Business on the move

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 :: Business on the move
Bryan Aschenbrenner
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development

TitletownTech invested in ag-tech startup SeedLinked and tech company Quantum Radius, which will relocate to Green Bay.

MatchBack Systems Inc. was sold to SynchroNet Marine Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz. As part of the deal, the two organizations will function independently.

Endries International acquired All-West Components & Fasteners Inc. of Seattle.

The managed IT division of Gordon Flesch Co. acquired Information Technology Professionals to form Elevity. A division of GFC, Elevity delivers cloud, cybersecurity and managed IT support to organizations across the Midwest.

The merger between Northern Paper Mills Credit Union in Green Bay and Appleton-headquartered Fox Communities Credit Union is complete. Northern Paper Mills Credit Union’s location at the corner of Day and Jackson streets became the 23rd Fox Communities Credit Union branch.

Nicolet National Bank backed out of its plan to purchase West Bend-based Commerce State Bank. It also closed seven branches, including locations in Ellison Bay, Fish Creek, Brussels, Kewaunee, Northland Avenue in Appleton and Jackson Street in Oshkosh. It cited difficulties stemming from COVID-19 in both decisions.

Foremost Farms USA will close its cheese plant in Chilton in July, putting 53 people out of work.

Alliant Energy will close its Edgewater Generating Station coal facility in Sheboygan by the end of 2022. In announcing its decision, the company cited a desire to deliver cleaner, more cost-effective energy. It’s working with Vandewalle & Associates to determine plans for the site. Alliant also announced six new solar projects, including a 150-megawatt project in Sheboygan County in conjunction with Ranger Power.

Appleton International Airport added new July flight options in response to steadily increasing customer demand for leisure travel out of Appleton. All four airlines operating at the airport are adding flights in response to passenger increases in May and strong future bookings.

Green Bay-based Rol-Tec Inc. purchased Axis Machine Co., also of Green Bay. Axis Machine is a high-precision grinding company producing metal rollers and machine parts used in flexographic printing, papermaking and coating operations.

Bank First of Manitowoc completed its merger with Tomah Bancshares Inc.

Georgia-Pacific Corp. invested in a natural gas boiler. It’s the plant’s second boiler, and when it’s online later this year, it will allow the location to rely solely on natural gas for its power rather than coal.

ThedaCare, in partnership with b.well Connected Health, debuted an interactive health management tool called Ripple. It aims to help curb patient information overload by bringing various data points together, solving the fragmented and siloed health experience, and putting consumers at the center of their health.

SNFood & Beverage LLC is expanding the sale of Carbliss, its vodka-based seltzer beverage to markets outside of Wisconsin. Working with its distributor, Badger Liquor, SNFood & Beverage is looking at adding an additional flavor and will begin selling the Carbliss product in Nebraska, Colorado and Florida.

Sargento Foods expanded its Reserve Series with the addition of cheese slices in varieties including Aged Gouda, Aged White Cheddar and Fresh Asiago.

Schneider launched Schneider FreightPower, which provides on-demand, box-on-site storage and transportation. Schneider also collaborated with Blue Yonder to create a new carrier marketplace within Blue Yonder’s transportation management solution. The new dynamic capacity pricing solution provides an integrated, seamless experience for shippers that pairs dynamic pricing and visibility with Schneider’s comprehensive solutions.

SGS-IPS Testing announced the expansion of its packaging testing lab and services. The company now offers the full suite of International Safe Transit Association packaging tests, including ISTA 6 Amazon.com test methods.

Kohler Co. debuted Kohler Engines University, a service created to give global audiences free access to speeches about critical issues in the engine world.

Business comings and goings

River Tyme Bistro opened in Appleton.

Evergreen Credit Union will open a new office on Richmond Street in Appleton.

Fitness Machine Technicians, which specializes in maintenance and repair of exercise equipment, opened in Appleton.

The Mineshaft restaurant is slated to open in Oshkosh this summer. A bakery addition was recently approved for the space.

