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Briefcase 2/4/18

Growler Guys opens Feb. 24

Eau Claire will be the first Midwest location for an Oregon-based craft beer business.

Eau Claire residents Chris Clover and Greg Haugen will open a franchise location of The Growler Guys later this month in the Queen’s Plaza on London Road.

“Our goal is to have the most compelling tap lists in the area that appeals to both the beer aficionados, as well as the more casual drinker,” Clover said in a news release.

Scheduled to open on Saturday, Feb. 24, the business will feature 48 taps, including national and international craft brews for sale in pints, flights and refills for growlers. In addition to beer, the taps will include cider, sangria and kombucha.

Made-from-scratch pizza and hot sandwiches also will be available.

Aside from the new Eau Claire location, the 13 existing Growler Guys are in Washington, Idaho and the company’s home state of Oregon.

Ashley opens its 800th HomeStore

Ashley HomeStore opened its 800th store late last month in Tijuana, Mexico.

The retail outlets sell furniture produced by Arcadia-based Ashley Furniture Industries.

“We are ecstatic to pass another milestone with the opening of our 800th store,” Tood Wanek, president and CEO of Ashley, said in a news release.

The company got into the retail market more than 20 years ago and has grown globally. More than 100 new HomeStores opened last year, including some in nine countries where the company previously did not have a location.

A second HomeStore is slated to open in March in Tijuana, bringing the number of the company’s storefronts in Mexico to 12.

Sand industry will gather Thursday

A trade association for Wisconsin’s sand industry will hold a daylong meeting on Thursday at the Holiday Inn South, 4751 Owen Ayres Court.

The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association’s technical seminar and membership meeting includes 15 speakers addressing a variety of topics.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer and state Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, are among the day’s scheduled speakers.

Issues on the agenda include drone technology, transportation, zoning and land use changes, mine safety, wetland rules, water quality, railroad maintenance, dust management and updates on new regulations and legislation.

Eau Claire chamber seeks students

The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications from current area high school sophomores who are interested in taking the Youth Leadership Eau Claire program during their junior year.

Students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools are eligible to apply.

The program helps students develop their leadership skills and learn more about the community.

Participants will attend a two-day retreat in July and eight one-day programs held on school days throughout the academic year. All sessions are excused absences.

There is a $100 fee for those selected to the program, but scholarships are available for students who need financial assistance. Area businesses and organizations sponsor the program, which brings down the cost to students.

Those interested in applying can download an application at eauclairechamber.org or call the chamber at 715-834-1204. The deadline to submit applications is April 6.

Short Takes

• NEENAH — Miron Construction, which has a regional office in Eau Claire, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The company also hit a milestone last year, when it earned more than $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time in Miron’s history, according to a news release.

• Investors Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Manitowoc-based Investors Community Bank, hired Krissy Johnston to work as a crop insurance specialist for its Eau Claire office.

Johnston has 17 years of experience in risk management for the agriculture industry and operates a beef farm near Mondovi with her family.

• A safety refresher course for mine workers will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Horizons Lounge and Banquet Center, 10769 Highway Q, rural Chippewa Falls.

The MSHA Part 48 class costs $125, which includes lunch. To register, call 715-944-9120 or email mark@cis-safety.com.

From staff reports


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