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TEAM Industries, Inc. celebrates 50 years of business

June 2017 marks TEAM Industries, Inc.'s 50th year in business and would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and thank all current and past employees for making the company what it is today.

TEAM Industries began as Motek Engineering and Manufacturing in Cambridge, Minnesota and was founded by Don and Bea Ricke.

Don and Bea got married in 1948 and had three children: Debra, David and Mary. In order to stay close to home, Don endeavored to start his own engineering and machining company, opening Motek in 1967, with the goal to bring good paying manufacturing jobs to rural Minnesota.

His passion for inventing and improving engineering processes led to the expansion of the business, which resulted in the establishment and growth of TEAM Industries.

Don also believed in innovation and technology. Motek began using some of the first pieces of CNC machining equipment in Minnesota. The snowmobile industry was booming at this time and Don developed several innovative, custom designed machines to gain a competitive advantage in this market.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Don heavily invested new technologies into the company. This investment, working with the new "CNC machines," was to be a real learning experience that Don would utilize in order to leverage future company growth. As Don's vision for utilizing this technology to improve productivity was realized, TEAM would grow beyond current capacities, yielding growth to more than 600 pieces of CNC equipment.

In 1984, Don and his son, David, decided to expand TEAM Industries and settled on the community of Audubon, MN. Because of its proximity to TEAM's major customers, a good labor force and ease of transport of products and materials, this represented a strategic opportunity to leverage and expand upon Don's engineering capabilities. In addition, this would also further Don's commitment to bring additional jobs to a rural Minnesota location. Audubon began manufacturing components for CVT's for the snowmobile and golf car industries and other contract manufacturing.

Don's lasting commitment would also serve to establish ongoing legacy funding, by creating the TEAM Foundation. TEAM Foundation is a nonprofit private foundation established to further the goals of TEAM Industries' founder, Don Ricke.

Through TEAM Industries, Inc. and the TEAM Foundation, Don's children David and Deb have continued Don's direction of "giving back to the communities we serve." Most are the generosity directed toward charitable giving, involving Education, Community and Healthcare. TEAM's sizeable donation made possible the building of the Sanford clinic in Bagley.

Don always embraced, created and leveraged a strong company "family friendly" workplace culture, while providing for rural job creation, and regional economic development stimulation — as well as providing for over 1,000 employees in TEAM. His family traditions of "Family Owned, Family Led, Family Strong" have been the "bricks and mortar" for building TEAM Industries Inc. into a world class solutions provider, while laying a foundation for sustained "employee friendly," employer of choice capability.

During the month of June, each of the TEAM locations have plans for celebrating with employees in appreciation for all they do on a daily basis.