• Dan Ariens Receives NEW Manufacturing Alliance Visionary Award for Leadership in STEM Education

    ​Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Company, recently received the Visionary Award for leadership in the area of STEM education from the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. Every year, the organization honors individuals, businesses and schools in Northeast Wisconsin that perform best practices in manufacturing and education collaborations throughout northeast Wisconsin.

    “Dan’s partne​rship with the Brillion School District has resulted in a nationally-recognized model of STEM education focused on project-based learning,” according to the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. “Students learn to think, solve problems, work in team and develop their intellectual curiosity. Dan thinks ‘big picture’ and has promoted a culture of corporate responsibility focused on steering students toward careers that will help them pursue viable careers.”

    Ariens has partnered with local educators, administrators and school board members since 2007 to realize a STEM education program that was initiated at the high school level and has now migrated down to the elementary level. With the recent addition of a STEM learning center – the Exploration Station – at the Brillion elementary school, children as young as 5-years-old attend STEM classes.

    “These students bring unencumbered creativity to problem-solving. Brillion teachers have found that elementary students are the perfect age to begin teaching STEM principles,” says Ariens. “When these students reach graduation and enter the workforce, they will literally revolutionize manufacturing with the skills they will bring to the industry.”

    The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is a collaboration between business, education, government and non-profit organizations that work collectively to attract, develop and retain the highly-skilled workforce critical to the manufacturing sector in Northeast Wisconsin. It is a collaboration between business, education, government and non-profit agencies with more than 220 participating organizations.​

    Ariens Company, City of Brillion Work Together to Purchase former Brillion Iron Works Property

    ​Ariens Company plans to work with the Brillion Redevelopment Authority Commission (RDA) to acquire the former Brillion Iron Works (BIW) property located at 200 Park Avenue in the city of Brillion. The company and the city signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work collectively to determine the feasibility of acquiring the property, explore financial grants and assistance, and outline a long-term development plan for the property. The BIW facility was shut down in September of 2016.

    “Ariens and the City of Brillion have a common interest in preserving and growing our community and together we hope to accomplish that goal which includes, in part, the future of the shuttered Brillion Iron Works,” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO of Ariens Company “We are encouraged by the City’s willingness to partner with us as we collectively work toward building upon an already great community to live, work and raise a family.” 

    The sudden closure of the facility was a blow to the area and has far-reaching implications, according to Ariens. “Since that time we have been in discussions with community leaders regarding the impact not only on the employees and residents of the area, but also the impact on local businesses and their ability to attract and retain talent, and even to draw other supporting business into the area.”

    Ariens Company employs about 1,100 people in Brillion at two manufacturing plants and its corporate headquarters. In 2016 the company purchased an empty restaurant property across the street from the company headquarters and refurbished the building into an outdoor power equipment dealership (Brillion Power) in partnership with a local business owner.

    As of now, no definitive details are in place for the property, according to Ariens. “The immediate issue is to ensure the property doesn’t fall into disrepair and become a blight on the community.”​

    Ariens Company Awarded National Joint Powers Alliance Contract

    Ariens Company was awarded a national cooperative contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in October, 2017. The contract was awarded for landscape and grounds maintenance equipment, and is significant because it marks the first time the Ariens and Gravely brands have been awarded a contract by the NJPA. The contract runs through 2021.

    Buyers in both the United States and Canada can purchase equipment through the contract, and is valid in all areas where cooperative purchasing is allowed.

    The NJPA cooperative purchasing program leverages the national purchasing power of more than 50,000 member agencies while also streamlining the required purchasing process. As a government agency, NJPA establishes and provides nationally leveraged and competitively solicited purchasing contracts under the guidance of the Uniform Municipal Contracting Law. This allows NJPA members to save time and money, while also avoiding low bid and low quality responses.

     

    "This new partnership with NJPA will allow us to expand our reach and deliver top-notch Gravely and Ariens equipment to hardworking professionals in the non-profit and governmental industries," said Ariens Company Manager of National Business Development Dave Ramirez. "We're very excited that NJPA's more than 40,000 members will now have easier access to Ariens and Gravely equipment."

    NJPA membership is available to government, education and non-profit agencies located in all 50 states.

    "NJPA is pleased with the depth and breadth of equipment and supplies that have been awarded for 'Grounds Maintenance Equipment, Attachments, Accessories, and Related Services' through Ariens Company's new contract," said NJPA Contract Administrator Mike Domin. "We are excited for Ariens Company to be a NJPA Awarded Vendor. Our NJPA members can now seek the solutions they need through the new contract."

    The Ariens and Gravely award is classified under contract #062117-ACO.

     For more information about Ariens Company and its brands, please visit www.ariensco.com. ​

    Ariens Company Recognized as 2017 Wisconsin 75 Company

    ​​Ariens Company has again in 2017 been recognized by Deloitte​ as a Wisconsin 75 Company. ​​The annual Wisconsin 75 Awards celebrate the contributions made by the state's largest privately and closely held companies. Deloitte, an industry-leading audit, consulting, tax​ and advisory services pro​​vider, compiles the list each year.  ​

    Throughout the years, Ariens Company has been listed as a Wisconsin 75 company six times, most recently in 2016. This year marks the 15th year that Deloitte has been recognizing privately held companies in Wisconsin. ​

    Deloitte also recognizes six companies from the Wisconsin 75 list with a distinguished performer award in categories including: community, diversity, innovation, succession, sustainability and talent. Awards will be handed out at a breakfast banquet on October 11, 2017, and the full list of winners will be published in the Milwaukee Journal S​​entinel following the ceremony. 

    For more information about the Wisconsin 75 Awards, click here.​ To learn more about Ariens Company, visit www.arie​nsco.com. 

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    Ariens Company Unveils In-House Kitchen, Mowtown Cafe, at Corporate Headquarters

    ​Ariens Company recently unveiled the latest addition to its employee benefit program, an in-house kitche​​​​n and cafe, dubbed Mowtown Cafe, which offers employees a retreat and place to purchase a variety of lunch options -- all wit​hout having to leave the building. ​

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    The cafe is located in Ariens Company's corporate headquarters in Brillion, Wisconsin, and is open to any employee of the company. Konop Companies, Inc., stocks and maintains the cafe, bringing in fresh fruit and meal options weekly.  Also included in the cafe is a gourmet coffee machine, kitchen with microwave and plenty of seating. 

    "We built Mowtown Cafe as a way to say thanks to our employees who work hard every day. Whether they're working in our offices or manufacturing facilities, we have some of the most passionate employees here at Ariens Company," said Ariens Company Chairman & CEO Dan Ariens. "The cafe will allow employees to grab a great lunch or relax in a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere so they can go back to work feeling refreshed." 

    Plans are already in the works to build similar facilities at other Ariens Company manufacturing facilities. Interested in working at Ariens Company? The company is currently hiring. Please visit careers.ariens.com ​for a list of job openings and information about other employee benefits. ​​


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