October 1, 2008Akkerman Inc. of Brownsdale, Minn., celebrated its 35-year anniversary and grand opening of its new manufacturing space on Sept. 25-26.
The event called “Akktoberfest” hosted approximately 150 Akkerman customers and vendors. Guests first visited the newly expanded manufacturing facility, led by staff guides who highlighted significant and historical elements throughout the tour.
Guests enjoyed food, beverages and music from a polka band in Akkerman’s own beer garden. The next day, about 60 guests self-selected their foursomes and played a full round of golf at the local country club. The “Micro-Masters Fivesome,” consisting of Robin Lorenzen of Akkerman Inc., Cal Terrasas of Nada Pacific Corp., Jeff Weakly of Super Excavators Inc., Chris Knott of BT Construction and Neil Wither of Big Bertha Boring were the winning team with a score of 8 under par. Additional awards went to Ray Post of Michels for longest drive, closest to pin went to Chris Knott and Jeff Weakly, and Trenchless Technology’s Dan Sisko won longest putt.
Akkerman owner and CEO Maynard Akkerman during his remarks to the gathering, gave kudos to his mother, Marlys Akkerman, for her long-time contributions to the business and his wife, Robin, for making it possible for him to pursue his dreams.
“I couldn’t be happier with the turnout at the event. I was humbled that so many customers took time out of their schedules to see what we’re all about,” Akkerman said. “We maintain that heart of our business comes from the continued faith and loyalty from our customers.”