Investing In Our Greatest Resource – Our People
Posted on: June 26, 2018
EMPLOYEES: OUR MOST VALUED INVESTMENT
Anderson Dahlen has expanded our business significantly in recent years. Our growth and development has involved acquisitions of new businesses, expansion of facilities, capital investment in new equipment, and most importantly… the hiring and training of many employees. This increase in resources has presented the company an opportunity to fine tune our manufacturing base and expand into new markets by taking on challenging projects. Expansion of ADI’s business is providing many new opportunities for all 240+ employees to further their education and training for higher level roles within the company.
ADI is continuously investing in new equipment, the latest technologies, as well as hiring highly skilled professionals to support our world class stainless steel fabrication and manufacturing. The fast pace of growth at ADI has led to the addition of many high skilled professionals to meet with ADI’s growing demand. We are also increasing the utilization of interns who bring new ideas and skills.
Meet our Newest Interns
Grant is a Materials Science and Engineering major studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, heading into his junior year this fall. He’s acquiring a Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability along with a bachelors in MSE. He’s involved in multiple organizations, such as Associated Students of Madison (ASM), engineering representative on Student Council, Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC), Budget Committee, Space Vegetation Research Team, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Swim Club. This summer will be his 2nd at Anderson Dahlen as an Engineering and Marketing Intern. At Anderson Dahlen, He’s aided in the engineering process of designing industrial systems, quoted industrial parts and systems for customers, purchased raw materials and parts for the company, led several marketing projects, and assisted engineers in meeting deadlines for projects.
Stephen just finished his sophomore year at Iowa State University where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Stephen grew up in Eden Prairie and graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2016. In high school, he swam all four years and was a team captain his senior year. At Iowa State, Stephen participated in Clean Snowmobile Club and is a member of the fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. He was the Community Service chair for his fraternity fall semester and will be a house manager when he gets back to school. Stephen spends his free time with his yellow lab, Taffy, and playing guitar.
Megan just completed her first year at North Dakota State University studying Industrial Engineering and Management with a Management Communication minor. She grew up in Waconia and graduated from Waconia High School in 2017. In high school, Megan participated in Robotics, Marching Band, Musicals, Show Choir, Student Council, and NHS. At NDSU, she was the President of her residence hall, participated in Foundations of Leadership in the fall, gave tours of the campus as a Bison Guide, and was a member of the Newman Center community. When she returns to school, she will be a Resident Assistant in the Engineering Community. Megan spends her free time with one of her 7 siblings or drinking coffee.
CONTINUING EDUCATION & PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS
ADI invests significant resources back into its employees, through many opportunities. We have a long-standing policy which provides tuition reimbursement for employees who have been at ADI for a year or longer. In a lot of cases, this has permitted many employees to get a higher education with little to no cost.
We are also working with local municipalities and high schools to provide tours of our facilities, encouraging students to explore the opportunities that the manufacturing and fabrication industry offer, as well as the opportunities at ADI itself. For instance, Waconia high school offers special programs for its students to immerse themselves into the manufacturing industry. A group recently toured our Applied Vacuum Division’s facility in Waconia to explore the benefits a vocational program can provide versus a traditional four-year college plan.
ADI also hires a lot of current students from local colleges, such as the Anoka Technical College
. These students are able to work part time at the facility while continuing their education. Many of the openings above entry level at ADI are often filled internally. This exhibits to our employees that ADI will invest in them, as well as provide opportunities and openings to rise up through the ranks of the company. As ADI continues to grow, our reinvesting in employees and the community will foster better opportunities for all.