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Business Briefs for 05/10/2014

Johnson joins American Angus Association

BEMIDJI — Colt Johnson of Bemidji is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.

Junior members of the association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

Acme Tools manager awarded certification

BEMIDJI — Acme Tools, a major tool distributor and retailer of tools and equipment, recently announced Joe Roeder has been recognized as a certified operations specialist by Evergreen Marketing Group. Evergreen, a national affiliation of independent distributors in the construction and industrial products industry, has the only advanced training program in the country that certifies management and sales professionals in the tool and equipment industry.

Roeder is general manager of Acme Tools’ Bemidji store and has more than 15 years of tool and equipment sales experience with Acme Tools.

Homark Homes expanding in RLF

BEMIDJI — Homark Homes is investing $6 million in an expansion that will add 19 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Red Lake Falls in northwest Minnesota. The employee-owned company said it plans to expand its product line to include multifamily modular housing. Homark expects to add the new jobs paying an average wage of $16 an hour within three years. To assist with the expansion, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will award Homark $456,000 from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund if the company meets performance goals.

T.J. Maxx to open in Bemidji on May 18

BEMIDJI — The new T.J.Maxx store in Bemidji will open May 18, officials said this week.

The 23,586 square-foot store is located at the Westridge Center in Bemidji.

T.J.Maxx is one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers with more than 1,000 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, officials said in a release. “We are pleased to expand our store base to Bemidji, delivering value and an exciting selection of fashion to serve the needs of customers,” said Richard Sherr, president of T.J.Maxx, in the release.

Local shoppers can visit the grand opening from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 18. Reusable bags will be given to the first 1,000 customers. Officials said the new store will add approximately 60 part- and full-time jobs to the area. Regular store hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.