Business Buzz, Nov. 1

Darlene Miller

Miller elected association president
Darlene Miller, president and CEO of Permac Industries, Burnsville, has been named president of the Precision Machined Products Association for the 2013-14 program year. She previously served as first vice president and second vice president during the past two years.

Miller is the first female to be named president of the association.

“I am honored to serve as PMPA president and look forward to contributing to the success of this outstanding organization,” Miller said. “As an association, we must strengthen our advocacy efforts and industry outreach to build an even stronger PMPA.”

Former employees purchase Pearle Vision
Sirius Vision Optical Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Pearle Vision to take over the Pearle Vision location at Burnsville Center, which had formerly been corporate owned and operated since 1990.

Long-time Pearle Vision employees Patrick Martin, O.D., and Jacqueline Winges-Beach partnered to create Sirius Vision Optical Inc. and recently assumed ownership of the eye care center. Both are industry veterans. Martin spent the past 25 years practicing as an optometrist at the Burnsville location. Winges-Beach has 27 years of experience working with Pearle Vision.

Local firms are BATC award winners
The Builders Association of the Twin Cities honored its top firms and individuals for excellence in home building on Oct. 24 in Minnetonka. The event featured the 45th annual Reggie Awards and the 23rd annual Trillium Awards, both presented for design and construction excellence in new homes.

Highmark Builders of Burnsville was a runner-up for the 2013 Builder of the Year award which was won by John Kraemer & Sons Inc. of Edina.

In the $525,000 to $569,999 category, Homes by Tradition LLC, Lakeville, won a Reggie Award. Trillium winners in the same category were Designed Cabinets Inc., Lakeville, and Southern Lights, Burnsville.

Southern Lights also won a Trillium Award in the $700,000 to $899,999 category.

Area chambers to host small business expo
The countywide chamber Small Business Expo and Business After Hours event will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights. The event includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and exhibits by members from each of the participating chambers. Contact one of the following chambers for more information: Apple Valley Chamber, Burnsville Chamber, Dakota County Regional Chamber, Hastings Area Chamber, Lakeville Area Chamber or River Heights Chamber.

Prime Therapeutics receives accreditation
Eagan-based Prime Therapeutics has been awarded full pharmacy benefit management accreditation from URAC for its commitment to quality health care and member safety. URAC is a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. Prime has been a PBM-accredited organization since 2007 and now remains accredited through 2016.

Prime also holds URAC accreditations for PrimeMail, its home delivery pharmacy service, and Prime Therapeutics Specialty Pharmacy.