Nominated 2014

Russell ChierRuss Chier learned the meaning of hard work and responsibility by working in the family business, C. A. Chier Sand Co. owned by his father, Clifford Chier. After graduating from Berlin High School in 1955 he went into the business full time learning all aspects of the operation. By the early 1960s he became a partner along with his brother-in-law, George Hess. When Cliff Chier retired the two men incorporated the company (Chier Sand) and in 1979 co-founded Badger Mining Corporation taking it from a local and then regional industrial sand company to an international organization. Through their leadership the company has won a number of awards and other recognition.

Their hard work, initiative and vision grew this company to the highly respected and significant employer that it is today. The company’s value statement: “We are committee to environmental responsibility, health and wellness, quality, safety, and integrity, while providing a rewarding and enjoyable place to work,” summarizes the pair’s leadership and ethical values.

Russ Chier, George Hess, and Badger Mining Corp. are “the role model” for exceptional community service. Russ’ generous spirit helped foster the employee attitude of helpfulness that is still prevalent in the company today.

He was a very kind and generous man who touched the lives of many people.