L&M Radiator Owner Laura Ekholm joins Enterprise Minnesota’s Board of Directors
(Laura Ekholm, owner, L&M Radiator)
Minneapolis (December 22, 2017) - Enterprise Minnesota, an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization serving medium-size and smaller manufacturing companies, has appointed Laura Ekholm to its board of directors. Ekholm, owner and executive vice president of L&M Radiator, Inc., joins the board of nine members who actively work to guide and strengthen Enterprise Minnesota’s ability to help Minnesota manufacturing companies compete and grow profitably.
“Laura adds tremendous value to our board,” said Bob Kill, Enterprise Minnesota president & CEO. “Her experience as the owner of a resilient and growing manufacturing business will be a strong asset for Enterprise Minnesota and its manufacturing clients throughout the state.”
L&M Radiator is a family-owned business that designs and manufactures industrial radiators and other heat exchangers for heavy duty off-road and stationary equipment. The company has plants in Hibbing, MN; Yankton, South Dakota; Perth, Western Australia; Antofagasta, Chile; and Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. L&M Radiator works primarily within the mining and oil and gas industries.
Before joining the family business, Ekholm served 16 years as an investment banker originating public finance bond offerings for housing and health care transactions. Ekholm served on the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2006-2011 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
In addition to Ekholm, Enterprise Minnesota's board of directors includes: Chair Joel Wittenbraker, president, Mactech, Inc.; Vice Chair Tom Schabel, president and CEO, Alexandria Industries; Greg Buck, president, Productivity, Inc.; Mike Jensen, president and CEO, Gauthier Industries; Bob Kill, president & CEO, Enterprise Minnesota; Joe Mulford, president, Pine Technical and Community College; Steve Palmer, president, North Central Door; and Julie Whitney, vice president, Bremer Bank.
About Enterprise Minnesota
Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that works with medium and smaller manufacturing enterprises to help them compete and grow profitably, and also serves as the “voice” for the industry, raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide our communities and the state’s economy. Our affiliation with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) further positions us to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and strengthen business.
In the last five years alone Enterprise Minnesota has helped over 510 Minnesota manufacturing companies gain access to strategies that increase efficiency and promote growth. Resulting from the organization’s work, clients have realized a total positive economic impact of over $696 million in sales, reduced costs by over $131 million, invested over $289 million in capital expenditures and modernization and added or retained over 6,600 jobs.