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Business Briefs for June 30

NMF undergoes some changes

BEMIDJI — Dave West, senior program officer of business finance, will retire from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation today after joining the foundation in 1990.

West played an integral part in building a loan portfolio that began with three loans and is at $20 million today, a press release from the foundation said.

Diane Morey, senior program officer of business development, will move into West’s position and current business development specialist, Amy Tobkin, will take over Morey’s responsibilities.

Phil Knutson, a 2006 graduate of the University of North Dakota, has been selected as the new NMF business development specialist.

AmeriPride launches new program

BEMIDJI — AmeriPride Services Inc., a supplier of linen and uniform rental services in North America, announced a new cleaning chemicals management program available to area businesses. The company now provides local businesses with cleaning products and supplies, will be consolidating services and reducing product stored on premise.

“We are always striving to provide more value and assistance to our customers,” wrote Dave Hardy, General Manager of AmeriPride’ s Hibbing branch  in a press release. “Many small business owners are buying their cleaning products on their own and often must buy in bulk to find savings. We saw an opportunity to simplify that process and help them reduce costs and storage needs associated with bulk purchasing.”

AmeriPride will manage inventory and deliver the products to customers on a regular schedule. Cleaning chemicals are available in three product offerings, including Ultra Concentrates used in dispensing systems; Concentrates that are mixed on-site and used in spray bottles, mop buckets and auto scrubbers; and Portion Packs that are precisely measured for dilution in 32 ounce spray bottles.