Business on the move

Posted on Jul 29, 2020 :: Business on the move
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Advocate Aurora Health and Beaumont Health have been exploring a potential partnership. Following approval by the organizations’ boards of directors, both providers signed a non-binding letter of intent that paves the way to deeper discussions to create a health care system that would span across Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Bergstrom Automotive launched express.cars, an automotive retail sales company. Consumers can browse, compare, shop or purchase fully online, and vehicles can be picked up at the Green Bay delivery center on Ramada Way or delivered directly to one’s driveway.

EnTech Solutions, an affiliate of Faith Technologies, has opened. EnTech develops distributed energy technology and capabilities that provide organizations with a sustainable energy future by providing configurable, modular and standardized renewable energy solutions that can be used independently or linked together. The company recently debuted the Xcape microgrid, a resilient energy and battery storage solution that can provide a seamless backup power supply to avoid power disruptions.

The C.A. Lawton Co. acquired Midwest Manufacturing & Logistics in Minster, Ohio. It will operate under private equity firm Oakland Standard’s specialty metals platform as a second location of The C.A. Lawton Co.

Oshkosh Defense announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal placed an order for 248 JLTVs and associated kits, valued at $127 million.

Cornerstone International Alliance, a Green Bay-based international mergers and acquisition alliance, formed with 17 industry-leading M&A and investment banking firms focused exclusively on the lower middle market.

Delaware North Companies, which supplies vendor services for venues such as Lambeau Field and Miller Park, announced it will furlough 1,300 employees.

Wisconsin Public Service is closing its downtown Green Bay offices after the COVID-19 pandemic showed employees can successfully work remotely.

Appleton International Airport resumed the Delta Air Lines daily flight to Atlanta on Aug. 1.
Carnivore Meat Co. launched Nature’s Advantage brand, which features raw, freeze-dried pet food and treats.

Plymouth Foam debuted a workspace divider protection line of products.

Hansen Foods announced it will no longer offer its fundraising program for schools and other organizations.

Bemis Manufacturing in Sheboygan Falls launched a smart, internet of things-enabled shopping cart.

Prevea is offering free consultations to local businesses to manage COVID-19 exposure and risk.

Roving Blue launched a funding campaign for the parts needed to make the first production run of its GO3 water bottle. It is offering a limited-edition early adopter GO3 water bottle pre-sale promotion package.

J. Ross & Associates announced new deals brokered by its employees: Kim Johnson sold 225 acres, recently annexed to the Town of Fox Crossing, to the Neenah Joint School District. The property will be the home of a new Neenah High School. Jason Gallmeier sold 4791 Grand Market Drive in the town of Grand Chute to a local developer. The new ownership plans to renovate all 12,000 square feet and offer the space for lease. Charlie Dercks represented the buyer of the Lincoln Center II & III office complex in West Allis.

Teleoptometry eye exams are now available at Shopko Optical locations in Ashwaubenon, Menasha and Marinette to meet the needs of patients looking for virtual eye care services.

Business comings and goings

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Runaway & Homeless Youth Program moved its operations to the newly expanded Boys & Girls Club of Menasha and announced a new name: Home Base.

Meijer opened its new store in Manitowoc, and HFM FastCare opened inside the store.

Evergreen Florist and Wisconsin Swim Academy opened in Appleton.

Sheboygan Works coworking space and Arrosto Delicatessen opened in Sheboygan.

Jiffy Lube opened a location in Grand Chute.

Prospera Credit Union will open a Grand Chute location in spring 2021.

Plymouth Springs Fish Co. opened in Plymouth.

Shaved ice and beverage shop Pink Guava opened in Green Bay.

Businesses citing the pandemic in their decisions to close include Black and Tan Grill, Green Bay, and Empower Yoga, Appleton.

Construction news

Werner Homes broke ground on Victory Park, a 56-lot subdivision in Elkhart Lake.

Van Horn Real Estate and Quasius completed the foundation for Kingsbury Village Town Home Apartments. The 33-unit luxury apartment building broke ground last October on the former Kingsbury Brewery Site at 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Sheboygan.

