Business on the move

December 2017

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Appivon announced plans to consolidate the majority of the carbonless paper coating and rewinding operations performed at its Appleton plant, resulting in the loss of 200 jobs.

Synergy Sports broke ground on a new facility in Hobart. Bayland Buildings will construct the 18,000-square-foot training facility that will accommodate training and organized sports leagues and will include track lanes and an athlete recovery area.

Community First Credit Union opened its new $25 million headquarters in Fox Crossing. Sargento Foods Inc. broke ground on a 40,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Hilbert, which will add production space to the existing 70,000-square-foot building.

Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership announced plans to move its office to the Zimmerman Building at 131 S. Main St. Bank First National Corp., the holding company for Bank First, announced the completion of its merger with Waupaca Bancorporation Inc. WOW Logistics opened its new headquarters in Fox Crossing. McMAHON expanded and renovated its corporate headquarters.

The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton has begun renovations. Holy Family Memorial opened its HFM Lakefront Campus in Two Rivers. The Little Chute Area School District hosted a groundbreaking for an addition and renovation project for its intermediate, middle and high school.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board was notified of the impending closure of Polyone Designed Structures and Solutions, Ripon, impacting approximately 70 employees. The American Club at Destination Kohler was selected by Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 resort in the Midwest in its annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has provided state tax credits to Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. to support a distribution center expansion in Little Chute. WEDC and Invest in Wisconsin announced a $1 million initiative that will provide capital, technical assistance and training to startup and earlystage technology-focused businesses statewide.

WEDC has awarded a $500,000 matching grants to three members of Invest in Wisconsin to launch the program, which will provide seed funding for entrepreneurial startups and emerging technology businesses with high growth potential. The St. Norbert College endowment received a $30 million gift from the Donald J. and Patricia A. Schneider family.

Oshkosh Arena selected Ticket Star as its official ticket vendor. Brown County now has 16 bike repair stations. A Leadership Green Bay team led the initiative, and KI and the Rail Yard provided additional financial assistance. The Van Horn Automotive Group acquired a dealership in Iowa.

Lanehub, Green Bay, was among 42 companies to pitch at the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison. New North companies were among those participating in the Elevator Pitch Olympics in Madison. Competitors included: Burn Rate Nutrition, Appleton and Pyxsee, Oshkosh.

Keller, Planners, Architects, Builders announced new projects for the following businesses and organizations: Kobussen Buses, Seymour; Float Light, Appleton; Abby Bank, Appleton; Gordon Bubolz Nature Center, Appleton; Menasha Police Department, Menasha; Red River Riders, Shawano; Gahn Meats, Milwaukee; South Milwaukee Storage, South Milwaukee; Maddison Automotive, Wales; Wisconsin Dental Health, Sun Prairie; Overture Center, Madison; and Gehl Foods, Germantown.

JJ Calmes & Sons is building a new church for Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran congregation, Hortonville. A.C.E. Building Service was selected as the design/build contractor for the renovation of Country Visions Convenience Store in Reedsville. Miron Construction Co., Inc., in partnership with Power Engineers Collaborative, is overhauling a steam turbine generator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was awarded a $65.9 million contract to build the school’s new Southeast Recreational Facility.

Miron also was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Employ Humanity Excellence Award. The Boldt Co. received two 2017 BUILD Wisconsin Awards from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin in the commercial construction category for ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center, Appleton, and Aurora Southern Lakes Medical Center, Burlington. Faith Technologies won an Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin 2017 Build Wisconsin Award for its work on Park Hotel in Madison. The company also ranked 51 out of 100 national employers on the 2017 Healthiest Employer list.

C.R. Meyer earned the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin’s highest safety honor, Level III Safety ACE. Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. will begin construction on Park Vista Retirement Living in Iowa. Prevea Health now offers cochlear implantation for those with severe to profound hearing loss.

Dale Gas & Oil has begun offering U-Haul products and services. J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. received certification as a great workplace through the Great Place to Work Institute and was named to the Fast-Growing Firms list for ALM Consulting Magazine. BPM Inc., Peshtigo, received recognition as a Green Professional in the Wisconsin Green Masters Program. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, owners of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, were presented with the Marian University Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 36th annual Business & Industry Dinner in Fond du Lac.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce presented its Growth Award to Carnivore Meat Co. Schroeder Moving Systems Inc. of Appleton, an agent of United Van Lines, received the company’s President’s Club Award at the $4 million level, honoring agents that generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the year.

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance announced out its Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards. Companies and organizations receiving awards included: Marine Travelift, Manufacturing Innovation; Robinson Metal, Educational Partnership; Kohler Co., Leadership; KI, Youth Apprenticeship; Brillion Elementary School, Education Innovation; Ashwaubenon High School, Brighter Image; and Oshkosh North High School, manufacturing partnership award.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. A podiatry specialty clinic will open at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin in January. ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah bariatric center, in a partnership with Midwest Bariatric Solutions/Surgical Associates, received recognition from two insurance providers, OPTUM and Blue Cross Blue Shield, for providing high-quality, cost-effective care.

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce recognized Network Health for providing high-quality and cost-effective health plan solutions to Oshkosh-area employers. Network Health received an overall 4.5-star rating for its Medicare Advantage PPO plans from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, outperforming national averages in several measures.

Affinity Visiting Nurses, Ascension At Home has been named to the Top 500 of the 2017 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top performing home health agencies in the United States. The QOPI Certification Program recognized Agnesian Cancer Center for successfully completing a three-year certification program for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet nationally recognized standards for quality cancer care. It also earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for advanced certification for primary stroke centers.

Integrity Insurance launched a new app, Integrity Insurance Mobile. American Digital Cartography Inc., Appleton, released the ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas version 7.4. Spirit Construction Services Inc. launched a newly enhanced, mobilefriendly website.

Cucina Italian Restaurant, Kohler, debuted a new menu. Woodward Radio Group announced the addition of the Jake and Tanner Show to its talent lineup on 95.9 KISS FM. Nine Felician Village staff members received dementia generalist certification. Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts announced the debut of Member Spotlight, which will feature the work of THELMA member artists.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded a $50,000 tourism development grant to The Building for Kids children’s museum for its Innovation Lab. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley received a $100,000 matching gift challenge from three Fox Cities families. All gifts received, up to $100,000, by Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar.

Acuity Insurance contributed $125,000 to Aurora Health Care’s When Minutes Matter campaign to help improve patient survival rates during cardiac incidents and other emergencies. Appleton International Airport presented a $75,000 check to Old Glory Honor Flight. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group raised more than $42,000 for hurricane relief.

SECURA Insurance and Homeless Connections partnered to raise funds in recognition of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, with a goal of raising $15,000. A matching gift partnership between Festival Foods and Nestlé Purina PetCare raised $11,752 to boost food and supply levels at Wisconsin animal shelters.

The Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America completed its Scouting for Food collection drive, collecting 300,000 items and distributing them to over 100 pantries. Wisconsin Plastics Inc. was awarded ISO 13485:2003 certification for its quality management systems.

Waupaca Foundry Inc. earned Q1 Certification from Ford Motor Co. The achievement confirms Waupaca Foundry’s Tell City, Ind., plant consistently delivers high-quality products on time to Ford customers. World HeadQuarters, a coworking space, opened in Appleton. It’s a membership-based community that offers meeting space, business support services, technology resources and, soon, onsite childcare and grant funding.

Overall tonnage numbers for the season at the Port of Green Bay leveled off in October, with overall year-to-date tonnage down 4 percent compared to last year at this time.