Business on the Move – April 2015

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 :: People and Business on the Move
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First Business Bank received the Preferred Lender designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bank was recognized for its SBA lending expertise and commitment to providing financial assistance to the small business community.

Stellar Blue Technologies recently launched four custom websites for clients: City of Neenah, www.ci.neenah.wi.us; RPM Homes, of Appleton, http://rpmhomesllc.com; KRC Rock, a southern California supplier of natural stone, boulders and masonry supplies, www.krcrock.com; and Oral Surgery Associates of Wisconsin, http://osaow.com.

Thrivent Financial announced a sixth consecutive year of growth for the fraternal benefit society. Assets under management/advisement, total revenue, total surplus, and life insurance in force all rose as Thrivent experienced one of its best years of performance in its 113-year history. Assets under management/advisement passed $100 billion for the first time in organization history. Total surplus, a key indicator of overall financial strength and stability of a financial services organization, reached $7.6 billion, 10.6 percent higher than 2013, and now stands at an all-time high for the organization. Total revenue was up to $8.9 billion, a 4.9 percent increase from the previous year.

Agnesian Dialysis Services moved to a new location, 305 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac. In mid-April, the building will also house the Agnesian Health Shoppe. The new facility features 19 dialysis stations, along with the most current technology and highest quality of clinical care.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Partners in Education program announced the 2015 recipients of the Golden Apple Awards: Nancy Collins, Amy Daul, Kim Hoffmann, Jennifer Parins and Jessica Sherman, CESA 7 Alternative High School; Elizabeth Ruh, Forest Glen Elementary School; Kari Groeneveld, Glenbrook Elementary School; Sara Hoffmann, Pulaski Community Middle School; Chris Wendorf, Sunnyside Elementary School; Ashley Gonwa, Valley View Elementary School; and Angela Kelly, West De Pere Middle School. The Golden Apple Awards promote community awareness of the quality of education in the Greater Green Bay area by recognizing high standards of professionalism, collaboration and innovation in teaching.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. received a “Senior Housing News” Architecture & Design Award. The award recognizes Hoffman’s design of Lutheran Life Communities’ My Rehab Center on the Lutheran Home senior living campus in Arlington Heights, Ill. Hoffman and My Rehab Center were named best in the repositioning category.

Mid-America Real Estate-Wisconsin announced the following transaction: Commercial Horizons, Inc. purchased the former Associated Bank, 600 W. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly. Joe Kleiman and Dan Rosenfeld represented the seller with the transaction.

The Brown County United Way announced it raised $4,061,359 during its 2014 Annual Giving Campaign. This exceeded the organization’s $4,060,000 goal.

Manitowoc Cranes received the “Large Employer of the Year” award from the American Legion for its practice of hiring veterans through its on-the-job training program. Launched in August 2014, the program is the first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin and was designed to help veterans discover what military skills best translate to civilian industry and their area of interest.

Fox River Fiber expanded its operations to include a secure document destruction facility enabling companies to fulfill their document destruction requirements while also providing a materials stream to convert wastepaper into reusable pulp. Fox River Fiber holds certification through the National Association for Information Destruction.

The Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Rd. in Green Bay, welcomed Aaron Winker, inventor and founder of Store-It Shelving, to the business incubation program supported by the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

School Specialty, Inc. announced the completion of four major school projects in Clark County, Ky., including building the largest educational facility ever constructed in that state, the conversion of the district’s former high school into the new Robert D. Campbell Junior High School, the construction of Justice Elementary School and the conversion of an existing middle school to the new Conkwright Elementary School. School Specialty’s Projects by Design team worked with the Clark County School District to outfit all four campuses with all-inclusive furniture and equipment solutions that promote modern learning across a variety of disciplines. The company also unveiled its NeoClass furniture line, designed to fulfill the versatile needs of the 21st Century classroom. The furniture is constructed to meet ergonomic needs and stimulate student alertness while maintaining optimal comfort for an enjoyable classroom experience. NeoClass products allow teachers to quickly and easily reconfigure classroom layouts that accommodate various instructional methods, whether via a collaborative discussion, individual project or traditional group lecture.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. was recognized with two awards celebrating the generosity of its employees giving back to the community at the United Way Fox Cities 2014 Campaign Celebration. For the third year in a row, Miron passed its campaign goal, and in the process raised more than $81,000 for United Way Fox Cities. Miron received the Employee Campaign Award in the medium organization (151-499 workers) category for its 34 percent growth in overall giving, which then earned the company the Kimberly-Clark Corporate Challenge Award, which is presented to the company with the greatest increase in employee participation. In addition, Miron has partnered with Gries Architectural Group to build a new dealership for Van’s Honda in Green Bay. Construction of the $6 million, 45,000-square-foot project will start this month and is expected to be completed in November of 2015.

Fortune magazine named U.S. Bancorp the most admired superregional bank for the fifth consecutive year. The bank also was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company.

