DRN ReadiTech Named One of the Best Places to Work

  • Date: October 10, 2019
  • Author: Michelle

DRN ReadiTech was recently named as one of the Best Places to Work in the northern plains by Prairie Business.

Earlier this year, employees nominated the organizations by submitting anonymous employee-satisfaction surveys, and Prairie Business used the survey results in selecting the 50 Best.

The survey sought input on each employer’s benefits, workplace culture, and employee morale, among other factors. And employees responded. Prairie Business this year received more than 1,400 nominations from employees from around the region. In 2018, there were approximately 1,300 nominations.

“Each year, it seems we’re awed by the number of nominations we receive,” Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel said. “This year, it has happened again. And after reading through the nominations, it is hard not to be impressed by the passionate comments made by so many employees at these great companies.”  Here is what one employee said about DRN ReadiTech, “DRN ReadiTech is an awesome place to work!  Here I am part of a group of experts working together for the same goal, to help provide solutions to the surrounding communities.  It can be a challenge to bring the latest technology and security solutions to small-town North Dakota, but it’s this challenge that keeps pushing each of us to excel and succeed as a team.  We are a company that is heavily invested in improving the channels of communication that connect our members.  The idea that what we do here improves our user’s ability to work and compete with other businesses at a national level is a great feeling,”—Anonymous DRN ReadiTech employee.

Prairie Business is proud to present the results of the contest, which now is in its fifth year.

“It takes so much to be a great place to work. Obviously, it’s more than just pay or vacation time,” Wenzel said. “This year’s winners are good examples of companies that are working hard to make work fulfilling. It’s nice to see that it’s happening in so many places in our region.”

“I am greatly appreciative of DRN/ReadiTech’s employees for selecting the cooperative as one of the 50 Best Places to work. It is truly an honor to receive this award! If there were an award to be given for the best employee group, DRN/Readitech’s employees would have my vote for #1!”, said Kent Schimke, DRN ReadiTech CEO/General Manager.

 The 50 Best winners were honored in the September issue of Prairie Business, which is available online at prairiebusinessmagazine.com.

 DRN ReadiTech is a telecommunications cooperative with headquarters in Ellendale, ND.  DRN the parent company has been providing state-of-the-art telecommunications services in southcentral North Dakota for the past 70 years.  Its infrastructure is 100% fiber-optic which allows it to provide 1 Gig Internet service to all its customers.  ReadiTech is a subsidiary of DRN and provides Managed IT Services along with business phone systems, access control, and security systems.  ReadiTech has office locations in Aberdeen, SD, Fargo; Grand Forks, and Bismarck, ND.  For more information about DRN ReadiTech, visit its website at drnreaditech.coop.


2019 Prairie Business’ 50 Best Places to Work are:

3M, Brookings, S.D.

AE2S, Grand Forks, N.D.

Alerus, Grand Forks

All Terrain, Fargo, N.D.

Altru, Grand Forks, N.D.

Apex Engineering Group, Fargo, N.D.

Applied Engineering, Bismarck, N.D.

Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Arvig, Perham, Minn.

Baker Boy, Dickinson, N.D.

Border States Electric, Fargo, N.D.

Construction Engineers, Grand Forks, N.D.

Cornerstone Bank, no specific headquarters

Corporate Technologies, Minneapolis, Minn. with an office in Fargo, N.D.

Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, N.D. with executive offices in Plymouth, Minn.

Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, S.D.

DRN ReadiTech, Ellendale, N.D.

EAPC Architects Engineers, Grand Forks, N.D.

EERC, Grand Forks, N.D.

EMC Insurance, Bismarck, N.D. 

Enclave, Fargo, N.D.

First International Bank & Trust, Watford City, N.D.

First Western Bank & Trust, Minot, N.D.

Fisher Industries, Dickinson, N.D.

Gate City Bank, Fargo

Houston Engineering, Fargo, N.D.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown, N.D.

JLG Architects, Minneapolis

KLJ, Bismarck, N.D.

Lloyd Companies, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Marvin, Fargo and West Fargo, N.D.

McGough, St. Paul, Minn.

Midwest Fire, Luverne, Minn.

Minnkota Windows, West Fargo, N.D.

Missouri Valley Family YMCA, Bismarck, N.D.

Moore Engineering, West Fargo, N.D.

National Information Solutions Cooperative, Mandan, N.D.

Network Center, Fargo

Nexus Innovations, Bismarck

North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co., Bismarck, N.D.

Obermiller Nelson Engineering (ONE), Fargo, N.D.

Pediatric Therapy Partners, Fargo, N.D., and Bismarck, N .D.

RCS Construction, Rapid City, S.D.

Sandman Structural Engineers, Moorhead, Minn.

Starion Bank, Bismarck

Steffes, Dickinson, N.D.

Swier Law Firm, Avon, S.D.

Ulteig, Fargo, N.D.

WCCO Belting, Wahpeton, N.D.

Widseth Smith Nolting, Founded in Crookston, Minn.


About Prairie Business: For more than 17 years, Prairie Business has served as the only business-to-business magazine dedicated to the Northern Plains region. More than 20,000 print and digital copies are distributed monthly. The magazine focuses on success and opportunities in North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota and covers a variety of business topics including higher education, finance, architecture and engineering, agribusiness, energy, health care, economic development, tourism, technology, and construction.