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Business Briefs for 04/12/2014

Karvakko adds

survey manager

BEMIDJI — Karvakko Engineering recently announced Dan Skinner has joined the staff as the survey department manager, where he will oversee daily department operations in both Bemidji and Minot, N.D.

Skinner has more than 25 years of surveying experience and is a licensed land surveyor in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He is the board of directors secretary for the Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors, as well as the past chairman of the Minnesota Land Surveyors Foundation and a member of the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Societies of Professional Surveyors and National Society of Professional Surveyors.

He is a 1992 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in geography and an emphasis in urban and regional land use planning.

Business basics seminar offered

BEMIDJI — A business basics seminar will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Cass County building, 218 Washburn E., Backus. The class size will be small to allow for questions and customized information. Topics will include business structure, filing a business name, estimating a total project cost, writing a business plan, securing business financing and others.

There is no cost to attend, but it is necessary to pre-register. Call 947-7522 or email to reserve a space. Materials will be provided at the seminar.

Marco earns

magazine honor

BEMIDJI — Marco Inc. has been selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Minnesota Business magazine for the second year in a row. This award identifies companies in Minnesota that excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits and overall employee happiness.

Marco, headquartered in St. Cloud, has an office in Bemidji.

The “100 Best” were selected by an independent research firm using a variety of research techniques, including an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each company. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony June 5 at St. Paul RiverCentre.

Manufacturer proposes facility in Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo City Council members set a hearing for April 21 to gather community input as they consider a request by a local manufacturer to lease or acquire the former Milwaukee Road rail yard on the south end of downtown.

Ritalka Inc., a part of Spec Sys Inc., is proposing to build an 80-by-120-foot facility at the site to assemble custom-built railcars. The company has built more than 100 custom railcars and has back orders for 34 cars.

It does not have an assembly facility along a rail line, and must move each car to rail tracks by using the services of a house moving company, according to information provided to the city. Some of the custom-built rail vehicles weigh 350,000 pounds.