December has been a busy month for everyone at SVL. Christmas is just around the corner and the past couple weeks have been filled with lots of activities. Our Minnesota office has settled into their new location in Roseville and our Fargo branch is eagerly awaiting their move in the next couple weeks.
We had our SVL/AQC Christmas party at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where we enjoyed the exhibits, dinner and an Omnitheater presentation of Rocky Mountain Express. We were thrilled that Lee, Jeff, Nate, Mark and Paul were all able to make it from Fargo, who hosted their own party later that week.
This week we enjoyed a delicious potluck featuring everything from fried shrimp to sauerkraut soup; and what Christmas party isn’t complete without an ugly sweater contest?! The team got all decked out in their “ugliest” gear from head to toe. Needless to say we have lots of festive spirit around the office, look the pictures below and see for yourself!
Ugly Sweater Contest Winners:
1st place- Kathy
2nd place –Derek
3rd place- Sheren
As we wrap up this year and prepare for SVL University in January, SVL wishes you happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
SVL Fargo Team’s Peek At Their New Building!
Last week SVL Fargo broke-in the new building with their first lunch party! The Fargo staff, as well as a few from our Roseville office, were able to have their first looks at their new office, slated to open January 2nd, 2018.
After a lunch catered by the Flying Pig, they were able to explore the new digs and get their first glimpses of their new office locations and conference rooms as well as the expanded training room, all while dodging finishing mud by the tapers. The building is really coming together as walls are going up and the office is starting to take shape.
Even though it is still very much in the construction process, the Fargo team was able to get a good feeling of what
it will look like and what everyone has to look forward to at the end of the month when they make the “big move”
settling into their new Fargo home.
Make sure to check back in as we will keep you updated on Fargo progress!
2017 AFE Vendor Fair and Awards Banquet
Earlier this week, SVL attended the 18th annual AFE (Association for Facilities Engineers) Vendor Fair and Awards Banquet. AFE is an organization for facilities engineers and operational professionals. This event unites a large community of like-minded professionals who desire to learn and share the most efficient methods for operating and maintaining building and facility systems.
The banquet and vendor fair was held at Jax Cafe in Minneapolis, MN. The night started with tabletop exhibits by AFE vendor members, followed by awards and recognition for members and vendors, and the introduction of the 2018 AFE Executive Board of Directors concluded the event. SVL had a booth set up at the vendor fair where they attended the event as both a vendor and an award recipient.
SVL won not only one, but two awards! We received the coveted 2017 Vendor of the Year award. SVL also won an award for our Innovent /Valent Manufacturing Plant Tour & Technical Presentation in February 2017. SVL Sales Engineer, Cameron Sigecan, accepted the awards on behalf of SVL.
Thank you to the Association for Facilities Engineers for putting this night together, and Jax Cafe for hosting. It was a great night to see familiar faces and catch up with old friends!
Bob Johnson Celebrates His 40th Anniversary with SVL!
Bob poses proudly with his service truck
This year, distinguished service technician Bob Johnson celebrated his 40th anniversary with SVL! Bob is a native of Grand Marais. Prior to coming to SVL, Bob had a couple of other jobs. His first was as a logger where he helped his brother build a sawmill. That’s where Bob’s mechanical aptitude was first discovered. He was also a commercial fisherman for four seasons. Bob’s love for the outdoors undoubtedly prepared him for the various climate conditions he would encounter as a field service technician.
In 1975, Bob started college at Dunwoody and completed a program in refrigeration. In 1977, the mechanically inclined, recently graduated, outdoorsman came to work for SVL and there has been no looking back. Bob and his wife Mary Ann live in Two Harbors, MN; they moved up there in 2003 and Bob has pioneered our service expansion to the area. Bob and Mary Ann have two daughters, Nicole and Danielle and they have one grandson Lincoln, who is two-and-a-half years old.
In his free time he enjoys snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. He is a member of the Local 455 Pipefitters St. Paul. He also volunteers with the Duluth Local 11 Plumbers and Steamfitters at their HVAC Apprenticeship facility. He enjoys passing on his expertise to other technicians coming through the ranks. When I asked Bob to reflect and share about his time with SVL he had this to say: “ I owe a lot to my wife and two daughters for supporting me all of these years, working late hours and being out of town a lot. I work with the best people in the HVAC industry at SVL. I truly feel very fortunate to have found such a great company to work with right out of Dunwoody.“
When asked to reflect and share about his time with SVL Bob had this to say: “I owe a lot to my wife and two daughters for supporting me all of these years, working late hours and being out of town a lot. I work with the best people in the HVAC industry at SVL. I truly feel very fortunate to have found such a great company to work with right out of Dunwoody.”
