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Hudson Brewing Company LLC of Hudson was honored as the 2012 Emerging Business of the Year by the EDC. Also recognizing the winners were area politicians. The group includes, from left, State Rep. Dean Knudson (30th Assembly District), Greg and Molly Harris of Hudson Brewing, State Rep. John Murtha (29th Assembly District) and State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (10th Senate District).

St. Croix County businesses honored at EDC banquet

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The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation staged its annual Business of the Year Awards Banquet Thursday, Feb. 21, at R&D Banquet Hall in New Richmond. The keynote speaker was John Kriesel (see related story on page 3A of the print edition).

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Four awards were presented:

  • Emerging Business of the Year: Hudson Brewing Company LLC of Hudson.
  • Small Business of the Year: NDT Solutions, Inc. of New Richmond.
  • Business of the Year: Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc. of New Richmond.
  • EDC Directors Award: Larry Knegendorf of Woodville.

    Hudson Brewing

    Hudson Brewing Company (www.americanskybeer.com) was launched in mid-2012 by the husband and wife team of Greg and Molly Harris. The micro-brewery operates in 6,000 square feet of leased space at 1510 Swasey St. in Hudson.

    Products are brewed under the name American Sky Beer, proclaimed as "The Next Great American Beer." Flagship beers include Amber Salute, Tailgunner Golden, and USA IPA. The beers have an aviation theme which is inspired by American heroism and U.S. aviators of World War II.

    Hudson Brewing's facility features a taproom called The Hangar that is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The three flagship beers and limited-run specialty beers are available at The Hangar. A distribution network for kegs and six-packs is being established in the St. Croix Valley and across Wisconsin, making American Sky Beers available at liquor stores, restaurants and bars.

    NDT Solutions

    NDT Solutions (www.ndts.com) was founded in 1999 by its owner/president Jesse Skramstad. The company lists the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Boeing, Northrop Grumman Corp., Honda Aircraft, Cirrus Design, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as past and current clients.

    NDT Solutions specializes in ultrasonic, eddy current, and thermographic inspection technologies for these aviation-related companies. In 2012, the company outgrew its leased space near downtown New Richmond and acquired a hangar at the New Richmond Airport and converted it into office and laboratory space to meet the growing demands for its products and services.

    Bosch

    Bosch Packaging Technology (www.boschpackaging.com) is a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing packaging machinery. From the New Richmond facility, Bosch supplies packaging machines to companies in North and Central America involved in the packaging of food, confectionery, pharmacy/medical, and other products.

    Just over 200 associates are employed in New Richmond plus another 35-40 at a Shell Lake facility. The Bosch division of Packaging Technology is based in Waiblingen, Germany. Last year, Bosch achieved the Green Tier status from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for its commitment to maintain and improve environmentally proactive practices. Pres Lawhon is the president of Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc.

    Director's Award

    Larry Knegendorf received the EDC Directors Award, an occasional award created by the board of directors to recognize the economic development contributions of an individual or organization in making St. Croix a better place to reside and conduct business. Knegendorf led Baldwin Telecom for several decades.

    Under Knegendorf's direction, high speed internet and cable television extended Baldwin Telecom's services to Hammond, Knapp, Roberts and the town of Hudson. In 2002, Baldwin Telecom was recognized as the first independent telco in Wisconsin to deploy fiber-to-the-home technology in all new subdivisions. A major deployment of fiber-to-the-home was completed throughout the town of Troy in 2011.

    EDC president Roger Humphrey served as the evening's emcee. Each of the winners received a plaque from the EDC as well as a legislative citation from Madison and congratulatory letters from U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin, and County Board Chair Daryl Standafer.

    Past honorees from 1994-2011 were introduced during the program and certificates were presented to EDC members in appreciation of their financial support over the last 10 consecutive years.

    The 19th annual awards banquet was sponsored by Bremer Bank, Eckberg Lammers Law Firm, First Bank of Baldwin, First National Community Bank, Westconsin Credit Union, Wipfli CPAs and Consultants, Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation, and Xcel Energy. An estimated 215 guests attended the banquet.

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