Businesses on the move

Posted on Jul 29, 2019 :: Business on the move
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Business development

Verve, a Credit Union announced plans to purchase South Central Bank, National Association, a $300 million asset community bank based in the Chicago area. South Central Bank, NA offers a full range of financial services and primarily focuses on business banking with five branches located around Chicago. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Private equity investment firm Platinum Equity purchased Cincinnati-based Multi-Color Corp. and merged with a subsidiary of Green Bay-based WS Packaging Group. The combined company will be known as Multi-Color Corp. and headquartered in Cincinnati.

Remote Operations Company and SRC Technologies merged. The IT service companies will retain their names, and ROC President Kari Serrahn will oversee both companies, with former SRC President and CEO B.J. Havlik remaining with the company as a senior leadership consultant.

QComp Technologies is building a 10,000-square-foot addition to its production facility in Greenville to accommodate the growing demand for robotic automation systems. It is scheduled to be complete this fall.

Cellcom invested nearly $1 million on its 5G infrastructure by purchasing two spectrums in a recent Federal Communications Commission auction. The company secured winning bids for 24 GHz and 28GHz spectrum in the FCC’s first-ever auction of millimeter-wave spectrum licenses. These types of spectrum are key in delivering the fastest version of 5G networks.

Salm Partners is building a new $35 million facility just east of Interstate 43 in Denmark that will eventually create 75 jobs. The Boldt Co. in Appleton is building the new 65,000-square-foot facility on Hager Road, which will include a ready-to-eat sausage production line, blending and storage.

Silgan Containers will close its Waupun manufacturing facility in November, putting 70 out of work.

Associated Bank completed its acquisition of Huntington National Bank.

Westwood Professional Services Inc. of Minneapolis acquired OMNNI Associates. OMNNI will operate as is through 2019, with integration beginning in early 2020.

Continental Girbau Inc. was renamed Girbau North America.

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Oshkosh Defense a $320 million modification to its domestic and Foreign Military Sales contract for procurement of Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle variants. In addition, the U.S. Army announced it has approved the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program’s transition into full-rate production. Oshkosh Defense manufactures JLTVs.

Three Twins Ice Cream, a maker of organic ice cream, announced plans to consolidate all its production at its 25,000-square-foot facility in Sheboygan.

Fox Communities Credit Union broke ground on construction of a new location in Pulaski. It will be the credit union’s 23rd location and is expected to open in December.

Schneider launched a new intermodal ramp service at the CSX Indianapolis ramp designed to provide shippers in the central/southern Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati markets with a new option to move loads and a cost-competitive transportation option to eastern markets.

Kohler Co. announced lot sales for the first phase of The Clearings, a subdivision in the Village of Kohler. The initial sale consists of 75 lots ranging from 0.3 to 1.1 acres starting at $69,000, marking the first time in more than 10 years that Kohler Co. is selling lots.

Acuity announced plans to add a new 43,000-square-foot recreation center and 82,000-square-foot, 715-stall parking structure at its Sheboygan headquarters.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport reported a strong first half of the year, with passenger traffic in June up 15.2 percent over the same month last year and traffic for the first six months of the year up 6.5 percent compared to the first half of 2018.

The Community Blood Center announced its participation as one of four blood centers nationally in the formation of Testing Laboratories United, LLC, a partnership focused on providing the highest-quality testing services to the communities served by each center.


Business comings and goings 

Prevea Health opened a new location on Enterprise Avenue in Appleton. Prevea’s new medical office building on the campus of HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan is slated to open Aug. 12.

Fortifi Bank opened a new full-service location on Oneida Street in Ashwaubenon.

Fox Communities Credit Union announced its branch, currently located on Maritime Drive in Manitowoc, will move to the former Charcoal Grill location at 4102 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc. The new branch will open this fall.

Plank Road Distillery, Plymouth’s first distillery, opened in June in the city’s downtown. 

Joe’s Texas BBQ opened a second location in Sherwood.

Happy Axe, an ax throwing range, opened in Green Bay.



