Business News on the Street, October 20 – Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria Industries promotes Welle

Alexandria Industries recently appointed Tom Welle director of engineering.

Welle will join a team that will establish, manage and support the company’s overall strategic direction and business needs assessment. His focus will be engineering, continuous improvement, quality, strategic initiatives, automation and manufacturing technology systems development and management.

Welle has 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, 29 of those years at Alexandria Industries in various capacities.

Tom Welle

Welle’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and extensive experience in planning and execution will continue to add value to Alexandria Industries, the company said. “Tom has been a valued employee at Alexandria Industries since day one. We are excited to see him continue to thrive and use his passion to help lead our engineering department to greater success,” he said. Joe Schabel, president, operations and engineering, Alexandria Industries. “It was clear to our entire management team that he would be great for the role. We recognize that Tom’s passion for continuous improvement, both professionally and personally, will strengthen the department and all those with whom he works.”

Most recently, Welle served as manager of strategic initiatives, where he led multiple projects, one valued at more than $18 million, and included a team of up to 120 people. Prior to that, as a senior automation engineer, Welle was deeply rooted in the manufacturing of custom components and the equipment used to manufacture them. His role ensured that customers’ components were completed efficiently, consistently and met high quality requirements.

First Western Bank helps nonprofit organizations

First Western Bank and Trust launched its fifth annual Volunteer Days (Oct. 2-6), partnering with local charities, nonprofits and other organizations to improve each community they serve.

Each year, First Western employees give more than 1,000 hours of their time through service projects, fundraising and extensive volunteering, most of which is during the workday. Volunteer activities are diverse and benefit many different types of organizations. A small sample of volunteer activities include packing meals at local food banks, donating blood, maintaining land, making blankets for local shelters, visiting seniors at assisted living facilities, and more. includes.

“Volunteer Days have become a proud tradition that resonates with every employee in every region we serve,” said First Western Bank and Trust Chairman, President and CEO. Brenda K. Foster.

First Western Bank and Trust employs approximately 350 people at 18 locations in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.

The Arvig Golf Classic raises money for charities

Arvig’s The long-running annual golf event – ​​the Arvig Golf Classic – entered its 39th year with its biggest ever attendance, a new name and a refocused direction for 2023 and beyond: fundraising for charity.

The Arvig Golf Classic is now the Arvig Charity Golf Classic. The event has been revamped this year to raise money for charities that benefit the region. The 2023 tournament, held Aug. 9 at Tianna Country Club in Walker, successfully raised $7,750 from 31 participating teams. Arvig matched 100% of the funds raised, bringing the total to $15,500.

The money will be donated to the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) in support of the MTA’s Alliance Foundation Scholarship.

“It is an incredible honor to give back and support an organization that promotes higher education for the future leaders of our communities.” he said David Arvig, vice president and chief operating officer at Arvig. “Arvig’s annual golf event has always been a great way to connect with members of the industry, get in some friendly competition on the course and then raise money to support good causes in the area.”

In the last 10 years, 15 students in the field of Arvig service have received MTA scholarships.

Headquartered in Perham, Arvig is a local, employee-owned broadband and full-service telecommunications provider.

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