Liquid Waste Technologies' continued growth and productivity is something most companies should strive for, said Ron Kind during a visit last week.

Kind's visit was designed as a meet and greet, but he took time at the end of the day to address the employees.

"I'm so impressed with what you do here," he told a room full of LWT staff. "This is cutting-edge technology."

In an economy that has most people worried about job security, LWT continues to grow and add jobs.

Last year the company added 25 positions and continues to grow, said Marty Barnes, former president of LWT and chief operating officer of Baltimore Dredge Enterprises LLC.

Many of LWT's employees are locally trained and educated at Wisconsin Indianhead Technology Center.

"It's nice to see that relationship," Kind said.

It's not just jobs and growth that has him impressed, he said.

Most of LWT's products are shipped overseas, which improves the relationship the U.S. has with other countries and promotes international trade.

"Trade really is a two-way street," Kind said. "I couldn't be prouder with what you're doing and where this company is going."

"We have a major dredging company right here in New Richmond without a major body of water. It's amazing," he said.

Much of that success should be credited to Dave Schnitzler, New Richmond mayor, and Bill Rubin, director of the St. Croix Economic Development Corp. for selling the assets in the west central region of the state, he said.

"Keep it up," Kind told the group. "You're doing great."