Wings Financial Credit Union held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for its new location in Baxter.
The credit union is being built on 1.75 acres north of Forthun Road, on land between Costco and Highway 371, just north of the CentraCare-Baxter Specialty Clinic.
The project is with Nor-Son Construction.
Baxter’s pre-town plans called for building land for a new 3,271-square-foot credit union building with its main entrance and parking lot to the south. Access will be from the east using the shared driveway on the Costco property. The site is right next to Costco across the service aisle. The credit union‘s plans called for an isolated drive-in service station on the east side of the development.
Loidé Oils and Vinegars adds shopping opportunities to downtown Brainerd
Extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, gifts and high-end appliances are all part of this 2019 Destination Downtown Business Challenge finalist with its new Brainerd store on Laurel Street.
Initial work on the project began with the promise of favorable weather conditions in the current extended forecast.
Wings Financial acquired Brainerd Savings & Loan, with its branch in Brainerd, making the announcement in January with closing expected in May. Wings is also known for its partnership with Carvana when the auto retailer moved to Minnesota. Carvana works with customers to shop online with virtual car tours and a seven-day return policy to replace the test drive. Customers can also sell and trade their vehicles through Carvana.
Biz Buzz: Credit Union Seeks to Build Branch by Costco Just Off Highway 371
Wings Financial is planning a new credit union branch in Baxter, Downtown Brainerd adds food and artisan vendors every Tuesday, and ordering from Best Buy now means there are multiple places orders can be picked up, including two in Brainerd .
Look for more information on the project in next week’s trade section.
Grand View Lodge in Niswa appointed William Coyle as executive chef, making the announcement as summer moved into the fall season. The resort said Coyle will lead culinary operations with all seven restaurants and banquet operations.
At Grand View Lodge, Coyle will be responsible for overseeing CHAR Craft Steaks, Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar, Northwoods Pub, On the Rocks, Freddy’s Sports Grill, Preserve Pub, Tanque Verde Cantina, Grand Breakfast and all banquet services.
“We are delighted to appoint Chef Coyle as our Executive Chef,” said Donald Lenahan, General Manager of Grand View Lodge, in a press release. “With over 20 years of experience in hotels, resorts, casinos and independent restaurants, Chef Coyle’s comprehensive resume makes him the ideal candidate to lead our team and transition our culinary operations to new levels. new levels for all of our resort guests and the local community.”
The Resort reported that Coyle most recently served as executive chef at Mancy’s Steakhouse in Toledo, Ohio, after working at the Hollywood Casino in several roles, including assistant executive chef where he oversaw operations. from several outlets, including the Forbes Four Star rated steakhouse, Final Cut. Coyle also reportedly held chef positions at Ameristar Casino in Missouri, Francisco Grande Golf Resort and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa in Arizona, among others.
“I look forward to sharing new seasonal flavors, presentations and culinary specialties with the people of Grand View, but making sure to work with as much farm/land-to-table as possible,” Coyle said in the release. hurry.
Coyle said he moved to the Midwest nearly a decade ago. He is married and the father of four children.
Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed all of October Manufacturing Month recognizing the critical importance of manufacturing to Minnesota’s economy and highlighting the many career opportunities.
Manufacturing provided 14% of the state’s gross domestic product and accounted for 11.4% of statewide employment in 2020.
More than 309,000 people work in Minnesota’s manufacturing sector, and in terms of direct and indirect employment, the manufacturing sector supports nearly 900,000 jobs, or about 33% of all jobs in the state.
The average annual salary for manufacturing workers is $70,860, 10% higher than all industries in Minnesota.
Biz Buzz: Labor shortage remains the hot topic
This is not a new discussion as the shortage of workers in the region, state and nation has been a challenge for years with flexible work hours and automation should help, but there is no doubt that ‘It’s currently an employee market with many options for those looking to return to work or make a change.
“Manufacturing jobs pay well and many offer opportunities for advancement on a promising career path,” Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Steve Grove said in a press release. . “Minnesota added 2,300 new manufacturing jobs in August. Minnesota manufacturers could likely continue to create new jobs for some time, if there are enough workers to fill them. At DEED, we are focused on highlighting manufacturing job opportunities throughout the state. »
“Many manufacturing jobs can start with a high school diploma and the employer provides on-the-job training. Several of the current Top 30
in Minnesota are in manufacturing – including production workers and front-line supervisors of production and operations workers,” the state reported in a news release.
Other points of note by the state include:
The next generation of workers will be a much more racially and ethnically diverse workforce than previous generations, and DEED is working with manufacturers in Minnesota to improve outreach to young people, especially youth from Black, Indigenous communities and color. The number of Minnesotans in BIPOC communities is expected to increase by 61.4% between 2018 and 2038, while the number of white residents will decrease by 1.6% over the same period.
Minnesota has over 8,000 manufacturers making a wide range of products. Most manufacturing jobs in the state are concentrated in these areas: food manufacturing, computer and electronic products, fabricated metal products, machinery, medical devices and miscellaneous products, printing, plastic and rubber products, and chemicals.
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