Baldwin businesses receive awards | News
On February 25th, St. Croix EDC honored the 2020 deal winners at an event hosted on Zoom.
The 2020 winners include National Tactical Security (City of River Falls; “Emerging Business of the Year”); Laptop chips (Villages of Roberts and Baldwin; “Small Business of the Year”); and Nolato Contour (Roberts and Baldwin Villages; “Business of the Year”). Former County Administrator Patrick Thompson, who served from 2011 to 2020, received the EDC Directors Award, an occasional award given to an individual or organization in honor of contributing to economic development through innovative action. That makes St. Croix County a better place to live. work and raise a family.
Rob Kreibich, the President of the EDC for 2020-2021, acted as the moderator of the event.
Launched in May 2020, National Tactical Security (NTS) is the Emerging Company of 2020 (based in St. Croix County and in business for five or fewer years). It was founded by business partners Dave Skinner and Troy Szotkowski, who also own and operate the Applied Countermeasures Group, founded in 2015. NTS provided customers with protection for customers who were quickly and unexpectedly at risk last summer due to unrest on site and around the globe. In just eight months, NTS obtained a security license in eight states hiring skilled security agents. NTS provided security and advisory services for election campaigns and provided services around the clock when required.
Laptop Chips is Small Business of 2020 (29 or fewer employees). The company has been a hardware recycler and parts supplier for Minnesota and Wisconsin since 2010. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and educational institutions to small businesses and even end users. Services include computer recycling, asset disposal, data destruction in accordance with DoD 5220.22-M standards, reverse logistics, liquidation, and facility downsizing or closure. Laptop Chips was founded by Erik Salomonsen and has facilities in the villages of Roberts and Baldwin.
Nolato Contour is the 2020 business of the year (30 or more employees). Nolato Contour is a precision plastic and silicone injection molding company that manufactures and supplies plastic components and finished medical devices for major medical and pharmaceutical companies in the United States. The company was founded in Baldwin, Wisconsin, in 2010 after the takeover of Contour Plastics by the Swedish Nolato Group. The acquisition enabled Nolato to secure a North American stand in scientific manufacturing with medical technology companies. In September 2018, Nolato announced a major addition to Baldwin worth over $ 18 million, which resulted in the creation of new jobs and a corporate tax credit from the state. Russ Steele leads Nolato Contour as President and CEO.
Patrick Thompson is the recipient of the EDC Directors Award. He joined St. Croix County as the first county administrator in 2011 and served in that role until August 2020 when he accepted a similar position in Winnebago County, Illinois. Thompson led several initiatives in St. Croix and the EDC recognized his strong support and advocacy for economic development.
Each of the winners received a plaque from the EDC and a legislative quote from the Senate and State Assembly, as well as numerous congratulatory letters from state, federal and local officials.
The 27th Annual Awards Banquet was sponsored by Accumark, Amanda Berndt REMax, Bakke Norman, Baldwin East, Baldwin LightStream, Catalyst Powered by TCO, Citizens State Bank, the City of Hudson, the City of New Richmond, the City of River Falls and Derrick Building Solutions . First National Bank of River Falls-Prescott, First State Bank and Trust, FNC Bank, Greystone Commercial, Helmer Printing, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, JA counter, laptop chips, laser magic, Market & Johnson, OEM manufacturer, Phillips-Medisize RCU ( Royal Credit Union), Security Finance Bank, SEEK Careers and Staffing, St. Croix County, St. Croix Electric Cooperative, Studio EA, TCM, WESTconsin Credit Union, Wipfli, WITC-New Richmond and Xcel Energy.