Businesses on the move

Posted on Jun 25, 2019 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Mercury Marine broke ground on a $17 million, 30,000-square-foot addition to its propeller casting facility.

A new Associated Bank flagship branch featuring experiences blending the bank’s product offerings and its relationship with the Green Bay Packers is coming to the Titletown District. The branch will be in the lower level of the TitletownTech building and is expected to open in September.

Alliance Laundry Systems announced plans to expand its operations into Manitowoc. It is pursuing a plan to buy the former Manitowoc Cranes site and hire 250 workers.

OH SNAP Pickling Co., a division of GLK Foods, broke ground on a new 67,000-square-foot facility in Appleton that will introduce better line flow, increase storage capacity and enable the procurement of more Wisconsin-grown cucumbers. Miron Construction Co. Inc. is completing the work.

Broadwind Energy received a $19.5 million tower order for production from its Manitowoc tower plant beginning later this year.

Marco acquired Accent Business Solutions of Appleton, a copier/printer company.

Generac acquired Pika Energy Inc., a manufacturer of battery storage technologies that capture and store solar or grid power for homeowners and businesses. In addition, Generac was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsize Employers.

Bank First received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to merge Partnership Bank into Bank First.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. filed a forward-looking plan to become a mutual holding company to modernize its corporate structure while retaining its long-term focus and dedication to its policyholders as well as preserving its mutuality.

Paul Davis of Southeast and Fox Valley announced plans to expand its Fox Valley facility with a late July move to North Zuehlke Drive in Appleton. The new space includes 25,000 square feet of leased space for office staff, contents cleaning and equipment.

Jack’s Maintenance Service Inc. of Neenah acquired Serwas Window Cleaning through an asset purchase.

Werner Electric Supply partnered with Eland Electric to install a 100-kW solar photovoltaic system at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Great Lakes Energy Education Center in Green Bay.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, an organization dedicated to determining best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry.

Z&N Machine Co. Inc. of Sheboygan invested $1.5 million in equipment and is now home to the largest CNC boring bar on the lakeshore.

Business development

MilliporeSigma, a global producer of products used in biological studies, opened an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at its Sheboygan Falls campus in May.

Verve, a Credit Union announced plans to acquire South Central Bank, National Association, a $300 million-asset community bank based in the Chicago area. The acquisition is expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter, pending regulatory approval. For Verve, the purchase follows several mergers that have grown the cooperative, including 2014 mergers with Lakeview of Neenah and Best Advantage of Brillion and 2015 mergers with Community of La Crosse and Two Rivers Community of Two Rivers.

Oshkosh Defense and partner Broshuis B.V. were awarded a U.S. Army contract to produce 170 semitrailers for its Heavy Equipment Transporter to be delivered between 2020 and 2021. The contract was awarded at $13.3 million and has a maximum value of $109.8 million.

Baycom Inc., an OwnersEdge portfolio company, acquired Infinity Wireless Inc., a Motorola Solutions channel partner based in Maple Grove, Minn.

Hoffmaster Group acquired The Paper Straw Co. of Manchester, England.

Mercury Marine opened its new $9 million diecasting facility in Fond du Lac. The company also announced a major plant operation at its global headquarters was designated as a “Zero Waste to Landfill” facility in addition to receiving the Brunswick Safety Leadership Award and a $10,000 check for driving safety improvements.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport began offering nonstop service to and from Denver via Frontier Airlines.

The Community Blood Center expanded its hospital partnerships to include OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.

Competitive Strategies Inc. announced a new partnership with Sage Intacct, a provider of cloud ERP software.

Festival Foods announced its 33rd Wisconsin location will open in early October in Verona and its 34th state store will open in early November in Hales Corners.

Business comings and goings 

Verve, A Credit Union, opened a new branch on Washburn Avenue in Oshkosh.

von Briesen & Roper, s.c. opened a new office in Appleton and brought on the lawyers and staff of Silton Seifert Carlson, S.C., an Appleton-based law firm that closed at the end of May.

Nicolet National Bank opened a new branch on North Fourth Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

Century Oaks Inc. opened a luxury, resort-style assisted-living residence on Glenhurst Lane in Appleton.

Bellin Health announced new locations for two of its FastCare clinics in Green Bay that were previously housed in now-closed Shopko stores. An east side location opened in June on the corner of Lime Kiln Road and Allouez Avenue, and a west side location will open inside the Meijer store on Shawano Avenue in early fall. 

Door 44 Vineyard and Winery moved to a new 11,000-sqaure-foot building in Sturgeon Bay. It includes a tasting bar, retail space, production room with viewing area and an indoor/outdoor patio overlooking the six-acre vineyard.

New taproom One Barrel Brewing opened in June in a newly constructed facility located in the Village of Egg Harbor.

James May North: A Contemporary Gallery & Creative Event Space opened in Algoma.

Dr. Ziad Darkhabani of Aurora BayCare Interventional Neurology expanded his practice to Marinette.

Mainstream Boutique opened in the Broadway District.


