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Posted on May 29, 2020 :: Business on the move
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Business development

Associated Banc-Corp is selling Associated Benefits & Risk Consulting to USI Insurance Services LLC, a multi-line insurance agency and Midwest-based consulting firm.

Strive Orthopedics, which is based in TitletownTech in Green Bay, has teamed up with NFL Alumni to provide the next level of orthopedic care to its players. Strive is a total care platform that changes how patients receive their musculoskeletal care through the use of mobile software and wearable technology.

Country Visions Cooperative, a Reedsville farm supply cooperative, purchased the former Shopko Hometown building in Brillion. It plans to use the facility for several purposes, including retail.

M-B Companies Inc., which manufactures airport snow removal products, is expanding its Chilton facility by 73,000 square feet. The expansion will create 26 new jobs, including several corporate-level positions.

NSA Professional Services of Hicksville, N.Y., acquired Management Concepts Inc. of Green Bay.

J&R Machine installed two DMG MORI NZX 2000 automated CNC systems at its Shawano headquarters. They allow the company to increase its production capacity for machined parts.

Johnsonville is launching Sausage Strips, a sausage product that looks and cooks like bacon.

Business comings and goings

Harry’s Pizza Market is set to open this summer in Sheboygan as Wisconsin’s first certified Roman al Taglio restaurant.

JumpStart Auto Repair has closed and is selling its Neenah location. The auto repair company, which used the proceeds from customers’ auto service to fund auto repairs for domestic abuse survivors, closed April 3.

Harmony Pizza Café in Appleton closed its doors, citing financial difficulties and the challenges of COVID-19.

Fit Oshkosh co-founder and Executive Director Tracey Robertson announced in an open letter that she and the organization’s board had decided to dissolve the nonprofit, which for nearly six years did race equity and justice work in the community.

Construction news

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Baileys Harbor Fire Station, Town of Baileys Harbor; Door County Coffee & Tea, Sturgeon Bay; Door County Sheriff’s Garage, Sturgeon Bay; Country Inn & Suites, Madison; Old Fashioned Foods, Mayville; and Lifetime Auto Sales, West Bend.

Bayland Buildings Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Fosber America, Impact Sports Academy, My Place Hotel, Great American Disposal, Ornua Ingredients, Titletown Oil, Zinke Dairy and 2465 Marina Circle. Bayland and its employees also reached the milestone of 1 million man hours worked with zero lost-time injuries.

Education

Lakeland University received a $35.4 million fixed-rate low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development division that will finance the largest investment in the institution’s 158-year history. It will use $26 million to construct two new residence halls to serve freshmen and sophomores, a water tower and related infrastructure. The remaining $9.4 million will be used to refinance the university’s existing long-term debt.

With a shortage of public health professionals, St. Norbert College and the Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have partnered to offer a dual-degree Master of Public Health 4 +1 program. Annually, up to 10 St. Norbert College undergraduates who meet certain criteria will be granted direct admission into the program. It is open to any major, not just those in the sciences.

Essential program courses have resumed at the Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland campus as allowed under the Safer at Home order.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

New North Inc. and Right Management are accepting applications for the Workplace Excellence Awards through June 26. The honor recognizes organizations within the 18-county New North region that are improving their competitive advantage through people practices that lead to successful business results. Evaluation of award submissions is based on the people practices of an organization that have led to successful and sustained business outcomes. To fill out an application, visit bit.ly/NNWorkplaceExcellence2020. Email application responses to [email protected]

Bank First was one of 26 banks to receive the Raymond James Community Bankers Cup for 2019. The award recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks in the nation based on profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet metrics. The bank also was named to the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Bank Honor Roll.

Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah was named a AAA Best of Housekeeping property for 2020.

C.D. Smith Construction earned LEED Gold certification for its new Fond du Lac corporate office.

Mercury Marine was named a winner of the 2020 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award presented by Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program. The award, timed to coincide with Earth Day, honors Wisconsin businesses, organizations and communities that make outstanding efforts toward energy efficiency.

The Radio TV Film department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh received the Teaching Excellence Award from the UW System Board of Regents.

