News archive: 2006

Anco Products, Inc. is named Small Business of the Month!  Mike Lobeck of First State Bank and Chamber Recognition Council Stephanie Patka present the award to Anco president Ray Plagens.  Along with Ray (left to right-top row) are Anco's leaders Liz John

Anco named Elkhart Chamber 'Company of the Month'

December 17, 2006 - The Business Recognition Council has given the Business of the Month Award for December to Anco Products, Inc. Anco has been operating since 1972 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the APi Group, Inc. in Roseville, MN. In the past 10 years Anco has grown from 35 employees to over 80 while revenues have increased more than 467% in the same period. More importantly, profits have improved to as much as three times the amount that the company was losing in previous years representing a complete turn-around of the company.Anco has three manufacturing divisions operating from its 185,000 SF facility…

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BEPC Preferred Supplier Award

Industrial Contractors, Inc. won the Basin Electric Power Cooperative

December 14, 2006 - Industrial Contractors, Inc. won the Basic Electric Power Cooperative Preferred Supplier Award for their outstanding performance in 2005. The Preferred Supplier Award is great news for ICI as Basin Electric represents more than 50% of their annual business volume.Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Dakota Gasification Company completed an annual, year-end performance evaluation for 68 key suppliers as part of their Supplier Quality Assurance Process. The participating suppliers and evaluators for each specific supplier were determined based on the input of all Basin Electric Power Cooperative/Dakota Gasification Company facilities.The Supplier Quality Assurance Process classifies the evaluated suppliers as Preferred, Quality, or…

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United Tool Rental, Inc. Location in Bigfork, Montana

APi Supply, Inc. Acquired United Tool Rental, Inc. in Bigfork, Montana

November 17, 2006 - API Supply, Inc. acquired United Tool Rental, Inc. on October 20, 2006. Prior to the acquisition United Tool Rental, Inc. had offices in Bigfork, Kalispell and Polson Montana. United Tool Rental, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of API Supply, Inc. The name of the API Supply, Inc. Columbia Falls location will change to United Tool Rental, Inc.United Tool Rental, Inc. offers general rental equipment such as excavators, rollers, generators, skid-steer loaders, trailers, etc. The previous owners, Chuck and Becky Sneed, will remain with the company, to operate all four United Tool Rental, Inc. locations. Bigfork, Montana Kalispell, Montana Polson…

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Rendering of the New Alliance Life Office Building

Doody Mechanical completes work on Phase II expansion of Allianz Life Insurance Company project

November 07, 2006 - Doody Mechanical, Inc. completed work on the Allianz Life Insurance Company phase II project in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Due to an increase in business Allianz has tripled it's production and doubled it's employees in the last five years. Because of this rapid growth Allianz has decided to expand their campus in order to increase efficiency and support the company's growth. The project was completed in November 2006.Allianz offers annuities, universal life insurance, long-term care insurance, and other products that help individuals and employers meet their financial security requirements. Allianz's parent company, Allianz AG, was ranked as the 14th largest corporation…

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Vipond Fire Protection (Alberta) receives special dividend

October 30, 2006 - Vipond Fire Protection in Alberta received a $32,814.75 special dividend rebate from the Workers' Compensation Board - Alberta for their overall excellent health and safety performance for the calendar year 2005.The Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) - Alberta is a not-for-profit organization legislated to administer the workers' compensation system for the province. Through the payment of premiums, 117,000 employers fund this no-fault system to provide compensation for workplace injuries and occupational diseases to over 1.5 million workers.Vipond Alberta has performed accident, incident and claim-cost free for approximately 3.5 years now, which is exemplary! With the addition of the special dividend rebate…

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Westin Galleria Hotel and Residences, Edina, Minnesota

