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What’s in a Master Plan (Part I): A Trend Coming Down the Tracks

March 7, 2017 / Comments Off on What’s in a Master Plan (Part I): A Trend Coming Down the Tracks

Generally, our society has been demanding results that are bigger, better and produced faster – this trend does not stop at the feed industry. Changes in transportation, storage and sanitation are contributing to a shift in design considerations and capabilities for large-scale feed mills. By addressing the benefits of these trends, facilities can develop a […]

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The Power of People

January 20, 2017 / Comments Off on The Power of People

Thirteen. Thirteen is the number of Mentor / Mentee pairings that participated in VAA’s 2016 Mentor Program. Established in 2011, the Program offers benefits beyond knowledge sharing to support staff in areas which can be overshadowed in a technically-driven industry. The mentoring relationship develops employee skills to navigate unfamiliar situations and better understand business and […]

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Owosso Welcomes Cargill Feed Mill

December 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Owosso Welcomes Cargill Feed Mill

The buzz at last week’s groundbreaking event for Cargill’s new $19 million feed facility in Shiawassee County was felt among project partners and community representatives. Nick Hubbard and Jared McCabe attended the event on behalf of VAA to field questions about our track and structural engineering. A 3D video created by VAA gave attendees a glance at […]

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More Pet Food in a Store Near You

December 7, 2016 / Comments Off on More Pet Food in a Store Near You

Whether you have a canine or feline furry friend, Fromm Family Foods (Fromm) serves you as a nationwide producer of quality pet food. In order to meet current critter demand, Fromm required faster speeds for their ingredient receiving and an increase in their storage capacity at their Columbus, WI pet food processing facility. VAA provided […]

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Sending Food from Afar through FMSC

November 10, 2016 / Comments Off on Sending Food from Afar through FMSC

Our Wellness & Community Outreach Committee organized an opportunity for VAA to participate in a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) event. A group of volunteers raced the clock; hand-packing over 19,000 meals of raw products, dried vegetables and minerals into bags to be processed and shipped to children in Haiti. We are inspired by the […]

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Canstruction Wows By Raising $15,000

October 5, 2016 / Comments Off on Canstruction Wows By Raising $15,000

Donors generously showed their support surpassing VAA’s $12,000 goal for its “‘Kiss’ Hunger Goodbye” 2016 Canstruction build. As a tribute to the late Minnesota artist, Prince, VAA was inspired by the gathering in his honor earlier this year at First Avenue. Totaling 7,755 cans of food, a time-lapse video captures the build taking shape of […]

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Partner in Hazeltine Clubhouse Design

September 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Partner in Hazeltine Clubhouse Design

As the 41st Ryder Cup begins at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, many VAA employees are rounding out their Minnesota golf season to watch the best of the best in action. VAA provided professional civil and structural engineering services in the complete rebuild of Hazeltine’s clubhouse and surrounding site in 2010/11 to prepare […]

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VAA Volunteers at STEM Day

August 26, 2016 / Comments Off on VAA Volunteers at STEM Day

STEM Day kicked off “The Great Minnesota Get Together” with 35 exhibitors of the Minnesota STEM Network, an initiative of SciMathMN, sharing interactive activities with young Minnesota State Fair visitors. In The WorksMuseum booth, budding engineers explored light refraction with VAA volunteers by making sunglasses with “magical” rainbow lenses while enjoying greasy fair favorites. “It was great to […]

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Team Building in the Mud

August 11, 2016 / Comments Off on Team Building in the Mud

A two-hour weather delay did not deter Team VAA from participating in the 2016 Warrior Dash. The Team, sixteen employees and seven honorary VAA members, clad in blue conquered a 5K obstacle course by wrangling mud mounds, crawling through water-logged trenches and clamoring over cargo nets and more. The Team’s participation contributed to raising over […]

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True Partnership – True Friends & VAA

August 3, 2016 / Comments Off on True Partnership – True Friends & VAA

VAA’s connection with True Friends has included many activities over the past decade. Initiated by one of VAA’s founders in 2006, involvement at the camps began with individual volunteering, Eagle Scout mentoring and small “handy man” projects on site. As employees noticed a need for larger improvements, VAA offered and completed facility designs at Camp […]

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