On the move: business

Posted on Aug 30, 2018 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

business spotlight

Oshkosh Corp. nets $8M in tax credits

Oshkosh Corp. is getting $8 million in state income tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. for its new corporate headquarters in Oshkosh.

The company is building a 190,000-square-foot headquarters on what was part of the city-owned Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course. Oshkosh employs 6,500 workers across Wisconsin.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the future,” Oshkosh Corp. CEO Wilson Jones said in a statement announcing the state tax credits.

In addition to providing the company with tax credits, the state will provide the City of Oshkosh with $787,500 in Transportation Economic Assistance funding from the Department of Transportation to extend North Koeller and North Westfield streets and improve the intersection of Oshkosh Avenue and North Westfield Street. That project is expected to be complete next September and will help with traffic flow in and out of the new headquarters.

Oshkosh Corp. plans to complete its new headquarters by the end of 2019.


Business development 

Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor Limited purchased Bemis Co. Inc. The all-stock deal was valued at $6.8 billion.

Faith Technologies, in partnership with Excellerate Manufacturing, unveiled a clean-energy mobile microgrid at EAA AirVenture.

The investment sales team of Mid-America Real Estate Corp. brokered the sale of Oshkosh Center II in Oshkosh. The center was purchased by Cincinnati-based Midland Atlantic for $10.25 million.

Edible Arrangements was sold to Pat O’Connell following the retirement of owners Wayne and Heidi Campbell.

Kohler entered a principal partnership with Manchester United.

Fiberglass Solutions is transitioning ownership to Ben and Amy Bertram following the retirement of previous owners Ken and Mary Glowacki.

The Alliance added NOVO Health to its provider network to expand health benefit options. NOVO also added its first out-of-state provider group, OrthoIllinois. It is a bone, joint and spine provider in northern Illinois.

The 3rd Element, a sports leadership-focused startup based in Green Bay, received a first-round investment from the Winnebago Seed Fund to develop the 3rd Element app.

Verve, a Credit Union, launched its new Save to Win account, giving members a chance to win money while building their savings.

Eis Implement and Halron Lubricants formed a partnership to provide customers more products and services.

Dental Health Products entered new vendor partnerships with Medit and Roland DG.

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group will merge its John Street office in Appleton with its offices on Lynndale Drive in Appleton and Bell Street in Neenah. In addition, the current Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Career Center and NEW Title Services located on Schroth Lane will be moved to the John Street location.

Acuity will begin writing commercial insurance in New Hampshire and has appointed independent agents in the state. Acuity also was named to the Forbes list of The Best Employers for Women 2018 and to the 2018 Ward’s 50 list of top-performing insurers nationwide. The Acuity Insurance Health Challenge raised more than $12,000 to expand women’s and children’s health in the Sheboygan community.

Mid-States Aluminum Corp. broke ground on its $23 million expansion and installation of a new press line at its extrusion and fabrication facility in Fond du Lac..

CorLife LLC, a provider of ancillary benefits and home modification services for workers’ compensation carriers nationwide, started CorCare, a home health care company that provides a variety of skilled services including all levels of nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, wound care, rehabilitation, translation and transportation.


Business comings and goings 

Brunner Fabrication held a ribbon cutting at its new location in Manitowoc.

Aerial Roots Boutique opened a second location in Green Bay’s Broadway District.

LimeBike, a bike share program, launched in Green Bay.

McCleer Law Office, LLC, established by attorney Joseph McCleer, opened in Oshkosh.

Instacart expanded its retail delivery service to the Green Bay area.

The Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan opened its new facility on the lakefront, replacing the four separate locations it previously used.

The Wisconsin Institute of Urology opened a new clinic in the village of Fox Crossing, replacing its locations at Encircle Heath in Appleton and Theda Clark Medical Plaza in Neenah.

Aurora Health Care held a ribbon cutting at its new location on Dewey Street in Manitowoc.

The Hope Clinic & Care Center moved from Appleton Alliance Church to the Goodwill Community Campus in Menasha.

Rebuilding Together Fox Valley moved to a new location in Menasha.

Prevea Health now offers dermatology care at the Prevea Plymouth Health Center.