Doody Mechanical was awarded the contract for the Westin Galleria

October 16, 2006 - Doody Mechanical, Inc. was successful in the bid for the full mechanical scope of work for the upcoming 366,000 s.f. Westin Galleria Hotel and Residences project in Edina, Minnesota.This project consists of 225 hotel rooms on floors 1-7 for the Westin Hotel portion and will feature 83 condo units that range from upper $300,000 range to about $1,800,000 on floors 8-18. In addition to the hotel and condo space, there will be a 70,000 s.f. parking structure for tenet and guest vehicles.Work on this project is scheduled to start in the fall of 2006 to be completed by spring of…

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Grunau works on Medical College of Wisconsin

September 21, 2006 - Grunau is working on the Medical College of Wisconsin Children's Research Institute Biomedical Research Facility, located in Wauwatosa, WI. The sleek $94 million dollar building provides shared research space as well as two wings of laboratories, one for the health system's new Children's Research Institute and the other for the Medical College's Biomedical Research Building. The 310,000-square-foot facility includes wet bench space, office space and research support, a secure loading dock, conference rooms, cafeteria and telecommunications equipment space. Completion is scheduled for December 2006.Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes and Birth Defects Research Center…

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Western States Fire Protection Co. Installs fire sprinkler systems for Furniture Mart

September 12, 2006 - Western States Fire Protection Co. has just finished installing a wet pipe sprinkler system in Nebraska Furniture Mart™'s Kansas City, Kansas store. Joe DePriest and his crew of up to five people worked hard to get this project done in less than six months. The 357,505 square foot warehouse addition from 262,000 square feet to 622,000 square feet provides an additional 3 million cubic feet of storage capacity.Stretching 80 acres across the expansive crossroad of 1-70 and 1-435, Nebraska Furniture Mart™'s Kansas City addition is truly awesome in size, selection, innovation and convenience. Once final construction is complete the…

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APi Group, Inc. Welcomes Rock Marcone as Vice President of Operations

September 12, 2006 - Rock Marcone and his family recently arrived to APi from the Mohave Desert, CA where the Army's premier National Training Center is located. Rock served at the NTC as the Senior Brigade Trainer responsible for preparing senior level Colonels for command in combat. Rock will serve as APi Group's Vice President of Operations. His initial area of involvement and emphasis will include APi's National Procurement Programs, Low Voltage Electrical Businesses, and the Leadership Development Program.Rock has been decorated for gallantry in action several times. He is a recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart…

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Vipond Fire Protection is recognized for their hard work on the

September 07, 2006 - Vipond Fire Protection is pleased to have successfully completed the Yorkdale Mall Phase II renovation and three story addition on time and on budget and is the proud recipient of Toronto Construction Associations "Best of the Best Award".The success of any project includes a unique team: those on the front lines, the projects trade contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. TCA recognizes Vipond's significant contributions to making the Yorkdale Shopping Centre project a winner and are pleased to provide Vipond with the Certificate of Achievement.Previously the largest mall in Canada, Yorkdale remains the most profitable per square foot. The mall has recently…

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APi Group management visit ICI's current and retired employees

August 23, 2006 - On August 16, 2006, Mr. Lee R. Anderson, Russ Becker, Scott Hatfield, Rob Link, Greg Keup, and Rock Marcone traveled to Bismarck, ND to visit the Industrial Contractors, Inc. home office to meet and greet ICI personnel and share a barbecue luncheon.After a tour of the facilities and prior to lunch, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Becker passed on their congratulations and thanks to the ICI staff for their hard work and many successes. They also recognized the ICI retirees for setting the high standards and excellent work ethic for the company that continues to this day.

