Business Buzz, Aug. 15

Brad Melsa
Brad Melsa

Think advisor passes exam
Brad Melsa, CFP, a financial advisor with Think Investment Services, has passed the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Certification Examination and is now authorized to use the CFP certification marks.

Melsa has been a financial advisor with Think Investment Services since May 2012.

The CFP marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, successfully completed financial planning coursework and passed the CFP Certification Examination.

Think Investment Services is a division of Think Mutual Bank, based in Rochester, Minn., with offices locally in Apple Valley and Eagan.

Honors for Uponor
Uponor North America, Apple Valley, was recently honored with the Partners of Choice Award from Houston-based David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately held home builder and the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building.

Uponor is one of 13 companies out of 200 David Weekley Homes’ U.S. suppliers to receive the “A,A” ranking for world-class excellence in both quality and service.

This is the first Partners of Choice Award for Uponor, which provides PEX plumbing and fire sprinkler systems for David Weekley Homes.

Skyline Exhibits a finalist
For the second consecutive year, Eagan-based Skyline Exhibits has been named a finalist for the Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year award by Minnesota Business magazine.

Skyline is one of three companies to reach the finals in the “Best in Class: Large Company” category. The other two finalists are Plymouth-based Turck and Apple Valley-based Uponor.

Nominated companies were judged on recent accomplishments, new products or services, competitive improvements and successes.

Minnesota Business magazine’s 2014 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards will be presented Sept. 23 in Minneapolis.

New hires at Finney
Apple Valley-based Finney Company has hired Heather M. McNulty as marketing specialist. She will be responsible for advertising, market analysis, trade shows, catalog development, Web and social media outreach and more.

She previously held marketing roles at Futura Marketing and Del Monte Agency.

McNulty is a communications and Christian studies graduate of Crown College.

Also joining Finney Company in a customer service role is Sarah Breuer. She brings a background in administrative services and customer satisfaction.

Velocity acquires assets
Velocity Telephone Inc., Golden Valley, has acquired the assets of FTTH Communications and is bringing its Gigabit Minnesota brand to the city of Rosemount.

Lakeville chiropractor a Saint
Dr. Craig Couillard, owner of Lake Marion Chiropractic in Lakeville, has been added to the St. Paul Saints Professional Baseball Club medical staff as the team chiropractor.

New SuperAmerica in Lakeville
A new SuperAmerica in the Lakeville Commerce Center development at County Road 70 and Keokuk Avenue is scheduled to open mid-September. The 3,300-square-foot building will include fuel sales, convenience store and a car wash.

Recycle Minnesota
Dick’s Sanitation Inc., Lakeville, will open a new materials recycling facility – Recycle Minnesota. The state-of-the-art single-stream recycling facility will process mixed recyclable materials from residential and commercial customers. The facility will recycle, process and ship to end markets materials including cardboard, office paper, aluminum, steel cans, glass and plastic (types 1-7). The new Recycle Minnesota facility will provide 25 new jobs to the community. Dick’s Sanitation operates on a 17-acre site in Airlake Industrial Park.

Menasha plans expansion
The city of Lakeville recently issued a permit for a major expansion of Menasha Packaging valued at $4.9 million in Airlake Industrial Park. The city provided tax-increment financing assistance and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development approved a Job Creation Fund Grant for this project that will preserve 220 existing jobs and create an additional 15 jobs over the next two years.

Parking improvements in Lakeville
Downtown Lakeville is getting parking lot improvements along Howland Avenue, behind some of the retail stores. Improvements include new lighting, curb and pavement improvements, and landscaping. The project is being funded by Dakota County Community Development Agency tax increment financing and a redevelopment incentive grant.