• Chamber Members On the Move and In the News!

    It is so exciting to see businesses grow and move to locations to better themselves for whatever reason. 
     Need more space?  Better foot traffic?  Whatever the reason we want to shout it from our roof tops that our members have moved or made the news!  

    We've had so many of our members re-locate and wanted to start this new way to let everyone know. 
    We are also very glad to have great sponsors to many of our programs and events and this is no different.   

    Chamber Members On the Move and In the News is sponsored in part by The Realty Team in Watertown.  


    Crazy big news for us!
    We’re so excited to be a finalist in the #ToastyAwards20! Vote for us as the Greatest Staff of all Time to help us win -[https://pos.toasttab.com/toasty-awards-2020
    Whats a Toasty?

    Its an award given out by our POS company nationally to top Restaurants and retail stores, and we were nominated and chosen for the Greatest Staff of all Time!

    This award not only sends us to Boston, it also nets us an $8000 FOH / BOH Improvement, and a $2000 Staff Party!

    The show works like this - It's a voting game. What we need is as many people as possible to vote for us under Greatest Staff of all Time. It takes less than a minute! ( check the link below )

    I cannot say how excited we are that we've been selected. We have a fantastic crew, and without them we wouldn't be here.

    Thank you a million times in advance for voting. If you'd be willing to share, to ask someone to vote for us, or just to vote, we would be grateful.

    Thanks again!

    Love, Dempseys

    ON THE MOVE!!!  First District Development Company has relocated to their new building at 418 18th Ave NE in Watertown. FDDC is committed to economic growth in South Dakota by offering business financing at terms that benefit borrowers and lenders.


    For more information on FDDC go to: http://fddc.1stdistrict.org


    In the News!!  Glacial Lakes Distillery was recently highlighted on KSFY news for providing recipes to different holiday drinks!  We love seeing our local business owners being recognized not only in Watertown but other places as well!  Here is what KSFY had to say:

    One of the owners of Glacial Lakes Distillery, Quentin Robertson, shared a few different drinks that can be festive for the holiday season. Glacial Lakes Distillery makes several of their own spirits using local ingredients like locally grown wheat in its vodka. The handcrafted vodka is the most popular spirit within the distillery.

    Check out more here!


    IN THE NEWS!!!    Two Watertown Avantara employees were recognized and honored by the American Health Care Association!  Li
    nda Ramsey won the Certified Dietary Manager of the year award and Krista Beauchamp was selected Director of Nursing of the Year in the AHCA/National Quality Awards Program.

    Read more here from the Watertown Public Opinion. 



    Kyle Lalim named South Dakota REALTOR of the YearKyle Lalim was recently named South Dakota REALTOR of the Year by the Northeast REALTORS Association. 

    Click here to read more about Kyle and congratulate him on his award! 





    (Watertown, SD) – Dakota Bodies announced that Jim Peterson has been named as
    President effective as of September 23, 2019. Jeff Orthaus, who has been the president of
    Dakota Bodies since they opened up their doors in 1997, will be appointed as the Chief
    Executive Officer of the company.
    Orthaus says the transition is a very positive move for the company. “Jim’s knowledge,
    parallel experience and fresh insight will be a valuable asset as we continue to maintain
    and accelerate the growth and success of Dakota Bodies,” said Orthaus. “We have
    outgrown some of our current processes and this new leadership structure will better
    serve our company as a whole. I look forward to the addition of Jim to our team and
    building on the momentum established here at Dakota Bodies.”
    Peterson, a South Dakota native, was previously EVP of manufacturing operations for
    Manitex International and has over 25 years of progressive manufacturing experience. “I
    am excited to assume this new role and join this reputable team. This is an exciting time
    for Dakota Bodies, and I look forward to the future and continuing the hard work from
    which the company was founded,” said Peterson.


    Würth Elektronik Honors and Awards Employees for 2019 Year
    From 2018 to 2019, Würth Elektronik has had the honor of celebrating dedicated employees who go above and beyond and encompass the “More Than You Expect” motto. Recipients of this year’s “More Than You Expect” awards include Josh Grace and Jared Quenzer from Watertown, SD, and Jeff House from Haverhill, Massachusetts. 
    Würth Elektronik is also pleased to announce the recent promotions within the company from 2018-2019. Congratulations to Brian Richter, Deb Haddad, Elise Huang, Jason Rucker, Jeff House, Joe Schmeling, Keli Foley, Kristy Hayes, Marios Lteif, Michael Rego, Pascal Plagmann, Shereen Abeid, Stacy Johnson, Tammy Dodge, and Tomek Laszczkowski on their recent promotions within the company.

