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Huebsch Services Breaks Ground on Expansion of Eau Claire Production Facility
Eau Claire, Wisconsin (September 3, 2021) – Huebsch Services broke ground yesterday on an expansion of their 55,000 sq. ft. production facility. Huebsch is partnering with Hoeft Builders on the project, and the expansion will add approximately 15,000 sq. ft. to the current production facility. Once expansion is completed, Huebsch will be making further investments in new equipment and innovative technology. The building expansion and equipment investment will accommodate the growth Huebsch is experiencing regionally. Huebsch is also redesigning the production plant to improve working conditions for its employees with the goal of making jobs less physically demanding and providing a more comfortable working climate along with improving quality and customer service.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Eau Claire City Council President Terry Weld along with other city and county representatives spoke to attendees about the historical role Huebsch plays in the city of Eau Claire, the Vaudreuil family’s dedication to community service, and the commitments Huebsch has made to sustainable business practices.
“130 years ago, my great grandfather established a small commercial laundry business in downtown Eau Claire. Today, I’m very proud to be leading the company into its next 130 years,” said Jim Vaudreuil, Fourth Generation Owner and CEO. “The two additions that are part of this expansion project will have a huge impact on our operations.”
About Huebsch Services
Huebsch Services serves over 6,000 customers in the West Central Wisconsin and the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN with offices in Eau Claire, WI and Eagan, MN. Huebsch is dedicated to helping others be successful. The company specializes in the sales and service of work uniforms, floor matting, and facility supplies.
Royal Credit Union Names New Young Professional Credit Union Activist
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Kaitlin Lutsey as the new Royal Credit Union Young Professional Credit Union Activist (YP CU Activist.) Royal launched the YP CU Activist program in 2019 as a way to strengthen the credit union movement and amplify the voice of young professionals.
Lutsey, a Member Account Representative II, will serve as Royal's YP CU Activist from August 2021 through July 2022 and will work to share the credit union difference with policymakers at key advocacy events. Lutsey will be attending the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s (WCUL) Annual Convention next week and was selected to be a part of the conference’s Helping Young Professionals Engage (HYPE) program. She will participate in the WCUL’s Hike the Hill event in late September and Government Affairs Conference in January 2022. She will also attend the Credit Union National Association's Governmental Affairs Conference in February 2022.
“As a Member Account Representative, I am able to have meaningful, memorable interactions and make a difference in the lives of our Members every day. Ultimately, I want to share these experiences with lawmakers and help educate them about the credit union difference," Lutsey shared. "It's important to have thoughtful discussions about how public policy can affect our Members and their ability to accomplish their financial goals. I'm also looking forward to sharing what I learn with my fellow YPs and mobilizing them to take an active role in the credit union movement."
Senator Tammy Baldwin Speaks on Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG) and National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)
Local arts organizations & businesses thank Senator Baldwin for helping advocate for survival of arts and cultural industry in the Chippewa Valley.
(EAU CLAIRE, WIS - September 3, 2021) U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visits Pablo Center at the Confluence on Friday, September 3, 2021 to meet local recipients of the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG). Local festivals, venues, and arts & cultural organizations joined in a “thank you” to Senator Baldwin for her help in advocating for the survival Chippewa Valley music promoters, independent venues, museums, theatres, and arts/cultural organizations.
Senator Baldwin’s support was crucial in securing SVOG funding for local venues and arts organizations significantly impacted by the pandemic. The Senator and her office served as key representative for the passing of the legislation and helped to mitigate challenges with navigating the application process at the launch of the program.
“Independent venues were some of the first establishments to shut down last year—and as we’ve already seen—they’ve been some of the last to reopen,” said Senator Baldwin. “The Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program provided a lifeline to many of our arts and culture venues in Wisconsin and I was glad to tour the Pablo Center today to see how they put their funds to work.”
Jason Jon Anderson, Executive Director of Pablo Center at the Confluence says, “The Senator and her team have been staunch advocates for our creative economy, its impact on Wisconsin’s Tourism Industry and the industry saving Save Our Stages legislation. Through my role as the Wisconsin Precinct Captain on the advocacy committee for NIVA, the Senator deeply understands the impact of the $7.00 spent in the surrounding communities for every $1.00 spent in our venues/festivals. These initial awards ensure that our fastest economic catalysts have some relief for their ongoing operating expenses for the past 16 months of this pandemic.”
Just Announced: New Performers Added To Pablo Lineup
OPENING FOR O.A.R.
