Mill City Credit Union
Mill City Credit Union was honored with THREE Diamond Awards, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council. Two of these awards recognize Mill City CU’s local give back program, Making the Greater Good Even Greater campaign which launched in 2015. In Social Media, their video highlighting the local non-profit, Secondhand Hounds was honored with a Diamond Award. The Making the Greater Good Even Greater Campaign won an award for the overall program which generates awareness and provides prize money every month to one local small business and one non-profit organization.
Thor Construction/Colliers International
Thor Construction will build a $30 million retail and office development — including a new headquarters for the company itself — on Minneapolis' North Side. The 92,000-square-foot development, located at Plymouth and Penn avenues, would include multi-tenant offices and retail space, along with an underground parking garage. Commercial real estate brokerage firm Colliers International will market the retail and office space to potential tenants.
Opus Group, in partnership with the Opus Foundation®, announced that School on Wheels in Indianapolis has won the second annual Building Community Award and will receive $63,000. School on Wheels provides tutoring to children in grades K – 12 who are experiencing homelessness. Opus launched the award last year to honor their founder’s legacy of giving back while commemorating their history. Recognizing the important contributions of all the organizations, each of the remaining seven finalists received a $1,000 grant. In Minneapolis, the grant recipient is Perspectives.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has been selected to build a new $22 million K-8 special education school for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916. Construction on the 76,000-square-foot school will begin at the end of April 2016 and is expected to be completed in August of 2017. Northeast Metro ISD 916 provides programs for students who display autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), and other health disabilities.
Minnesota Business Magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 2016
Minnesota Business Magazine asked alumni award winners of the The (Real) Power 50 to be nominators. They also asked trusted partners and business leaders to identify the movers and shakers who impressed them in the past year. Chamber members who were honored with the 2016 award are: Al Coleman, Gray Plant Mooty; Ben VandenWymelenberg, WOODCHUCK USA; Heide Olson, All in One Accounting; J. Marie Fieger, Nemer Fieger; Jody Kern, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Luz Maria Frias, The Minneapolis Foundation; Nils Snyder, Colliers International and West Stringfellow, Target.
Attorneys Michael Glover and Jason Engkjer have joined Lommen Abdo, bringing additional strength to the firm’s business and litigation practices and expanding its transportation law practice. Glover has over 25 years representing motor carriers, freight forwarders, shippers, logistics providers and businesses. Engkjer’s practice is primarily devoted to commercial litigation and corporate planning and transactions. Within these areas, he has unique experience in transportation law.
Marco Technologies, LLC
Marco Technologies purchased Paragon Solutions Group, Inc., a business IT services company located in Plymouth, Minnesota. Paragon has been providing their clients with managed IT, cloud-based services and business IT services for over 10 years. Their employees have joined the Marco team. Since 2010, the company has grown from 350 employees to 1,050 employees and now has 49 locations. Marco’s Twin Cities-based offices are in St. Louis Park and Inver Grove Heights. Marco serves 28,000 customers throughout the Midwest and nationally.
Comcast is expanding its Wi-Fi presence across the Twin Cities metro area with the addition of more than 1,400 public outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots. These hotspots will be installed in high-traffic locations such as public parks and recreation areas, retail locations and transit stops.. All locations are planned to be completed by the end of 2016. The company is also 5,500 U.S. based customer service employees, including 400 in the Twin Cities—reducing the number of contractors and agents working outside the U.S.