Business on the Move – April 2014

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 :: People and Business on the Move
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Kraft Foods Group presented Breakthrough Fuel, headquartered in Green Bay, with its Transportation Partnership Award to recognize Breakthrough’s contributions to Kraft’s capability enhancements, cost management and service improvements initiatives. Breakthrough Fuel has been working with Kraft since 2010.

A.M. Best Company, an insurance rating and information source, awarded Jewelers Mutual of Neenah its 27th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating. Secura Insurance of Appleton earned an A rating.

Viant Crane of Superior used The Manitowoc Company’s Grove RT765E-2 rough-terrain crane to relocate an 87-year-old replica Viking ship in Duluth, Minn. The Manitowoc Company completed the sale of its joint venture interest in Manitowoc Dong Yue Heavy Machinery Co. Ltd. of China to its current partner, Tai’an Taishan Heavy Industry Investment Co. Ltd. The joint venture was created in early 2008 for the production of mobile and truck-mounted hydraulic cranes.

The Illinois-based Condon Group Ltd partners and associates merged with the Wipfli LLP firm of Appleton and Green Bay. Condon Group says the needs of its clients are growing, and joining Wipfli will allow the firm to meet those needs. Wipfli is one of the top 25 CPA and consulting firms in the United States and will now have 22 offices throughout the country.

Faith Technologies Inc., with offices in Sheboygan, Marinette, Green Bay and Appleton, received the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.’s Gold Safety Award of Honor at a February workers safety conference. Faith Technologies was one of seven companies honored with this year’s award.

Bemis Company Inc. of Neenah sold its paper packaging division to Hood Packaging Corporation, a privately held company headquartered in Madison, Miss., and Burlington, Ontario.

ThedaCare opened a $4.3 million renovated ThedaCare Behavioral Health inpatient unit at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. ThedaCare Behavioral Health received the Platinum designation by Optum for its work in the Fox Cities.

Mercy Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization. Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation achieve a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients with symptoms of a heart attack.

Aurora BayCare of Green Bay received the National Cardiovascular Data Registry’s ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2013.

Mid-America Real Estate-Wisconsin LLC announced the following transactions: Charles B. Gassett purchased the Buffalo Wild Wings at 4601 W. College Ave. in Grand Chute. JBOK Enterprises LLC purchased Shopko Express at W3208 Van Roy Road in Appleton. H&H Management & Development purchased Advance Auto at 1900 Main St. in Green Bay. Panera leased a 1.2 acre lot at Forest Mall on Johnson Street in Fond du Lac. Kwik Trip purchased the former Walgreens building at 158 N. Main St. in Fond du Lac. 1682 Koeller LLC purchased Koeller Plaza at 1690 S. Koeller St. in Oshkosh. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Inc. leased 3,535 square feet at the Green Bay Plaza at 807 S. Military Ave. in Green Bay.

Ahern logged more employee man-hours in fiscal year 2013 than in any other year in its 133-year history with a total of 2.14 million hours, which is about 5,000 hours above the previous record set in 2008. Ahern offices are located in Appleton, Fond du Lac and Marinette.

Concordia University Wisconsin will offer a master of pharmaceutical/chemical product development degree through its School of Pharmacy starting in the fall.

Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club sponsored the annual Career Day for about 350 8th-grade students from Door and Kewaunee counties in January. The event provided area students with an understanding of local career clusters and the variety of opportunities available.

Two of Kohler Co.’s Global Hospitality & Real Estate hotels, the American Club Resort in Kohler and Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in Scotland, made the Readers of Travel + Leisure’s annual list of the best luxury hotels in the world. The American Automobile Association rated the American Club with a Five-Diamond rating for the 29th year.

The Port of Green Bay ended the 2013 shipping season with a total of 2.2 million metric tons of imported and exported materials, an increase of 16 percent from 2012 and the highest tonnage since 2007.

The American Folklore Theatre of Door County will change its name on the 25-year anniversary in the 2015 season. The company accepted hundreds of name submissions through mid-February and will select a name for 2015.

Bank First, the bank subsidiary of First Manitowoc Bancorp Inc., will construct a new office at 4201 W. Wisconsin Ave. in the Town of Grand Chute near the Fox River Mall. Bank First provides financial services through Bank First National with locations in Manitowoc, Brown, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties.

Legato Healthcare Marketing launched a redesigned website and “The Rural Healthcare Marketer” blog to improve usability and navigation on computer and mobile. The site is www.legatohealthcaremarketing.com.

The Appleton-based Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. is renovating the former St. Croix County Market grocery store into a health and human services facility. The $1.8 million building project will be complete in June.

