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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Any Wear Apparel, Federation Bank, Aeron Advanced Manufacturing, Energy-efficient design awards, U.S. Cellular

Sybmitted photo by Dave Schneider

Any Wear Apparel owner Joni Manske, left, presents a check for $900 to Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters president Heidi Ryon and Mt. Pleasant High School band director Jim DePriest. The store donated a percentage of sales during homecoming week after one of the Music Boosters annual major fundraisers, the marching band invitational, was canceled.
Sybmitted photo by Dave Schneider Any Wear Apparel owner Joni Manske, left, presents a check for $900 to Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters president Heidi Ryon and Mt. Pleasant High School band director Jim DePriest. The store donated a percentage of sales during homecoming week after one of the Music Boosters annual major fundraisers, the marching band invitational, was canceled.
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Any Wear Apparel donates to Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters

Any Wear Apparel owner Joni Manske recently presented a check for $900 to the Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters.

The store donated a percentage of sales during homecoming week after one of the Music Boosters’ annual major fundraisers, the marching band invitational, was not held due to weather concerns.

The Music Boosters support the K-12 music program.

Federation Bank contributes to Washington Fire Department

Federation Bank is making a contribution to the Washington Fire Department to help outfit the new fire station.

The $10,000 donation will be used to help furnish the training room, fitness room and gear washing facilities.

“We are happy to support our local volunteer firefighters,” said Jamie Collier, president and CEO of Federation Bank. “Our local firefighters put in many hours of training each year to make sure they are keeping themselves and their fellow firefighter’s safe. We owe them a debt of gratitude for what they do and we are happy to help them in this way.”

Rohrer named plant manager at Aeron Advanced Manufacturing

Aeron Lifestyle Technology Inc. of Fairfield announces Julie Rohrer of Clarion has been named plant manager of its 74,000 square foot manufacturing operation, Aeron Advanced Manufacturing, in Mason City.

Headquartered in Fairfield, Aeron is designer and manufacturer of air care products for national retailers and wholesalers.

Rohrer joins Aeron following 18 years in leading various manufacturing operations, most recently as vice president of development and global factory compliance with Team Effort Inc., licensee for Nike Golf, Collegiate Apparel, Professional Golf Association TOUR, National Football League, Major League Baseball, and Premier Soccer League; and preferred distributor of NFL and MLB golf accessories.

A resident of Clarion, Rohrer was a member of the Clarion Chamber of Commerce having served as president and vice president; community committee member on the Des Moines Register Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa; chairwoman of Festival in the Park, and board member of Kid’s Korner day care.

2019 Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design award winners announced

Recipients of the 2019 Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design Awards recently were announced at the 2019 American Institute of Architects Iowa Convention in Des Moines.

One of the awards was presented to Martin Gardner Architecture and West Plains Engineering for the Kalona Community Center, achieving 46 percent annual kBTU savings.

The Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in reducing energy use. Candidates are selected from projects whose designers participated in the Commercial New Construction program offered by Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company. Projects must have been completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

The Commercial New Construction program provides energy design assistance and energy efficiency incentives to commercial customers for new construction, additions and renovation projects located in areas served by the two utilities.

U.S. Cellular announces first markets for 5G

U.S. Cellular customers in Iowa and Wisconsin will be the first to have access to the benefits of the company’s 5G network, beginning in the first quarter of 2020.

The company’s initial 5G deployment will be on its 600 MHz spectrum and will provide customers with faster data speeds, a more responsive mobile experience and the ability to connect more devices to the network at the same time.

This is the first phase of the company’s planned multiyear network expansion for 5G and is a result of previous network technology investments to modernize equipment and software.

U.S. Cellular will begin to turn on its 5G network in parts of many Iowa and Wisconsin communities. The larger communities in Iowa where the company plans to provide 5G coverage are parts of Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Waterloo.

U.S. Cellular plans to roll out its 5G network in parts of 140 cities across Iowa early next year, including Fairfield.