C-W students win JA business contest

A team of Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School students took top honors recently in a local contest that tested the business acumen of teenagers from west-central Wisconsin.

Jordan Rihn, Claire Knutson and Darien Traczyk each won $600 scholarships for their first place win in the regional Junior Achievement Business Challenge held Feb. 15 at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.

A team from Boyceville High School with students Will Link, Dylan McNew and Brock Schlough took second place, each earning a $400 scholarship.

Those top two teams will move on to compete in the statewide competition on May 2 in Sheboygan.

Another Boyceville High School team comprised of Tia Drylen and Justin Lombardo placed third, each winning a $200 scholarship.

Menomonie High School students Kevin Jakobeur, Jaida Rojo and Collin Lyall took fourth place, each earning a $100 scholarship.

Students from 16 high schools in the region participated in the regional contest earlier this month.

Cray names AI business pioneer to board

Seattle-based supercomputer company Cray, which has manufacturing facilities in Chippewa Falls, named a man with experience in large businesses that developed artificial intelligence technology.

Cray named Stephen E. Gold to its board of directors on Thursday and appointed him to the company’s Strategic Technology Assessment Committee.

Gold’s experience in technology entrepreneurship includes time as chief marketing officer and vice president of business development of IBM Watson, an artificial intelligence computer system.

A Cray news release announcing Gold’s appointment refers to him as “one of the principal business architects responsible for designing and delivering next-generation AI technology.”

“He has an exceptional background and experience in some of our key growth areas, which will help us as we strive to serve a broader set of customers shows computing portfolio is expanding in the wake of digital transformation in areas such as AI and (Internet of Things),” Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray, said in the release.

Gold currently works as chief commercial officer at HZO, a private global company that provides nanocoatings that protect devices from the elements.

CVTC Manufacturing Show is scheduled for March 7

Manufacturing technology will be on display in an upcoming open house at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Manufacturing Education Center, 2320 Alpine Road.

CVTC’s annual Manufacturing Show will be 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.

The event is open to the public and intended to inform area high school students about careers in advanced manufacturing.

Hands-on activities, robotics competitions, a scavenger hunt, tours of the college’s manufacturing programs and displays from about 50 area employers will be at the show.

For more information, go online to cvtc.edu/mfgshow.

Short Takes

• A Cadott business is adding U-Haul vehicles and products to its array of services. Mary’s Home Services and Moving, 27142 100th Ave., is now a neighborhood dealer for the do-it-yourself moving truck and supply company.

From staff reports