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Nisswa business looks for employees

A new Nisswa business, moving into the former Furniture North building, is looking to add about 15 positions.

Glynlyon Inc. is based in Chandler, Ariz. The technology company has offices in Arizona and Rock Rapids, Iowa, employing about 350 between the two sites.

Glynlyon Inc.’s chief executive officer is Robert Campbell Jr., of Chandler, Ariz.

Denise Laudenbach, vice president of sales, said a job fair Thursday in Nisswa is designed to help the company fill its current positions. She said additional growth is anticipated and the company wanted to see what talent may be out there and who would be interested in working with them.

The connection to the lakes area for the Arizona-based company came with Campbell, who has been coming to the lakes area for more than 25 years and wanted to grow the economy in Nisswa, Laudenbach said.

Laudenbach described the corporate culture as contemporary and energetic. The former furniture building, near the intersection of Highway 371 and County Highway 77, is being transformed into the office space.

“We are really excited about our plans and what we want to be able to build here,” Laudenbach said. “We are excited about our plans and the economic growth we want to bring to the Brainerd lakes area.”

Glynlyon develops and sells online curriculum and core curriculum used in schools, covering subjects as math, languages, science and elective courses. The company’s curriculum is available for the students in a wide variety of learning levels.

In Nisswa, Laudenbach said the focus of the work will be for grades 3-12 within the public education sector. Other parts of the company work with home school and Christian-based curriculums. The Rock Rapids, Iowa site handles the Christian curriculum.

Laudenbach said there was a nice turnout of prospective employees for a late December job fair, but the company hopes to attract even more for the Thursday job fair at the Nisswa Community Center. To that end, the company expanded the hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We would love to have them bring a resume and we will have job descriptions there and information available on the company,” Laudenbach said. A motor coach will display information on Odysseyware, one of the company’s eLearning products lines, and provide more details about the company. The motor coach, with technology to display what the company has to offer, travels the country to give superintendents and school districts a chance to see what Glynlyon offers. It’s allows the company to show people how it can impact the lives of students, Laudenbach said.

Laudenbach said the customized web-based curriculum utilizes multimedia to give students more ways to learn and is accessible at any time from anywhere. If a district has existing electronic curriculum, Laudenbach said Glynlyon can house the data on its platform and track student progress for school districts.

In expanding to Nisswa, Laudenbach said she is looking for people with sales experience who have been responsible for revenue and quotas and people who may not have that experience but who can be appointment setters making calls to school districts.

“If they can bring the skills and attitude, I can teach them about the industry,” Laudenbach said. She said the company’s compensation package is competitive.

Final interview rounds are expected Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 with employees expected to be hired and starting a training period by Jan. 30.

“Excited is an understatement,” Laudenbach said of starting the business in Nisswa. “We are truly blessed. We are able to bring this company to our community. It’s a godsend. It really is. We’re just looking for really good talent and there is a lot of underemployed in our community.

“It’s not often people are given an opportunity to help kids be successful and have them career ready and be contributors to the communities they live in.

That’s a win — to be involved in a company that truly impacts the lives of students.”

RENEE RICHARDSON may be reached at 855-5852 or

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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