• Ariens Company Plant in Auburn, Nebraska is Making Great Strides

    Ariens Company makes the news as their manufacturing plant in Auburn gives back to the community and provides employment for approximately 200 people from the area.  Employees at the Auburn plant have found many ways to personally get involved with the community.


    Cliff Barley, Director of Operations for Ariens' Auburn facility, has worked with local groups to provide education and resources for Auburn and the surrounding areas.  Ariens Company-Brillion has set the precedence for community involvement by providing similar opportunities for the local community in Brillion, Wisconsin.

    View the Omaha World Herald article to get the full story.

    Ariens Donates $25,000 to Complete Outdoor Classroom

    Ariens Company announced a $25,000 donation to complete the development of a Nature Explore Classroom in Auburn Neb. This project is a joint effort between community, schools, and businesses. The 7,000-sq.ft. interactive learning garden will be divided into designated learning centers that include a rain garden, nature art area, building area, and climbing & crawling area. The garden, which will be named the Ariens Company Nature Explore Classroom, will be open to the public and is expected to be completed by the end of September.

    “This project has grown from a true grassroots effort of a few dedicated residents to a true community-wide effort.” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO. “Our donation recognizes the individuals, organizations, and companies that have put effort into this project over the years.”

    Auburn Public Schools is one of the lead partners on the project and the garden is located near Calvert Elementary School for teachers to easily incorporate related curriculum. Auburn employees will also assist with on-going projects and activities related to the garden. The company employs 230 people at a plant located in Auburn.

    “The mission of the outdoor classroom fits with one of our company Core Values which is to ‘Encourage Intellectual Curiosity,’ says Ariens. “We are a company built around a number of outdoor brands making this green space a perfect fit for partnership.”

    Ariens Summer Interactive Internship Program

    As part of Ariens' interactive internship program, 18 Brillion summer interns had the exclusive opportunity to present to the Executive Team regarding their summer projects on Monday, August 11.  This event gave the interns experience with project planning and public speaking, which ties to the intern program's goal of giving participants "real world" skills.  Additionally, it gave the interns the chance to show how they were empowered to impact the company and how this summer helped them develop professionally, which demonstrates Ariens' philosophy of "Our Legacy, Your Future."   

    Stephen Greutman, an Engineering Intern from Michigan Tech, commented, "The presentations were a great way to hear what the other interns worked on this summer, and stand testament to the rapid growth and bright young minds of this company."

    The interns presented similar material to the rest of the Brillion employees at the Intern Expo on Thursday, August 14.

    Ariens Company wants to thank the interns for their hard work over the summer and wish them well in their future endeavors.

    Two Ariens Managers Receive DOD Patriot Award

    Two Ariens Company employees were recognized today with the Patriot Award from the Department of Defense operational committee, Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Dan Barker, Value Stream Manager, and Dave Lutterman, Manufacturing Leader, received the award which honors individual supervisors for their support of Guard and Reserve employees. Nominations must be made by service members or their spouses.


    Ariens employee and Guard member, Cody Krepline, nominated the two for the award. Krepline is a Team Leader at Ariens and a Sergeant First Class in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    In his nomination, Krepline wrote, "My supervisors at Ariens develop exceptional people and build teams, while recognizing and honoring my military service requirement and supporting my family while I am away serving on active duty."

    The three-time combat veteran has earned a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendations medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Reserve Component Achievement medals, and a combat action badge among other recognitions.

    "Dan, David and Cody have made this a very proud day for all Ariens Company employees. All three exemplify the company Core Values," says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO. "We also take the opportunity to publicly acknowledge our commitment to all employees who are active Guards and Reservists."

    Dan Ariens signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve on behalf of Ariens Company as part of the event. Employers who sign the document agree to recognize and support Service members and their families and to provide company managers and supervisors with the tools they need to manage those employees who serve.

    Brigadier General Mark Anderson, Assistant Adjutant General for Army participated in the award ceremony and addressed the crowd of Ariens Company employees.

    Gravely Sponsors the Planet Event at Arlington National Cemetery

    This year marks the 18th anniversary of the Renewal & Remembrance event on July 28th with more than $2 million contributed to the care of Arlington National Cemetery to date. Gravely will continue to be part of this annual event where approximately 400 volunteers from over 100 companies participated in 2013. 

    Volunteer landscape and lawn care professionals from across the country will spend the day mulching, cabling, and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting and liming and aerating more than 200 acres.  This is the largest green industry day of service in the country valued at more than $250,000.

    Gravely is proud to honor America's veterans and leaders during this day of service by sponsoring safety vests for the event along with the welcome reception.  For additional information, visit the Planet website.

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