Business on the move – January 2015

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 :: People and Business on the Move
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U.S. Venture, Inc. received the New North Workplace Excellence Award at the 11th annual New North Summit, held at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The Workplace Excellence Award is presented by New North, Inc. and Right Management, Inc. to organizations located within the 18-county New North region. It recognizes companies with best-in-class people practices, leading to successful results that create a competitive business advantage.

C.A.T. Inc. has signed an agreement with U.S. Oil of Appleton for the construction of five GAIN Clean Fuel compressed natural gas stations in the United States and Canada to support C.A.T.’s acquisition of 100 Ryder CNG sleeper tractors. The stations will be located in Toronto, Montreal, Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Scranton, Pa.

Bemis Company, Inc. completed the sale of its global pressure sensitive materials business MACtac to Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm. The transaction was completed for a purchase price of $170 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. received an Award of Merit from ENR Midwest through its Best Projects 2014 competition for its work on the Lambeau Field North & South End Zone Stadium Improvements in the sports/entertainment category. Miron’s $145 million Lambeau Field project included the addition of nearly 7,000 new seats in the south end zone, two new gates, a rooftop viewing platform in the north end zone, as well as two new HD video boards and a new sound system. Miron also announced the completion the renovated Clow Social Science Center at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The $674,000 project was ready for students in mid-November 2014. The company is also partnering with Performa, Inc. to build a new corporate office building for Skyward, Inc. in Stevens Point. The $32.8 million project is set to be completed in December of 2015.

American Digital Cartography, Inc., of Appleton, announced the release of ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas v7.1, an upgrade featuring two new layers: World Seas and World Coastlines. Along with the two new layers, ADC WorldMap Digital Atlas v7.1 includes current country and first level political boundaries for the entire world and over 37,000 second level political boundaries in 123 countries.

H.J. Martin & Son completed a major project for national retailer Burlington Coat Factory consisting of fixture installations at 49 stores across the United States as part of a remodeling of its Home and Accessories departments.

Starry Realty, LLC, moved into its newly renovated office at 112 N. Broadway, De Pere. The renovation of the historic building will allow community organizations to use it as a gathering space for meetings, concerts and events.

A.C.E Building Services has been selected for two area projects: the design/build contractor for County Visions Cooperative’s renovation in Valders; and Wisconsin Nationwide selected the company for design and construction management for a project to increase the capacity of trailer storage for the freight carrier and to allow the carrier to expand its fleet.

Jagemann, Manitowoc, announced a partnership making Snake Rivers Shooting Products & Consulting, Inc. the company’s master OEM distributor.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognized St. Agnes Hospital for reaching the silver level of achievement for enrollment in state organ donor registries.

ACUITY received three awards at the 2014 ACORD Implementation Forum for delivering technology solutions that support real-time business capabilities in both personal and commercial insurance lines: Action Award, for implementing standards and utilization of the ACORD framework; Streamline Award, for usage of the ACORD standards and framework; and Industry Recognition/Leadership Award, recognizing ACUITY’s leadership. ACUITY also received the 2014 Applied IVANS Interface Partner Award. ACUITY was named 2014 Company of the Year by both the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico and the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana.

The Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic received a $3,000 grant from the Brown-Door-Kewaunee Dental Society for its expansion of services from three days a week to four days each week.

Soodsma Insurance Agency, LLC opened a new location at 805 Quay St., Manitowoc.

School Specialty, Inc., donated essential school supplies and learning materials to North Side School, a nonprofit charter school specializing in education and early childhood development, operating out of eight sites in the New York City boroughs of Queens and the Bronx as part of its “Gift of Education” holiday campaign. The Greenville-based company also donated 5 percent of holiday purchases up to $50,000 in support of DonorsChoose.org — an online nonprofit that directly funds classroom projects at public schools — as part of its “Gift of Education.”

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Division of Vocational Rehabilitation recognized Touchmark of Appleton as a winner of the Governor’s Exemplary Employer Award.

Faith Technologies received a “Healthiest Employers Award” presented by Milwaukee Business Journal naming the company a healthiest employer within the large-sized category and recognizing its efforts to promote health and wellness within the organization.

