Rise Oakdale team provides HIPERFIRE with dependable, high-quality workmanship


Adirirow Ojulu may be a man of few words, but he knows how to pick the right radio station to keep his team members from Rise Oakdale humming while they work at HIPERFIRE in Vadnais Heights. Today it’s country music which lifts everyone spirits on this bitter cold Minnesota winter day. With Employment Specialist Bob…

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Ruan & Bobcat value Rise workers

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It wasn’t long after Todd Peterson started his new position as warehouse manager for Ruan’s Otsego facility in the spring of 2018, that he called Rise’s Sales Representative Nancy Hoff. He wanted to see if they could put a team of people from Rise to work. Todd had worked at Cummins Power Generation for 14…

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Mikros Engineering offers wide range of career opportunities


With Minnesota’s current unemployment rate hovering around three percent, businesses in all sectors often find it challenging to hire enough qualified workers to keep their operations running smoothly. So that’s why Johnathan Milks, the Human Resources director at Mikros Engineering, Inc., says it exceptionally helpful when Rise’s Employment Consultant Amber Barnes calls to tell him,…

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Team lets Cummins employess know – ‘You’ve got mail!’


Among the many things the mail delivery team at Cummins in Shoreview enjoys about their work are the excited reactions they get when they email or call a Cummins employee to let them know they have a package to pick up. “Are you sure it’s for me – I never get packages!” “Can you tell…

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Workers at Activar find that team work is especially critical in multi-step operation building fire extinguisher cabinets


When Human Resources Generalist Grace Boese was looking to add more staff at Activar Construction Products Group in Bloomington, she knew just who to call: Rise’s Senior Sales Representative Nancy Hoff. The idea was sparked by another manager who suggested supplementing the firm’s workforce with people from Rise. Grace had worked in HR at another…

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Rise’s ever-expanding partnership with Cretex companies continues to offer exciting work


Within the 110,000-square-foot facility in Anoka, rms Surgical employees manufacture and assemble state-of-the-art orthopedic medical devices that are implanted in patients throughout the United States and across Europe. A leader in surgical instruments and sterilization delivery systems, rms Surgical is part of the Cretex family of medical companies, a privately owned enterprise with a proud…

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Employers, employees appreciate support from MEC

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Established in 1996, the Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) provides employment support for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. Over the past 20-plus years, we have supported hundreds of people successfully obtain and retain employment. But what about the employer’s perspective? What is it like to partner with MEC for the ongoing support…

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Rise and Medtronic have enjoyed “a partnership that works!” for decades

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Richard Gottier has no trouble getting in his daily 10,000 steps as he makes his way through the hallways of Medtronic’s Energy and Component Center (MECC) in Brooklyn Center. Once an hour, he makes the long trek to pick up finished products and take them to the shipping department. Having played in two Rose Bowl…

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Nikki discovers better process for assembling Pentair parts

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As one of the hard-working team members at Pentair’s production facility in New Brighton, Nikki gives it her best efforts every day to meet production and quality requirements. But when assembling nozzles used in tractors proved to be an uncomfortable and sometimes painful process, Nikki figured out a different way to get the job done…

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Posted on Nov 29, 2016   WHEN NATOLI BULGA moved his family almost 8,000 miles from Ethiopia to Minnesota, his hopes were high and his dreams were big. He knew the transition to this new life would be challenging, but Natoli felt his family’s future would be brighter in the United States. Knowing that having…

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Posted on Aug 29, 2016   In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of IT (information technology), a few years can mean monumental advancements in systems, hardware, and software. Having left the IT workforce for three years due to mental health issues, Ken Johnson found re-entering the workforce to be a real challenge. Romy Sundem, Ken’s therapist…

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Posted on Aug 29, 2016   The bright, expansive high-tech facility hums with a steady production flow. Rise’s team of six workers are working on several different tasks in various locations throughout the plant which are all key to Logic’s overall operation. Logic PD in Eden Prairie provides its customers with “product lifecycle management.” They…

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