Business on the move – November 2014

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 :: People and Business on the Move
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Butte des Morts Country Club celebrated its 90th anniversary and a three-year, $3 million upgrade to its facilities is under way, including a new pool and pool house, new tennis court, a state-of-the-art golf practice area, new parking lot, an upgraded irrigation system for the golf course and improvements to the locker rooms and pro shop.

Ben Michiels, owner of the Eggs n’ Bacon Wagon and the first recipient of a microloan through the Advance Microloan Program, has paid the loan in full. Advance, the economic development branch of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, also announced several other clients have paid their microloans in full: Machine Plus, Mutual EDM and Machine — doing business as Wieber Machine — and Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living. All three businesses have now qualified for traditional bank financing. The program recently extended microloans to three new businesses: Starboard Brewing Company, LLC, Sturgeon Bay; Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door School of Dance, LLC, Egg Harbor; and Rock’n Rover, LLC, doing business as The Doggie Spa Grooming Spa, Green Bay.

Advance also finalized the nominees for its annual Manufacturing Awards of Distinction, to be announced Nov. 12: B & W MEGTEC, De Pere; Bay Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay; The C.A. Lawton Company, De Pere; Florence Hardwoods, LLC, Florence; Fox Valley Metal Tech, Green Bay; Hatco Corporation, Sturgeon Bay; Jagemann Plating Company, Manitowoc; JBS USA, Green Bay; Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette; Nicolet Plastics, Inc., Mountain; Vargo Tool & Die, Inc., Marinette; and Winsert, Inc., Marinette.

IEI General Contractors Inc. provided general contracting services, site preparation, concrete and carpentry work for De Pere’s new football, baseball, softball and soccer facilities. The company is also providing general contracting services, site preparation, concrete and carpentry work for Prevea Health, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and Bellin Health.

Greenville-based School Specialty announced the successful completion of Shelby High School in Shelby, Ohio, which provides an innovative, 21st Century Learning Environment aimed at preparing the community’s young adults for a successful future in college and their careers. School Specialty was a partner in the design and construction of the school. The company also presented at the BMO Capital Markets 14th Annual Back to School Education Conference.

U.S. Bank announces its integration with Apple Pay, providing customers an easy, secure and private way to pay using their U.S. Bank consumer credit and debit cards right from iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Hospice Hope Cancer Care Charity Open raised $270,000 during its 2014 event. The money supports the ongoing mission of Hospice Hope, as well as the Cancer Care Fund and patients with financial need. Agnesian Health Care opened its Agnesian Wound Care services in Fond du Lac, to treat chronic wounds that are difficult to heal because of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy. The Gold Wing Roads Riders Association local Chapter C in the Fond du Lac area has donated $2,100 to support the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Women’s Health Fund for Breast Cancer.

The industry report Property-Casualty Mutuals: Resilient and Staying Relevant, by independent research firm Conning, Inc., identified ACUITY, of Sheboygan, as one of the two top performers among the five outperforming firms in the “Very Large” category (over $1 billion in surplus).

Mark Kanz of Dominion, and Mike Howe of Mike Howe Builders, Inc., presented a check to The Chamber of Manitowoc County’s Jr. Leadership Manitowoc County program for $4,000. The Dominion Foundation and Mike Howe Builders, Inc., are co-sponsors of this year’s program.

IPS Testing of Appleton has been named to Inc. magazine’s recently published “Inc. 5000” list as one of the fastest growing companies in America.

Promotional products retailer 4imprint, Inc. of Oshkosh has been named to the “Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces” list published by FORTUNE magazine.

About 89 associates in the Green Bay office of Wipfli dedicated the firm’s community day to the following organizations: A & A Alexandrina Center, Alzheimer’s Association, Cerebral Palsy, Inc., Exceptional Equestrians, Green Bay Botanical Garden, Heritage Hill State Historical Park, NeighborWorks Green Bay, Salvation Army of Brown County (Coats for Kids program) and St. Vincent de Paul.

Faith Technologies has been recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin as a 2014 Build Wisconsin Award winner for its work on the Plexus Manufacturing Solutions facility in Neenah. The project was selected as a winning entry in the specialty contractor – electrical category. Faith Technologies also recently improved its ranking from No. 17 to No. 12 on Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine’s annual “Top 50 Electrical Contractors” list.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. was awarded three 2014 Build Wisconsin Awards as presented by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin. The projects honored are: UW-Eau Claire Centennial, general contractor – new construction; Hoods Creek Sewage Attenuation Basin, Racine, municipal/utility/underground; and Forest County Potawatomi Community Renewable Generation Facility, Milwaukee, heavy/industrial/warehouse. Lake Mills Area School District administration, board members, and elementary school staff and students joined Miron, Eppstein Uhen Architects and Sustainable Engineering Group LLC in October to celebrate the dedication and LEED certification of the new Lake Mills Elementary School, the only K-12 project of 122 projects worldwide participating in the LEED v4 Beta program.

Green Bay Water Utility received three Utility Achievement Awards and its team won the Top Ops Competition during an awards luncheon at the American Water Works Association-Wisconsin Section’s 93rd annual meeting.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company of Neenah announced a benefit to treat the psychological effects of armed robberies and other traumatic events that jewelers face. Called the RELI(E)VE Program, it is the result of a partnership between Jewelers Mutual and Ceridian LifeWorks, a leading provider of Employee Assistance Programs, Work-Life, Wellness and Crisis Support Services in the U.S. and Canada.

