Tower Systems celebrates 30 years, announces Lake Area apprenticeship

May 5, 2021

Kerry Drager Public Opinion Staff Writer, Watertown Public Opinion

 

A Watertown company celebrated 30 years of doing business in South Dakota Tuesday with some hefty dignitaries.

Tower Systems is a tower installation, design and project management company based in Watertown. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D.; and Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr were at the rebrand and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tower Systems.

The company has been a pioneer in the industry, providing broadband internet access the nation and the world through its infrastructures. Tower Systems is starting a new new telecommunications tower technician apprenticeship program at Lake Area, according to a news release about the event.

Thune expressed his dedication to policies that provide Tower Systems the opportunity to succeed.

“It will transform our economy with better-paying jobs, a higher standard of living and quality of life across South Dakota,” Thune said.

Johnson identified the critical job Tower Systems takes on by providing broadband internet to South Dakota and the powering of connectivity with the community it has helped foster.

 

U.S Rep. Dusty Johnson thanked Tower Systems for their ability to "rise" as innovative leaders and industry pioneers.

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson thanked Tower Systems for their ability to “rise” as innovative leaders and industry pioneers. Public Opinion Photo By Kerry Drager

 

The Watertown Chamber of Commerce celebrated the rebranding of Power Systems with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Watertown Chamber of Commerce celebrated the rebranding of Tower Systems with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Public Opinion Photo by Kerry Drager

 

“‘We Rise’ is a great motto for this company,” he said. “Not only do you rise, but you also lift. You have lifted your great employees. You have lifted the communities where you reside. You have lifted the society by enabling the kind of connectivity we all need more of. You lifted an industry that has allowed for better policy.

“It is appropriate today that we focus on the continued rising of Tower Systems. You are not making this trip alone. You are taking so many of us with you,” Johnson said.

The hard work of Tower Systems employees was noted and celebrated by Carr.

“So many people, when they turn on their smartphone or start streaming their Netflix, assume that it’s going to work. What people lose sight of is that this is real work. This is a real infrastructure effort. It takes work to have the leading broadband networks that we have in this country, and it’s thanks to all of you,” he said.

The success of Tower Systems was made possible by the innovation of the company’s founder Bill Carlson. In 2019, Carlson died, leaving the business to his daughter Kari Carlson. Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron recognized and memorialized the founder by proclaiming it Bill Carlson Day.

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Tower Systems celebrates 30 years, announces Lake Area apprenticeship

Kerry Drager Public Opinion Staff Writer, Watertown Public Opinion

 

A Watertown company celebrated 30 years of doing business in South Dakota Tuesday with some hefty dignitaries.

Tower Systems is a tower installation, design and project management company based in Watertown. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D.; and Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr were at the rebrand and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tower Systems.

The company has been a pioneer in the industry, providing broadband internet access the nation and the world through its infrastructures. Tower Systems is starting a new new telecommunications tower technician apprenticeship program at Lake Area, according to a news release about the event.

Thune expressed his dedication to policies that provide Tower Systems the opportunity to succeed.

“It will transform our economy with better-paying jobs, a higher standard of living and quality of life across South Dakota,” Thune said.

Johnson identified the critical job Tower Systems takes on by providing broadband internet to South Dakota and the powering of connectivity with the community it has helped foster.

 

U.S Rep. Dusty Johnson thanked Tower Systems for their ability to "rise" as innovative leaders and industry pioneers.

U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson thanked Tower Systems for their ability to “rise” as innovative leaders and industry pioneers. Public Opinion Photo By Kerry Drager

 

The Watertown Chamber of Commerce celebrated the rebranding of Power Systems with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Watertown Chamber of Commerce celebrated the rebranding of Tower Systems with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Public Opinion Photo by Kerry Drager

 

“‘We Rise’ is a great motto for this company,” he said. “Not only do you rise, but you also lift. You have lifted your great employees. You have lifted the communities where you reside. You have lifted the society by enabling the kind of connectivity we all need more of. You lifted an industry that has allowed for better policy.

“It is appropriate today that we focus on the continued rising of Tower Systems. You are not making this trip alone. You are taking so many of us with you,” Johnson said.

The hard work of Tower Systems employees was noted and celebrated by Carr.

“So many people, when they turn on their smartphone or start streaming their Netflix, assume that it’s going to work. What people lose sight of is that this is real work. This is a real infrastructure effort. It takes work to have the leading broadband networks that we have in this country, and it’s thanks to all of you,” he said.

The success of Tower Systems was made possible by the innovation of the company’s founder Bill Carlson. In 2019, Carlson died, leaving the business to his daughter Kari Carlson. Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron recognized and memorialized the founder by proclaiming it Bill Carlson Day.

To view this news article, click here.