Associated Builders and Contractors recognized Faith Technologies with a National Safety Excellence Award.

Hubspot named Weidert Group a Diamond Solutions Partner.

Writing by Design won six awards — including one platinum, three gold and two honorable mentions — in the 2020 Hermes Creative Awards competition
for work it completed for three of its clients as well as for its own marketing communications.

J.F. Ahern Co. contributed to 10 of The Daily Reporter’s “Top Projects of 2019.”

The Daily Reporter recognized Immel Construction on its “Top Projects of 2019” list for its work on the Freedom House expansion.

The Great Lakes Graphics Association honored Walsworth – Ripon and its clients with 11 Graphics Excellence Awards. The entries garnered five Best of Category, three Best of Division, two Awards of Excellence and one Certificate of Merit. One entry received Best of Category and Best of Division honors.

Schneider announced its successful recertification with the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System. To earn this recertification, Schneider Bulk demonstrated its commitment to achieving high company performance standards in safety, security, employee health and sustainability. It also announced that in 2019, it achieved an all-time average high of 90.35 percent return on investment for its customers. The company defines ROI as the cost savings compared to what a customer spends on the company’s services. On average, Schneider saved customers $1.90 on each $1 they invested in its services in 2019. It also achieved a 98 percent on-time service average and a 90 percent primary carrier utilization rate.

Grants

Appleton International Airport received more than $2.6 million in federal grants. The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the airport $1.6 million to pay for updates to its master plan and layout plan and a planning study of the terminal. It received another $1 million as reimbursement for a passenger boarding bridge replaced when the terminal was renovated in 2018.

Two New North projects received 2020 Housing Tax Credit awards through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Orchard Ridge in Ashwaubenon received $669,705 as part of the 9% Housing Tax Credits program, and Cabrini School Lofts in Oshkosh received $161,503 in state credits and $172,902 in federal credits as part of the 4% federal and state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay awarded nine grants totaling $74,000 to Green Bay area nonprofits.

Eleven local organizations will receive grants totaling $65,000 from the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region to help improve the lives of women and girls through its annual project grant cycle. Programs addressing safety, basic needs, educational opportunities, economic security and leadership development for women and girls were considered during the 2020 grant cycle.

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation awarded $57,350 to 18 Fond du Lac County nonprofits as part of its most recent grant cycle.

Unison Credit Union donated $100,000 to the Fox River Boardwalk as a naming sponsor for the Trail Archway on the Little Chute side.

New North school districts were among those to receive fab lab grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The following received $25,000 grants: Waupun Area School District, Oshkosh Area School District, Washington Island School District, School District of Omro, Coleman School District, and School District of Random Lake. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District and School District of Mishicot each received $22,200.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay philanthropy class announced the nonprofit recipients of $21,000 in grants. Recipients included: a collaboration between Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay and Foundations Health and Wholeness, Golden House, CASA of Brown County and Howe Community Resource Center.

All the rest

Dredging and processing is underway, marking the start of the 12th and final year of operations for the Fox River Cleanup Project. Work in the Lower Fox River began in 2009 with a goal of reducing the risk to human health and the environment by removing or capping PCBs in river sediment. Dredging, capping and covering operations are expected to take about two months, primarily in the area north of the Main Street Bridge in Green Bay.

Five Calumet County redevelopment projects will split $1.23 million from the county’s Community Development Block Grant Program CLOSE balance fund. The projects receiving the funds include: City of Brillion – $358,000 for continued demolition at the Brillion Iron Works site as part of an overall site redevelopment plan; City of Chilton – $179,000 to support the city’s demolition and cleanup at the former Chilton Plating property for future industrial development; Village of Hilbert – $215,000 for demolition of the former Bel Brands building in Hilbert for future commercial development; City of New Holstein – $358,000 toward the city’s demolition at the former Tecumseh property for future development; and Village of Sherwood – $46,000 for the demolition of a blighted property in the village.

Two colonies of honey bees have been installed in the top of the Rail Yard building in Green Bay. The bees will help promote a sustainable downtown and will play a part in the health of the new native perennials that will be planted in the Broadway District’s bowls and boxes for summer 2020.

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