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Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest 2017

Every year, the Culture Committee hosts a celebration for all of the employees to come together and show off their ugliest/most festive Holiday sweaters! Everyone participating lined up for voting, while everyone else cheered loudly for their favorite sweaters. Although ALL of the outfits were merry and bright, the overall best attire went to Bruce Kelly (Account Manager)! Erik Fraser (Project Coordinator) was a close second in a sweater you have to see to believe, and Dash the dog wasn’t far behind with his light up doggy sweater and reindeer antlers.… Continue Reading

Happy Halloween from Parallel Technologies

On the eve of October 31st, people all around the world celebrate a spooky night of fun called Halloween.

Whether you celebrate with frightening costumes and decorations, or use this holiday to dress as your favorite super hero and collect candy, there’s one thing guaranteed – If you’re a Minnesotan, your Halloween costume consists of a little extra padding for warmth.

View the gallery below to see how Parallel Technologies employees celebrated Halloween this year, but beware…there’s a scary amount of cuteness.… Continue Reading

Open House Event Recap 2017

Every year Parallel Technologies plans the open house event with one simple goal in mind: TO HAVE FUN!

Although we love showing off our facility, and giving our customers a chance to learn more about our company – our true intent is to give Parallel employees the opportunity to get to know our customers, vendors and partners, outside of the everyday work atmosphere.

The event kicks off with live music, bottomless drinks and mouthwatering food, with learning sessions scheduled throughout.… Continue Reading

New Hires Expand Parallel Technologies’ Intelligent Building Business

New hires Happel and Peterson add depth and expertise to company’s physical security capabilities

Parallel Technologies has expanded its physical security capabilities with the addition of Walt Happel as Physical Security Solutions Engineer and Kenton Peterson as Physical Security Pre-Sales Design Engineer.

“Today, more than ever, the implementation of a physical security strategy is critical for any size organization,” said Dale Klein, president and CEO of Parallel Technologies. “More than just cameras and access cards, physical security protects the people and operations that empower an organization.… Continue Reading

Introducing: The Babies of Parallel

The past 12 months have been extremely eventful for many employees at Parallel Technologies. While the company has been busy expanding, so have the Parallel families!

Thanks to Madison Olson (Enterprise Project Coordinator), all of the “Babies of Parallel” have new branded onesies, bibs and pacifiers to show off their Parallel Pride!… Continue Reading

What does Edge Data Center mean to your Business?

Written By: Nate Mechtel

The technology industry is littered with buzz-words. “Digitization,” “Cloud,” and “IoT” appear to be at the tip of many IT professionals (and executives) these days. Yet each of the preceding buzzwords are technologically enabled by yet another buzzword: “Edge Computing.”

This article is meant to provide a brief explanation of how we define “Edge Computing,” but more importantly to discuss and review the physical implications of the Edge, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid.… Continue Reading

Employee Appreciation Month 2017

This year Parallel Technologies designated the month of August as Employee Appreciation Month! Every Thursday the Culture Committee hosted an event for everyone to enjoy. Both Minnesota and Nebraska offices were able to celebrate these events, including: cupcakes and coffee, professional massages, ice cream social, pizza party, eclipse viewing and a bags tournament. It was a fun filled month – Thank you to all of our employees for their hard work year round!

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Welcome to the Team: Tom Fuxa

Name: Tom Fuxa
Department: Sales
Job Title: Account Manager
Three Interesting Facts about yourself:
– I am originally from Colorado.  Go Broncos!
– I married an Iowa girl (Becky) 26 years ago and we have two adult sons, Joel 24 and Eric 21.
– I was a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Excelsior…and thinking about re-enlisting and coming out of retirement.
Parallel Technologies Event that you are most looking forward to:  Pretty much anything that comes up.  From my ‘new guy’ perspective the Culture Committee does a great job at planning stuff that brings us together AND strengthens The Parallel Technologies environment.… Continue Reading

When Facilities Meet Fascinating – Bart Choat Travels to Kodiak, Alaska

By Sara Krassin

With its recent acquisition of Building System Solutions (BSS), Parallel Technologies increased its building automation offerings, expanded its geographical reach, and gained 11 outstanding employees with a diverse range of talents and expertise.

Application Engineer Bart Choat first discovered BSS while looking for help with some systems updates that he was hoping to make, at the four buildings he managed for a publishing company in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Choat entered the facilities maintenance and building controls fields after graduating with a degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he also studied computer engineering.… Continue Reading