Energyficient Systems, Inc., of Burlington earned the Greater Burlington Partnership’s 2018 Small Business of the Year award at the May 11 Small Business Breakfast.

A key word describing the company, now in its seventh year, is “growth,” the chamber said in a statement.

The business has increased sales in the past three years, recently received its first patent, and has expanded its lighting efficiency project services into five new states.

With sales growth, comes employee growth, and the business is adding five new full time positions, with plans to add two more in the next six months.   

Last year they started manufacturing a new Q Series line of LED and electrical products that are made of four new products.  

Energyificient identifies as two companies in one: Systems and Products.

“Systems” is a design build lighting contractor, distributor and design firm.   

“Products” is a successful electrical product manufacturing division.

The Greater Burlington Partnership Committee, Business, Retention and Expansion Committee asks the public, small businesses and their employees to nominate companies that help make Des Moines County a great place to live, work and play.  

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FORT MADISON — Fort Madison Community Hospital recognized McKenna Smith as their April Employee of the Month. Smith is a nurse in the FMCH Emergency Department. She has been with FMCH for 13 months.

The nomination recognizing Smith included the following comments:

“This employee is one that you can always rely on to lend a helping hand. She is often recognized during rounding for her enthusiastic work ethic and positive attitude.

“No matter the situation this employee is facing, she does not falter and looks at the positive side. This helps drive a positive working environment for others. She brightens other’s days when they feel down and know how to make someone laugh and how to crack a good joke to lighten the mood.”

The Employee of the Month is an initiative developed by the Reward & Recognition team. Each month a FMCH employee is honored for going above and beyond for the good of the patient, their co-workers and the organization.

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WEST BURLINGTON — Jimmy Eads, Nutrition Services, has been named an EXCEL Service Hero at Great River Health System.

The health system recognizes employees who demonstrate actions that extend beyond routine, expected employee behavior.

Criteria for the service hero award are based on the health systems’ philosophy of care. EXCEL stands for Enthusiastically friendly, exceeding expectations, Caring and compassionate, Energetic teamwork, and Leadership and professionalism.

Eads was nominated for continually exceeding customers’ expectations while working on the grill in Great River Medical Center’s cafeteria.

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FORT MADISON — The Siemens facility in Fort Madison will manufacture blades for a $200 million, 200-megawat wind project in Texas.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected by ENGIE North America Inc. to supply turbines for the Live Oak Wind Power Project.

The company will supply 76 of its SWT-2.625-120 wind turbines.

The project will be located in Schleicher County, near San Angelo, Texas. The deal also includes a 10-year long-term service and maintenance agreement. The turbines for this project are expected for delivery in July 2018.

The Live Oak Wind Project is targeted for commercial operation by year-end.

The nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the Hutchinson, Kansas, facility.

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MOUNT PLEASANT – Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance announced Jean C. Wiley and Sons, Inc. is the 2018 Small Business of the Year. Ted Wiley, president of Jean C. Wiley and Sons, Inc. accepted the award.

They were selected from five finalists that included BP/Pep Stop/Godfather’s Pizza, Brown’s Shoe Fit Co., L.J. Roth Restoration Services, and Safeguard Source One/Wilson Distributor.

“Jean C. Wiley and Sons, Inc. truly exemplifies the dedication and perseverance it takes to own a small business,” said Kristi Ray, executive vice president of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance.

Specializing in all kinds of construction including small residential repair, remodeling, new housing, commercial and industrial, this business was started in 1952 by Jean and Helen Wiley.

In the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, more than 250 businesses have less than 25 employees. Those businesses contribute more than $60,000 to the Chamber annually, and collectively, small business accounts for more than 1,200 jobs in the community.

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on Monday commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through November.

“Farmers continued to make planting progress between the storms this past week and now 40 percent of corn acres and 11 percent of soybean acres are planted. This puts corn planting just three days behind normal and soybeans on pace with the five-year average,” Naig said. “Unfortunately, north central Iowa remains well behind average with just nine percent of corn and no soybeans planted yet due to the wet conditions.”

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or on USDA’s site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia.