Companies in the News: AriensCo gears up for redevelopment project; LaurelRock Co. receives top workplace honor; Echo shows support for Kentucky Humane Society during GIE+EXPO

October 17, 2018 -  By

Echo is bringing professional chain saw artist Jason Emmons, of Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, to GIE+EXPO to support animal rehabilitation, rescue and adoption.

Emmons will be carving in Echo’s outdoor Performance Circuit (booth #7451D) on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. His sculptures will be auctioned at the Kentucky Humane Society’s (KHS) 2019 annual August fundraiser, Tux and Tales Gala.

The GIE+EXPO also is supporting the KHS with a pet adoption drive during the show. In partnership with the KHS, Mutt Madness will take place Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) along with its environmental education and stewardship program TurfMutt (Backyard Superhero) will donate $10,000 to KHS.

For a second time, The LaurelRock Co., a residential landscape design/build and maintenance firm based in Wilton, Conn., has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by Hearst Connecticut Media Group. The LaurelRock Co. received its first Top Workplaces accolade in 2015.

The Top Workplaces list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection, just to name a few.

“Being recognized as a top workplace is a true testament to the dedication and integrity of our team,” said LaurelRock President Burt DeMarche. “Making LaurelRock a great place to work is embedded in our culture and the mindset of our people. We believe that our ‘Making a Positive Difference’ mission truly inspires our team’s performance and enables our success. The LaurelRock Co. continually strives for our employees to embrace teamwork, share their time and talents within their communities and always aims to improve and have fun along the way.”

AriensCo has completed the purchase of the former Brillion Iron Works (BIW) property through the formation of a new company, Brillion Works, focused on the redevelopment of the 140-acre property and located in Brillion, Wis.

The company will take the lead on redevelopment of the property over the next several years. Initial plans call for development zones that will include light manufacturing, commercial and residential areas. AriensCo is currently renovating one of the buildings on the site, establishing a third facility located in the city that is dedicated to manufacturing and order fulfillment.

“This project involved a combined effort between Ariens Co. and the city of Brillion, supported by the Brillion Redevelopment Authority, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the economic development community,” said Dan Ariens, chairman and CEO of AriensCo. “We are ready to write the next chapter for Brillion, and there are many exciting possibilities due to the size, location and nature of the property.”

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