The Ulven Companies were awarded Virtue First’s “Business of the year 2013” award at the 3rd annual event for the Foundation. Hosted by the Virtue First Foundation, the awards evening honored teachers, coaches, youth ministers, schools, businesses and health-care providers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to serving youth and promoting virtue throughout the past year. A member of the community selects each nominee, with top awards given in several categories.
The Virtue First Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to “exercising virtue to reconstruct the character of America’s youth.” Virtue First was founded by Coach Randy Traeger who began coaching football in 1979. Having worked side-by-side with young people for so many years, Coach Traeger noticed the steady decline of their moral foundation. This is where the concept of putting virtue first had its beginning. Organizations who have used Coach Traeger’s program, have realized 60% to 80% reductions in behavior and discipline problems, increased student/employee involvement within the community, and higher staff retention rates.
Dan Ulven, President of The Ulven Companies said, “This is a great reflection on our company and every employee's contributions, not only in making this a great place to work but also in everyone’s efforts in the community.”
The Ulven Companies have been in the forging industry for over 40 years – starting with the founding of Ulven Forging, Inc. in 1971. The Ulven Companies now comprise a group of four different American companies and are privately held. Each company has its unique set of process capabilities in different areas of the industry and is known for bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to its customers with reliability and integrity.