July’s Featured Board Member – Kelly Hibbs

July 12th, 2013 - By admin

Kelly HibbsKelly Hibbs is a Business Banking Manager for Bremer Bank and has worked in banking for 20 years. She has fulfilled a number of banking roles within Bremer Bank, including personal banking, mortgage lending, cash management, and business banking.

Kelly has been an active community member for the past 16 years, serving on the board for the Siren-Webster Rotary Club, the Burnett County Development Association, and the Polk County EDC. She was recently appointed as the Polk County representative for the Regional Business Fund, Inc. Board of Directors.

Kelly helps organizations and businesses face challenges and sees opportunities in order to achieve long term goals the entities desire.

July 2013 Featured Business Member – Bishop Fixture + Millwork

July 12th, 2013 - By admin

Bishop Fixture + Millwork Born out of opportunity, brothers Morgan and Hub Nelson started Bishop Fixture + Millwork inside their small garage in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1977. Bishop Fixture + Millwork builds high-quality retail store fixtures and architectural millwork.

Their first client was the Dayton-Hudson Corporation and they built local Dayton’s stores. Over the years, that relationship grew into building fixtures for Target stores.

The two brothers continually reinvested profits back into the business to build its capabilities and capacity. Today, Bishop Fixture + Millwork operates in 320,000 square feet of world-class manufacturing in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin. The company has established deep roots in the community.

Bishop Fixture + Millwork is first and second generation family owned and operated. They take great pride in manufacturing its products in America. The manufacturing campus offers a full range of production capabilities including wood and metal fabrication, CNC routing, solid surface fabrication, metal powder coating and automotive grade paint finishing.

Its clients include top global retailers including Target, Gap, Verizon and Kohl’s. Over the years, Bishop Fixture + Millwork has become a global leader in retail store fixture manufacturing and exports to 16 countries all over the world.

Bishop Fixture + Millwork believes that it should conduct its manufacturing operations in a way that is beneficial to environment, the local economy and the community in which it operates.  Demonstrating this commitment includes reducing the environmental impact of our operations and our products.

The facility is also Forest Stewardship Council Certified to produce wood products from well-managed forests and other responsible sources. The company continues to increase the use of reclaimed wood from barns that have been taken down in the area.

The commercial construction sector of the economy has improved considerably in recent years. As a result, Bishop Fixture + Millwork would like to hire more skilled workers to help with manufacturing, assembly, shipping, project management and estimating.  Interested candidates should contact Marcia Granley, Human Resources Manager.  Please call at (715) 485-9312 or email mgranley@bishopfixtures.com.

Polk County EDC’s June Featured Business Member – Whey Protein

June 13th, 2013 - By admin

Whey ProteinWisconsin Whey Protein recently built a whey protein processing plant in Turtle Lake, WI with operation of the plant starting in late 2012. The plant is located in the Industrial Park in Turtle Lake and utilizes whey from regional cheese plants to produce its product.

The company produces Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) with a protein content exceeding 80% (WPC-80). This fat-free, low lactose, agglomerated product has advantages of high solubility and easy digestibility, and it is designed for the requirements of numerous value-added food applications.

The plant produces ultra pure whey protein products for use in infant formula, baby food, sport nutrition, health and wellness industry and geriatric products.

K. Kachadurian, founder, president and CEO of Wisconsin Whey Protein said, “Our products are to be sold and used both domestically and internationally. There is very high demand growth in the international market. We have been working with this industry for fifteen years in Wisconsin and we are excited to bring this modern, proprietary and high-tech technology plant to Turtle Lake.”

In the past few years, whey proteins have gained extraordinary recognition for their health benefits and functional capabilities, and as a result have experienced tremendous growth in the food marketplace.

Demand for WPC-80 has expanded steadily over the past decade. In the period from 2000 to 2009, the world market is estimated to have grown from a base of 125 million pounds to 325 million pounds, representing an increase of 200 million pounds at a rate of 10% per year.

Steve Healy, Executive Director Polk County said, “We are very happy that the company chose Polk County and the Village of Turtle Lake to build their Whey Protein plant.  The company brings tremendous value and opportunity for our area.

June’s Featured Board Member – Adam Jarchow

June 13th, 2013 - By admin

Adam JarchowAdam Jarchow has been on the PCEDC board of directors for a year and a half. He currently serves as board secretary and was recently appointed to the personnel committee.

