Business on the move – March 2015

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 :: People and Business on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Neenah-based Menasha Corporation will construct a new office building to house both its companywide headquarters and Menasha Packaging Company’s corporate office. The new building will be constructed on the site of the company’s current headquarters, 1645 Bergstrom Rd., Neenah. Company growth and increasing demands for a more collaborative work environment drove the decision to build. The new building will replace the existing 50-year-old building with a more contemporary office structure and is expected to be ready by fall 2016.

Vehicle Security Innovators, Green Bay, a provider of locking security products for the freight and cargo industry, has transferred 100 percent ownership of the company and its subsidiaries to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP. The company’s current management team will remain in place and no changes to the organizational structure are anticipated. ESOP Partners, an ESOP consulting and administration firm in Appleton, assisted with the sale and will continue to work with the company as an ESOP consultant and third party administrator.

Sartori Company announced it donated a total of $25,000 to the MACC fund through its partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2014 Major League Baseball season. CEO Jim Sartori and his daughter Maria presented the check to the organization, which funds cancer and blood disorder research.

First Menasha Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding company for First National Bank-Fox Valley, closed on the sale of about $16.3 million of the company’s common stock in a private offering. Shares of First Menasha’s common stock were sold at a price of $68.65 per share. The company plans to employ the capital to support the organization’s growth and, subject to regulatory approval, to repurchase preferred stock previously issued in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Small Business Lending Fund program. The bank also recently opened its Appleton North branch, constructed by Bomier Properties.

Unison Credit Union opened a new location at 900 Main Ave., De Pere.

The Advance Business & Manufacturing Center of Green Bay announced Dynamic Internet Marketing graduated from the business incubation program. Dynamic Internet Marketing services include website design, branding, eCommerce websites, social media management, video development, web hosting and search engine optimization.

County Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Manitowoc-based Investors Community Bank, announced the closing of its initial public offering of 1,357,000 shares of common stock at a price of $15.75 per share for gross proceeds of approximately $21.4 million. The shares began trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “ICBK” on Jan. 16.

Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort in Green Lake has been ranked the most popular spa in the Midwest and the 12th overall in Spas of America’s annual rankings of the Top 100 Spas of the Year.

NeighborWorks Green Bay completed its first multifamily project, the Mather Street Townhomes, 614-620 Mather St. in partnership with the city of Green Bay. The three-unit building will provide a quality rental housing option for Green Bay families.

Plymouth-based Arch Electric was recognized by RENEW Wisconsin and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association with awards for two solar projects of distinction: the installation of a 100kW Solar PV System on “The Wall” of the Milwaukee Public Museum and the completion of the “Solar Bay View” neighborhood group buy program.

Cousins Subs, 706 W. Northland Ave., Appleton, donated $838 to the Fox Valley Warming Shelter from the restaurant’s “Stuff the Stocking” fundraiser.

The Shopko Foundation, Green Bay, awarded grants totaling $1.1 million during 2014 through the foundation’s four grant programs: Community Charitable Grants, Green Bay Area Grants, Teammate Community Service Grants and Teammate and Family Scholarships. The Shopko Foundation supports accredited schools and nonprofit organizations.

The commercial glass and entrance divisions of H.J. Martin and Son recently completed a project at the Christian Education Leadership Academy, Pewaukee.

School Specialty, Inc., Greenville, announced the launch of SSI GUARDIAN, a new curriculum-based security initiative with current, credible content that will better prepare schools to deal with crisis scenarios.

Miron Construction Co., Inc., Neenah, is partnering with Gries Architectural Group to build a new dealership for Van’s Honda in Green Bay. Construction on the $6 million project will start in April and will be completed in November.

Fox River Fiber, De Pere, has been nominated for the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards. The Manufacturer of the Year program recognizes manufacturers of all sizes and sectors of the economy for their economic contributions to the state of Wisconsin.

Leadership Green Bay, a community leadership program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, has embraced a Community Giving Initiative as part of its monthly programming. Each month a group of Leadership Green Bay Class of 2015 members is assigned a benefiting nonprofit organization and coordinate the call for items for that organization among the class of 42 participants.

SECURA Insurance, Appleton, announced the top performing agency for 2014 was The Charles L. Crane Agency Company, St. Louis. Locally, McClone, Menasha, also received a top-performing agency award. These agencies met specific criteria based on premium volume, profitability, growth, retention, and loss history with the regional insurance carrier.