A new organization called Friends of Pals, Youth and Families was created to raise, manage and disburse funds for the Pals Program group activities and other entities within the Brown County Health and Human Services Children, Youth and Families Division.


Construction news

Primrose Retirement Community in Appleton, with construction management by Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc., will open this fall.

Bayland Buidings Inc. began construction of a new All World Ford New and Used Car Dealership location in Greenville.

Nicolet National Bank and Miron Construction Co. Inc. broke ground for reconstruction of the Sturgeon Bay downtown branch. Miron and Bray Architects began work on Baird Elementary School for the Green Bay Area Public School District. Miron was named the largest contractor in Wisconsin by ENR Midwest’s 2018 Top Contractors list.

Frontier Builders & Consultants was selected as the general contractor on a new building project for American Overhead Door in Appleton.

The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary broke ground for an expansion of its nature center, which will provide added classroom space and technology enhancements.

Ascend broke ground on its new kitchen project, which will help young adults with mental health challenges create social connections through shared meals.



Werner Electric Supply ranked 28th on Electrical Wholesaling’s list of the Top 200 Electrical Distributors and is the top electrical distributor in Wisconsin.

Faith Technologies was named the 29th top electrical design firm in the U.S. by Electrical Construction & Maintenance.

Blue Door Consulting won nine Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts for its strategic marketing work.

Robinson Metal ranked 12th on The Fabricator magazine’s FAB 40 list.

M3 Insurance was named a 2018 Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America — its 20th consecutive year receiving this honor.

Appleton International Airport reported a record-breaking 63,000 passengers in June 2018, making it the biggest month in the airport’s 53-year history.

Prevea Health and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital are now offering LINX, a new treatment for acid reflux, in the Sheboygan area.

Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay ranked as the 17th best amusement park in America by TripAdvisor.

O’Neil & Associates Inc. earned ISO 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System supporting infrastructure and services.

Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. was named a 2018 Business Friend of the Environment by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Net income and total lending grew by double digits at Wisconsin’s 127 state-chartered credit unions in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter in 2017, according to data released by the Department of Financial Institutions.

Students in the Fox Valley Technical College culinary arts program won top honors at the American Culinary Federation National Convention and Show in New Orleans.


Charitable giving and grants

The U.S. Venture Open raised $4.13 million to fight poverty. The Basic Needs Giving Partnership of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, a collaboration that includes the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and regional community foundations, awarded more than $825,000 to initiatives addressing root causes of poverty in the greater Green Bay area.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin named its simulation lab in honor of Dairy Cares, an organization that has raised more than $1 million for the medical center over the last
eight years.

UnitedHealthcare awarded a $700,000 grant to Feeding Wisconsin to support installation of coolers at more than 50 food pantries statewide.

Schreiber Foods donated $110,000 in proceeds from the 2018 Schreiber Charity Golf Classic to Achieve Brown County.

The George Kress Family Foundation pledged to match every dollar donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Green Bay and Door County campuses in August, up to $100,000.

Cellcom is accepting applications for its 2018 Green Gifts program, which will donate $44,200 to environmental causes in the company’s service area.

WOW – WE CARE CHARITY INC. donated more than $27,000 to Rise Together Inc.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board received a $5,000 planning grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.

The Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society received a $5,000 grant from the M&M Area Community Foundation to reconstruct one of the earliest farms in the Crivitz area.


All the rest

The Oshkosh Area United Way launched its Leader Council, which is designed to raise awareness of the organization, encourage other corporate leaders to get involved and increase giving to the United Way.

1 Million Cups, a program started by the Kauffman Foundation to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs, began hosting weekly meetings in Fond du Lac.

The Green Bay Area Room Tax Commission signed a 12-month agreement with Bear Cloud Software/STR Helper to identify and monitor short-term rental housing such as houses listed for rent on sites like AirBNB and VRBO.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region is working with Grammy-nominated singer Cory Chisel to develop “Our Song,” a community anthem to represent Appleton and its community, sponsored by the City of Appleton, The Refuge Foundation for the Arts and Fox Communities Credit Union.

SECURA Insurance released a new digital feature for independent agents, allowing agencies to directly download policy documents to their agency management systems.

AmeriCorps began a partnership with Weight of the Fox Valley.