Business on the move

Posted on Oct 30, 2020 :: Business on the move
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Business development 

Endries International acquired K&L Sales Inc., a hardware, industrial products and specialty fastener distributor based in Hartland.

Acuity announced that as a result of strong business growth, it plans to hire more than 120 employees in the next year.

Faith Technologies is collaborating with PACCAR and Schneider Electric to provide a charging infrastructure package solution for customers that purchase battery electric Kenworth and Peterbilt heavy and medium duty trucks in the United States and Canada.

TitletownTech announced its investment in Slate, a mobile-first content creation platform that has quickly gained traction among pro sports teams and media organizations. The co-lead in Slate’s seed investment round was WISE Ventures, founded by the owners of the Minnesota Vikings.

Cornerstone Business Services, James Moore & Co. of Florida, P.L. and Velocity Advisory Group of Pennsylvania announced a partnership to assist business owners with transition and exit planning.

Marquis Yachts released a triple outboard-powered version of its M42 series of vessels.

Business comings and goings 

Little Owls Childcare Center, a day care center offering first and second shift care, opened in Sheboygan.

Destination Kohler opened Straits Chapel, a non-denominational venue for hosting celebrations, events and milestones.

Zombie Paintball is slated to open in the Town of Lyndon.

Family medicine care is now available at the Prevea Washington Street Health Center located at 102 N. Washington St. in downtown Green Bay.

Construction news

Construction of The Oscar, a 240-unit workforce housing apartment complex that will be connected to a city bike trail and next to a new Kwik Trip, got underway in Sheboygan. Of the 240 units, 232 will be available at a discount compared to other new apartments in the area.

CR Structures is leading the remodeling of the former Banta facility in Menasha into market-rate apartments including commercial space, indoor parking and a rooftop patio. This is phase I of the creation of Banta Village in downtown Menasha.

BayCare Clinic started construction on its 46,000-square-foot facility along Manitowoc’s lakeshore. The clinic is slated for completion in September 2021 and will include specialty care services as well as physical and occupational therapy.

Arch Electric completed the largest privately owned solar array in Wisconsin history at Green Valley Dairy located north of Green Bay in Krakow. Arch also was awarded the contract for two Madison Area Technical College solar projects at its Reedsburg and Fort Atkinson campuses.

Bayland Buildings broke ground on The Workshop, a basketball and training facility in the Town of Hobart.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. received a $28 million contract to build a new academic building for UW-Platteville. The job calls for building UW-Platteville’s new Sesquicentennial Hall, which would join the school’s Engineering Hall to make a 200,000-square-foot academic complex bringing Platteville’s engineering, computer science and renewable energy programs together in the same space.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Community Blood Center, Appleton; F Street Development, Appleton; Joe’s Power Center, Kimberly; Primitive Gatherings, Larsen; Courtesy Auto and Truck Center, Stanley; Chief River Nursery, Town of Grafton; Lake of Somers, Somers; and Cornerstone Restoration, Sullivan.

Education news

UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc campus is now offering bachelor’s degrees from start to finish in Environmental Science; Business; Health Information Management and Technology; Psychology; and Writing and Applied Arts.

Lakeland University announced a new program allowing Milwaukee Area Technical College students to pursue a bachelor’s degree at all four MATC campuses through MATC’s Center for University Partnerships and Studies. Learn.org ranked Lakeland’s business administration programs No. 11 on its list of the 50 Best Business Degrees.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Masters Gallery Foods won the Wisconsin Economic Development Association Community Economic Development Award in the category of Business Retention & Expansion.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce named the winners of its 2020 Business Awards: Business of the Year — Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, large employer, and Fox Cities Sign, small employer; Company Innovation — Sure-Dry Basement Systems, large employer, and Appleton International Airport, small employer; Rising Star — Little Critters Pediatric Dentistry; and Entrepreneur of the Year — Writing by Design.

The winners of the 2020 Progress Lakeshore Awards were: Entrepreneurial Achievement — Waterfront Wine Bar; Neighborhood Development — Strand Adventures; Community Enhancement — Lakeshore Community Health Care; Corporate Investment — Alliance Laundry Systems LLC; and Economic Accelerator of the Year — Jason and Tina Prigge of The Coolest Coast.

Marian University presented its 2020 Business & Industry Awards: Baker Cheese Co., Business of the Year; Boyke/Grinstead Family, Community Collaboration Award; Faris Gourmet Popcorn & Treats and United Manufacturers Inc., Economic Development Award; Sam Meyer, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Steve Peterson, George Becker Spirit Award.

Red Shoes Inc. received the Allied Business of the Year award as part of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce 2020 Business Awards.

Charitable Giving and Grants

Fox Valley Technical College received a $100,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin for the college’s Venture Center to help veterans as they work on their business model and plan through the innovation accelerator program.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. donated 250,000 diapers to the Fox Cities Diaper Bank (an initiative of United Way Fox Cities), Oshkosh Area United Way and Brown County United Way to help families in the region.

The 35th annual U.S. Venture Open raised $4,642,058 to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. The event has raised more than $51 million throughout its history.

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund established by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities awarded $100,732 in grant funding to 11 nonprofits to assist their efforts during the COVID-19 public health and financial emergency. In total since the fund was created March 17, 94 local nonprofit organizations have received $1,311,289 in grants.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration announced $36 million in funding for 42 public infrastructure and facility projects throughout the state. The funding was awarded to local units of government as part of a competitive grant process for the 2020 Community Development Block Grants for Public Facilities program. New North communities receiving funding include: City of Berlin, $1 million; City of Clintonville, $1 million; Village of Hilbert, $491,933; City of Kewaunee, $1 million; City of Omro, $1 million; City of Ripon, $1 million; City of Shawano, $1 million; and Village of Wausaukee, $885,438.

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum launched a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, Childhood is Essential. The campaign seeks to advance the idea that the experiences of childhood are essential to the healthy growth and development of children in the community and that organizations like the Building for Kids are essential to the community’s future.

All the Rest

The Green Bay Packers and hospitality partner Delaware North announced that Lambeau Field has transitioned to entirely cashless payment systems throughout the stadium on gamedays and non-gamedays. This transition affects food and beverage stands, the Packers Pro Shop, the ticket office, 1919 Kitchen and Tap, the Packers Hall of Fame and Stadium Tours and other points of sale throughout the building.

Kohler Co. announced the launch of Safe Water For All, an initiative to further address pressing issues around water access, quality and conservation and to broaden public awareness around water issues.

Ariens Co. began offering a $2,000 signing bonus in an effort to recruit new manufacturing employees.

Leighton Interactive in Green Bay has changed its name to Vye.

WPS Health Solutions’ Arise Health Plan changed its name to WPS Health Plan.

The New Holstein Community Development Authority adopted the market feasibility study that VandeWalle & Associates prepared in part with grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The feasibility study positions the city to redevelop the site of the former Tecumseh manufacturing facility.

The Port of Green Bay saw 219,000 tons of cargo move through in September, well above the totals registered in July and August. The year-to-date totals, however, still lag behind last year (down 21 percent), at 1.28 million tons.

The Blind Horse Winery & Restaurant became the first restaurant in the United States to install Far-UVC 222 light technology to provide real-time mitigation of harmful pathogens and viruses.

The State of Wisconsin launched Just Recovery, an effort to identify and support strategies for responding to COVID-19, recovery and building resilience in communities of color by partnering with community-based organizations and local groups, including other government and social service agencies. Data show people of color in Wisconsin are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.