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St. Croix EDC honors bests businesses

Dave Feyereisen, left, and Chad Clay, right, of Aladtec accept the Business of the Year award from St. Croix EDC President Rob O’Keefe. The business of the year award honors a St. Croix County company with 30 employees or more. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Patrick Traynor of Skycoat speaks after being recognized as Small Business of the Year. Skycoat is a coating company in the village of Baldwin. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Aero Rudd, founder of Ciro of Hudson, accepts the award for emerging business of the year at the St. Croix Economic Development Center 2017 business awards on Thursday, Feb. 22 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Ciro was one of three businesses honored in addition to the Director’s Award. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

Leaders and members of the St. Croix Economic Development Center came together on Thursday, Feb. 22 to recognize the 2017 winners for business of the year.

Ciro, LLC of Hudson was honored as the 2017 Emerging Business of the Year. The award is presented to companies based in St. Croix County that have been in business for five years or fewer.

Ciro designs products for power sports enthusiasts, including accessories for motorcycles such as LED lighting, holders and more. Founder Aero Rudd accepted the award.

The Small Business of the Year award, with 29 or fewer employees, went to Skycoat LLC of the village of Baldwin. Skycoat is an industrial coating and finishing service company founded by Patrick Traynor.

Aladtec, Inc. was named the Business of the Year with 30 or more employees. Aladtec is a software company that provides online scheduling and management to public safety services. Aladtec was set up by Dave Feyereisen, Leo Langlois and Chad Clay.

The EDC Directors Award was awarded to Denny Darnold, the retired Hudson Community Development Director.

In addition to plaques from the EDC, each winner was also given a legislative citation from the Wisconsin congress and letters from government representatives including Gov. Scott Walker.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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