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Doody Mechanical was awarded the contract for Great River Energy's

August 18, 2006 - Doody Mechanical was recently awarded the contract for the 185,000 square foot Great River Energy Corporate Headquarters in Maple Grove, MN. Great River Energy's headquarters' will be constructed on a 12.5 acre parcel located near Maple Grove's new business/retail shopping district. This campus will include corporate and executive offices, open office spaces, conference centers, a cafeteria, fitness center, central dock, underground parking, and a high-tech operating center.Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electrical generation and transmission cooperative and is the second largest electric utility in the state of Minnesota based on generating capacity. The company provides wholesale…

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LeJeune Steel Teams up with Opus to work on Medtronic CRM South

August 14, 2006 - LeJeune's ability to commit to an aggressive 16-week schedule was key to securing the job. This office building stands 8 stories tall in the new, Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Management facility expansion in Mounds View, Minnesota. The Mounds View facility marks the second major expansion project in the past five years for Medtronic. The LeJeune fabricated and built 460,000 square foot Corporate World Headquarters opened in Fridley in 2001.Project TeamCM: OpusArchitect& Engineer: Opus GroupSteel Erector: Sowles Co.This new Opus, Design-Build campus consists of multiple phases. The total plan is for 1.5-million-square-feet of office and light manufacturing. Once completed in 2007, over…

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APi Construction: One Million Hours worked without a Lost Time Accident

August 10, 2006 - APi Construction Company has achieved the safety benchmark of performing one million hours of work without a lost time accident. There are several factors that contribute to attaining this goal. First, the management of APi Construction is committed to providing employees a safe place to work. The project managers of each job participate in a pre-job safety meeting to identify the hazards that will exist on the project and the tools, work processes, and programs needed to decrease and eliminate those hazards. Second, the employees actively participate in the safety program through training, hazard reporting, and various safety…

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APi Group, Inc Welcomes Garage Door Store

August 01, 2006 - Garage Door Store, the newest member of the APi family, offers fast, reliable service and top quality residential and commercial garage doors and openers to St. Cloud, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Located in Waite Park, a suburb of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Garage Door Store is dedicated to doing what it takes to satisfy their customers by doing it better than anybody else. The customer is the most important person in their business.Residential Garage Doors Doors by Midland: "Thermo-Steel," Raised Panel and Ribbed panel with many options in size, color, windows, insulation. Carriage doors by Equal and Ranchhouse: Any style, finish or…

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Industrial Fabricators sets the standard in Safety and Risk

July 31, 2006 - Industrial Fabricators is located in Thorp, Wisconsin and specializes in industrial silencers used for both safety and environmental reasons. These silencers, or large mufflers, can range in size from 8" to 144" in diameter, weigh up to 42,000 pounds, and are used primarily in industrial and heavy equipment applications.Industrial Fabricators ships its silencers to plant locations and equipment sites worldwide, including engine exhaust mufflers for a nuclear power plant in Pussan, Korea, and a steam blowdown silencer for a nuclear power plant in Dublin, Ireland.Not only is Industrial Fabricators a unique APi Company, but they are unique when it…

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The Smallest of Five Custom Air Handling Units Installed by Jamar

APi Group's "Green Project" work on St. Mary's Duluth Clinic

July 24, 2006 - APi Group Companies; Jamar, APi Electric, Viking Sprinkler, APi Supply and Lejeune Steel; worked on St. Mary's Duluth Clinic new 250,000 square foot cancer center. This expansion project is a registered LEED project and is in pursuit of SILVER or GOLD certification, making this the first LEED certified health care facility in Minnesota.LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created to define "green building" by establishing a common standard of measurement; promoting integrated, whole-building design practices; recognizing environmental leadership in the building industry and raising consumer awareness of green building benefits. LEED Certification examines a facility's sustainable site…

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The Smallest of Five Custom Air Handling Units Installed by Jamar

2006 Monstrous Garage Competition won by Twin City Garage Door

June 21, 2006 - Twin City Garage Door Company recently won the Monstrous Garage Door Contest competition at the 2006 International Door Association convention in Las Vegas for their work on the Champion Air hanger at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.Lisa Donabauer accepted one of five awards given out for "monstrous jobs" from a pool of hundreds of contestants.The International Door Association (IDA) provides programs and services to door and access systems dealers, for the express purpose of enhancing their value and professionalism. Q - Why is the need for a door so far off the ground?A - The purpose of this door is…