A groundbreaking was held for Whistling Oak Apartments, a new 98-unit multifamily development in the Town of Sheboygan.

LaserForm LLC held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility on Packerland Drive in the Village of Hobart. Construction is expected to finish in late fall, and the company expects the 36,000-square-foot addition to bring 10 new jobs to the area.

InitiativeOne in Green Bay announced expansion plans, with work getting underway soon.

Frontier Builders & Consultants is completing a project for Precision Scraping in Kaukauna.

Bayland Buildings is completing projects for the following organizations: Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen in Green Bay, Shipyard Island Marina, The Marketplace by Bliss, Manders Properties and SmitCo Eateries.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Team Schierl, Darboy; East Wisconsin Savings Bank, Kimberly; Envisionink, Neenah; Mud & Prints, Appleton; Northshore Environmental, Germantown; and Matalco, Wisconsin Rapids.

Education

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation has reached an agreement with UW-Oshkosh that outlines how the two organizations will move forward in accordance with nationally accepted best practices.

St. Norbert College will begin offering a data analytics major in the fall. It also announced that in collaboration with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, it is offering courses in spiritual care at a time when there is a critical shortage of chaplains. In addition, SNC established a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship.

The Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management at UW-Green Bay, a fully online graduate program, announced a partnership with SSM Health, in which SSM Health employees have their application fees waived when applying to the MSN program. UW-Green Bay also launched a disruptive innovation webinar series.

Marian University moved the start of the 2020-2021 academic calendar from Aug. 31 to Aug. 24. Marian and Lakeland University announced they are among the private, nonprofit colleges and universities participating in the WAICU-WTCS Course Credit Transfer Agreement that will make it easier for technical college students to transfer in.

Lakeshore Technical College will begin offering a HVACR installation technical degree program this fall. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing granted continuing accreditation to the LTC associate degree in nursing program. In addition to offering a variety of in-person courses and support this fall, LTC will offer online and iFLEX course formats to maximize individual student needs.

Registerednursing.org ranked the UW-Oshkosh [email protected] program the No. 1 online RN to BSN program in Wisconsin and 25th in the United States for 2020.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was one of 12 colleges nationwide to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to strengthen existing college agriculture programs.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Forbes named Verve, a Credit Union to the second-place spot on its list of America’s Best Credit Unions in Each State 2020.

Six New North companies received Corporate Safety Awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council: Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh; Agropur, Little Chute; NextEra Energy, Two Rivers; Tweet/Garot Mechanical, De Pere; RGL Specialty Inc., Green Bay; and Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna.

Baker Cheese in St. Cloud was named the 2020 Dairy Plant of the Year by national trade publication Dairy Foods.

De Pere and Waupun received awards from Main Street Wisconsin and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Saks Holdings received an award for best exterior façade renovation for its work done at 268 Main Ave., De Pere, now home to Jenstar Movement Studio. The City of Waupun received the Connect Communities Award for redevelopment projects in the 300 block of East Main Street, home to Gysbers Jewelry, My Property Shoppe, Wind & Unwined and K’s Boutique.

Oshkosh, No. 6, and Appleton, No. 13, were named to SmartAsset’s list of Most Livable Small Cities.

New North breweries were among those recognized in Travel Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Brewdown competition. They include: Bare Bones Brewery, Oshkosh; Barrel 41 Brewing Co., Neenah; Fifth Ward Brewery, Oshkosh; Fox River Brewing Co., Appleton; Pigeon River Brewing Co., Marion; and Stubborn Brothers Brewery, Shawano.

The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts honored Blue Door Consulting with 11 2020 Communicator Awards.

H.J. Martin and Son received the top honor in the health care category of the 22nd Annual Starnet Design Awards. The company’s award-winning flooring project was HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Center in Green Bay.

Acuity received several awards for creativity for its communications projects. Its annual report received ADDY awards, and its continuing education and promotional videos received AVA and Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals awards.

With imports of nearly 110,000 tons of foreign salt and 73,000 tons of limestone, June was a strong month for tonnage moving into and out of the Port of Green Bay. Total imports and exports hit nearly 288,000 tons in June to move the year-to-date totals 3 percent ahead of the same time a year ago.