The UW-Oshkosh MBA program was ranked 64th in the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Business Graduate Programs in 2014. UW-Oshkosh was the second-highest ranked online MBA program in Wisconsin. The MBA program was also recognized for being accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Schneider National Inc., with locations in Brown and Calumet counties, received recognition as a “Green Professional” in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

Guardian HealthStaff LLC, a sister company of SEEK Careers/Staffing Inc. with locations throughout the New North region, acquired Integrated Staffing Network (ISN), a Wisconsin-based health care staffing service. Guardian’s health care professionals will increase 200 percent by this acquisition.

OEC Graphics, a pre-media flexography company headquartered in Oshkosh, opened its sixth manufacturing location in Spartanburg, S.C., named OEC Graphics – Carolinas.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., with offices in Appleton, Green Bay and Waukesha, was listed on the BTI Client Service A-Team 2014 Honor Roll.

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, ranked De Pere nine of 10 best places for job seekers in Wisconsin. De Pere experienced a 4.7 percent increase in the working-age population between 2009 and 2012, and its residents make a median household income of $56,368. Other places in the top 10 include Stevens Point and Menomonee Falls.

WOW Logistics, headquartered in Menasha, will add 21 full-time jobs, 17 material handlers and four management positions, at its Menasha Distribution Center in the first quarter of 2014 to accommodate Neenah Paper’s retail products. The retail line addition will make the WOW Logistics facility the primary distribution center for Neenah Paper.

Management Enterprises announced it acquired all seven Fantastic Sams locations in the Fox Cities and Green Bay area and converted them to NewStyle Salons. They are at 3825 E. Calumet St. in Appleton; 1021 Mutual Way in Appleton; 1774 Appleton Road in Menasha; 1141 Winneconne Ave. in Neenah; 1601 Lawrence Drive in De Pere; 2268 W. Mason St. in Green Bay; and 2300 Lineville Road in Green Bay.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry named Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling of Neenah a winner in the following 2013 Wisconsin Remodeler Award categories for Milwaukee projects: Gold Award for the Bourbon and Tunns Tavern in the Disaster Fire Restoration; Silver Awards for a local, residential bathroom remodeling project from $30,000 to $60,000 and a local residential kitchen remodeling project from $40,000 to $80,000.

The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce announced the following business openings: Silica for Your Home at 498 N. Rolling Meadows Drive; Goebel Insurance & Financial at 76 Western Ave.; The Peebles Grille at N7640 County Road WH; and Mahala’s Hope Inc. at 207 N. Main St. in Fond du Lac.

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay opened the first Acute Injury Clinic in Northeast Wisconsin at 2223 Lime Kiln Road in Green Bay.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust made more than $100,000 in donations to area non-profits in 2013, an increase of $30,000 over 2012.

Schneider Community Credit Union expanded into the former PCM Credit Union space at 781 Willard Drive in Green Bay, where it will house member services and loan staff, a financial planner, insurance agent, mortgage loan officer and real estate company.

Deep Customer Connections recognized Acuity of Sheboygan as the easiest company in the nation for independent agents to do business with. More than 7,000 independent agents assessed the performance of more than 270 property and casualty carriers in the compilation of DCC’s annual Top 10 P&C Performers list.

Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna started working on the 17,000-square-foot Golden Harvest Market near Rhinelander in the Town of Pelican. Construction will complete in summer. Frontier Builders will also be the general contractor on a new, 5,200-square-foot, multi-purpose facility for Camp Daniel in Athestane. It is scheduled for completion in spring.

Cabela’s Inc., with a location in Green Bay, established a new product category called Wildlife and Land Management in February, offering compact tractors and tractor attachments as a part of its wildlife habitat and land-management products.

Uncommon Grounds Specialty Roaster, a coffee bean roasting company in Appleton, opened in August. The company was once located in Neenah and Green Bay as Uncommon Grounds.

On Broadway Inc. of Green Bay announced Larsen Green Governing Board closed the sale of the southern quarter of the Larsen Green property (formerly the Larsen Canning Co.) to developer DDL Holdings LLC. DDL is poised to develop an expansion of Titletown Brewing with a mixed-use development that features office and retail space, an events hall and apartments. DDL is a partnership between Titletown Brewing and Smet Construction of Green Bay and T-Wall Enterprises of Madison.

The Docking Station in Green Bay and The Avenue HQ in Appleton settled on a reciprocity agreement, allowing members of either space to drop in for free. Co-working spaces like The Docking Station and The Avenue HQ are membership-based shared office facilities for individuals, such as freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups and remote workers to rent a desk and have a designated place to work.