Miron Construction Co. Inc., in partnership with Eppstein Uhen Architects, is completing construction of a new facility for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin on the Fox Valley Technical College campus. Construction is scheduled for completion in October, with the center slated to open in January.

Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Casey’s General Store, Wautoma; MacArthur Co., Little Chute; Advanced Tooling Specialists, Menasha; Roskom Meats, Kaukauna; Tom Griesbach Properties, Greenville; Midwest Moulding & Demolition, Green Bay; Diamond H2O, Greenville; CM Developments, Neenah; Midwest Dental, Burlington; LKQ Corp., Hustisford; Citgo, West Allis; United Cooperative, Westfield; and Waukesha Bearings, Antigo.

Bayland Buildings announced projects for the following organizations: Woodfield Court Moto Condos, Suamico; Dental City, Green Bay; Emerald Bay Retirement Community, Howard; Transport Refrigeration and The UPS Store, De Pere; Dawn’s Fresh Foods, Portage; Metalcraft, Mayville; and Camp Luther, Three Lakes.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction completed a renovation for the Demmer Memorial Library in Three Lakes and the Three Lakes Historical Society.



St. Norbert College received a $998,759 National Science Foundation grant for a project aimed at helping meet the national need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students.

Lakeshore Technical College opened the doors of its new location in downtown Manitowoc.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation announced the creation of a $200,000 endowed professorship fund as part of the foundation’s $1 million gift to the collaborative Phoenix Innovation Park project. The fund will be known as the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Endowed Professorship in Engineering and will support and advance the academic activities of the engineering faculty and students at the university.

The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College is offering expanded entrepreneur training opportunities to military veterans returning from service via its Innovation Accelerator, a small business startup initiative for veterans.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is now offering a degree in event planning.

Marian University will offer two new online graduate programs this fall with the addition of the Master of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Master of Science in Management degrees.

UW-Oshkosh students exceed the national average when it comes to securing a job after graduation, a new report shows. The annual First Destination Outcomes survey shows that of more than 2,000 respondents, 88.5 percent secured an outcome, up from 87 percent in 2016-17 and above the national average of 84.4 percent. The rate includes students who are employed or in military service, volunteer service, continuing education or not seeking employment.



Food Processing magazine recognized the Sargento Foods innovation team as Research and Development Team of the Year in the large company category. Sargento won the Silver Stevie Award in the New Product: Consumer category at the American Business Awards.

New North companies were among those recognized on Forbes’ America’s Best Employers by State 2019 list: Acuity Insurance, No. 2; ThedaCare, No. 7; Green Bay Area Public School District, No. 16; Georgia-Pacific, No. 21; Alta Resources, No. 22; Kohler Co., No. 24; Associated Bank, No. 30; Schneider, No. 31; Neenah Inc., No. 32; Generac, No. 37; Humana, No. 39; Aurora Health Care, No. 46; Sheboygan Area School District, No. 56; Saputo Cheese, No. 60; Johnsonville, No. 63; and Appleton Area School District, No. 67.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Wisconsin Technical College System board honored the Green Bay Packers with the board’s Futuremaker Partner award.

Acuity received an Award in Innovation from the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. The insurer earned NAMIC’s top award for innovations that had the greatest impact.

Parallel 44 and Door 44 Vineyard & Winery received 27 medals or Best of Division awards at the Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition.

Robinson Metal ranked No. 8 on The Fabricator magazine’s list of the largest American manufacturers.

Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C. was named to the U.S. News – 2019 “Best Law Firms” list.

Sheboygan County received a Salute award from the Wisconsin Policy Forum recognizing its decision to purchase its own 328-acre wetland mitigation bank and preservation area along the shore of Lake Michigan in an area known as Amsterdam Dunes.

Engineering News-Record magazine recognized McMahon with the No. 460 ranking on its Top 500 Design Firms list.

Clutch, a B2B ratings and review firm, named Weidert Group a Top IT and Business Service award winner in the Marketing Automation category.

