WILLMAR—Fifteen years after it was first established, the MinnWest Technology Campus continues to be transformed into one of Kandiyohi County’s economic development stars. Currently, it is home to 27 different companies offering employment to 693 people, with an average salary of $55,000 a year.
“It is a real gem for this community,” said James Sieben, president of both the campus and Nova-Tech Engineering, one of the largest employers on the campus located in Willmar.
WILLMAR — It took nearly a year, but the 2020 state bonding bill finally found its way to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk this week. Following passage in both the state House of Representatives and the Senate, Walz has indicated he will sign the $1.9 billion infrastructure bill into law.
Included in the package is funding for projects at both Prairie Lakes Youth Programs and the brand new Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services facilities in Willmar.
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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.
WILLMAR—A unique poultry education program created by the University of Minnesota, Ridgewater College in Willmar and industry leaders will be launched this fall.
The multi-tiered program includes a series of courses at Ridgewater and the U of M that are designed to provide training to undergraduates and graduate students as well as those already working in the poultry industry.
It’s hoped the program will help create a better-educated workforce, ranging from on-the-farm employees to those who
WILLMAR—Staff and patients are settling into the new children’s psychiatric hospital that opened earlier this month in Willmar.
The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services hospital is the only state-owned and -operated facility of its type in Minnesota.
The hospital is designed for Minnesota children 4 to 18 years of age who have complex mental illness and behavioral disorders that are so severe the children cannot be treated in their home communities.
Construction of the $10 million,
WILLMAR—Two local entities that have worked independently to provide information and opportunities for the agriculture industry are teaming up for a one-day conference Thursday in Willmar.
Topics for the first-ever Partners in Ag Innovation Conference include new opportunities for industrial hemp, ag technology, marketing trends, government regulations and the art of cooking—and eating—locally-grown foods.
The conference runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.
“A dynamic county with much to offer existing and prospective businesses” is the summary used by contributing writer Gina Stephens to describe the Willmar area in a six-page article featured in the September 2017 publication of Business in Focus magazine.
Providing a comprehensive view of North American business, the magazine offers monthly online and print editions that bring together the country’s top businesses and potential clients. Business in Focus is a national publication with
WILLMAR—The Willmar Planning Commission reviewed and approved the plans for two new tenants on the MinnWest Technology Campus Wednesday. Moving in are Speer Medical Technologies and Owens & Company.
Speer Medical Technologies is headed by Dr. Tod Speer, an oncologist. He will be doing medical research with other research and development firms at MinnWest and the Mid Central Research and Outreach Center. Speer has focused on designing cancer therapeutics and has grant requests to investigate
WILLMAR—U of M, MinnWest Tech Campus talk renewed commitment of collaboration.
A renewed commitment of collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar could help both entities achieve their goals and missions, according to Dr. Brian Herman, vice president for research at the University of Minnesota.
Herman spent Monday touring the MinnWest Technology Campus with University Regent Vice President Dean Johnson, of Willmar.
That tour included the University’s