WILLMAR—Willmar Poultry Group is celebrating 75 years in business, according to a news release from the company. Originally started as the Willmar Poultry & Egg Company by Albert Huisinga, Herman Nelson and Albin Norling on July 25, 1945, with the purchase of an old livestock pavilion, the business, most well-known as Willmar Poultry Company, has grown from one local company with three employees to a group of eight affiliated companies with 1,600 employees spanning multiple states and countries. Read
WILLMAR—Thanks to perfect weather last week, the concrete pour for the deck of the new Highway 12 bridge in Willmar was completed last week, according to the weekly Willmar Wye construction update from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Progress also continues on the Minnesota Highway 40 bridge, with pier construction concluding. Next up will be construction of the Highway 40 bridge abutments. Read the full article at the West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR—Willmar’s Bright Light Head Start program opened its doors Wednesday at its new facility located along Highway 71 thanks to the efforts of United Community Action Partnership and the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative. The organizations worked together to create a larger and much needed space for Head Start, which is an early childhood education program. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held along with tours of the new building. The space, which underwent many renovations to turn it into an
WILLMAR—Kandiyohi County businesses and nonprofits are benefiting from the CARES Pandemic Relief Grant Program administered by the Kandiyohi County and city of Willmar Economic Development Commission. According to a news release from the EDC, a variety of businesses and nonprofits have applied and received more than $700,000 in grants. The businesses that have received the funds average 7.5 years in business with 167 full-time equivalent jobs. Read the full article at the West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR—Grabbing onto business opportunities that blend innovative engineering skills and rapidly advancing 3D printing technology, three brothers are expanding their role in digital manufacturing that could be a game-changer for all manufacturers—and a benefit to consumers. During a media tour Tuesday that included a live, virtual broadcast, Carl, Brian and Sean Douglass talked about their expanding business, DI Labs, at their new location in Willmar. DI Labs was started in 2013 in Spicer. As
WILLMAR — The CARES Pandemic Relief Program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, will receive a needed influx of cash. The Willmar City Council at its meeting Monday approved transferring $1 million to the EDC for the program, which provides grants to eligible and approved small businesses and nonprofits in the county which have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I do believe the EDC is best at distributing these funds across
WILLMAR—In the first week of the CARES Pandemic Relief grant program, managed by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission and funded with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, 47 businesses and nonprofits applied for assistance. Forty-four of those applicants were deemed eligible for help, totaling approximately $320,000 in grant requests. “We are receiving about six applications a day right now,” said Aaron Backman, EDC executive
WILLMAR—They say third time’s the charm and the new Ziegler CAT facility in Willmar definitely looks like a success. “It is the biggest showroom Ziegler has,” said Dave Ose, branch manager. Willmar is one of 27 Ziegler locations across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri. The nearly 60,000-square-foot showroom and shop, located at 4600 Highway 71 S., is actually the power equipment dealer’s third store to be in Willmar. Ziegler first arrived in town in 2015 and set up
WILLMAR—The coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened millions and killed thousands has also had a devastating impact on small businesses and nonprofits. Even now, as some states and cities begin to reopen, nothing is back to normal. In an effort to help those still struggling to hold on, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission have created the CARES Pandemic Relief Grant program, aptly known as CPR. “We are trying to keep businesses alive,” said Aaron
WILLMAR—Ziegler CAT opened its new facility in Willmar on July 20, according to a Ziegler CAT news release. Located at 4600 Highway 71 S., the two-story facility features a retail showroom, a 25,000-square-foot shop, warehouses, offices, and a 7,800-square-foot cold-storage building. The shops include two bridge cranes, lube systems, a hose bench, and a wash bay. An on-site Cat solar array will provide clean, cost-effective, renewable electricity to the new facility. Read more at West Central Tribune