simplot, and L.M. Wind Power, one of the state’s largest manufacturing employers.

Thiessen came to Grand Forks from Economic Development Winnipeg where he developed strategies to improve the economy and was noted for his success in encouraging greater community participation in economic development and attracting more volunteers to achieve results.

In addition to his leadership with the Grand Forks Region EDC, Thiessen has served locally on boards of The Chamber, United Way, and the UND Engineering Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and a past director with the International Economic Development Council.