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Tusa is materials manager at Rice Home Medical

WILLMAR -- Jim Tusa has joined Rice Home Medical, LLC, as materials manager at the Willmar location. Rice Home Medical is a medical equipment company that sells and rents equipment and supplies for the home.


Tusa and his wife, Lori, have two children and live in Willmar. Tusa is a graduate of Jackson High School and a graduate of Jackson Area Vocational Technical Institute.

His experience includes 24 years of parts and inventory management including customer service purchasing, warehouse management and logistics.

National group elects Williamson

Donald Williamson, president of West Central Sanitation of Willmar, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of the National Solid Wastes Management Association. Williamson was also elected as an association representative to the board of trustees of the Environmental Industry Associations, the parent group of National Solid Wastes. Williamson's one-year term on both boards began in January.

Bruce Parker, National Solid Wastes president and CEO, said he was pleased that Williamson agreed to serve in leadership roles on both boards.

Williamson joined the solid waste industry in 1979, collected garbage on Saturdays while attending college. A year later, he bought the company and has expanded service from one truck and 50 customers to 50 trucks and over 40,000 customers in 12 west central counties.

He joined National Solid Wastes in the 1980s and has served as the Minnesota chapter's chairman, vice chairman and representative to the national board. In 2000, Williamson received the national association's Distinguished Service Award.

West Central Sanitation provides rubbish removal, recycling and roll-offs for removal of construction debris.

Bolton & Menk promotes Voge

WILLMAR -- Jared Voge, P.E., has been promoted to an associate member of Bolton & Menk Inc. of Mankato, Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, in the Willmar and Ramsey offices. The company cited Voge's outstanding client management and technical engineering skills and his mentorship of the firm's younger professionals.

Voge is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University.

He has more than nine years of experience and serves as the consultant city engineer for the cities of Atwater and St. Francis and is assistant city engineer for two other cities. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter and live in New London.

Bolton & Menk Inc. is ranked in the top 500 engineering firms by Engineering News Record and provides services in the areas of civil and municipal, water and wastewater, water resources, and traffic and transportation engineering. The company also has offices in five other Minnesota cities and in Ames, Iowa.

Meeting will air manufacturing survey results

WILLMAR -- Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, will present and analyze the results from the second annual State of Manufacturing Survey at 3 p.m. Feb. 25 in the commons conference room at MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.

Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va., surveyed 500 manufacturing executives in Minnesota during two weeks in January to determine how manufacturers have overcome the economic slowdown, their predicted profitability in 2010, and how many jobs have been saved or lost.

Executives were also asked which sectors show the greatest vulnerability, which sectors show the greatest resilience, what issues most concern them, and what they seek from government.

Attendees will receive a book with all the findings, top-line results, pollster's analysis, selected cross tabulation, full transcripts from 12 focus groups, and four chapters of related analysis.

Rice Home Medical of Willmar has been named a quality respiratory care provider by the American Association for Respiratory Care under the organization's 2003 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Program. The program ensures that hospitals, home care organizations and long-term care facilities adhere to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. Recognized organizations are listed on the AARC's consumer Web site at The program grew out of growing concerns among health care leaders and the general public regarding the safety and quality of health care services provided to patients.