Community News


Welcome New Members

Best Buy Corporate Richfield, MN
Nicolo Nigro Des Moines, IA
LaCanne Electric Faribault, MN
Wire Rite Electric Co Circle Pines, MN
Pete Michael Cicconi Eden Prairie, MN
HM Cragg Minneapolis, MN

Also, thank you to all of the MEA members who have renewed your memberships for another year—your support really does make this industry stronger!


Bernie Kunkel…  Our thoughts are with the Kunkel family. Bernie passed peacefully from this earth on June 20 at his home, the Mapleton Community Home. He was a past president of the MEA Board of Directors, father of MEA members: Mike Kunkel (Kunkel Electric), and Joe Kunkel (NU Electric Company), grandfather of MEA members: Jeff Kunkel (Kunkel Electric) and Tim Kunkel (Tim Kunkel Electric). "Grandpa told us lots of stories about his time with the MEA and the people he met through the association. He especially enjoyed the fishing trips."



Border States Electric Announces 2018 Supplier of the Year Awards... 
• Hubbell Lighting Receives Above and Beyond Service Excellence
• Encore Wire Receives Sales & Marketing Excellence
• nVent (Hoffman) Receives Operational and Technological Excellence
• RW Lyall Receives Market Development Excellence Award
• Area Supplier Sales Representative or Agency Awards for the Midwest Area went to Core4

Pam Bednarz Elected President of NCEM Club... Bednarz, Area Manager-Construction at Siemens Industry has been elected by the 169 members of the North Central Electrical Manufacturers Club as their 82nd president, serving a one-year term for 2019-20. Bednarz succeeds Scott St. Marie who completed his term on May 17.    
Andrew Giefer, North Central Electrical Engineering Society... Andrew Giefer has been elected by members of the North Central Electrical Engineering Society (NCEES) to serve as President for 2019-20.  Andy Giefer, PE, succeeds Kelly Artz, PE, RCDD, LEED® AP BD+C, Emanuelson-Podas, Inc., as NCEES President.    
Chris Hiniker, Rouzer Group...  Chris has been promoted to Tool & Fastener Account Manager. Chris will be replacing, Mike Laudenbach who has decided to leave the company after 4 years. Mike will be remaining in the area but selling unrelated construction tools. We hate to lose Mike but wish him the very best in his new venture! or 612-723-4809    
Clara Albert (DeRosier)... Congratulations to our own Clara Albert for passing her Certified Association Executive (CAE) exam! This is a huge accomplishment and we are proud and lucky to have her leadership!    
Andrew & Michelle Javens... Congratulations to their growing family! Welcome to the world Brycen Lloyd Javens!!! Mom and baby are both doing great. Born at 11:08pm on June 11. (7 lbs 2 oz; 19 3/4"). Kenny and Jody are very proud grandparents.    
Werner Electric... has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. This makes them a “10 for 10”. Werner Electric is one of only 15 companies in MN to have won this award for ten consecutive years.    

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Federated Insurance…
2019 All-Education & Events Sponsor and for hosting our Exam Prep classes in Edina!
Center for Energy & Environment (CEE)…
2019 All-Education & Events Sponsor AND for sponsoring the Executive Breakfast Meeting at the MEA Summer Conference!
Viking Electric…
Thank you for being a 2019 All-Education & Events Sponsor.
AJB Sales…
Thank you for sponsoring the Breezy Belle Dinner Cruise at the MEA Summer Conference.

Moves & New Locations

Viking Electric, Madison, WI... Viking Electric will hosted a ground-breaking ceremony on June 27 to celebrate its planned move to a new location and a new facility in January 2020. The address of the new location is 5305 Femrite Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53718, which is just east of the company’s existing Madison location.    

Events & Education

Federated Insurance's Risk Management Academy... August 6-8. This seminar’s objective is to help your risk manager learn the exposures specific to All Industries, connect with peers from across the country and apply these best practices within your business.  Learn more and register:    
 MEA Summer Conference... Aug 9-11, 2019. Breezy Point Resort  
 MEA Winter Conference... Dec 5-7, 2019. Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, Brooklyn Park MN  
 2020 Spring Conference... April 16-18, 2020. Minneapolis. We'll be holding continuing education classes during the NCEL Expo (April 15-16) at the Minneapolis Convention Center.