St. Norbert College finished construction of a state-of-the-art science facility, the Gehl-Mulva Science Center, replacing the 50-year-old John R. Minahan Science Hall. The 150,000-square-foot Gehl-Mulva Science Center features 36 laboratories for research and teaching, along with small-group workrooms and informal collaborative spaces, among other things. It also will house the new Green Bay campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, scheduled to admit its first students in July.The Walls & Ceilings and Commercial Flooring divisions of H.J. Martin & Son installed metal studs, drywall and sound insulation, both for the new structure and as part of the remodel of the existing space. Miron Construction served as general contractor for the project, which cost approximately $39.2 million.

Machinery manufacturer CMD Corporation was named one of the Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry by international trade publication “Plastics News” and the Best Companies Group. The Best Places to Work program was designed to identify and honor employers in the plastics industry benefiting the economy, workforce and businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Ten companies were chosen; CMD ranked seventh on the list.

Burger Boat Company announced that it has completed its exit from the pre-owned yacht brokerage business. The Burger Yacht Sales facilities, along with all of the BYS brokers and associates, have been sold to OCEAN Independence. Burger Boat Company will continue manufacturing yachts in Manitowoc.

Baisch Engineering launched its new website www.baisch.com. The redesigned site includes a responsive design and improved navigation.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center made a $60,000 donation to Live54218, an organization it helped found in 2012. Live54218’s mission is to support and promote all residents daily consuming five fruits and vegetables, drinking four bottles of water, having less than two hours of screen time, participating in at least one hour of physical activity and sleeping eight hours a night.

Investors Community Bank has made a donation to the Spirit of the Rivers collaborative art project at the Manitou Giving Level. Spirit of the Rivers, which will be located between the cities of Manitowoc and Two Rivers, is designed to serve as an educational resource for the communities. The bronze sculpture group celebrates the culture and history of the earliest inhabitants. The birch bark canoe, held aloft upon the shoulders of the portageur, stands as a tribute to the first vessels to ply these waters and foreshadows the area’s rich maritime history.

Frontier Builders & Consultants completed the steel erection on a 7,500-square-foot addition for Tube Fabrication & Color in Oshkosh.

The automotive program at Fox Valley Technical College received its 50th donated vehicle from General Motors, a white 2013 Camaro RS Convertible, to mark the milestone in the partnership. FVTC offers more automotive training programs than any training institution in the state.

SCA, a hygiene and forest products company with operations in the Fox Cities, awarded two schools and one nature center in the Fox Cities area a total of $10,022 to support their environmental education projects: Freedom High School, $3,522, for a long-term project to monitor Duck Creek and its watershed to help students understand the different factors that affect fresh water; St. Mary Central High School, $1,500, to improve Jane’s Woods, the school’s two-acre nature area, by removing invasive species and planting native plants to absorb excess water; and Gordon Bubolz Nature Center, $5,000, to give students field experience to study how living things interact with their environment, specifically looking at the ponds that are present at the preserve.

Faith Technologies, an electrical and specialty systems contractor based in the Fox Cities, has been named to the 2014 Projects of Distinction list by the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin for its work on the Plexus Manufacturing Solutions facility in Neenah. The company’s work was honored for gold-level achievement. In addition, employees at Faith Technologies accepted the award for the Employee Campaign Manager Team of the Year in the large business category for their contributions to the 2014 United Way Fox Cities Community Campaign. In 2014, the company took a national stance by asking its employees throughout the country to support their local United Way. Overall, employees contributed more than $47,000 in addition to a $25,000 corporate gift. In the Fox Cities, Faith Technologies experienced growth of more than 131 percent in employee contributions with a total donation of more than $41,000. The company’s leaders in the Fox Cities also increased participation by 150 percent, resulting in a donation of $10,828.

Project Manager Evan Blakeman and Faith Technologies received a Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for providing extraordinary support to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve in Wisconsin. This is the second Patriot Award Faith Technologies has received in less than one year.

Envision Fond du Lac, a visioning and strategic planning process launched by a coalition of businesses, residents and community organizations, is beginning work to create a collective vision of what the area should look like in 10 to 20 years and define specific paths to achieve that vision. Community and business workshops took place in February. Progress and opportunities for involvement can be found at www.EnvisionFDL.com.

The Boldt Company received the President’s Safety Award from the Construction Employers Association of California, the highest safety recognition given by the CEA, the second consecutive year Boldt was honored. CEA is the premier association in Northern California representing union commercial building contractors in collective bargaining, labor relations and legislative activity. In order to receive the President’s Safety Award, recipients must satisfy these requirements: A total incident rate at least 50 percent below the industry average; a lost-workday incident rate at least 50 percent below the industry average; an experience-modification rate of less than or equal to .70; and must participate in a Cal/OSHA partnership program or demonstrate a comprehensive training program. The Boldt Company is currently working on projects located in Sacramento and in San Francisco, including hospitals for Sutter Health under the joint venture HerreroBoldt.

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce announced Aurora Health Care has joined the chamber as its newest Gold Founding Member.

Consolidated Construction will design and build two new Xperience Fitness centers in Waukesha and Greenfield. Both projects are scheduled for a late summer completion. Adam Heindel of Consolidated Construction is the architect and Pam Talavera is project director.