• 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.

    Ariens Company Summer Internship Program

    This summer, Ariens Company is excited to host 20 interns from 11 different universities around the country. They are an extremely diverse mix of students this year including both local and global participants. A student from China is working at our Brillion facility, while another intern represents his family's 4th generation as an Ariens Company employee.   

    Over 100 people applied for internship positions in Engineering, Industrial Design, Supply Chain Management, Value Stream Management, IT, and Human Resources.

    To participate in our internship program, a student typically needs to be enrolled as a Junior or Senior at a university and work in a department directly related to his/her area of study. We also employ a number of students for the summer that are in high school or early in their college career who in various departments to help jump start their experience.

    "Our internships exemplify our philosophy — 'Our Legacy, Your Future.' "It provides students a unique, hands-on experience to learn more about our company, reputation, and strong community ties. This allows them to build their resumes and prepare for future career success." states Alissa Beyer, HR Manager in Brillion.

    According to Breck Byington, Industrial Design intern from Arizona State University, "I was attracted to the company's new-found focus on industrial design function. It's a great opportunity for me to have a direct impact on the company and products. I was impressed with Henry Ariens – he was a good industrial designer even before that phrase was invented. He cared about customers and had technical aptitude, which is what industrial design is all about."

    The comprehensive internship program includes weekly one-on-one meetings with company leaders, mock interviews, kaizen experiences, performance evaluations, end-of-the-summer presentations to the Executive team, and extracurricular activities. Year after year, our internship program continues to provide top-notch learning opportunities for students that also benefit Ariens Company.

    Ariens Company Videos Chosen as Telly Award Winners

    Ariens Company is excited to announce two of our YouTube videos, Who We Are and Great Place to Live and Work, received Telly Awards during the 35th Annual Telly Awards competition.  Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions ranging from groundbreaking online video content to outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs. The videos were produced with CareerBuilder in an effort to promote Ariens Company as an employer of choice and reinforce our employment brand online.

    With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly (the highest honor), and approximately 25% of entries are chosen as winners of the Bronze Telly. 

    The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People's Telly Awards.  To learn more about the Telly Awards, visit their website at www.tellyawards.com.