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. named Faith Technologies one of the top-performing commercial and industrial construction contractors in the U.S.

Fox World Travel was ranked No. 27 on the 2019 Travel Weekly Power List.

The LIFE in Motion Radio series hosted by Josh Dukelow and Hayley Tenpas of radio station WHBY received an award of excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. The series received second place in the category of Best Significant Community Impact.

All nine Ripon Printers entries in the Premier Print Awards received recognition, including one Best of Category and Benny Award winner, two Best of Division, five Awards of Excellence and one Certificate of Merit.

Sadoff E-Recycling & Data Destruction achieved certification to the R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) Standard for electronics recyclers at its processing facilities in Oshkosh and La Vista, Neb.


Charitable giving and grants

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced a $250,000 Community Development Investment Grant for the City of Two Rivers to help finance the construction of a new downtown hotel. Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, a Wisconsin-based lodging chain, will build a 55-room, four-story hotel located near the waterfront.

The Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is holding the nation’s largest Rock the Block event as the nonprofit looks to transform 100 homes in Menasha.

The City of Brillion received $500,000 in WHEDA tax credits for construction of a 40-unit apartment complex in the city’s downtown.

The Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity launched the $3.5 million Framing our Future campaign, which would help the organization’s ReStore move to a site that would double its current size. With more than $2.1 million in funding already secured, the project received a boost from Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity co-founders and longtime Habitat supporters Jack and Engrid “Inky” Meng, who donated $500,000 and created a $500,000 matching challenge for the community. Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity will also move its administrative offices from Green Bay’s west side to the new location, which will become a Habitat campus.

The Oshkosh Area United Way 11th annual golf outing at Lake Breeze Golf Club in June raised more than $30,000 to support local programs, an 18.1 percent increase from last year. The organization also is asking businesses to participate in its new monthly collection drives by hosting their own drives to bring much-needed supplies to local organizations. Items collected will go directly to local nonprofits, senior centers, schools, adult care facilities and more.

Master Fleet, a heavy equipment maintenance solutions provider, received a Workforce Advancement Training grant that helps upgrade the skills and productivity of employees at established businesses in Wisconsin and includes training.

The Neenah Joint School District received a $30,000 Opal Apple Make a Difference grant, which will be used to more than double the size of its hydroponics program.

The Green Bay Parks Rx Program received a $15,000 grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America and Wisconsin Beverage Association. This program seeks to reduce childhood obesity and encourage healthy lifestyles.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded Valley Packaging Industries a grant to expand its Pre-vocational Skills Training Program services.

NeighborWorks Green Bay, Leadership Green Bay, Friends of Pals Youth and Families and the Capital Credit Union Young Professional Group raised more than $200,000 to support the Brown County Child Protective Services Brown County Family Center that opened in June in Green Bay.

Hive Central of Oshkosh, whose bee shield provides a better way for beekeepers to winterize their hives, is eligible to receive up to $25,000 in matching funds and a mentorship program through the Ideadvance Seed Fund.


All the rest

Menomonee Falls-based Cedar Corp. entered into a contract with Calumet County to lead the county’s economic development planning work.

The New Holstein Common Council terminated one Tax Incremental District and created a new one.

Evergreen Credit Union in Neenah opened an electric vehicle charging station. Gov. Tony Evers’ recently signed budget designates up to $10 million from the Volkswagen settlement funding to be used for electric charging stations.

ThedaCare became the first health care system in Northeast and Central Wisconsin to offer the MitraClip procedure. MitraClip is a therapy that allows cardiologists to repair leaky mitral heart valves, called mitral regurgitation.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center added the Restech pH System, a diagnostic tool that helps doctors better detect a form of acid reflux.

The City of Menasha opened the Province Terrace Trail, which connects the city’s east and west sides and closed an unsafe gap in the Paper Trail.

Road America named CTECH Manufacturing as the title sponsor of its upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series. Quad became the sponsor of the bridge located just before turn 9 at Road America.