    These employees were honored at the annual company conference in June 2019 and monthly meeting in August 2019.

    To join the crew at Würth Elektronik, apply online at www.we-online.com/apply.


    Würth Elektronik Celebrates Service Anniversaries

    Würth Elektronik celebrates longevity of its employees' careers. Within one department alone, its 16 employees have over 323 combined years of service. From 2018 to 2019, Würth Elektronik has had the honor of celebrating service anniversary milestones of 9 employees across the globe. Ryan Goetowski (California), Gabriel Castañeda (Mexico), Jean-François Joubran (Canada), Ira Bürkert (Germany), Jamie Lindner (Watertown), and Julie Hanthorn (Watertown) celebrate 10 years of service. Steve Kennedy and Tammy Nogelmeier from Watertown are honored with 20 and 30 years, respectively, and Dolly Rasmussen from Watertown celebrates a grand 40 years of service with the company. 
    These employees will be honored at the annual company conference in June 2019. To join the veteran crew at Würth Elektronik, apply online at www.we-online.com/apply. 

    Avantara Watertown

    (formerly known as Watertown Care and Rehabilitation Center) 

    Recently, Watertown Care and Rehabilitation Center began operating under a new name, Avantara Watertown.  Under the continued direction of Lynna Speier, Avantara Watertown remains dedicated to providing quality-reliable care, rehabilitation and wellness programming, and specialized care services.  Give them a call at 886-8431 for questions or stop by to tour the facility! 





    Watertown Care and Rehabilitation Center 

    Watertown Care and Rehabilitation was recently recognized as the 2019 recipient of the Bronze-Commitment to Quality Award.  The award is given by the  American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) to care facilities that are committed to improving the lives of residents through quality care.  We are so proud to have Watertown Care and Rehabilitation Center in Watertown and have them as members of the Chamber!  Congratulations to the entire staff and thank you for loving your residents the way you do!

    Mount Marty College in Watertown moving to LATI 

    Mount Marty College has decided to move from their current location on West Hwy 212 to join forces with Lake Area Technical Institute beginning in the fall.  MMC currently offers two classes that are located on LATI's campus in a pilot program to see if the benefits out weighed the setbacks.  Students that were in these classes have a very positive feedback with 84 percent reporting good or excellent experiences. 

    Read more about this story on the Watertown Public Opinion's website

    Lake Kampeska Homes Featured on Lakefront Bargain Hunt 

    You may have seen it advertised for weeks but still missed it.  The episode called "Fresh Start on Lake Kampeska" aired Sunday Night at 7:30 on HGTV.     Ann Schmidt with Real Estate Professionals here in Watertown was the realtor that presented the properties and connected the buyer to just the right lake front home.  You can tune in and watch the story unfold here.

    A job well done putting a spotlight on one of our greatest resources here in Watertown, Lake Kampeska.

    Phillip Mathews Agency to Relocate Downtown Watertown

    Since taking over Ken Sinners State Farm Agency, Phillip Matthews and his team have been servicing their clients in Watertown at 600 Fifth St. SE. They have relocated to their new location at 208 East Kempin June of 2019. This was the second business this year to make its move to downtown as a result of the WDC’s revitalization program, following Sunshine and Co. boutique.
    Read more about this story on The Public Opinion's website.

    Sunshine & Co.
    Sunshine & Co is our very first business to re-locate since we started this series.  In November 2017 the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting as part of the Grand Opening for Sunshine & Co. on 1st Ave South ac
    ross from the Codington County Court House. Sabrina has a great business model and the location was great to start her new business.  She realized the business was good and thought maybe 1st Ave South didn't have the foot traffic she needed.   In April of 2019 Sabrina relocated to a new store front on Kemp Ave with the assistance of the Watertown Development Company once she was alerted to the programs they offered by Jen Pendley, Director of Membership Services.   

    Here is a link the the Public Opinion story about Sabrina and Sunshine & Co