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

Alexandria Industries advertises Welle

Alexandria Industries recently appointed Tom Well director of engineering.

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

Welle has 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, with 29 of those years at Alexandria Industries, where he held various positions.

Tom Well

Welle’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and extensive planning and execution experience will continue to bring 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 our engineering department achieve greater success,” said Joe Schabel, president, operations and engineering, Alexandria Industries. “It was obvious to our entire leadership team that he would be great for this role. We understand that Tom’s passion for continuous improvement, both professionally and personally, will strengthen the department and everyone he works with.”

Most recently, Welle served as manager of strategic initiatives, where he led multiple projects, one valued at over $18 million and involving teams of up to 120 people. Prior to that, as a senior automation engineer, Welle was deeply rooted in custom component manufacturing and the equipment used to manufacture them. His role ensures that customer components are completed efficiently, consistently and meet high quality requirements.

First Western Bank helps nonprofit organizations

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

Each year, First Western employees collectively give more than 1,000 hours of their time through service projects, fundraising and extensive volunteering, most of it during the workday. Volunteer activities vary and benefit many different types of organizations. A small sample of volunteer activities include packing food at local food banks, donating blood, maintaining the grounds, making blankets for local shelters, visiting seniors in assisted living centers, and more.

“Volunteer Days has become a proud tradition that resonates in the hearts of every employee in every region we serve,” said the chairman, president and CEO of First Western Bank and Trust, 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 charity

of Arvig the long-running annual golf event – the Arvig Golf Classic – entered its 39th year with its largest attendance, a new name and a refocused direction for 2023 and beyond: financial support for charitable causes.

The Arvig Golf Classic is now the Arvig Charity Golf Classic. This year the event has been revamped to focus on raising money for charities that benefit the area. The 2023 tournament, held Aug. 9 at Tianna Country Club in Walker, successfully raised $7,750 from 31 participating teams. Arvig offered a 100% match to the funds raised, bringing the total to $15,500.

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

“It is an incredible honor to be able to give back and support an organization that promotes higher education for the future leaders of our communities,” I said. David Arwig, Vice President and COO at Arvig. “Arvig’s annual golf event has always been a great way to network with members of the industry, engage in some friendly competition on the course – and from there – raise money to support good causes in the area.”

Over the past 10 years, 15 students in the Arvig service area have received an MTA scholarship.

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

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From an Echo Press staff report

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