Buechel Stone Corp. opened its main stone selection center at The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler.

Construction news

A new building opened in the RiverHeath residential-commercial complex in Appleton. C.D. Smith served as construction manager for Willow, the site’s largest building. The six-story mixed-use building includes 110 residential apartments on the upper floors and commercial/retail space on the lower floors.

The Boys & Girls Club of Menasha completed a 15,200-square-foot, $3.34 million expansion. It includes a career readiness lab, counseling offices, a sensory room, learning centers, playground, multipurpose space and several small group rooms.

Immel Construction and Northern Electric Inc. partnered to complete renovations at Colburn Pool in Green Bay.

IEI General Contractors completed remodeling projects for the Brillion School District, Denmark School District and Green Bay Area Public School District.

Bayland Buildings is completing projects for the following organizations: Design Air, Green Bay; Switchgear, Winneconne; Tier 1 Nutrition, Madison; and Badger Holsteins, Unity.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations:
VT Industries – Eggers Division, Neenah; Grand Appliance, Wrightstown; Prescription Analytics, Hartford; and TSI Power, Antigo.

The Cascade Fire Department broke ground on a new fire hall on Madison Avenue in the Sheboygan County town.

Education

Lakeshore Technical College announced it will no longer require an application fee or the Accuplacer placement test for prospective students. LTC also announced it is partnering with market research firm Leede Research to complete an education assessment program in the LTC service area. The goal of the program is to better understand the educational needs of the community moving forward.

Marian University has begun taking proactive steps in anticipation of its operating budget and enrollment projections being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They include the deactivation of the following academic programs: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Leadership; Master of Arts in Education, Area of Focus: Educational Leadership; Master of Arts in Education, Area of Focus: Educational Technology; Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry; Minor in Music; Minor in Art History; and Minor in Studio Art. Faculty positions associated with these programs have also been eliminated, along with six staff positions within the university.

Serve Wisconsin awarded AmeriCorps funding to Marian University for a new program that will aim to help first-year students. The program will support 12 students as AmeriCorps members, who will then plan and implement Community Engaged Learning and Meaningful Social Engagement modules for first-year students.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and Prevea Health announced a partnership to provide health and wellness support to UW-Green Bay students at all four campuses. UW-Green Bay’s Counseling and Health Center was renamed the UW-Green Bay Wellness Center and will remain in Student Services on the Green Bay campus. Counseling services will continue to be provided by UW-Green Bay staff and will remain within the UW-Green Bay Wellness Center. In the same location, primary medical care will now be provided by Prevea Health.

Moraine Park Technical College celebrated its first class of Promise
Program graduates who have now completed their college degrees and will begin working in their respective fields. The program offers five consecutive semesters of debt-free college tuition as well as additional services.

St. Norbert College was featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a guide for college-bound students.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Image Studios Inc. received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Small Business from the Women’s Business Development Center – Midwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Donna Gehl owns the Appleton production business.

Three New North companies were named to the Fortune 1000 list for 2020. Oshkosh Corp. ranked No. 377, up from No. 395 last year; Schneider ranked No. 571, down from No. 542 last year; and Plexus Corp. ranked No. 750, up from No. 784 last year.

Connect Sports named the Community First Champion Center to its list of Best Sports Facilities for 2020.

Great Northern Packaging received the Best in Show Award and a Gold Award in the Combined Corrugated category in the 2020 Excellence in Flexography Awards competition for its work on the 3M Rock Your Workday Box project.

The UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin School of Business and Career Services honored The C.A. Lawton Co. and Foth with the Weyenberg Prize, which recognizes businesses for demonstrating leadership transformation, strategy and execution.

International trade publication Plastic News and Best Companies Group named CMD Corp. to its list of Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry.

The Daily Reporter recognized the work of Omni Glass & Paint with nine Top Projects awards.

To view July’s full On the Move Business news, please visit insightonbusiness.com.