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St. Croix EDC honored three companies as their 2007 Businesses of the Year in St. Croix County at a Feb. 21 banquet at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls.

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Resolution Engineering LLC (Hudson) was named the 2007 Emerging Business of the Year (in business for five or fewer years), while Riverland Laser Inc. (River Falls) was honored as the 2007 Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees) and Trient Technologies Inc. (Woodville) was named the 2007 Large Business of the Year (30 or more employees).

Each of the winners received a plaque from the EDC plus a legislative citation from Madison and congratulatory letters from U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, and U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold.

Resolution Engineering

Resolution Engineering, 226 Locust St. (Suite 4) in Hudson, provides specialized design and development services for radio frequency/wireless systems and products using technologies such as Radio Frequency I.D., ZigBee, Global Position Systems, BlueTooth and Remote Keyless Entry.

The company was founded in early 2005 by John Bergman and Paul Saldin and is headquartered in downtown Hudson. The company primarily employs electrical engineers and technicians. Employment has increased from two in 2005 to 12 in 2007.

Significant projects for the company include a house arrest system used primarily for sex offender management, a GPS-enabled dog collar, a high-end table top audio system, an in-home medical alert system for the elderly and a robotic containment system with patent pending.

Resolution Engineering provides employment opportunities to local high school students interested in engineering careers. Their Web site is www.resolutioneng. com.

Others nominated in the category were Rush River Brewing Co., River Falls, and Bar-BQ UniverCity, Baldwin.

Riverland Laser

Riverland Laser in River Falls was founded by Dale Jorgenson in early 1998. The business is named after Jorgenson's appreciation of the many rivers in the area and the importance the Kinnickinnic River played in his life growing up in rural St. Croix County.

The company specializes in laser marking, which is a thermal process that uses a high-intensity beam of light to create a contrasting image on the surface of a material. Laser marking is said to be the fastest and most accurate technique for marking a wide array of materials, ranging from steel to aluminum, plastics and ceramics.

Riverland applications are used in industrial, aerospace and medical markets. The company does laser bar codes, serial numbers, accu-codes ID matrix, logos and artwork. The company employs 11 people and occupies a 5,000-square-foot facility.

The company's Web site is www.riverlandlaser.com.

Others nominated in the category were Ad Craft The Signmaker, town of Hudson; CW Garage Door, Woodville; LaVenture Crane and Rigging, New Richmond; and Precision Ag Services, New Richmond.

Trient Technologies

Trient Technologies in Woodville is a wholesale manufacturer of graphic components serving the visual communications industry nationwide. The owners of the company are Mark Miller and Mark Nielsen. Trient offers roll stripping, digital imaging, flexible sign faces, die cutting, computer image vinyl graphics, and awning covers. They also provide contract packaging, warehouse and distribution, custom laminating and precision slitting.

Customer applications include architectural displays, building graphics, fleet and mobile markings, stadium advertising, wall graphics and perforated window graphics.

Following a recent 21,500-square-foot office and manufacturing addition, the company now occupies 88,000 square feet. Employment has increased from 57 to 105 employees, and sales have doubled from 2005 to 2007. Trient is the single global shipping location for 3M Automotive's Urethane and Mirror Button adhesive product lines. The company also manufactures and ships products to Mexico and China for AG/Continental-Motorola.

Trient Technologies was named the EDC's 1999 Small Business of the Year. Through continued employment gains, it moved up to a "large company" category. The company's Web site is www.trienttech.com.

Others nominated in the category were Cardinal Health, Hudson; Contour Plastics, Baldwin; Derrick Construction, New Richmond; Hudson Hospital, Hudson; Liquid Waste Technology, New Richmond; and Paragon Lighting, town of Hudson.

Banquet

EDC President Trudy Popenhagen presided over the banquet. She recognized special guests and introduced previous winners. William Rubin, the EDC's executive director, gave a slide presentation on the core activities of the EDC and successful projects throughout the county in 2007. Three companies -- Contour Plastics (Baldwin), Interfacial Solutions (River Falls) and iMark Molding (Woodville) -- received oversized, ceremonial checks to reflect their 2007 tax credit awards from the Technology Zone program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

Scott Novotny, a stand-up comedian from New Richmond, provided the entertainment. About 180 guests attended the banquet. For additional information, contact William Rubin, EDC executive director, at (715) 381-4383 or bill@stcroixedc.com.

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