JBL Companies Newsletter – Summer

Minnesota Farmers Union State Fair Project

Remodeled Minnesota Farmers Union State Fair Building Goes High Volume

A major remodeling at the Minnesota State Fair Farmers Union Building by CNH Architects brings high hopes to educate more fairgoers about the $75 billion farming industry, while enjoying foods sourced from across the state.  Thousands sipped on specialty coffees, delicious BLT’s and a new cobbler dessert.  

JBL Companies was hired as the owner’s representative to coordinate the entire team from the architects to contractors.  JBL was responsible for running all construction meetings, working out a site design, condition issues and making sure everything stayed on track for the shop to open in time for the State Fair.

The serving area was improved to serve more customers, maximizing the flow and reducing the amount of steps for servers. Stainless steel countertops are reminiscent of dairy facilities, with recycled barnwood used as facing and barn and shed elements behind the counter to give an agricultural feel. There were numerous design decisions to make for a relatively small area.

Operating since the 1950’s and perhaps best known for its yardsticks, the Farmers Union is now more well known for its coffee.  It has chosen a new design interacted with a food truck and service provided by Birchwood Café in Minneapolis. It’s located at 1635 Dan Patch Avenue, at the corner of Cosgrove Street, near the traditional fair entrance off of Snelling Avenue.

Need help with coordinating your next project? Contact JBL Companies today at 651-686-0212.

Heirloom Tomato and Sweet Corn BLT At The MN Farmers Union Coffee Shop
Rick Nelson Star Tribune, OCTOBER 17, 2018
“The BLT is God’s gift to sandwiches. In the hands of Birchwood Cafe chef Marshall Paulsen — and his vast network of Minnesota organic farmers — it’s elevated into a heaven-sent fair experience. No detail is left to chance in this ingenious and labor-intensive effort, from the swipes of basil-kale-sunflower seed pesto and chipotle-fueled sweet corn purée, right down to the sturdy focaccia, baked by Baker’s Field Flour & Bread in Minneapolis. Truly spectacular. $12.”
Location: MN Farmers Union Coffee Shop

Simon Says Give

Simon Says Give

Simon Says Give® Partners with Mall of America® 
High Five for Supplies® Backpack Packing Event

Simon Says Give

Simon Says Give, a Minnesota-based, youth-led nonprofit and tenant of JBL Companies, recently announced their partnership with Mall of America to pack 8,000 backpacks filled with school supplies. The event will take place in the Rotunda on July 27, 2019. The backpacks will be sent to underprivileged children throughout Minnesota to prepare them for the upcoming school year. 

Event Details 
This is the third year Mall of America has teamed up with Simon Says Give. Mall of America has provided the perfect venue for this event as Simon Says Give receives thousands of items and dollars that all go toward the creation, purchase, and supply of backpacks for this event. 

When: High Five for Supplies Drive – July 27, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Where:  Mall of America Rotunda at 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 

To learn more, or to volunteer, please visit their website at SimonSaysGive.org

This year marks their 7th annual High Five for Supplies drive. Over the years, the program has provided 40,000 children with the supplies they need to be ready for school. In 2018, they were successful in achieving a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for stuffing over 8,000 backpacks in an 8-hour period of time. 

About Simon Says Give

Simon Says Give is a nonprofit founded by Mandi Simon when she was 8-years old. When Mandi was 10, Simon Says Give signed a lease with JBL Companies for suite 101 at 3440 Federal Drive in Eagan, Minnesota, officially making Mandi our youngest tennant! Now 15, Mandi and her team at Simon Says Give support Kids Celebrating Kids® in four ways: Birthday Celebrations for kids in need, Youth Leadership opportunities, Chapter Passion Projects and their annual High  Five for Supplies drive. Simon Says Give has had a direct impact on over 150,000 kids, and their goal is to impact 2 million by 2022!