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Business Briefs for 04/17/2014

Acme Tools employees awarded

BEMIDJI — Acme Tools, a tool distributor and retailer of tools and equipment, recently announced Mark Hahn and Aaron Schmitz have been recognized as Certified Tool Specialists by Evergreen Marketing Group.

Evergreen, a national affiliation of independent distributors in the construction and industrial products industry, has the only training program in the country that certifies sales professionals in the tool and equipment industry.

Hahn is responsible for inside sales at Acme Tools’ Bemidji store and has been employed by Acme Tools for 30 years.

Schmitz is the assistant manager of the Bemidji store and has two years of tool and equipment sales experience with the company.

The Evergreen professional development program requires sales professionals to complete a rigorous training program consisting of more than 137 hours of product, applications and sales training to become a Certified Tool Specialist.

Enger named digital MPR news reporter

BEMIDJI — Minnesota Public Radio recently announced the hiring of John Enger as a Minnesota Public Radio news digital-first reporter based in the Bemidji bureau.

Enger is a Minnesota native, born and raised near Aitkin.

He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead.

He comes from a reporting position at The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, New York.

Enger joins MPR’s team of statewide reporters who work out of the network’s regional bureaus including Moorhead, Duluth, Collegeville, Rochester and Worthington.

Enger will cover news for MPR and his coverage area includes north central Minnesota including the Bemidji area.

EAPC expands healthcare team

BEMIDJI — EAPC Architects Engineers has announced the appointment of Rick Failing as its director of healthcare support services.

His position was recently developed to enhance many of the services EAPC has provided more than 47 years to its healthcare clients.

He will provide liaison services between existing and prospective healthcare clients including resource acquisition services as required by the client, whether it be initial facility assessment, demand analysis, preliminary design development, financing options, final design planning, construction monitoring, or post construction follow-up.

EAPC is a full-service firm with emphasis on designing innovative facilities in the healthcare market with an office in Bemidji.

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