Insight Publications announced the winners of its fourth annual innovation awards at its annual THINC! event May 11. More than 250 people attended the sixth annual Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference at UW-Fox Valley.
Winners were named in the categories of people, planet, process and product and a special award was named for community response. This year brought in 30 nominations. The winners are:
|People: enVision Performance Solutions. A strategic provider of custom solutions for executives and the teams they lead, the company was established five years ago in the Fox Valley by Principals Gail Wise and Tom Wiltzius, who developed their trademarked envision360 leadership development tool, the first of its kind to offer assessments that lead directly to a customized leadership development plan for each user. Clients include Bellin Health, Jewelers Mutual, Miller Electric and the U.S. Olympic Committee.|
|Planet: MatchBack Systems. A Software as a Service organization in the transportation logistics industry based in Green Bay, MatchBack Systems has developed a more efficient way to ensure that shipping containers are filled both outbound and inbound from shipping ports. The company uses technology to automate and provide transparency to all stakeholders to reduce port-related congestion, improve efficiency and reduce costs.|
|Process: Great Northern Corp. GNC is a leading developer and manufacturer of creative solutions for packaging, shipping, merchandising and distributing products for industrial, commercial and retail markets. Based in Appleton, it employs 1,200 people in five states. In 2015, it launched a five-year growth plan called Vision 2020, which calls for all business units to develop innovative products and processes for customers as a way to do what others “can’t or won’t” do. GNC has experienced double-digit growth in the last decade, with $450 million in sales in 2016.|
|Product: Reynolds Presto Products – Specialty Division. Reynolds Presto designed and patented a child-resistant package closure system to protect small children from accidental contact with dangerous chemicals. Trademarked Child-Guard, it was launched in 2016 on big-name laundry detergent pods. With an R&D team in Appleton and most of its manufacturing in the New North region, Presto Specialty ships its products worldwide.|
|Special award: A state-licensed outpatient mental health and AODA clinic based in Menasha, Samaritan Counseling developed its Connected Community Wellness Screen in 2012 in response to a high rate of teen suicides and suicide attempts in the Heart of the Valley. It brings mental health check-ups to kids at their schools and connects them with the care they need. The program has identified 1,190 youth with symptoms associated with suicide risk, referred 924 for evaluation and connected 429 with care.|
Videos profiling the winners and their innovation can be viewed here.
Also nominated: Acuity, Advantage Machine LLC, Amerequip, Appleton Group LLC, Billy-Ray Home Mobility LLC, Carnivore Meat Company, CatholicLink, Consolidated Construction Company Inc., energybank, enVision Performance Solutions, Evergreen Credit Union, Forsite Benefits, Foth, Great Northern Corporation, ITP-Information Technology Professionals, KerberRose, S.C., MatchBack Systems, McMAHON Associates, Inc., Mission Move, Navitus Health Solutions, Orion Energy Systems, Paper Transport Inc., Performa Inc., Reynolds Packaging LLC, Reynolds Presto Products-Specialty Division, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Sargento Foods Inc., Shea Electric and Communications LLC, Torchgrip and The Utech Group.
The mission of THINC! is to shine a spotlight on innovation in Northeast Wisconsin in a format that provokes, inspires and energizes people to build on — and invest in — ideas to advance the regional economy. The day kicked off with keynote speaker John Sweeney, co-owner and executive producer of the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, who talked about the connection between improvisation.
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