For the past four years, Adam has practiced law at Bakke Norman, S.C. where he primarily represents businesses, banks and municipalities. He also serves as an attorney for several Polk County municipalities. Adam has extensive experience dealing with issues relating to municipal law, including frac sand mining.

He grew up in Clear Lake, Wis. After graduating from high school in 1997, Adam attended college at the University of South Florida, where he graduated with a degree in finance. He went on to attend law school at the University of Florida. Today, he and his wife Barbara live in Balsam Lake, Wis. Adam enjoys cheering for the Florida Gators, fishing, bow hunting and participating in as many other outdoor activities as possible.

When asked about the strategic planning done by the PCEDC board, Adam said it that has given the board a concrete strategy to accomplish the goals set before them and provide a concise document for stakeholders.

Attend a Business Feasibility Workshop

June 7th, 2013 - By admin

Polk County UW-Extension/ UWRF SBDC


July 11, 2013 6 to 8 pm

  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Do you have a business or product idea?
  • Do you wonder if your business or product idea will cash flow?
  • Do you want to know if you should take the next step toward starting your own business?
Discover the answers at this workshop…

WHEN: July 11, 2013 from 6 – 8pm
WHERE: Polk County Government Center
COST: $20.00 per person
TO REGISTER: Contact Bob Kazmierski, UW-Extension

715-485-8608 or bob.kazmierski@ces.uwex.edu

Registration Deadline is July 3, 2013


Learning Opportunity: Marketing Through Social Media Analytics

June 7th, 2013 - By admin

Understanding Social MediaUnderstanding and Leveraging Social Media Information

This one-day course focuses on providing tools and techniques in a business context to understand and leverage readily available social media information. Participants will learn strategies relating to the foundations of social listening, social media measurement, leveraging consumer-intelligence data, and context-driven strategies for real-world situations. Your program registration will also include a follow-up webinar two-weeks after the program to answer questions. Credit and non-credit registration options available. This program is offered in collaboration with University of Wisconsin-Stout Online and Professional Education Programs and Services.

Target Audience:
This program is for blend of audiences: business and industry, education, government, healthcare, and service organizations

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. CST Webinar


University of Wisconsin-Stout
Memorial Student Center
302 10th Ave. E.
Menomonie, WI  54751

Sandy White, whites@uwstout.edu, 715.232.1610 or
Joni Geroux, gerouxj@uwstout.edu, 715.232.5270

To Register: http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/smanalytics.cfm

Brison Manufacturing, LLC Recipient of Innovation Award

May 30th, 2013 - By admin

Balsam Lake –Brison Manufacturing, LLC was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Paradise Landing Tuesday May 21, Owners Brian and Jody Claassen, accepted the award on behalf of Brison Manufacturing, LLC.

Brison Manufacturing is currently located in rural Osceola; however, the business recently purchased a building in the Osceola Industrial Park and plans to move their operation. It will be operational by June 15. Brian and Jody Claassen have operated their business for nine years beginning in 2004. Currently Brison has five full-time employees.

Brison is a full-service tool making company specializing in building tooling for the plastic injection molding industry. Brison’s tooling is used by a number of manufacturer’s nationwide.

As the recipient of the Innovation Award for 2013, Brison Manufacturing, LLC is recognized for its outstanding contributions to the economy of Polk County, as well as the local community.

For more information about economic development in Polk County contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit our website at www.polkcountyedc.com.

Brison Manufacturing, LLC

Brian and Jody Claassen, owners of Brison Manufacturing, LLC accept the Polk County EDC’s Innovation Award. L – R at the May 21st awards presentation are: Jody Claassen, Brian Claassen, and Steve Healy Executive Director Polk County EDC.



Ned Albert, Co-owner of Division 8 Products, Inc.

May 30th, 2013 - By admin

Balsam Lake –Ned Albert Co-Owner of Division 8 Products of Frederic was the keynote speaker at the Polk County Economic Development Corporation Business Award Luncheon at the Paradise Landing Tuesday May 21.

Ned was originally from Winona, MN born into a Construction and Development family.

Ned holds a double degree in Business Administration and Economics with a Finance concentration.

Ned’s experience includes ten plus years of national and international experience in multi-location retail construction program management. He worked with department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor’s, Macy’s, Hudson Bay Company and Regional Malls. He also has twelve years of product, program, and market development in the commercial building panel industry.

