Businesses on the move

Posted on Dec 30, 2019 :: Business on the move
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Business development 

Vollrath Co. acquired the strategic assets of Albers Mechanical Contractors Inc. based in St. Paul, Minn.

Green Bay Packaging Inc. became a minority owner of CompanyBox.

Bank First signed an agreement with Tomah Bancshares Inc. to acquire Timberwood Bank, a state-chartered bank, in which Timberwood Bank will merge into Bank First in an all-stock transaction.

Voith purchased BTG, a Swiss-based company with a high-value portfolio of optimized and customized solutions for a range of applications for the paper industry. It also installed the infinity loom at its Appleton plant. A multimillion-dollar investment, the loom has a total weaving width of just over 17 meters and produces the ToughLine and Fineline press fabrics. Voith additionally announced its plan to have all its locations worldwide become carbon neutral by 2022.

Schneider launched an automated tool that enables third-party carriers to book loads with the click of a button. It delivers a more efficient experience for Schneider’s third-party carriers by providing real-time rates and reducing time spent finding and securing the right load. The company also became a certified Great Place to Work.

Wigwam Mills debuted its new SynchroKnit running sock collection. It offers a nonslip fit for runners.

Johnson Insurance acquired Financial Life Cycles Inc., an independent insurance agency in Green Bay.

Professional Supply plans a 20,200-square-foot expansion.

Technical Prospects expanded its quality assurance bay with the addition of two Siemens CT scanners and its first Siemens MRI system.

Ripon Printers acquired a Ricoh Pro C9210 color sheetfed printer and a Plockmatic PBM500 booklet maker.

Business comings and goings 

The Community First Champion Center Fox Cities opened in Grand Chute. The 164,000-square-foot center includes a fieldhouse designed for basketball and volleyball, a permanent ice sheet and another area that will be used as an ice rink in the winter, and a hard court for basketball and volleyball during the summer.

The Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened in Bellevue. When complete, the campus will span 35,000 square feet. The first phase of the project includes the 24,000-square-foot ReStore. Phase 2, which will include the adjoining affiliate offices, is expected to be completed in March 2020.

World HeadQuarters moved from its location on Longview Drive in Appleton to 200 N. Mall Drive, Grand Chute. The new building will provide the co-working space with additional room for shared and private office buildouts, a sound studio and a new licensed day care.

Care Partners Assisted Living opened in Harrison.

The Vintage Lair and Broadway Exchange Co. opened in the Broadway District in Green Bay.

The City of Green Bay Department of Community and Economic Development launched the Green Bay Swag Shop. Featuring a dozen original designs, the e-commerce site sells a variety of clothing items, home décor, stationery and other accessories.

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Wisconsin announced the merger of its two Oshkosh locations into its new facility on Washburn Street in Oshkosh.

Plymouth hotel 52 Strafford was renamed The Fig & The Pheasant and reopened under new ownership.

Destination Kohler added two Topgolf Swing Suite bays to the Kohler Swing Studio & Golf Shop at The Shops at Woodlake.

Construction news

Foxconn Technology Group selected Minnesota-based ISG and De Pere-based DeLeers Construction Inc. for design and construction work on its Foxconn Place Green Bay. The firms will work on the 4,800-square-foot second floor of the WaterMark building in downtown Green Bay. Foxconn purchased most of the six-story building in 2018 for $9.25 million.

Nash Estates received approval from the City of Sheboygan to purchase and redevelop a new residential subdivision between Rockville Road and the Sheboygan River. The developers plan to build seven single-family homes as well as several single-unit and duplex condos.

Immel Construction began construction on an expansion for the Bellin Health Cancer Center in Ashwaubenon. It includes the addition of a pharmacy and infusion space.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: De Pere Smiles, De Pere; JME Ellsworth, Milwaukee; Gehl Foods, Germantown; Redi-Mix, New Berlin; Angelic Bakehouse, Cudahy; Center for Animal Health, Wauwatosa; and Hales Corners Veterinary Clinic, Hales Corners.

Frontier Builders & Consultants started concrete and steel erection work on a building addition for
JG Home Improvements & Emergency Services.

Education news

Moraine Park Technical College added a second debt-free tuition program called Promising Futures. This program was created to benefit adults in Moraine Park’s district who need access to affordable education.

Lakeland University will add eSports to its varsity athletics lineup in the fall of 2020, and the university is creating an eSports arena on campus for use by this new team and for all students. ESports are multiplayer video games played online competing against other NACE colleges across the country
in both a fall and spring season.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a Preferred Lender Program designation to Oostburg State Bank, giving the bank the authority to process, close, service and liquidate most SBA guaranteed loans without prior SBA review.

Oshkosh Corp. received a Revitalize America Honor from the U.S. Chamber Foundation. It recognizes organizations that help build stronger communities by investing in employment opportunities in the United States. Wall Street Journal also named Oshkosh Corp. to its list of Best Managed Companies of 2019.

The following Northeast Wisconsin companies received Green Masters status in the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters program: Krueger International, Mercury Marine, Green Bay Packaging, Oshkosh Corp., Masters Gallery Foods, Kohler Co. and Menasha Corp.

Wisconsin Clean Cities honored top sustainable fleets: Paper Transport Inc., De Pere, fourth place, Forward Fleet Award, and U.S. Gain, Appleton, Sustainable Transportation Leadership Award.

The Green Bay Botanical Garden recognized Nature’s Way with its Corporate Partner of the Year Award.

Lakeshore Technical College was selected as a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist. The annual award recognizes leading institutions of higher education having outstanding and innovative programs and practices in community college education.