Business on the Move – October 2013

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 :: People and Business on the Move
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Wipfli LLP ranked among the top 23 firms on Inside Public Accounting’s 100 Largest Accounting Firms list for 2013. Wipfli moved up two places from last year when it ranked No. 25 and is the top Wisconsin-based firm on the list. The rankings are based on domestic net revenue.

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Office of Continuing and Distance Education is offering a new cohort called the School of Administration Through Innovative Leadership (SAIL) in October. The two-year, 33-credit cohort, within CUW’s Masters of Education – Education Administration program, provides a blended learning experience combining face-to-face sessions with an online learning community. The university also announced a $50,000 donation from Walgreens to support the purchase of video and technology equipment in the new Applied Patient Care Laboratory of CUW’s School of Pharmacy.

Kwik Trip Natural Gas opened a new compressed natural gas facility at 5821 Green Valley Road in Oshkosh.

Lamers Bus Lines introduced the new brand for its membership network, the International Motorcoach Group. As the leading motorcoach operator network in North America, the International Motorcoach Group comprises 50 independently owned premier bus charter companies.

The 28th annual U.S. Venture Open raised $2.125 million to help fight poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. The event featured guest of honor Donald Driver, who spoke to a dinner crowd of more than 900 people. Five regional golf courses play host to the day’s event, staffed by more than 200 volunteers. Funds raised at the event go to the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Appleton-based U.S. Oil, a division of U.S. Venture, partnered with FST Logistics to build a GAIN Clean Fuel station at the intersection of Atlas Street and Renner Road in Columbus, Ohio. The new station will provide compressed natural gas (CNG) to FST’s CNG truck fleet and will be available for use by other companies. This will be U.S. Oil’s 12th GAIN Clean Fuel station. U.S. Oil plans to add 50 new CNG stations within the next three years.

H.J. Martin & Son was honored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its job-site safety record during the recently completed Lambeau Field expansion project. The company did not receive any citations or violations from OSHA during the nearly two-year project. The stadium expansion project added 371,000 square feet onto the existing stadium, including 7,000 new seats, at a cost of $146 million.

Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders is completing a remodel of Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry’s facility. Dr. Joseph Lasnoski of Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry will remodel his Green Bay facility at 138 Siegler Street to accommodate a new x-ray machine. Keller also will design and build a new pool complex for Butte Des Morts Country Club at 3600 West Prospect Ave. in Appleton. The country club’s current outdoor swimming pool area will be replaced with a new facility and will include an attached bar and restaurant. Construction began in late August and is expected to be completed in spring 2014.

Advance, the economic development division of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, announced nine nominees are vying for the Excellence in Business Award, to be announced at the chamber’s annual dinner on Monday, Oct. 7, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Contenders are: AT&T, Bank First National, Humana, Inc., KI, PAi, Paper Transport, Inc., Schenck, UnitedHealthcare and VOS Electric, Inc.

Chortek LLP, a CPA and business advisory firm with offices in Appleton, announced that its technology consulting division has earned Gold Certified Partner status from Microsoft.

Acuity in Sheboygan announced that Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed the insurer’s financial strength rating of A+ and stable outlook. Acuity also maintains an A+ financial strength rating from A.M. Best. They have grown to become the 65th-largest company in the latest National Underwriter ranking of Top 100 Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance Groups, a four-point jump from the previous list. Acuity’s ranking is based on the company’s year-end 2012 written premium.

The Green Bay Chapter of SCORE will provide free business counseling at the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County offices.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. of Neenah was recently awarded two 2013 Build Wisconsin Awards from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin. Miron has been awarded 45 AGC Build Wisconsin Awards since the program’s inception in 2003. Miron will be honored Oct. 10 for the following projects: The Langlade Hospital Replacement Critical Access Hospital, Antigo, in the “Design Build – New Construction” category; and the Jefferson High School Additions & Remodel, Jefferson, in the “General Contractor – Renovation” category.

