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Marvin Companies hire vice president of information technology WARROAD, Minn. – Warroad native Rob Orvis has been hired as vice president of information technology for the Marvin Companies. In his new role, Orvis will lead the development and delivery of a growth business plan, overall technology strategy and road map for the company. As a member of the leadership team at the Marvin Companies, Orvis will oversee the implementation of IT systems and web applications to support the company’s business operations.
Gallagher appointed to Impact Dakota board FARGO, N.D. — Michael Gallagher recently was appointed to the board of directors for Impact Dakota. Gallagher is Spectrum Aeormed’s vice-president director of production. He has been with Spectrum Aeromed for 6 years. Impact Dakota is the official representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network in North Dakota. The organization’s goal is to help companies achieve long-term growth and stability by implementing world-class practices.
One of the more exciting trends in corporate human relations is the focus on employee engagement. Employees who are engaged tend to be passionate advocates for their organization. How is this being done? While it is important to provide a competitive wage and benefit package, it is also as important (if not more important) to provide a great work experience. Providing a more challenging work environment, with a strong work culture and more work/life balance, are just a few of the things that provide a better work experience.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Minnesota Chamber agrees: “We are seeing from our Chamber members, and I think you’re seeing this in surveys as well, that businesses are very optimistic,” said Beth Strinden Kadoun, vice president for tax and fiscal policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. North Dakota Chamber officials feel that way, too: “I think from an economic and a business standpoint, we are going to see some significant investments in North Dakota,” said Brent Bogar, government affairs consultant and lobbyist with the Greater North Dakota Chamber.
FARGO, N.D. – Slowly at first. Then all at once. That’s the way bankruptcy develops, Ernest Hemingway famously said. But in a more positive example, it’s also the way smart-building technology is making its way into our area. “The triumph of home technology is as certain as the sun,” a columnist with the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch wrote in early January. In the Dakotas and western Minnesota, that sun’s already on the rise, as the growing popularity of smart thermostats, smart light bulbs, smart refrigerators and smart offices and other buildings shows.
Editor’s note: In this Q&A, Prairie Business talks with Rick Clayburgh, president and CEO of the North Dakota Bankers Association. Clayburgh is a former North Dakota tax commissioner, chosen in statewide elections three times. He has served as the president and CEO of the North Dakota Bankers Association since 2005. He is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and holds a law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law.
One of these days, the upward trends will peak. They’ll hover at their summit and then reverse, starting to slide: employment rates will fall, companies will retrench, the regional economy will contract. That has happened in the Dakotas and western Minnesota before, and it’ll happen again. One of these days. But not today. I continue to be impressed by the “sweet spot” that the economy occupies in Prairie Business’ circulation area. And in this issue of the magazine, there’s evidence that the trends will continue, possibly through 2018 and even beyond.
JLG's Laffen wins Henry Havig Award GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Lonnie Laffen, president and CEO of JLG Architects, received the Henry Havig Award for Community Service on Jan. 18 at the annual dinner of the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.
Upgren obtains professional engineer certification BEMIDJI, Minn. – Matt Upgren, a civil engineer at Karvakko, recently received his professional engineer’s license with the state of Minnesota. Upgren is a Bemidji native and graduate of Bemidji High School. He started at Karvakko in 2013, after graduating from North Dakota State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Karvakko is the largest engineering and architectural firm headquartered in Bemidji. ----------------------------