Bob practicing retirement with his grandson Lincoln
“I WORK WITH THE BEST
PEOPLE IN THE HVAC
INDUSTRY AT SVL.”
Thank you, Bob, for your years of service!
WE ARE MOVING OFFICES!
SVL Shoreview and Fargo are undergoing lots of exciting changes in 2017.
Both office locations are waiting to unveil not one but, TWO new office buildings this Fall 2017. In an effort to better serve you and to handle the growth of our company, we are uprooting what we have called “home” for many years. Trading the beige walls for a more updated and modern look at both offices is only one highlight employees look forward to.
Each location boasts a large customer training facility as well as expanded parts city desks. Shoreview will be moving to the new office in Roseville November 13th, 2017. Fargo is not far behind looking to move into their new space December 29th, 2017. Stay tuned for pictures!
2920 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113
3454 – 41st Street S.
Fargo, ND 58104
99 North East 77th Way
Fridley, MN 55432
SVL is proud to launch “SVL University”!
SVL University is a comprehensive 10-month course geared towards individuals new to the industry. This is NOT our regular seminar… it is a classroom-based experience teaching the fundamentals of HVAC. We will host the seminar at both of our new office locations.
SVL University Tuition Policy:
After successfully completing 8 out of 10 total courses the student will receive a $400.00 credit. After completing 10 out of 10 total courses the student will receive the full tuition amount back. All ten classes must be completed within 2 years for credit. 8 different topics must be completed to receive a tuition reimbursement of 80% and 10 different topics for the full 100% reimbursement. Funds will only be reimbursed per each individual within a company and are non-transferable between companies.
- 8/10 classes receive $400.00 back
- 10/10 classes receive $500.00 back- full tuition amount
Click here to sign up for the Minnesota “SVL U”
Click here to sign up for the North Dakota “SVL U”
Please join us for the premier launch of “SVL University” in our new training facility!
Click Here for “SVL U” Class Descriptions
Enhanced Building Performance with Ebtron
Recently, SVL hosted an Ebtron seminar, “Enhanced Building Performance” at Surly Brewing Company in Minneapolis, MN. The seminar, located in a quaint warehouse neighborhood, drew 70 attendees from the metro area. Everyone enjoyed BBQ tavern grub and local microbrews, provided by Surly. The seminar space overlooks the working brewhouse and the urban Minneapolis skyline.
Guest speaker Jim Riendeau explained how to improve indoor building environments, build pressurization control, and improve energy economy. Management and control of Outdoor Air (i.e. ventilation) is critical to ensuring a productive and healthy indoor environment. It is required by building codes and industry standards and is also recognized by LEED with the available NC IEQ Credit.
Those who were unable to attend in person joined in on the webinar to hear the presentation. Concluding the seminar, SVL randomly selects one lucky winner in a drawing for a Fitbit.
Thank you, Surly Brewing Co. for your hospitality. Thank you to those who made the seminar a success. We look forward to seeing you at our next seminar!
SVL took part in the 2017 SMARCA sporting clays event at Wild Wings of Oneka.
Before we officially welcome Fall to Minnesota, we were able to enjoy another gorgeous Summer day. The annual SMARCA sporting clays event brought in a record number of attendees from across the Midwest. The event included a hearty lunch with famous pheasant wild rice soup, prize drawings, giveaways, and of course, shooting clays. With ten station sporting clay courses and beautiful walking trails, Wild Wings of Oneka is truly a sportsman’s paradise.
SVL employees and customers made up two shooting teams when they took to the course (pictured below). Ultimately it was a good day for all, complete with good conversation, friendly competition and the great outdoors.
Thank you to all for attending the 2017 Western ND Golf Outing!
Summer is flying by too quickly, as a result, SVL team members and their customers had to take advantage of the beautiful weather while they could at the 2017 Western ND Customer Golf Outing. Accordingly, SVL hosted a customer golf outing for Western North Dakota contractors and engineers. All in all, it was a beautiful day for golf, good food, and friendly competition. Customers and SVL team members came from all over North Dakota and Minnesota to try their swing out on the greens. There is no better way to wrap up the summer than a beautiful day on the golf course!
SVL is proud to launch SVL University!
SVL University, a comprehensive 10-month course geared towards individuals new to the industry. This is NOT our regular seminar… it is a classroom based experience teaching the fundamentals of HVAC. We will host the seminar at both of our new office locations. Please join us for the premier launch of “SVL U” in our new training facility! Stay tuned for more details…
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