Community Wellness Partners is a collaboration between Cottonwood-Jackson-Nobles Counties public health departments. We work under the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership grant. CWP is about creating good health for the whole community, by decreasing obesity and reducing the number of people who use tobacco or who are exposed to tobacco smoke.
67% of Minnesotans are overweight or obese caused by insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eating—increasing risk for heart disease and diabetes, among other chronic illnesses. Meanwhile, over one in six Minnesotans still smoke, leading to cancer, heart disease and more. Obesity and tobacco use and exposure are the two leading causes of death.
Our strategies work to build opportunities in Cottonwood, Jackson, and Nobles counties to address healthier eating, increased non-motorized transportation, healthier eating and physical activity in childcare, Safe Routes to School, physical activity in schools, and workplace wellness (among many other strategies!).
As it was the year of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 50th Anniversary, motorcycle enthusiast and HitchDoc owner, Brad Mohns was waiting on the backordered motorcycle hitch he ordered for the trip. Tired of waiting, he went out to his farm shop and started working his own hitch. That year, Brad took a custom-built trike and chopper to Sturgis, South Dakota with hitches he had designed for common models of Harley Davidsons. The effort, design and quality was apparent to the motorcycling community so the orders rolled in from that day forward.
As a full-time farmer, Brad had all the tools he needed to make hitches for his bikes and friend’s but when orders kept coming in, it was time to upgrade and grow. Brad built his first CNC plasma table in 1994 because the quality of machines on the market weren’t up to his standards.
OEMs learned of the cutting capability and HitchDoc’s Contract Manufacturing division began. That drive for high quality and machines is still felt on the production floor today.
Brad knew he needed to upgrade his space during the early 2000’s. In 2005, he built a new 50,000 sq.ft. facility and moved his 18 employees from the farm shop in Round Lake, MN to Jackson, MN. Growth exploded and an expansion of another 50,000sq. ft. was already needed in 2007.
When the Great Recession hit in 2008, the minds at HitchDoc did not slow down. In effort to keep all of the employees working, HitchDoc Management began adding product lines through acquisition and development. It evens out the work flow and has kept the company stable during the ups and downs of contract manufacturing.
Today, HitchDoc is still family owned and Brad and his wife, Linda, have welcomed their children, Chad, Stacy, Tasha and their families, into the ISO certified operation. Constantly innovating and improving HitchDoc’s already high quality product lines, the Mohns family will continue to discover great OEM partners, diversify product offerings, improve capabilities and strive for success.
Serving over 10 industries with over 150 employees, 25 years’ experience and a 166,000sq. ft. facility, the values and quality policy have not changed. Having a facility and machines that are second to none, the employee team is extremely proud of the work they do with 100% American made materials. HitchDoc will always be dedicated to their employees and staying ahead of constantly advancing technologies.
To learn more about HitchDoc and what we do, check us out at www.hitchdoc.com and “like” us on Facebook!
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