BRING Studios received two silver Telly Awards for exceptional work in video production.

For the fifth consecutive year, Precision Roofing Services earned a spot in Duro-Last Inc.’s Admiral Club while also maintaining the Elite Contractor level.

Grants

The Community First Champion Center announced the naming of Mary Beth Nienhaus Fieldhouse in honor of the philanthropist’s donation to Fox Cities Sports Development Inc.

Bea and Tom Hollfelder donated $1 million on behalf of their daughter Carol Hollfelder to the Humane Society of Sheboygan County. The donation, as part of the organization’s capital campaign, Build New Beginnings, will be used to build the “Humane Society of Sheboygan County Carol Hollfelder Animal Shelter,” a state-of-the art facility that will serve the county’s animals and citizens.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded the UW-Green Bay Foundation-Student Emergency Grant Fund $25,000 to respond to the immediate needs of the students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wisconsin organizations that provide emergency shelter, transitional residences and extremely low-income housing are encouraged to apply for grants from the WHEDA Foundation. A total of $1,040,000 will be awarded for the 2020 cycle with awards to be announced in December. The grants are for physical improvements such as rehabilitation, accessibility features and new construction. There is no minimum grant size. Applications are due Aug. 21. To apply, visit wheda.com/housing-grant-program.

The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded $2,362,100 in grants to local and state nonprofit organizations reflecting the charitable interests of the late couple and their family. The Community Foundation allocated a total of $114,000 in grants to arts and culture, environment, and racial and ethnic support organizations through its Bright Idea Fund.

Six nonprofits received $28,000 in grants in late June through the Fox Valley’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund, bringing the total to 77 organizations receiving $836,400 in funding.

Festival Foods raised $34,000 for its Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger programs, and the company donated an additional $25,000.

Torke created the “Stay Home Roast” blend of coffee and donated the proceeds to health care workers at Sheboygan area hospitals.

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation distributed 19 pandemic relief grants to Fond du Lac County nonprofit organizations.

CASA Hispana awarded $6,000 as part of its 2020 Hispanic Scholarships program.

All the rest

Area chambers of commerce canceled events due to the pandemic. The Fox Cities Chamber will put Bazaar After Dark events on hold until 2021, and the Greater Green Bay Chamber canceled its Find Your Inspiration career exploration event scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12.

Northern Sky Theater canceled its fall season due to COVID-19. It also announced a three-pronged virtual season to continue its mission of developing original work, employing its artists and reaching out to its audience. It includes Northern Sky at Home, Northern Sky Live and Northern SkyLights.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center postponed until June 2021 the grand opening of its Art Preserve.

The EAA Aviation Museum will reopen to the public Aug. 3.

Network Health Medicare Advantage members with a PPO, HMO or PPO SNP plan will receive a $200 benefits card they can use for Medicare-covered health related services in 2020. Cards started arriving in mailboxes at the end of June, and the funds must be used by Dec. 31. Network launched the plan to provide some financial relief to its members during the pandemic.

Gov. Tony Evers announced additional efforts to distribute personal protective equipment to schools, food processors and businesses across the state. Wisconsin Emergency Management will begin shipping more than 2 million cloth face masks and more than 4,200 infrared thermometers to K-12 public, charter and private schools throughout the state. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is also helping to facilitate the delivery of approximately 60,000 masks to local food processors and businesses.

Wolf River Community Bank announced it has provided over $12 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, providing funds for 193 local small businesses and support to 1,612 employees.

Organizations launching new podcasts include: Red Shoes Inc., “Sole Source;” Marco, “Let’s Tech,” featuring CEO Jeff Gau and President Doug Albregts; and Cornerstone Business Services, “The M&A CornerCast.”

Literacy Green Bay changed the name of its endowment account, held at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, from the Thomas P. Brogan Endowment Fund to the Thomas P. and Mary B. Brogan Endowment Fund.

Robinson Metals launched a new website.

The Green Bay Packers designated Kwik Trip’s Pothole Pizza as the Official Pizza of Lambeau Field.