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January 20, 2011

Business events TONIGHT

Here's a quick reminder about business networking as well as an award program tonight in Rochester.

Business After Hours, the monthly Rochester Area Chamber networking night, is slated from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastwood Bank is hosting the event at its 1625 U.S. 14 East. This is the branch near Big Lots.

Workforce Development, Inc. is hosting an awards program tonight to honor eight southeasthern Minnesota business as qualifying for their Best Places to Work designation.

Companies in the Fewer than 100 Employees Category
IBI Data, Brownsdale
LarsonAllen LLP, Austin
POET Biorefining, Preston
Commercial Water Distributing, Zumbrota

Companies in the Over 100 Employees Category
Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester
Pearson, Owatonna
Mrs. Gerry's Kitchen, Albert Lea
The Bergquist Company, Cannon Falls

April 21, 2010

Brownsdale firm digs in internationally

Here's a little from a piece I have coming up on Akkerman Inc. in Brownsdale:

In the reverse of what has happened at many U.S. companies, contracts in India, Kuwait, Singapore, Russia and other international markets are creating jobs locally in Brownsdale.

Akkerman_graphic3 Akkerman Inc., a $25 million which makes trenchless equipment used to install gravity-fed systems like sanitary sewer and storm water drains, currently has more employees - about 80 - than it has ever had on staff before.

"We're on track for 2010 to be our best year ever," says Rob Tumbleson, Akkerman's vice president of sales and marketing. "But without international sales, we'd be down."

In the past, Tumbleson says international sales accounted for about 20 percent of the 37-year-old company's annual business.

In contrast, about 60 percent of this year's sales are from international sources.

"Basically, in the past we were doing international sales only when someone came to us," he says. "We've always concentrated on the North American market. Going to California used to be a kind of big deal for us."

Then during the last eight to 10 months, Akkerman started reaching out.