• 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. ​​


    Ariens Company Donates $10,000 to Equipment Dealers Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

    ​Ariens Company has donated $10,000 to the Equipment Dealers Association’s Disaster Relief Fund, administered through the organization’s foundation. Donations to the relief fund will go directly to equipment dealerships and their employees in Hurricane Harvey’s affected areas surrounding Houston, Texas. 

    In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the EDA’s foundation created a disaster relief fund and, since its inception, the foundation has provided $286,000 in grants to employees of equipment dealerships affected by natural disasters. Contributions will help hurricane victims find shelter, transportation, and money for food, clothing, school supplies, medicine and countless other daily needs.

    “Texas is home to many of our very strong dealers, and we have a long history of partnering with great businesses in this resilient state,” said Ariens Company Chairman/CEO Dan Ariens. “We know that our friends and their families will band together, with the help of the EDA and so many others donating both time and resources, to rebuild and create cities that were even stronger than before.”

    As a member of the Equipment Dealers Association, Ariens Company is encouraging other members of the green industry to support this cause. To donate, please call the EDA’s foundation office at 636-349-5000. Visit equipmentdealer.org for more information about the EDA. 



    Ariens Company Names Larry Weyers Group President of Equipment Business

    Ariens Company has named Larry Weyers Group President – Ariens Power Equipment, effective September 5, 2017. Weyers will lead all aspects of product development, manufacturing, supply chain, and sales and marketing for the business unit. Ariens Company equipment brands include Ariens Sno-Thro® and Sno-Tek® snow throwers; Ariens® lawn and garden equipment; Gravely® commercial equipment; and Countax® and Westwood® garden tractors.

    Weyers draws on more than 25 years of experience in the durable goods industry. He joins Ariens Company from an 18-year tenure at The Manitowoc Company where he most recently served as Executive Vice President – Tower Crane Division. Earlier in his career Weyers held engineering positions with Kubota Tractor Corporation and sales and marketing roles with Woods Equipment.

    “Larry’s extensive management background will allow him to draw on core skills in manufacturing, as well as experience in sales and marketing, and acquisitions, to meet our current level of demand for recent product launches while continuing to bring new products to market,” says Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO. “I’m confident Larry will support and promote our company Core Values as he works with the equipment management team to grow the business.”

    In addition to his professional experience, Weyers grew up working and re-building engines in his family’s equipment dealership, Weyers Equipment, located in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “With roots in the equipment industry Larry personally understands our customers and our sales channels.” 

    Weyers is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and also holds Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.


    Ariens Company Conservation Projects in Full Bloom

    ​Ariens Company has been working to establish conservation projects on its 250-acre campus for the last several years, and all of the projects are coming into full bloom this summer. The campus includes all of the land around and between the company's two manufacturing facilities in Brillion, Wis., demonstrating how conservation efforts can take place alongside manufacturing and business. 

    Over the course of the past several years, improvement efforts to the company's campus occurred in many stages, beginning with an extensive five-mile walking trail (which is open to the public), followed by the installment of bee colonies​, and ending with restoring much of the land back to its natural prairie state with the planting of hundreds of wildflowers. ​Throughout the process, more than 300 trees have also been planted on the property. 



    This year, Ariens Company took it one step further and planted a sprawling garden with an orchard of fruit trees on the property, with the goal of providing fresh produce to area restaurants and employees located at the company's corporate headquarters. While the garden is in its infancy, it has already produced a wide array of healthy food options for employees. 

    Employee volunteers this year are collecting their third harvest of honey from the nine bee hives located on the property. Ariens Company tends to more than 75,000 bees, which are expected to produce about 40 to 45 gallons of honey this season. The honey is then bottled and made available for sale to employees and through select local businesses.  As the company's bee colonies grew larger and stronger, the need for more wildflowers and prairie was needed for pollination. This inspired the company to plant more than 11 acres of Wisconsin prairie on its grounds, as previousl​​y mentioned. The prairie flowers are currently at their peak with a wide variety of species lining the walking paths.  


    The campus also is home to a small pond, and employees at Ariens Company have recently put effort into restoring the health of the body of water by installing aquatic plants. The plants work to help maintain clean water and oxygen levels in the ecosystem. 

    For Ariens Company, this is just the beginning of its plans for conserving its campus' land. All of these projects are a great example of how manufacturing and conservation can exist – literally – side by side.​ 




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