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Ribbon Cutting Marks Technologies Accomplishments

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sometimes it takes a party to recognize where you’ve been.

We had one at SDN on Tuesday, May 20th celebrating the opening of our new building. We affectionately refer to it as the Pet Store because the space used to be occupied by SafariLand Pet Center. After considerable remodeling (OK, we had to gut the place down to the tin sidewalls and metal studs to rid it of that pet store smell) we now have a space to house our Technologies Division, the group that sells phone systems, computer equipment, and cabling inside buildings.

As marketing readied for the event, I couldn’t help but think about how far our Technologies Division has come. It started the same year I did at SDN – 2002 – with just three employees. Two of them remain with us today – Dean Putnam and Kevin Simmons. SDN acquired those employees, a well-used van, and a territory that included all of eastern South Dakota.

Today that little acquisition has resulted in a financially strong business employing 18 of our more than 100 SDN employees. They’ve installed phone systems in the region’s largest companies, networked countless computers, and cabled hundreds of miles inside buildings. In fact, the U.S. Navy recognized the Technologies Division with a Letter of Commendation for the quality and timeliness of its work at the Pensacola Air Base, which SDN helped restore after Hurricane Ivan’s destruction.

The Technologies Division services have grown every day over the last six years, but it’s like raising a child: you don’t recognize the growth until one day he’s graduating. The ribbon cutting was our graduation. We sent invitations, more than 75 gusts showed up, we shared the accomplishments, ceremoniously cut the ribbon, and had a party. The only thing missing was the cake!