Karina Ramirez: Jostens announces jobs moving to Denton

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Jostens, the creator of personalized yearbooks, class rings, graduation and other types of products, announced last week it will be moving 25 full-time manufacturing jobs from Owatonna, Minn., to Denton.

In a statement, company officials said the reason for the move was to “take advantage of improved technologies and efficiencies, as well as to continue to improve and integrate delivery and quality of our products.”

Company officials also announced it will move its warranty services from Owatonna to its jewelry manufacturing facility, also located in Denton.

According to the statement, there will be no relocation of manufacturing positions from Owatonna to Denton. Only the 25 jobs moving to Denton will be affected, and the move will not impact the other 250 full-time and approximately 150 seasonal positions in Minnesota.

“This was not an easy decision to make, as we understand the impact it has on employees and their families,” company officials said in a press release. “Jostens is committed to supporting each impacted employee during the transition. Eligible employees will be offered support in the form of severance benefits.”

A timeline for the transition period was not disclosed.

Based in Minneapolis, Jostens began 1897 when Otto Josten decided he wanted to repair jewelry, according to the company’s website. The Denton location opened in 1968.

In 2008, the Denton location completed a 13,000-square-foot expansion in order to increase its jewelry production.

Jostens is located at 3500 S. Interstate 35E.

For more information, visit www.jostens.com .

Darrin Siver, vice president of PACCAR, was recently named Peterbilt’s new general manager, according to company officials.

Peterbilt is a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc.

Siver will replace Bill Kozek, who took a new position as president of Navistar International Corp., whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce several brands of commercial and military trucks, diesel engines and school and commercial buses.

Silver has 20 years of experience with PACCAR, most recently serving as general manager of PACCAR Parts, company spokesman Todd Acker said in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon.

Kozek spent 26 years at PACCAR Inc., where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of Peterbilt Motors Company.

The state’s annual Energy Star Sales Tax holiday began Saturday and will continue until Monday.

Products exempt from sales taxes include: Energy Star qualified air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

For a complete listing of Energy Star exempt items and rules, visit www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/ .

Congratulations

Jennifer Ekstrand was pleasantly surprised last week when she learned she was the recipient of a My Dentist free smile makeover valued up to $10,000. The prize was in honor of the grand opening of the Denton location at 2203 W. University Drive.

Officials with the company said Ekstrand had attended the grand opening believing she was there to receive her routine check up as a semifinalist.

Ekstrand will be working directly with Joi McKinney, the lead dentist at the new location, to help her restore her smile, a news statement said.

Ekstrand’s makeover journey may be followed online by visiting www.MyDentistInc.com .

Tammy Motteler was the winner of the 2013 McNatt Community Support fundraiser on May 18.

Motteler chose a 2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited from Jim McNatt Toyota as her winning vehicle. She could have chosen from any vehicle from the McNatt Honda, Toyota, Scion, Chevrolet, Buick or GMC with a retail price of $30,000 or less.

The fundraiser assists local schools and organizations gather funds for the kids in Denton, Cooke, Montague and Wise counties. Schools keep 100 percent of the funds raised.

The McNatt fundraiser has provided more than $300,000 to local schools since its start in 2005.

Maria Dudash, high school ESL coordinator with the Denton school district, said the district’s Student Mariachi Dorado was able to raise $3,000 from a fundraiser held May 18 at Calhoun Middle School.

The fundraiser will support the district’s after-school program and help acquire mariachi uniforms for students. Presently there is one mariachi ensemble consisting of 13 middle school and high school students, she said.

Coming up

The German discount grocer Aldi Inc. plans to open its first Denton grocery store at 1105 S. Loop 288 at 9 a.m. Thursday. To celebrate the opening of the Denton store, Aldi will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The event is open to the public. Guests can sample Aldi exclusive brands and tour the new store, a press release said. Additionally, they can participate in an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win store gift certificates, a news statement said.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Aldi has more than 1,200 stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, Aldi has added approximately 50 to 80 new stores each year.

In 2009, Aldi Inc. opened a 500,000-square-foot distribution center at 2500 Westcourt Road in Denton at an estimated cost of $50 million.

Attendees will be able to sample different variety of wines at the “Red, White & Jazz: Wild About Wine” event scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the Wildwood Inn, 2602 Lillian Miller Parkway.

Cost is $50 per person or $45 per person for groups of five or more for general admission and $35 per person or $30 per person for groups of five or more for chamber members.

Raffle tickets will be sold during the event at $5 each.

Deadline to register is June 5.

For more information, visit www.denton-chamber.org/pages/WINC/ .

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.

 


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