Expera Specialty Solutions LLC, a leading manufacturer of specialty paper products, is establishing its corporate headquarters in Kaukauna. Expera was formed in 2013 with the merger of the specialty paper businesses of Thilmany Papers and Wausau Papers. The company has about 1,800 employees at plants in Wausau, Rhinelander, Mosinee and De Pere. Expera also is purchasing Old Town Fuel & Fiber, a high-quality pulp mill in Maine with the capacity to produce more than 200,000 tons annually of Northern Bleached Kraft pulp.
Advance, the economic development branch of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, announced its Manufacturing Awards of Distinction in November. The Workforce Development Award went to Fox Valley Metal Tech; the Small Company Award to Nicolet Plastics, Inc.; the Medium Company Award to Winsert, Inc. and the Large Company Award to Hatco Corporation. At the chamber’s annual dinner in October, N.E.W. Plastics Corp. was named the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Business Award by Advance.
The Sexual Assault Crisis Center-Fox Cities raised $355,000 at the seventh-annual “Shall We Dance” fundraising event in October.
Alliance Laundry Systems of Fond du Lac was named 2014 Business of the Year by Marian University. The Entrepreneur of the Year award was presented to Wisnet.com of Fond du Lac. The Economic Development award was presented to Con-way Freight of Fond du Lac. Special Achievement awards were presented to the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac and the THELMA Sadoff Center for the Arts. The awards program helps raise scholarship funds for students in the Marian University School of Business and Public Safety.
Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., of Appleton is working on a 22,750-square-foot expansion of Steel King Industries, Inc. at 325 E. Beckert Road, New London. The project is scheduled for completion in January. Consolidated also will improve and add 500 square feet to Bank Mutual’s East Town Green Bay branch at 2730 E. Mason St. The project will be complete in December. Bay Valley Foods selected Consolidated for a 25,000-square-foot expansion and renovation to its facility at 857 School Place in Green Bay. The project is scheduled to be completed in May. Farm Products, LLC, a division of Affinity Chemical, selected Consolidated to design and build its new high-quality aluminum sulfate manufacturing facility at 825 Pamela St. in Wrightstown. The project is scheduled for completion in January.
Concordia University Wisconsin’s online masters in teaching and learning program was ranked No. 1 in the state of Wisconsin and No. 20 nationally by Geteducated.com.
The Door County Scholarship Network’s online searchable database was unveiled by the Door County Community Foundation. The network is a comprehensive source for local scholarship information for students from Door County. The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the Stella Maris Parish a sustainability grant from the Health and Human Needs Fund to support the hiring of a community nurse. The community nurse will work in collaboration with a variety of wellness organizations throughout Door County to provide an individualized plan of health care that focuses on the physical needs and emotional desires of each person.
The Fifth Quarter Foundation and Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay announced the donation of $5,000 to MDCMC charities from funds raised by the third-annual NFL Alumni Celebrity Fishing Tournament held at Stone Harbor Resort in July.
The logos for St. Vincent and St. Mary’s hospitals in Green Bay and St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan have changed. The tagline “An Affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System” has been replaced with “HSHS” in front of the names. The hospitals will be known as HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital. In September, the former Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls became a part of Hospital Sisters Health System, called HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital.
Miron Construction Co., Inc. of Neenah, along with architectural firm Graef of Green Bay, will build a 16,900-square-foot addition to the Franklin Water and Wastewater Operation and Maintenance Facility. The $2.7 million project will be completed in August. Additionally, Miron served as the general contractor on a $24.9 million project that added two new multi-purpose buildings, including a 90,000-square-foot structure and a 200,000-square-foot building to the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison. H.J. Martin & Son of Green Bay completed wall, ceiling and floor work. The World Dairy Expo is the largest trade show in the state of Wisconsin, with an estimated economic impact of more than $51 million annually to Madison and surrounding Dane County. Lastly, Miron surpassed its United Way combined corporate and employee campaign goal, raising more than $81,000, a 33 percent increase from last year.
H.J. Martin & Son has made the ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list, ranking as the 165th largest specialty contractor in the United States. The 2014 compilation was released in the Engineering News-Record. H.J. Martin & Son also recently launched a redesigned website: www.hjmartin.com.
ThedaCare and Affinity Health System have partnered to create a cross-functional readiness team to create plans to respond if a patient arrives at one of their hospitals or clinics with symptoms of Ebola. ThedaCare Physicians-Black Creek updated its interior and added an expanded care team. ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatric clinics in Appleton and Neenah are using Spot Vision, a new screening device that can test the vision of young children.
Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology is building a 60,000-square-foot facility on Appleton’s north side.
Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley is partnering with Eduro Healthcare on the new Recovery Inn in Appleton, the country’s first skilled nursing facility attached to a surgery center. Salt Lake City-based Eduro Healthcare will begin overseeing operations at Recovery Inn, which assists patients in recovering from hip and knee replacement surgery.
The Sheboygan County Chamber welcomed new members Victorian Realty, Alternative Solutions, Diva’s Deja Vu New & Resale Shoppe, Sheboygan by Owner, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Sheboygan Fit Body Boot Camp and Devin LeMahieu for State Senate.
CBS-Global/Creative Business Services announced the sale of the former Applebee’s property at 129 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The property is being purchased by Jason and Laura Estes, who own and operate Sonny’s Pizzeria. The new location will be called Sonny’s Pizzeria & Italian Bistro and will be marketed to families. A second business which will be managed by the Estes family will be called DC Donut & Coffee Company and will include both a walk-up and drive-thru window.
Schreiber Foods of Green Bay was presented with the State of Wisconsin Governor’s Exemplary Employer Award at the ASPIRO Employer Appreciation Luncheon in October for its efforts in employing individuals with disabilities.
The Great Lakes Aerospace Science and Education Center, also known as Spaceport, held a grand opening at its new location at 802 Blue Harbor Drive. Spaceport offers hands-on science education.
Willems Marketing in Appleton is expanding to include an events division that will use original and themed music to enhance business conferences and meetings. The firm also changed its name to Willems Marketing & Events and will continue operating at 120 N. Morrison St.