Married with one son, a High School senior who in the 2013 Minnesota State Champion in the Breaststroke with All American honors.

Division 8 Products, Inc. is an architectural aluminum products manufacturer and fabricator. Products include aluminum canopies/trellis, sun shade, railing, exterior advertising display boards, and accent banding systems. Full service includes design through installation by factory trained teams. All products are delivered fully fabricated on company vehicles anywhere in the US. Lead time for most standard products is two weeks from signed order. Warrantees are half a decade longer than our competitor’s products.

For more information about economic development in Polk County contact the Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit our website at www.polkcountyedc.com

Ned Albert

Ned Albert his contributions to the Polk County Economic Development Corporation L – R at the May 21 awards presentation are: Trudy Popenhagen PCEDC Board President, Ned Albert Division 8 Products, Inc. and Steve Healy, Executive Director PCEDC.


Core Products International, Inc. Receives the Large Business of the Year Award

May 22nd, 2013 - By admin

Balsam Lake – May 21, 2013

Core Products International, Inc. was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Paradise Landing, in Balsam Lake Tuesday, May 21. Phil Mattison CEO accepted the award on behalf of Core Products International, Inc.

CoreProducts Large Business AwardCore Products, which is based in Osceola, Wisconsin, has been a fixture in Polk County since moving from Minnesota in 1998. Since that time, it has manufactured and assembled high quality, professional health care products in Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to accept this award from the EDC,” said Philip Mattison, CEO of Core Products. “We have been proud to call Polk County home for the last 15 years, and we hope to spend many more here as we continue to work toward our goal of improving health and comfort in our customers’ lives.”

Core Products moved from Minnesota when Ken McAdams with Forward Wisconsin, toured owner Philip Mattison around several communities and introduced us to the business leaders in each community. “He explained the tax benefits and financing opportunities then introduced us to the people in the state that put all these programs together,” said Mattison.

Core Products partner Hollywog’s innovative WiTouch® and WiTouch Pro® were recently recognized as “Best of the Best” in the category of product design at the prestigious 2013 Red Dot

Design Awards. Core Products is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the unique wireless devices, which incorporate TENS technology to specifically target back pain.

“The recognition that we at Core Products and our partners have recently received just solidifies our commitment to providing our customers at home and abroad with products of the absolute highest quality,” said Mattison. “While it is an honor to be recognized, the real satisfaction comes from knowing that the products we provide make a positive impact on the quality of life of our customers.”

The Polk County EDC was formed in 2004 to build and maintain a strong economic base in Polk County through local business growth and expansion throughout Polk County.

About Core Products International

Founded in 1988, with the vision of making people’s lives more comfortable, Core Products International is an American innovator, manufacturer and distributor of professional quality health care products. Core markets and sells its products within the USA and internationally mainly to the professional health care markets. Core manufactures and assembles its products in Osceola and Chetek, Wisconsin and is proud to employ American workers. Core’s product line includes orthopedic pillows, orthopedic supports and braces, hot and cold

As the recipient of the Large Business of the Year Award the Polk County Economic Development Corporation recognizes Core’s contribution to the healthcare products industry and to the economy of Polk County. Accepting the Polk County Economic Development Corporation’s Large Business of the Year Award was Philip Mattison, CEO. For more information about economic development in Polk County contact Polk County Economic Development Corporation, 715-646-3369, info@polkcountyedc.com or visit our website at www.polkcounty.com.

May’s Featured Board Member | Bruce Noll

May 17th, 2013 - By admin

Bruce Noll

Bruce Noll is one of the original members of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) board of directors. Bruce serves as board treasurer, handling all finances for the corporation. He is a banker at Eagle Valley Bank in St Croix Falls, Wis.

Bruce is not only involved with the PCEDC but many other organizations within his local community. He is a founder of Youth Sports Unlimited, which is a joint effort by Luck, Frederic and Unity school districts to raise money for various youth sports activities such as hunter safety, girl/boy scouts or community sports teams. Over the past 26 years the organization has raised over $375,000. Bruce has also been a Unity Lion for more than 20 years.

He grew up on a small dairy farm outside of Alma, Wis. Bruce and his wife have lived in Luck, Wis. for the past 35 years. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, singing, deer hunting and bird hunting. Bruce lso takes pleasure in raising and training bird hunting dogs.

He says the largest resource the PCEDC has to offer is the knowledge of the products available to local businesses and the ability to bring businesses together.