Sep. 12 at 7:30 p.m. | RCU Theatre
Performing under the new moniker of Lanue, Sarah Krueger continues to amplify her knack for straightforward and earnest songwriting while maintaining a vocal delivery that sits like honey over layers of warm synths, guitars, and percussion. From confessional to nostalgic, each track on her new album is lush and rests inside the framework of the folk tradition.
OPENING FOR BILLY PRINE & THE PRINE TIME BAND
Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Jamf Theatre
David Huckfelt is a singer/lyricist/activist and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines, which fused the evocative storytelling of folk music with the eclecticism and attitude of rock & roll. Huckfelt's solo albums have documented him coming into his own with the road ahead paved in the folk tradition of collaboration and activism.
OPENING FOR POLIÇA
Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. | Jamf Theatre
With kaleidoscopic jams and stark reveries, Velvet Negroni's Jeremy Nutzman brings a fresh perspective to familiar sounds and surprising juxtapositions that meld and melt the lines between everything from lush synthpop, experimental electronic and choppy rap, to reggae and dub.
Royal Credit Union Altoona Groundbreaking
When: Wednesday, September 8, 2021; 10:30 a.m.
Where: 1159 Blazing Star Boulevard, Altoona, WI 54720
What: Royal Credit Union (Royal) will break ground for its Altoona office. The property is adjacent to Woodman’s Gas & Lube Center and is part of Altoona’s focus on commercial and residential development in the River Prairie area has created a new opportunity to connect with consumers. Royal looks forward to the prospect of having a presence in this corridor and expanding the opportunity to provide convenient service to financial consumers. Media coverage is welcome. A news release with photos will be sent following the event.
Royal Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Altoona Office
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (Royal) celebrated the groundbreaking for its new Altoona office on September 8. The new location will be a full-service Royal office with approximately 4,200 square feet of space and an easily accessible drive-up, ATM and parking lot. It will feature the latest technology and a lobby designed to enhance privacy and create a comfortable environment for Members to ask questions and seek advice on their personal financial matters. The office is planned to open in spring 2022.
After completion, Royal will convert its current Eau Claire North Office on Birch Street to a mortgage operations center and relocate retail office operations to the new Altoona Office location. While the Birch Street location will centralize mortgage operations, Royal will continue to make it easy for its Members by offering access to mortgage lenders in multiple offices and communities.
“We are committed to providing value to our Members by offering excellent service and highly competitive products,” said Brandon Riechers, President/CEO of Royal Credit Union. “This new office location will allow our Members to receive in-person services in a convenient, easily accessible location. While we have always been a close neighbor, we are thrilled to officially join the Altoona community and be a part of the continued growth of the River Prairie development.”
The groundbreaking was hosted by the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. Event speakers included Altoona Mayor, Brendan Pratt, Eau Claire County Board Chair, Nick Smiar as well as Royal executives and board members.
Royal is working with River Valley Architects and Market & Johnson on construction of the facility. The new office will be located at the intersection of Blazing Star Boulevard and River Prairie Drive in Altoona, WI. The property is adjacent to Woodman’s Gas & Lube Center. Royal’s current Eau Claire North office will continue to operate as usual until the new Altoona office opens. Updates and additional information about the construction of the new Altoona office can be found at rcu.org/AltoonaOffice.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 230,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
Hyprov: Hypnosis And Improvisation On Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Spectrum West”
Eau Claire, Wis. – A new audience participatory phenom called Hyprov is explored on “Spectrum West” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. Host Al Ross will also talk with musician and Wausau native John McCutcheon on the show and artist Jean Arneson about an art crawl through Cadott, Boyd and east of Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls.
The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie hosts two performers on Thursday, Sept. 16 in an entirely new show called: Colin Mochrie’s HYPROV. For the act Mochrie, well known from television’s improv show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and Hypnotist Asad Mecci use volunteers from the audience to perform improvisation with Mochrie while under hypnosis.
McCutcheon has released a new album called “Bucket List.” Ross will talk with the Wausau native, now living in Atlanta, by phone about the compilation of songs produced during the artist’s time housebound due to the pandemic.
The Yellowstone Art Trail is in its 7th year, and features studios and businesses where artisans will showcase their work in the Cadott, Boyd and eastern Lake Wissota areas. Arneson, organizer and participating artist, will visit with Ross to provide an overview of the event which takes place Sept. 10 and 11 and features 11 locations and 34 artists.
“Spectrum West” is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show is broadcast at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 88.3/Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls and streamed live at wrfw887.com/listen-live. It’s also heard at 7 p.m. Fridays on NPR News & Music stations 89.7/Eau Claire and 90.7/Menomonie. Archives of “Spectrum West” are available at wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.
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