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AGRA Employee Foreman Recognized by National Guard

An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Bob Doleshal is Brian Southworth’s foreman at Merrill Fab, an AGRA Industries company. Brian presented the award to Bob in front of his fellow Merrill Fab workers at a monthly safety meeting.  Bryce Kelley, Area 8 Chairman of the Wisconsin ESGR, was on hand for the award, as well.

We continue to take proud in our people and in their support of community and country.  Service is found in many forms.  Thank you to our brave warriors and those who support them.  This is the fabric of community that makes our people great!


AGRA Industries Welcomes Wayne Mitchell
to Its Business Development Team

AGRA Industries (AGRA) announced today that Wayne Mitchell has joined the AGRA team in a business development role. Wayne’s primary responsibilities will include developing a long term strategy for AGRA to maximize opportunities within the renewable energy sector. He will identify and analyze key market trends and establish strategic goals and business development opportunities for AGRA. Once major projects are completed, Wayne has the experience to manage the operations of these facilities to bring them to efficiency and profitability. Wayne brings a level of expertise and over 20 years of experience in developing and managing ethanol and renewable fuel projects. “I have known Wayne for many years and I am pleased to have him as part of our team.” said Pat Hinner, President.

In light of the EPA’s E15 Partial Waiver Decision allowing 15% ethanol for use in model year 2007 and newer light-duty motor vehicles only, coupled with the ever increasing rise in fossil fuel prices, AGRA has honed its focus to prepare for the anticipated increase in the demand for ethanol. The company also continues to actively research and forge relationships with renewable energy technology providers to help current and future customers find new ways to upgrade their ethanol facilities to make them more productive, efficient, and profitable. Most importantly, development of these new technologies is vital to support our nation’s ever increasing energy needs. AGRA believes Wayne Mitchell’s expertise and experience will be pivotal in the success of AGRA’s endeavors in this area.

AGRA Industries Inc. Breaks Ground on New Facility Expansion

  • AGRA Industries Inc., which specializes in custom steel fabrication and construction, is expanding its 60,000-square-foot Merrill Fab manufacturing plant by adding 25,200 square feet and a new stainless-steel fabrication department.
  • During the past 40 years, AGRA has created custom components for seed conditioning facilities, ethanol facilities, feed mills and grain handling or storage facilities.
  • The expansion project, which is to allow the company to do more stainless steel tank construction, will not only employ local contractors, but result in the hiring of additional workers.
  • Construction already has begun and is expected to be completed by January or February. Other updates to the facility include a 2,400 square-foot addition to the engineering and administration office.
  • AGRA currently employs 100 people in engineering, fabrication millwrighting and administration.
  • Prior to 1998, AGRA was known as Merrill Iron and Steel.
  • The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ground breaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at the 1211 W. Water St. facility.
Pat Hinner - President of AGRA Industries accepts Merrill Chamber of Commerce Recognition Plaque
Pat Hinner - President of AGRA Industries accepts
Merrill Chamber of Commerce Recognition Plaque

Pat Hinner - President along with Key Personnel
and Merrill Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors
break ground on new facility expansion in 2006.