Flex-Staff, headquartered in Appleton, opened a Sheboygan office at 1028 S. Taylor Dr. The office will service client companies throughout Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Kohler, Plymouth, and the surrounding areas.

Sunset Hill Stoneware in Neenah added new capabilities to its e-commerce website. Customers can purchase hand-thrown pottery customized with their brand, selected from an online library of stocked artworks or purchase ready-made products. The website is www.shstoneware.com.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans introduced its Thrivent Income Plus Funds product suite. The Income Plus Funds product suite is designed for investors who have reached retirement and need to draw income.

The TREG Foundation, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s not-for-profit foundation, raised more than $25,000 in its 11th annual charity golf outing held in May at Mid Vallee Golf Course. The TREG Foundation has funded dozens of New North region non-profits and arts organizations.

Capital North, Ltd. of Green Bay has relocated to Appleton and is operating as Endowment Wealth Management Inc. The company also added Robert Riedl and Prateek Mehrotra as operating partners. Mehrotra is a chartered financial analyst and chartered alternative investment analyst and will act as chief investment officer. Riedl is a CPA, certified financial planner and accredited wealth management advisor and will be the company’s director of wealth management.

Keller Planners, Architects and Builders in Kaukauna will build a 5,250-square-foot shop and renovate the existing facility for Frank Porth Chevrolet at 510 South Highway 141, Crivitz. The renovation will allow the facility to comply with the new General Motors facility upgrade requirements.The remodel includes a new drive-through service bay, customer lounge, showroom, service offices and an exterior refacing. The new body shop will be built north of the existing building.

Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. in Green Bay has been approved for accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for its Cheese Proficiency Testing Program.

The Door County Community Foundation and Horseshoe Bay Golf Club announced that the inaugural Bill Boettcher Dinner and Golf Event in July raised about $17,000 for arts, environmental, human service and healthcare charities in Door County.

St. Vincent de Paul of Green Bay opened its new west side store at 940 Hansen Road. The new site replaces the Lombardi Access Road location and more than doubles the sales floor.

The Boldt Company is beginning a project for the Fox River Navigational Authority to restore and reopen three Fox River locks in Kaukauna, which will help promote boating, historic and recreational tourism and community waterfront economic development. All locks are expected to open in 2015.

Legato Healthcare Marketing in Green Bay added Rusk County Memorial Hospital as a client.

LaForce, Inc. has purchased Builders Service Center (BSC) of Appleton. The business will be known as BSC-A Division of LaForce, Inc. and will operate out of its facility at W6490 Specialty Drive, Greenville. BSC was previously owned by Corcoran Glass & Paint.

LaClare Farms in Pipe has opened several parts of its new 35,000-square-foot farmstead dairy plant. The facility at W2994 County Road HH, which is owned by the Larry and Clara Hedrich family of Chilton, includes a dairy plant, retail store and café, along with a milking parlor with housing for 600 milking goats.

Salon Fifty Four, 154 N. Broadway, Green Bay, recently completed a 500-square-foot expansion.

Neenah-based Menasha Packaging’s Food Packaging facility in Latrobe, Pa., was recognized by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International for the sixth consecutive year. Passing the audit confirms that a facility has good manufacturing processes in place, and that it can provide clean, food-safe packaging products.

Faith Technologies in Menasha recently received the Gold Level Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), and local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin.

CitizensFirst Credit Union in Oshkosh has expanded its membership area to include all of Portage, Waupaca, Sheboygan and Green Lake counties. The change follows an amendment to the CitizensFirst charter and was approved by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

AT&T has acquired assets to improve wireless service for customers in Northeast Wisconsin, including 32 cell sites in Brown, Door, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties. The addition of these cell sites will add to the network improvements in the area completed in 2012, including the addition of 4G LTE service in Green Bay.

Helen’s House LLC, formed by Appleton native Christopher Collar as an alternative to nursing home care to the Fox Valley, opened its first private four-bedroom home in Grand Chute in June. Helen’s House provides 24-hour care and nursing to residents, including to those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Up to 12 more homes are expected to open in the Fox Valley in the next few years.