C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac was awarded the excavation and concrete work for Foxconn Technology Group’s Gen 6 display manufacturing facility in Racine County.

Van Horn Automotive, in partnership with Quasius Construction, broke ground on a new Hyundai dealership and service facility in Sheboygan.

Halquist Stone broke ground on a new metal building located in the Town of Lisbon at the end of May. The project is scheduled to be complete in October.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. broke ground on a renovation for the School District of Mondovi.

Keller, Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Ariens Co., Brillion; Great Lakes Roofing Corp., Menasha; Antigo Veterinary Clinic, Antigo; Oneida Apostolic Church, Oneida; My Other Garage, Slinger; City of Tomah Fire Department, Tomah; Casey’s General Store, Madison and Hartford; and Matalco, Wisconsin Rapids.

James J. Calmes & Son’s Construction began construction on a new church for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Greenville.

Bayland Buildings Inc. is constructing a clinic expansion and renovation of Seubert Family Dentistry in Portage and broke ground on a new shop facility in New Berlin.

Wisconsin Plastic Products broke ground on a new warehouse and machine shop in Plymouth. The project is expected to be completed in October.

Oshkosh Cold Storage will add 31,000 square feet of warehouse and shipping space at its plant.

Wisconsin Plastics plans a 12,800-square-foot addition.

Masters Gallery Foods will add 3,500 square feet to its main facility.


University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music faculty and the school’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts announced the establishment of the Weidner Center Philharmonic Orchestra. With performances held at the Cofrin Family Hall, the philharmonic will showcase the talents of UW-Green Bay music faculty and other accomplished orchestral musicians who live and work in the region.

A Wisconsin Technical College System survey showed 94 percent employment for graduates within six months of graduation. Nearly 80 percent of respondents reported being employed in a field directly related to their technical college training, and the median annual salary for those earning an associate degree was reported at about $43,700.

UW-Oshkosh rededicated its waterfront conference center with the name Culver Family Welcome Center. Craig Culver, who studied biology while attending UW-Oshkosh, is the co-founder, board chairman and brand ambassador for the Culver Franchising System. Over the years, Culver has supported many UW-Oshkosh endeavors and initiatives. The university also announced it will offer a Data Analytics certificate beginning in September.

Future Fox Cities, a regional career expo for local middle school and high school students, is seeking business participants. The fee for businesses is $350 per booth for Fox Cities Chamber members and $450 per booth for non-members. Businesses that register will be committed for both days of the event. The event will be held on March 4 and 5, 2020.


Oshkosh Corp. jumped 19 spots, from No. 414 to No. 395, on the Fortune 500 list for 2019. Oshkosh Corp., with its $7.7 billion in annual revenue, was the only New North company to crack the Fortune 500 list, but three others made the Fortune 1000 list: Schneider, Green Bay, No. 542; Bemis Co. Inc., Neenah, No. 618; and Plexus Corp., Neenah, No. 784. Waukesha-based Generac, which has operations in the New North, made the Fortune 1000 list for the first time, claiming the No. 979 spot.

The Startup Hub, powered by the Greater Green Bay Chamber, received a 2019 Communication Excellence award from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Ahern was designated the 19th-largest mechanical contractor in the United States in Contractor magazine’s 2019 “Book of Giants” listing.

Bank First was named to the 2019 Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Bank Honor Roll.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac received the Fond du Lac School District’s 2018-19 Friend of Education award.

Writing by Design won an Award of Excellence and two Awards of Distinction at the 25th Annual Communicator Awards for work it completed for two clients, Moraine Park Technical College and Chicago-based QualVault.

The #mymarinettemenominee group received the 2019 Ron Wipfli Award at the Marinette-Menominee Chamber of Commerce Awards dinner. The #mymarinettemenominee group was formed to compete in the “Small Business Revolution – Main Street” season 4 contest.

The Brown County Solid Waste-East Landfill received the Platinum Industrial Achievement Award from NEW Water for meeting and exceeding the requirements for its pretreatment program, as well as federal, state and local wastewater discharge standards and requirements.

Image Studios won five awards at the 40th Annual Telly Awards — two silver and three bronze. 

Skip and Co. Maritime, which is owned by Robert Carsey of Fond du Lac, took third place in the business services category of the 17th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Acuity Insurance received a 2019 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition award from Demotech Inc.

Blind Horse Restaurant and Winery in Kohler won a double gold, the contest’s highest honor, at the 2019 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for its 2015 Vintner’s Blend Reserve.

Four organizations received awards at The Greater Green Bay Chamber’s recent luncheon: McDonald Companies, Green Bay, Cornerstone Award; MatchBack System Inc., Green Bay, Entrepreneurial Award; The Heel Shoe Fitters, Ashwaubenon, Growth Award; and Literacy Green Bay Inc., Special Accomplishment Award.

H.J. Martin and Son received the Gold Standard Award at the World Floor Covering Association’s 2019 Gold Standard Retailer Awards.

