Border States Electric (BSE), Fargo, N.D., recently won several awards. The company’s Willmar, Minn., location became a control member of Schneider Electric’s Automation and Control Excellence (ACE) program, and Erik Rannetsberger, a customer service rep at the branch, completed the necessary training to become a certified ACE control expert.  As an ACE member, BSE belongs to an exclusive group of Schneider Electric distributors committed to training experts and maintaining inventory that industrial end users and machine building original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) require.

BSE was also recognized as the 2013 ESOP Company of the Year by the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association at the association’s recent chapter meeting in Minneapolis.BSE received this award for its involvement in the chapter and national ESOP association, as well as its high level of employee communications, community involvement and government relations activities. “Employee-ownership is a significant part of our culture at BSE, and we are honored to receive this recognition,” said Sherri Sandvig, vice president human resources.”

Border States also said its Marshall, Minn., location was recognized as a Marshall GreenStep Business. BSE was one of eight businesses recognized as a Marshall GreenStep Business in Jan. 2013. The company was acknowledged for its efforts in solid waste prevention, conservation of resources, recycling and energy efficiency.

The city of Marshall was officially recognized  in April by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as a Step One GreenStep City as a part of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals through implementation of 28 best practices.