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The Smallest of Five Custom Air Handling Units Installed by Jamar

APi Construction to Insulate Monroe Unit No. 3 Cold-side

May 01, 2006 - APi Construction Company entered into a contract with Moran Iron Works to shop insulate the Monroe Unit No. 3 Cold-side ductwork at Moran's home office/shop in Onaway, MI.This shop insulated ductwork is to be shipped via barge from the O-N Minerals Mine in Rogers City, MI and off loaded by Washington Midwest, LLC (WGI), at the Monroe Power Plant in Monroe, MI. APi Construction Company's Mr. Ron Simpson started this shop insulation project in January of 2006 and is currently 65% complete. All insulation work associated with this 90,000 square foot project is to be completed by June of 2006The…

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APi Supply and Twin City Garage Door earn Governor's Safety Award

April 20, 2006 - The Minnesota Safety Council has awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award to API Supply, Inc. and Twin City Garage Door Company for excellence in workplace safety and health.API Supply, Inc. and Twin City Garage Door Company are two of 87 employers (out of 447 entrants) who will receive the Meritorious Achievement award at the Governor's Safety Awards luncheon at the Minneapolis Convention Center on May 12, 2006. This award is given to companies with better than average performance in incident rates dependent on type of industry."On average, nearly 300 Minnesota workers are injured or become ill from job-related causes each day,"…

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APi Group, Inc. Welcomes Grunau Company

April 05, 2006 - Grunau Company, Inc., the newest member of the APi family, has been dedicated to building long-term customer relationships for nearly 90 years. Headquartered in Oak Creek, Wisconsin Grunau employs 500 people and has additional locations in Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.Grunau Company's team of skilled professionals services, installs and designs mechanical systems, including HVAC, plumbing, temperature controls, process piping, fire protection and specialized electrical systems. Grunau Metals, a division of the company, offers specialty metal design, fabrication, installation and service. Grunau's fabrication shop is equipped to custom fabricate anything from decorative to industrial applications, using materials from carbon steel…

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LeJeune Steel is successful in bid on UIC South campus

March 06, 2006 - LeJeune Steel Company was successful in its bid for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) South Campus Development project. The project consists of two distinct components.The Residence Halls are a 4 building assembly of residential towers on the southern half of the site.The buildings parallel assemblies of a 3,000 seat Convention Center, 150 seat Event Center, and academic building on the northern half of the site.The 750-room towers will primarily be a concrete structure. LeJeune will have approximately 1,300 tons of steel to fabricate for these five buildings.General Contractor: Power ConstructionArchitect: HOKStructural Engineer: Thornton TomasettiOwner: University of Illinois at…

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LeJeune Steel was selected as the Structural Steel manufacturer and

February 13, 2006 - LeJeune Steel Company was selected as the structural steel fabricator and steel erector for the new Sears Centre arena, an 11,000-seat multi-purpose family entertainment, cultural and sports center.The general contractor, Ryan Companies US, Inc. is responsible for the design and construction management of the new 62 million dollar arena which broke ground in late June 2005 and is scheduled to open October 2006.Located in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago, IL., the Sears Centre will host more than 135 events each year and attract more than 750,000 visitors annually. It will be a significant boom to the area.The Sears Centre…

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Copper Garage Doors

New copper garage doors installed by Twin City Garage Door

February 01, 2006 - Twin City Garage Door Company recently installed copper garage doors on a house in Golden Valley, MN.Q - Why would anyone want a copper garage door?A - Copper garage doors look good on log and other rustic homes. They also look good on homes with a copper roof.Copper is resistant to corrosion and will last for centuries. Copper garage doors are purchased for the antique green or gray green patina that transforms the metal as it is exposed to temperature, humidity and wind over time. Copper Garage Door InstallationInstaller, Josh Reynolds, wears special gloves.The copper garage doors arrived in special…

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