The board of directors for Valley Home Builders Association announced the following companies have joined the nonprofit organization: CLA Landscapes, LLC; CZ Electric, LLC; Keller Williams-Appleton; Pinnow Sheet Metal and Steward, LLC.

The De Pere-based ARMS (Automated Records Management Systems, Inc.) has acquired Fox Cities Records Services of Appleton.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., led the renovation of the former elementary school on the St. Mary Catholic Central School site that is now home to five education programs: Project Bridges Daycare, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Head Start program, Even Start Family Literacy program, Outagamie County Early Childhood Intervention program, and the Appleton Area School District 4K program. The company has also been named a 2014 Build Wisconsin Award winner by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin for its renovation of the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in downtown Oshkosh.

More than 500 Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West High School students dedicated more than 2,380 hours last school year to the FNB Fox Valley “My Financial Future” program. For the past two academic years, First National Bank-Fox Valley has sponsored student access to EverFi-Financial LiteracyTM, a web- based resource focused on teaching the basics of personal finance.

Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah earned top marks from consumers as the best hospitals in the Fox Cities-Oshkosh markets for the 13th year in a row. Both ThedaCare hospitals received the 2014-15 Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corp.

St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay opened two new medical units: Prevea Regional Orthopedic Center and St. Mary’s One Day Services.

Bemis Company of Neenah reached an agreement to sell its global Pressure Sensitive Materials business to Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, for a purchase price of $170 million. This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Alliance Construction & Design, Inc. was chosen as the design build general contractor for the recent addition to Angel’s Touch in De Pere. Angel’s Touch is an assisted living facility that focuses on specialized care for those with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Appvion, Inc. announced Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper, engineered and manufactured specifically for web-based inkjet printing and qualified on-key    original equipment manufacturers’ presses including Canon-Océ, Ricoh and Screen.

After 40 years of service to patients in Green Bay, Marinette and Niagara, Bay Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery introduced a new logo and name change to Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center to better reflect the clinic’s expertise in implant surgery.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued quality and financial performance results that rank Bellin-ThedaCare HealthCare Partners among the best in quality in the Pioneer ACO Model program, while reducing healthcare costs. Bellin-ThedaCare HealthCare Partners – a collaborative organization composed of Bellin Health, ThedaCare and a network of 700 physicians – is in its second year in the Pioneer program.

Immel Construction received the Build Wisconsin Award presented by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin for its work renovating St. Norbert College’s former St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church building, originally built in 1883, into the Cassandra Voss Center.

Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce’s unique chamber office building took second place in a contest sponsored recently by The Chamber Executive Network newsletter advising chambers of commerce leaders in the U.S. and Canada.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay ranked in the top tier regionally and listed among the best universities for veterans in the annual “U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges” list. UW-Green Bay is ranked No. 77 in the Best Regional Universities-Midwest category. UW-Green Bay also is listed among the 2015 Best Colleges for Veterans, coming in at No. 26 in the Midwest.

A-mazing Events, LLC announced a 1,400-square-foot addition at its current location in Appleton. The expansion includes the addition of five new executive-style offices, an area for creative event development, and additional storage for its growing prop rental division.

Expera Specialty Solutions launched a new portfolio of food packaging and processing collection including Culinera, Delicitera, Servera and Tempera.  The company has also rolled out updated industrial and technical brands, including Adhera™ Tape Backing, Glass-Gard™ Interleaver, Insu-Gard™ Building and Construction Paper, Palettera™ Colored Papers and Steel-Shield™ Interleaving Paper.

Exceptional Equestrians announced it received a grant from the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay for its Girls Rule! program. Girls Rule! is a program that allows early adolescent girls to learn about themselves and others by interacting with horses.

Achieving the Dream announced Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is one of 16 community colleges selected for the 2014 cohort of Achieving the Dream Leader Colleges — a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Blyth, Inc., parent company of Silver Star Brands, received a certificate for achieving the highest score on its 2013 Risk Control Report Card in the manufacturing category. This is the third year in a row that Blyth has won this award.

DigiCOPY, Inc., a Stevens Point-based chain of digital printing centers, announced its newest location in downtown Green Bay, at 211 E. Walnut St.

The Door County Community Foundation awarded the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. a sustainability grant from the Arts Fund to support its pilot program, Birch Creek Presents the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and Concert Series. A sustainability grant was also awarded to the Door County Master Gardener Association from the Children & Youth Fund to support the Youth Spring Planting Program.

Goodwill NCW opened its seventh Donation Express location at 1350 W. American Drive in Neenah. Goodwill NCW’s Donation Express sites are intended to ease the donation process, with staffing and closer access in the communities served by the organization.

Toshiba America Medical Systems donated an MRI simulator valued at about $75,000 to the Radiologic Sciences program at Bellin College to be used for educating future imaging professionals.

Catalpa Health accepted a $2,500 donation from Matthews Tire President Trevor Rezner and Appleton West Manager Dave Flunker following their semi-annual Oil Change for the Better event.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced it has assumed management responsibilities of Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake. The property is owned by the Fiore Companies, Inc. based in Madison.

The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin awarded H.J. Martin and Son two 2014 Build Wisconsin Awards for the following projects: Cabela’s “World’s Foremost Outfitter,” Green Bay, specialty contractor-exterior finishes; and Cabela’s, for specialty contractor-interior finishes.