SCA of Neenah will be the Official Sustainability and Education Sponsor of the North American Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Newport, R.I., May 5 to 17, the only North American port in the Volvo Ocean Race’s nine-month voyage around the world. SCA is the sponsor of Team SCA, the first all-female team to sail the race in more than a decade.

Kurt Keilhofer, van operator for Schroeder Moving Systems, Appleton, and an agent for United Van Lines, delivered more than 1,300 pounds of school supplies to Post Elementary School in Texas on behalf of Nathan’s Heart Project. Post Elementary was destroyed by a fire on Sept. 21. The project came about when Keilhofer was traveling through Post, Texas, on his way to make a delivery for a trade show shipment.

HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. The list of more than 350 award winners represents hospitals, including HSHS St. Vincent, which women can feel confident in choosing for their maternity needs.

Incline Equity Partners, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm, announced an investment in BCI Burke Company, Fond du Lac. Burke is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of commercial playground and leisure equipment.

Associated Banc-Corp will acquire Ahmann & Martin Co., a risk and benefits consulting firm in Minnesota, through a merger into Associated Financial Group. Several Ahmann & Martin Co. executives will assume leadership roles at Associated Financial Group and will be responsible for the integration and expansion of the business.

In 2014, credit unions CitizensFirst, Lakeview, and Best Advantage underwent a collaborative merger, the first of its kind in Wisconsin. The merged credit union announced another partner in collaboration: Community Credit Union, La Crosse, will become a division of CitizensFirst later this year.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust made donations of about $100,000 to 39 non-profits in Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties in 2014.

A charitable event has turned into a fierce, but friendly, competition at Breakthrough Fuel as teams compete against each other to purchase the most amount of food and hygiene-related items for donation to the First United Methodist Good Will Place pantry. This year’s competition generated 3,010 food and hygiene related products for the pantry.

Financial Coaching Services, a collaboration of Goodwill NCW’s Financial Information and Service Center and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, received an award from the governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. The program helps students handle short- and long-term money issues and stay in college. In addition, Goodwill NCW will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 TRIUMPH Mile, held in Green Bay on Friday, June 12, the night before the annual Bellin Run. myTEAM TRIUMPH is a nonprofit athletic mentoring program created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races.

The American Heart Association, in conjunction with its My Heart. My Life. initiative, recognized KI corporate as a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The award honors KI for making the health and wellness of its employees a priority and serves as a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America.

Magic Car Wash and Bayland Buildings, Inc. opened its third location of Magic Car Wash in Sheboygan. Bayland Buildings, Inc. was the general contractor for the 3,548-square-foot Express Tunnel Wash facility at 2612 Washington Ave.

Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center Inc., Menasha, completed Phase I of a $4.5 million building renovation and repurposing project and is now accepting patients. The Rehab Center at Oakridge Gardens has been relocated and upgraded to better accommodate short-term, post-acute patients recovering from illness, injury or surgery. Phase II of the Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center renovation project will include a new Memory Care Center to provide a calm and safe environment for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Oakridge Gardens’ Memory Care Center will be completed later this spring.

The Door County Community Foundation awarded the Sunshine House, Inc. a Sustainability Grant from the Health & Human Needs Fund to support a technology upgrade and reconfiguration of its printers.  The upgrade will significantly reduce per page costs in comparison to the outdated equipment while increasing output quality and efficiency.

The 2014 graduating classes from Menasha, Kimberly, Neenah, St. Mary Central and Hortonville high schools recorded 143,495 hours of work-based learning and community service, a 10 percent increase over the class of 2013 and the most ever recorded on the GetNvolved website for these five high schools.

Octoberfest, a program of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, granted $10,000 to the Appleton Police Department to purchase Level IV ballistic plates and carriers. This technology will help protect the officers from rifle fire during critical incidents involving long guns.

Reinhart Partners Inc. in Oshkosh moved to 2370 State Road 44, Suite A, next door to its former location at the Highway 44 Business Park. The new offices offer more space for growth, as well as a private conference room for client meetings.

The Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity ReStore diverted more than 5,300 pounds of holiday lights from the landfill since Nov. 1, breaking its record of 3,500 pounds in 2013. The holiday light recycling program at the Green Bay ReStore runs year round but is promoted more during the holiday season.

ThedaCare is switching all of its vending machines to a single provider that will offer a mix of healthy snacks and beverages along with traditional favorites, creating more variety for visitors and ThedaCare employees. Installation of the new vending machines at Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, and ThedaCare Medical Center-New London began in January.