4imprint Inc., Oshkosh, is expanding its offices and production facilities — a $10.8 million project expected to create 150 new jobs. The company will expand its corporate offices in downtown Oshkosh by 25,000 square feet and will also add 100,000 square feet to its distribution center, located five miles west of the corporate headquarters. The expansion of the company’s headquarters is expected to be complete by April, the distribution center by late summer. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has authorized up to $1 million in economic development tax credits for the project. 4imprint employs about 650 workers.
Skyline Technologies unveiled its “Skyline Garage” space as a hands-on learning center for local high school students. The 2,200-square-foot addition increases Skyline’s office suite in the Appleton Center to just over 8,000 square feet and is part of the company’s mission to further solidify its presence in the region. The new space also positions Skyline for future expansion of its partnership with the Appleton Area School District as an education business provider. Skyline also announced plans to add 33 employees in 2015. Ten of those are expected to support the company’s offices in Appleton and Green Bay.
Menasha Corporation acquired PearceWellwood Inc. of Brampton, Ontario. The family-owned business will operate as part of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation. PearceWellwood designs and manufactures corrugated displays for the retail industry and offers fulfillment and distribution services. In a related transaction, Menasha also acquired an ownership interest in Tencorr Packaging, a corrugated sheet manufacturer with plants in Brampton and Mississauga, Ontario, from PearceWellwood’s parent company, Pearce Group. The Tencorr investment ensures PearceWellwood will continue to benefit from a reliable, high-quality corrugated supply.
U.S. Venture, Inc. established a separate corporate division for its compressed natural gas business. The new division, called U.S. Gain, will encompass all operations related to its expanding CNG network for commercial fleet operators and shippers in North America. The network is marketed under the GAIN Clean Fuel brand which has 39 sites operational or underway with a target of 100 locations in the next two years.
The Basic Needs Giving Partnership, funded by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region from the annual U.S. Venture Open golf outing, with matching money from the J. J. Keller Foundation and other contributors, awarded $688,000 in grants to various agencies: CAP Services, $188,188 to expand the Fresh Start Program to include a significant training component related to renewable energy to increase the potential for program graduates to secure life-sustaining jobs; Fox Valley Literacy Council, $45,000 over three years to add an English Language Learning staff member to improve the literacy skills of low-income adult learners; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, $150,000; and Fox Valley Technical College Foundation, $81,385 over three years, to teach people living at or near the poverty line essential life skills and welding, place them in high-demand jobs and help them reach self-sufficiency; Sustainable Fox Valley, $73,500 over three years to help children living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty realize academic and personal success and self-sufficiency; and Valley Packaging Industries, $150,000 over three years to develop Thrive Academy, which will give people with disabilities the skills and support necessary to obtain and keep employment to become self-sufficient.
Hospital Sisters Health System and Prevea Health finalized an agreement to join Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, a clinically integrated network of major health care systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Hospital Sisters Health System operates HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, Oconto Falls; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital and HSHS Medical Group, Chippewa Falls. Prevea Health, a Green Bay-based physician partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System Eastern Wisconsin Division, has more than 350 primary and specialty care providers, 35 health centers and 26 employer-based clinics in the northeastern Wisconsin region.
A new report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality shows that HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, treated 100 percent of all STEMI heart attack patients with the necessary procedure within the recommended 90-minute, door-to-balloon time during the entire year of 2013.
Schenck SC announced an agreement with the Manitowoc-based firm of Kroening, Stangel, Swetlik & Zinkel LLP to merge into Schenck. Kroening, Stangel, Swetlik & Zinkel LLP providing accounting and tax services to family-owned and privately held businesses as well as nonprofit organizations throughout Manitowoc and the surrounding area. The transaction is expected to close in May.
SECURA Insurance, Appleton, achieved $500 million in sales, a first in the company’s 115-year history. The company provides a broad range of insurance coverage for businesses, homes, autos, farms, agribusinesses and nonprofits sold by independent agents in 12 states. The company also earned an “A” rating with a stable outlook from A.M. Best Company, a rating and information source for the industry. The rating reflects capitalization, historically profitable underwriting and operating results, and the benefits from cultivating long-term relationships with a strong agency force. SECURA was named to Ward’s Top 50 for outstanding results in financial performance and consistency over a five-year period.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company announced it earned a 28th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength ratings from A.M. Best Company. Founded in 1913, Jewelers Mutual is the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, serving both commercial jewelry businesses and personal jewelry owners. Jewelers Mutual is headquartered in Neenah.
Nsight Telservices will deploy fiber optic infrastructure in Hobart to service the Centennial Centre at Hobart master-planned community, adding it to the company’s list of gigabit communities. Residents and businesses in the development will have access to service that is about 100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed Internet connection.
Dental Associates is one of six organizations nationally to be recognized with a 2014 Press Ganey Leaders in Transparency Award. The award honors innovative health care organizations that have implemented solutions to capture the voice of patients and have shared patient experiences online.
Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market in Door County broke ground on an expansion project that includes additional retail and storage areas, as well as an indoor space for annual events and live music. The 4,952-square-foot addition will support continued growth. The architect for the expansion is Hardin Builders, Inc. and the general contractor is Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, Inc.
Caitlin Brotz, founder of Olivü 426, Sheboygan, announced the company’s Whipped Olive Lotion and Lip Balm were included in gift bags collated by The Artisan Group, at the GBK Gift Lounge in honor of the Golden Globes.
The board of directors for Valley Home Builders Association announced the following companies joined the organization: Badger Seamless Gutters, Beam and Board Reclaimed Lumber, Century 21 Acre Realty – Stacey Hennessey, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group – John Coughlin, Hoffman Custom Carpentry, JG Custom Cabinetry, Lemonaide Design & Art Co., Omni Glass & Paint and Welhouse Construction Services.
KMOTION MEDIA, Green Bay, received a certificate of excellence from the 2014 American Graphic Designs Awards for its interactive annual report for the American Heart Association.
Independent Printing of De Pere announced the acquisition of the wide-format printer, Hayes Graphics, of Mosinee. Hayes will operate in the same building and with the same organizational structure under the name of Independent Printing Company-Large Format Solutions.
Stellar Blue Technologies launched four websites in December, including: Basiliere, Thompson, Bissett, Castonia & Swardenski, LLP, oshkoshwomenlawyers.com; WisconSibs, wisconsibs.org; Fox Communities Credit Union, www.foxcu.org; and Earth Sense Energy Systems, pellethead.com.
The Port of Green Bay overcame a late start and closed the 2014 shipping season surpassing its goal of 2 million metric tons of cargo, edging out 2013 totals. Overall, a total of 2.3 million metric tons of material were imported and exported through the port in 2014, an increase of 3 percent from 2013. Other successes of the 2014 season include a 46 percent increase in shipping petroleum products including ethanol, diesel and gasoline, continuing the growth of terminal operator U.S. Venture’s waterborne transportation business. In addition, the port also handled the natural gas boiler for Georgia-Pacific in December, one of the more unique movements of project cargo carried for the Port of Green Bay.
New North Inc. released the online version of its “2014 Annual Report to the Community.” Produced in partnership with Insight Publications and first distributed at the New North Summit and in the December issue of Insight magazine, the report can be viewed at www.insightdigital.biz/i/420807. The report to the community tells how a diverse economy drives regional economic success, on exporting and energy efforts within the region, and on New North’s external marketing efforts and leadership role within the state. It also provides metrics on top industry sectors and economic development initiatives, along with a two-page dashboard of accomplishments over the past year. For a printed copy, call (920) 336-3860.
CitizensFirst Credit Union will relocate its Oshkosh North Main Street branch to 215 W. Murdock Ave. The move should be complete by fall of 2015.
Bob Walter Agency, LLC, announced the sale of the agency to Wendy Diedrich and company name change to Diedrich Family Insurance Agency, Inc.
Consolidated Construction Co. Inc., a design/build firm with offices in Appleton and Milwaukee, announced it has been selected by Werner Electric Supply Co. of Neenah to construct a new corporate office and distribution center on a 40-acre site at County Highway BB and Casaloma Drive in the Town of Grand Chute. The building will house Werner’s new operations in 250,000 square feet. Werner Electric Supply Co. provides automation, electrical, and data communication products and services to industrial, commercial and construction customers. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.
Dream by Thimke Jewelers will host a grand opening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. Dream Jewelers is located in the former Thimke Jewelers space at 200 City Center, Oshkosh.
Breakthrough Fuel received a fifth consecutive “Business Partner of Excellence” award from Procter & Gamble, recognizing the company for consistently performing at high levels based on qualitative and quantitative evaluations by P&G.
School Specialty, Greenville, launched its new early childhood direct website, earlychildhooddirect.com, which consolidates the company’s early childhood offerings in one online location.
Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology launched weekend clinic hours, enabling patients to be treated at the practice’s office when they would otherwise be sent to a hospital. The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, rotating between the Grant Street location at Appleton Medical Center and the Madison Street clinic at St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Kundinger Fluid Power, Neenah, doubled the size of its Technology Center in the Neenah Industrial Park, 2437 Progress Court, growing from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet to house Kundinger Service & Repair Solutions Center.
Lakeland College moved its Green Bay center to 2601 Development Drive, Bellevue. The new, $2.8 million center, developed by Somerstone of Brookfield, has been under construction since June. The college serves more than 500 adult students in the Green Bay area.
Sterling Water–Chain of Lakes, Waupaca, a subsidiary of Sterling Water, Inc., announced the acquisition of Culligan of Waupaca. Culligan of Waupaca will continue service in Waupaca, Waushara, Portage and the western half of Outagamie County.
JCPenney presented its Cracker Jack award to H.J. Martin and Son, Green Bay, at its 2014 contractor summit. The award is given to a company that goes above and beyond expectations in regard to professionalism, teamwork, customer service and quality of work.
The American Hospital Association recognized Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay, with a plaque for 75 years of continuous AHA membership. The AHA marks membership anniversaries at 25, 50 and 75 years of membership.