Regional Roundup

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» Interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Green Bay Oncology to provide cancer care at Affinity Health System locations

Ministry Health Care announced a new partnership with Green Bay Oncology to provide cancer care services at Affinity Health System hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin.

Affinity Health System is part of the Ministry Health Care network. The hospitals involved include St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and Calumet Medical Center in Chilton.

Green Bay Oncology is Northeast Wisconsin’s largest group of certified hematologists and medical oncologists, with nine medical oncology physicians, a team of nurse practitioners, and a support staff of more than125 people.

“Affinity Health System is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate, personalized cancer care in the Fox Valley and we’re excited the respected team of clinicians from Green Bay Oncology will be partnering with us in this effort,” says Monica Hilt, regional vice president for Ministry Health Care’s eastern region.

The National Cancer Institute has designated GBO as the region’s longest participant in its Clinical Oncology Research Program. The program includes clinical trials to evaluate new cancer treatments, and identifies new ways to detect, diagnose and treat cancer. Through this program, GBO patients have access to groundbreaking new treatments, often years before anyone else. Green Bay Oncology is one of only two program participants in Wisconsin.

“Affinity Health System has provided high-quality medical care to patients in the Fox Cities and Chilton for many years,” says Dr. David Groteluschen, president of Green Bay Oncology. “Green Bay Oncology
looks forward to continuing this tradition with innovative value-based oncology care.”

To support the oncology partnership with GBO, a new cancer center was constructed at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and is expected to be open Feb. 1.

Professional Plating expands in Brillion

Brillion-based Professional Plating Inc. announced a three-part building expansion that will bring 20 new jobs and more than $7.5 million in investment to Calumet County.

Construction on the concurrent building projects began in December and will add more than 60,000 square feet of space to the company’s facilities. Part of the expansion will house the company’s new zinc rack plating system scheduled to come online this summer.

Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders is the design-build partner for the project, while Jessup Engineering of Rochester Hills, Mich., will provide the new zinc rack plating line.

Part of the project will involve relocating an existing 10,000-square -foot building from its current location on the Northway Drive campus to a new location across the street, where it will be developed into a standalone warehouse facility.

“We are proud to continue to also expand our footprint and our commitment to the Brillion community and surrounding area,” says Bob Endries, owner and founder of Professional Plating. “We appreciate the support of the city and county and we are very much looking forward to continuing to be a strong and thriving player in this area for a long and strong future”

Extra Time on the Clock for 2015 shipping season

The calendar may have turned a page, but the 2015 shipping season continued into extra time for the Port of Green Bay, which welcomed a ship carrying salt from Goderich, Ontario to Fox River Dock Jan. 15.

“Our season really depends on ice conditions rather than the calendar,” says Dean Haen, director for the Brown County Port and Resource Recovery department. “We experienced a very mild start to the winter so it has taken longer for ice to form on the Great Lakes. So if ships can still get through and the demand is there, then we’ll take them.”

The port handled more than 1.9 million metric tons of cargo in 2015.That’s a decline of roughly 14 percent from 2.3 million tons the port and its operators handled in 2014.

Coal, salt and limestone shipments declined significantly in 2015. The decrease in coal was somewhat expected after Georgia-Pacific installed a new natural gas-powered boiler in early 2015.

The extended season helped the port make up for slower months the port experienced early in 2015. The port’s goal for the 2015 shipping season was two million metric tons of cargo.

This is the third longest season in recent port history. The last ship to reach port for the 2005 shipping season arrived on Jan. 21, 2006, while the 2006 shipping season closed on Jan. 15, 2007.

» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

AT&T extends broadband network into rural NE Wisconsin region

Mobile calls should be clearer as you head into the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

AT&T extended its mobile broadband network along the Wausau-Green Bay corridor area, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in Bonduel, Krakow, Shawano, Tigerton, Wittenburg and Pulaski along Wisconsin Highway 29.

“We want customers to have an extraordinary experience wherever they access our network,” says Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We’re always looking for opportunities to provide an enhanced customer experience and this investment in the local wireless network between Wausau and Green Bay is just one way we’re accomplishing that.”


» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Tri-County wraps 10th year of regional collaboration

Nearly 3,000 jobs and more to come.

That’s the net result of 10 years of effort of the the Tri-County Regional Economic Development Corporation, a collaborative economic development effort of Waushara, Marquette and Green Lake counties launched in 2005.

During the agency’s first 10 years, employment increased in the three counties by more than 2,800 jobs, nearly 1,600 of them in manufacturing and health care. Not a bad record when you consider the impact of the Great Recession.

Despite the challenges, the agency was instrumental in convincing Mayville Engineering to locate a plant in Wautoma that has added more than 100 jobs, with another 100 expected if growth continues.

“I can unequivocally state that without the hard work of executive director Bill Wheeler and TREDC, our project in Wautoma would have not been possible,” says Todd Butz, CFO for Mayville Engineering. “His dedication and diligence helped MEC secure a very strong incentive package with the help of Waushara County, the City of Wautoma, and the State of Wisconsin that benefitted all parties.”

06 shipping season closed on Jan. 15, 2007.



» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Luxury apartment construction to begin in Sheboygan

Courtesy SheboyganCounty Economic Development Corporation

Courtesy SheboyganCounty Economic Development Corporation

The city of Sheboygan and Eighth-New Jersey reached an incentive agreement, clearing the way for construction of a $15 million luxury apartment development in the city. The city will contribute nearly $1.8 million in tax increment financing incentives for the 91-unit project, which is being built by SMET Construction, Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in June.

Sheboygan launches to bolster workforce

Sheboygan County needs more people.

With hundreds of job openings going unfilled, and major employers in the lakeshore region continuing to grow, the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce have launched the new attraction website,, which connects workers with jobs, housing and educational alternatives for their children.

The site is complemented by a printed newcomer’s welcome guide.

“Sheboygan County has more job opportunities than available workforce – a bonus for anyone looking for employment,” says Betsy Alles, executive director for the Sheboygan County Chamber. “Sheboygan County offers a better life balance with short commutes, globally-focused companies, world-class recreation, innovative, award-winning schools and friendly, safe communities. We are truly Someplace Better.”

The site highlights a variety of jobs from companies such as Sargento Foods. About 35 percent of available jobs require a four-year education, though many of the companies offer entry-level jobs with additional training opportunities.

“If you’re underemployed or stuck in a cycle of temporary work, Sheboygan County firms have full-time careers that offer opportunity for advancement,” says SCEDC Director Dane Checolinski. “Only five percent of Sheboygan County job postings are for temporary or seasonal workers.”

Checolinski says there are plans to establish a new intermodal system to transfer cargo loads from semis to freight lines.

“The active line will bring renewed economic opportunity to the area by allowing companies along the railway to cut transportation costs,” Checolinski says.

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