Keller Inc. received two 2019 Excellence in Design awards from American Buildings Co. for its design and construction of Hatch Distilling Co. of Egg Harbor.

Great Lakes Cheese of Plymouth received the energybank Sustainability Award for demonstrating continued leadership in sustainable business practices. While evaluating the savings opportunity for conversion of fluorescent lighting to LED in its administrative offices, Great Lakes Cheese selected the energybank FUSION system, which combines LED with photovoltaic solar, allowing Great Lakes Cheese to power the new LED fixtures with renewable energy generated at its facility.

For the 16th consecutive year, the St. Norbert College Society for Human Resource Management student chapter earned the Superior Merit Award for the its achievements and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services.

Charitable giving and grants

The YMCA of the Fox Cities announced a $500,000 matching grant to expand the child care center at the Fox West YMCA. For every dollar the community donates, philanthropist Mary Beth Nienhaus will match it, up to $500,000.

Gov. Tony Evers announced Bay Beach Amusement Park received a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program to be used toward a 1,000-foot sand beach, pier, boardwalk and wildlife viewing area that’s slated to open next summer.

The Bruce Krier Charitable Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant for entrepreneurship education to the Sheboygan Area School District for its new INCubatoredu program.

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Leadership Oshkosh Class of 2019 presented a check of $14,200 to the Community for Hope

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group announced it will donate $500,000 to nonprofits, divvying the money to Feeding America, Kids in Need Foundation and Special Olympics. Each charity will receive a minimum of $100,000, and the remaining $200,000 will be allocated based on votes from Jewelers Mutual policyholders.

The M&M Area Community Foundation distributed grants to 48 programs and nonprofits at its annual Grant Presentation and Scholarship Recognition Ceremony.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded two Tourism Development Grants totaling $175,000. The first, in the amount of $75,000, went to the History Museum at the Castle for its “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World” exhibition. The second, in the amount of $100,000, was awarded to the City of Menasha for its Province Terrace Trail.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board received a $65,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin to help workers laid off when area retail stores closed. The grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will cover the costs to train displaced retail workers for critical jobs in the region, such as welders, health care professionals, IT workers and manufacturing positions. The funds also will be used to cover costs, including mileage, child care and other financial assistance, during the training period.

All the rest

A long-awaited expansion of State 23, which runs between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties, has begun. The roadway will expand to four lanes, with construction slated for completion in 2022.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce designated Wisconsin as the first Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone. MSEEZs seek to reduce military spouse unemployment and underemployment on military families.

Road America announced new partnerships: Door Peninsula Winery, official wine provider; Holmatro, official rescue equipment provider; and A&J Mobility, official shuttle and mobility provider.

On Deck Clothing Co., which operates five retail stores in Door County, announced the grand reopening of its locations in Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay following an update and refurbishment.

The City of Plymouth approved two playground improvement projects. The Lone Oak Park project includes replacement of the 2-5-year-old play area, while the Meyer Park playground project replaces the 2-5- and 5-12-year-old play areas.

Dynamic rebranded itself with a redesign of the company logo, website, graphics, social media platforms and collateral to represent itself as a full-service digital marketing agency.

SER!OUS BEAN CO launched a new flavor of baked beans  – Southern Mustard-Q BBQ.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. and other local contractors partnered with a Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fox Cities group to build the Zen Den at Appleton East High School. The $80,000 space provides a place for students to relieve stress and mental fatigue.

Six students from the Sturgeon Bay School District and Sevastopol School District partnered with the Door County Economic Development Corp. and Door County Homebuilders Association to construct a custom-built home, the 10th completed in the program’s 12-year history.

Future Neenah announced a new community art project called Neenah Artworks: Uncovered and is accepting artist submissions.

Krier Foods of Random Lake is bringing back its root beer-flavored Jolly Good Soda in regular and diet.

Stellar Blue Technologies released a new website for Belgian Draft Horse Corp. of America.

The Farmory has successfully hatched yellow perch in its fish hatchery, the first commercial, bio-secure, yellow perch fish hatchery in Wisconsin. It also launched a “Save the Family Fish Fry” campaign.

Dr. Xinqian Chen, a physiatrist with BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine, is expanding his practice to Shawano. He is seeing patients at the Aurora Health Center in Shawano.

Achieve Brown County released the results of a five-year effort involving dozens of Brown County organizations. The recently updated Community Outcomes Dashboard reflects information available on more than 90 percent of the approximately 80,000 young people under the age of 25 living in Brown County. It looks at important life milestones and reveals the following:

• 83 percent of 5-year-olds entering public and private schools met the benchmark for literacy, an indicator of readiness for kindergarten, up one point from 2017.

• 91 percent of students who entered high school four years ago completed their education and graduated, up one point from 2017.

• 61 percent of students continue their education after high school or enter military service, up three points from 2017.

• 45 percent of young adults complete college within six years or less, up five points from 2017.

• 41 percent of 22- to 24-year-olds working in Brown County earn at least $26,128 annually (200 percent of federal poverty level), an indication that wages are improving. This is up one point from the 2017 study.