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Business Notebook: Governor honors Pepin Manufacturing

Pepin Manufacturing plant manager Dan Denn (left), Minnesota Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner-Solon, Pepin Manufacturing President Jeff Solberg and Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Zinn pose with their award last week. The company was a winner of the 2013 Governor’s International Trade Award.

Pepin Manufacturing of Lake City was honored last week at the Minnesota Capitol as a winner of the 2013 Governor’s International Trade Award.

The award highlights Minnesota companies that have shown progress and success in foreign markets. Nine businesses were recognized this year.

Pepin Manufacturing has expanded its presence in the global marketplace, the company said, including through business ventures in the Middle East, Europe and South America.

“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of these Minnesota exporters and the positive economic impact that exporting companies, both large and small, are making in communities throughout the state,” said Kathleen Motzenbecker, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. “We applaud them for their global vision, hard work and creativity in tackling new international markets.”

Pepin Manufacturing, which makes medical devices and provides custom converting and fabrication services, also was awarded an export achievement certificate from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Services in November for its accomplishments in the global marketplace, the company said.

•The College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was named a “Best for Vets: Business School” in the Military Times 2014 rankings, the college announced.

The rankings factor in academic quality, outcomes and policies, school culture, student support and cost.

The recent ranking follows a designation in November 2013 as a “Best for Vets” university.

“The Veterans’ Services Office encourages our students to plan for graduate degree education as their benefits allow,” said Sharon Seidl, veteran services coordinator at UW-River Falls “Our full-time MBA program can be completed in about two years with a portion possibly covered by a veteran’s remaining entitlements.”

The full “Best for Vets: Business Schools” 2014 rankings are available online at

•Forum Communications Co. announced that Roz Randorf has been promoted to vice president of advertising. She will be responsible for leading sales strategy and product positioning to help drive revenue programs throughout Forum Communications' three dozen media markets in the Upper Midwest, including Red Wing and the RiverTown Multimedia Group.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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