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Midwest Motion Products broke ground on its Howard Lake facility, Thursday. Midwest Motion owners Patti, Randy, and Marcus Cordes; Howard Lake City Council members Al Munson, and Jan Gilmer; City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller; Mayor Pete Zimmerman; Chad Kabes of Citizens State Bank; Don Schnaser of RAM Buildings; Howard Lake City Council member Tom Kutz; Ken Grotbo of Citizens State Bank; and Howard Lake City Council member Mike Mitchell were in attendance for the ceremony.
The groundbreaking of Midwest Motion was on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Don Schnaser, Territory Manager at RAM, is currently working with the owners; Randy, Patti, & Marcus Cordes to streamline the design and construction of their business. Midwest Motion is a family owned company currently based out of Watertown, MN. They design, manufacture, & distribute motion controlled equipment. RAM will begin constructing the 80′ x 72′ x 16′ Shop with a 66′ x 32′ x 12′ Office in Howard Lake, MN within the next few weeks. This building will quadruple the size of their current work space. With the expansion of the business the Cordes’ family is predicting an additional five full time employees and some part time employment opportunities as well. This fourteen year old company is currently in demand and the need for their motion controlled products is on the rise. This is an exciting venture for all!
From left to right are Elvis Voigt, county maintenance superintendent, Commissioner Ron Shimanski, County Highway Engineer John Brunkhorst, commissioners Kermit Terlinden, Paul Wright and Jon Christensen; Jerry Hagen of Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain, architects for the facility; and Jody Schultz, Project Manager, Rollie Radtke, CEO, Nate Miller, Site Superintendent, and Gregg Machemehl, CFO, all with RAM General Contracting, Inc.
By Ivan Raconteur
Herald Journal Editor
A ground breaking ceremony took place Wednesday for a new $1.2 million highway shop at the intersection of Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 15 (Falcon Avenue) east of Silver Lake. RAM General Contracting of Winsted was awarded the project, which includes a 12,000-square-foot pre-engineered metal building and a separate salt storage shed. The architect for the project is Jerry Hagen of Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain of Minneapolis. The new shop will replace the county’s existing facilities in Lester Prairie and Silver Lake. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November. McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright noted no county levy dollars were used for the purchase of the property, which the county acquired in 2007. The property was paid for with revenue from the county recycling program.
Pictured above from left to right: Brad Akre of RAM Buildings, Inc.; Matt Piper, Director of the Wadena County Ag Society (WCAS); Malinda Dexter, WCAS Secretary-Treasurer; Sheldon Monson, WCAS President and Don “Red Dog” Strayer, member of the WCAS. Photo by Caleb Monson.
On November 5, 2010 a ground breaking ceremony was held for the new Wadena County Ag Society Horse Barn located on the Wadena County, MN Fairgrounds. This 80′ x 200′ post frame building replaces the three horse barns that were destroyed beyond repair when the June 2010 tornado devastated much of the town of Wadena, MN. The structure is expected to be completed in late November, 2010 and will be used as a bus garage during the winter months.
Attending the M&N Structures groundbreaking ceremony at Winsted’s Industrial Park Tuesday were Rollie Radtke (RAM owner), Kevin Kaupa (M & N), Chuck Anders (M & N), Frank Bruneau (M & N), Kevin Niemeier (M & N owner), Steven Fichtel (Architect), Betsy Niemeier (M & N owner), Jonathan Henriksen (M & N), Jim Niemeier (M & N), Paul Johnson (Security Bank Waconia) City Administrator Brent Mareck, Council Member Bonnie Quast, Mayor Steve Stotko, Jody Schultz (RAM), Council members Dave Mochinski and Tom Wiemiller, Greg Machemehl (RAM owner), and Rich Streuffert (RAM).
Kevin and Betsy Niemeier, owners of M & N Structures, Inc., along with a few of their employees, several members of the Winsted City Council and representatives of the builder, RAM General Contracting, Inc. of Winsted, MN, broke ground for their new building on May 4, 2010. Located in the Winsted Industrial Park, the 28,000 sq. ft. facility is expected to be completed in late September. M & N Structures, Inc. is a structural and miscellaneous steel fabricator for commercial and industrial-type buildings such as hospitals and schools.
Pioneer Seed Company of Glencoe, MN Breaks Ground for New Facility. September 2008.
Gary Prehn, owner of the Pioneer Seed Dealership in Glencoe, MN, along with several members of the Glencoe Area Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the builder, RAM Buildings, Inc. of Winsted, MN, broke ground for his new building on September 11, 2008. Located at 2827 East 12th Street in the Glencoe Industrial Park, the 6,000 sq. ft. building is expected to be completed in November and will be used primarily for cold storage.
New Public Works Facility
Groundbreaking for the new public works facility built by RAM Buildings in Winsted Minnesota. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the new public works facility in Winsted. Several people were on hand including Aaron Fritzke, Ram Buildings Inc.; Rollie Radtke, Ram Buildings Inc.; Gregg Machemehl, Ram Buildings Inc.; Jody Bruckschen, Ram Buildings Inc.; Deb Boelter, city clerk/treasurer; Brent Mareck, city administrator; Pastor Gerald Boldt, council member; Mayor Don Guggemos, Dave Meyer, city maintenance; Tom Wiemiller, council member; Jamie Stotko, city maintenance; Bonnie Quast, council member; John Schlechter, public works; and Raquel Kirchoff, city administrative assistant.
DiMax Industrial Addition
DiMax breaks ground in Winsted Minnesota. Joe Urick, CEO Richard Hasselman, and Jim Hasselman of DiMax, Greg Machemehl and Rollie Radtke of Ram, and Winsted Mayor Don Guggemos attended a groundbreaking for DiMax in Winsted Thursday. The new plant in the Winsted Industrial Park will increase the company’s capacity by 50 percent, and will allow room for future expansion.
Retail Building Breaks Ground
Habisch breaks ground in Winsted Blake Habisch and Frank Habisch of Habisch Outdoors, and Dale Anderson, Greg Machemehl, and Rollie Radtke, all of Ram Buildings, attended a groundbreaking for Habisch Outdoors in Winsted Thursday. Habisch is expanding his home-based gunsmithing business to include retail items for outdoor enthusiasts.
“The construction process went very smooth. The building is great and I am pleased with it!”
“I want to congratulate RAM General Contracting for winning this prestigious award! Moonstone Farm won First Place in the nation for equine facility with the National Frame Builders Association!! Thank you TEAM RAM for all of your dedication, hard work, and a deep commitment to making Moonstone Farm a dream come true!! So many great folks at RAM were part of this project. You are like family and it’s been a blast to work with you all!! Rollie, John, April, Kris, Beau, just to name a few…they were the main team, love you guys!! Congratulations again, RAM GC!”
“The project was completed ahead of schedule!”
“We have enjoyed working with your representative, Jeff Dunn, and have already mentioned both your building and Jeff’s involvement to a couple of our friends, who may be interested in similar structures in the future.
We also appreciate your affiliation with “The Door Doctor” of Brainerd, Minnesota. Their work, and quality of materials used enhance the overall feel for a well-built structure.”
“RAM Buildings did a great job! Their workmanship is good. Our building went up so quickly. They had it up within a week!”
“I was very happy with the overall Job! The crew foreman was excellent! Sales was very helpful and knowledgeable.”
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