NeighborWorks Green Bay completed its latest renovation project at 513 Hubbard St. This project has been a collaborative effort between several partners, including the City of Green Bay, Ridgeline Home Builders, volunteers from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and others.

Thimke Jewelers, Oshkosh, will change owners and its name to Dream by Thimke Jewelers in February.

The Kimberly Area School District has received two awards from the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association recognizing its communications efforts. The district earned the top honor, an Award of Excellence, for its Community Values posters and an Award of Merit for its Plan for Excellence.

Investors Community Bank employees designated $8,600 toward multiple nonprofit organizations in Manitowoc and Portage counties, as well as the surrounding areas. Additionally, employees of ICB held  fundraisers throughout October to create awareness of cancer and raise money for Holy Family Memorial’s Cancer Care Center. In total, $4,087 was raised and donated to HFM.

Bemis Manufacturing Company received the 2014 Economic Driver of the Year Award from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation. The company also announced it has selected Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. to provide total project management of its $25 million expansion project in Oshkosh. The 160,000-square-foot project involves renovating the two existing facilities on the Bemis Healthcare Packaging campus and constructing a 107,000-square-foot warehouse addition combining the buildings into one.

Great Lakes Trucking, LLC opened a new location at 815 E. Albert Dr., Manitowoc.

Cyber Works opened a second store at 735 N. 11th St., Manitowoc.

Big Apple Bagels located at 3105 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc, is under new ownership. Donna Borstad and her husband Ed recently purchased the franchise.

The Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, Green Bay, announced the graduation of two clients from its business incubation program: Malcore & Gaecke and Antiphon Law have moved to a new location in the Columbus Building in downtown Green Bay.

Appleton’s J.D. Byrider dealership earned a President’s Award at this year’s annual J.D. Byrider convention. The Appleton dealership was one of 16 stores earning this distinction in 2014.

Georgia-Pacific’s Green Bay operations awarded the Bellevue Fire Department $10,000 from the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ grant program.

The board of directors for Valley Home Builders Association announced the following companies have joined the nonprofit organization: Bay Area Services Inc., Concrete Cutters Inc. and Thrivent Financial–Gregg Holz.

Mid-America Real Estate-Wisconsin, L.L.C., announced the following transaction: Forest Home Investors, LLC purchased the SCA North American office building at 1451 McMahon Dr., Neenah.

The Riesterer Team at Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, Appleton, donated more than $6,400 to the Homes for Heroes program since joining in June of 2014. The team – which includes: John W. Riesterer, John D. Riesterer, Andrew Brisson, Bill Habermann, Erik Lemke, Mike Link, Marcia Prochnow and Jeff Wippich – donates up to 25 percent of its gross commission to the program.

Menasha Packaging won two awards in the 2014 North American Paperboard Packaging Competition: an excellence award in the carton competition’s Innovation category for its TIDI Tower™ and an excellence award in the General category for its Coppertone Sport Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Special Pack.

SECURA Insurance and Homeless Connections partnered to raise awareness and funds during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  SECURA, through its corporate charitable fund at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, matched up to $15,000 in contributions to Homeless Connections made Nov. 16-30.

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce honored five organizations for creativity during its 32nd annual Holiday Parade: Winnebago County Sherriff’s Dept., Grand Marshall’s Award for Best Overall Float; Wesley United Methodist Church, Children’s Award for Best Children’s Float; 4imprint, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Award for Best Commercial Float; Wave Robotics Team 2826, Mayor’s Award for Best Non-Profit Float; Celebration of Lights, Chancellor’s Award for Best of the Rest.

BrandDirections won three public relations awards at the Public Relations Society of America Northeast Wisconsin Chapter annual awards ceremony: Award of Excellence in the Media Relations category for the work the agency did reintroducing a product on behalf of its client Laminations of Appleton; Award of Merit in the Special Events category for the SCA Barton, Ala., plant’s 10-year anniversary campaign; and Award of Merit in the Branding/Reputation Management category for public relations efforts to build awareness of SCA’s mission in the U.S.