Business on the move – October 2014

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 :: People and Business on the Move
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Lawrence University received a record-breaking gift that will enable the school to provide full financial assistance to an additional 50 students a year.

The $25 million gift is the largest in Lawrence history and will be used to establish an endowed scholarship to help meet the financial need for future Lawrence students. Since the gift is a dollar-for-dollar match, the end result will be a new $50 million endowment to support scholarships.

The record-setting gift comes on the heels of other positive financial news for Lawrence:

A record $3.7 million raised for the Lawrence Fund; a $2.5 million gift to expand its current teacher education program to include elementary teacher education certification; a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title III SIP program for a comprehensive program designed to increase the graduation rate of at-risk students; and a $150,000 Career Ready Internship grant from The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. for the 2014-2015 academic year that will support an estimated 51 paid internships for juniors and seniors who qualify for need-based financial aid.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Lawrence as Wisconsin’s highest-ranked liberal arts college among eight state institutions in its 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings. Lawrence ranked 59th among 236 national liberal arts colleges and universities in the annual guide.

Fox Valley Technical College’s most recent annual Graduate Employment Research Report cites a record 38 academic programs with 100 percent job placement for graduates of the college within six months of graduation. The college’s overall graduate placement rate remains strong at 89 percent.

The report data comes from surveys of graduates each year six months after graduation and connects with graduates from five years ago to examine additional placement rates, salary data and more. The most recent report that cites the record number of programs represents technical diploma and associate degrees at FVTC.

FVTC’s new Student Success Center should help maintain those high placement rates. The $6 million building was part of the referendum approved by voters in 2012. The building is designed for better interaction with students and teachers and includes new tutoring departments, expanded library space and study rooms.

The National Cancer Institute awarded a $12.5 million grant to Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Gundersen Medical Foundation and St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Green Bay to expand their clinical cancer research during the next five years. The three health care organizations will work together to improve access to cancer trials for more patients.

Froedtert Health and Ministry Health Care have agreed to pursue co-ownership of Network Health, a Menasha-based health insurance plan. Network Health provides commercial and Medicare Advantage health insurance plans to employers and individuals in Northeast Wisconsin. The company has been solely owned by Ministry Health Care since 2012.

Keller Inc. – Planners, Architects, Builders of Kaukauna will design and build a 4,550-square-foot bus maintenance facility for Lamers Bus Lines on Storbeck Drive, Waupun. Keller also will build a 5,100-square-foot shop addition for Gibbsville Implement at W4927 Clearview Road, Waldo. Construction is expected to complete this month.

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

Prevea Health is the supplier of medical services for the 2015 PGA Championship, which takes place at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Aug. 10-16.

Fond du Lac has been selected as the site of the 2015 WISSA World Ice and Snow Sailing Championship, Feb. 9-14, 2015. The WISSA Championship will take place off the shore of Roosevelt Park on Winnebago Drive on the ice of Lake Winnebago. Event hosts include the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders, Wind Power Windsurfing and Kiting Center and the Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center Inc. of Menasha began a $4.5 million building renovation and repurposing project to relocate and upgrade the rehabilitation for short-term, post-acute patients. The new rehab center will feature private patient rooms, a dining room dedicated to the rehab area and community space for patients to socialize. The completion date is January 2015.

Foxwood Associates is partnering with the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce to offer the leadership development component of curriculum for the Leadership Green Bay class of 2015.

Sartori Cheese announced its fourth partnership with Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network to support the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sartori will contribute $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every field goal Crosby makes during the 2014 football season including pre- and post-season. To date, Sartori has donated more than $60,000 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

Mid-America Real Estate – Wisconsin, L.L.C., announced the following transactions: Mattress Firm leased 4,500 square feet at 2626 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon; Men’s Hair House leased 1,200 square feet at Duck Creek, 430 Cardinal Lane, Howard; AT&T leased 2,550 square feet at 2014 Lime Kiln Rd., Bellevue;  and Weight Watchers leased 2,300 square feet at Deer Trace Shopping Center, 4065 State Highway 28, Kohler.

Concordia University Wisconsin is hosting a new group of Brazilian students for the fall semester, the school’s second year hosting them in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program. The school also announced an expansion of its RN to BSN program enabling registered nurses in Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties to earn a bachelor’s degree in their field through the Adult Accelerated Education Program.

Fiduciary Partners Inc., an independent, privately-owned trust services company headquartered in Appleton, announced it has surpassed $1 billion in assets under administration, a significant milestone in the company’s 13-year history. The company recently acquired 2,000 square feet of additional office space in Appleton, opened a new office in Brookfield, and added three trust administration specialists.

Prophit Marketing of Green Bay received the 2014 TV Commercial of the Year Award for its “Fresh Flight Fish” TV commercial produced for Festival Foods. Prophit Marketing worked with Creative Edge Productions of Green Bay to shoot and edit the video. The award was presented to Festival Foods at the SuperValu Master Marketer Awards in St. Paul, Minn.

Orchard Country Winery of Fish Creek received four medals at the 23rd annual Indy International Wine Competition. The award-winning wines include Sweet Cherry, Honeycrisp Apple, Celebrate and Door County Sparkle. The 2014 competition had nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 states.

R.A. Smith National, Inc., a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm based in Brookfield with offices in Appleton, expanded its structural services division by purchasing selected assets of Arnold & O’Sheridan, Inc. from a secured lender. Expanded services include structural design of facilities and parking structures in health care, higher education, justice and security, corporate, commercial and civic markets. R.A. Smith also hired 11 employees from A&O’s Structural Group.

Dumper Dan’s, 676 South Pier Dr., Sheboygan, celebrated the grand opening of its new riverfront lodging Aug. 28. In addition to charter fishing, Dumper Dan’s offers customers lodging units near the six-boat fleet on Sheboygan’s riverfront.

The Great Lakes Logging and Heavy Equipment Expo, Oshkosh, received a $21,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Department of Tourism. The largest forestry and equipment tradeshow in the Midwest, the event hosted more than 300 exhibitors, as well as 200 vendors, to display and promote the forestry, wood and construction industries. The expo had an estimated economic impact of $452,000.

The Industrial Controls Company of Sussex designed and built custom Programmable Logic Control trainers for Fox Valley Technical College. The company was chosen for its product longevity and background in collaborating with educational institutions. The custom PLC Trainers will be used in the college’s automated manufacturing systems technology and electro-mechanical technology training programs.

Quarry Quest gave nearly $20,000 in funds raised in 2013 to local schools for classroom supplies, activities and field trips related to earth science, geology and construction. During the past 15 years, Quarry Quest has attracted 200,000 people and raised more than $1.3 million for local children’s charities and the Quarry Quest Environmental Educational Fund.

Construction is under way on a 126,000-square-foot manufacturing and office space expansion at the Neenah-based Menasha Packaging’s Lakeville, Minn. facility. The expansion will increase the facility by 50 percent and create Menasha Packaging’s first location with design, production and fulfillment all under one roof. The expansion consists of an additional 121,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 4,780 square feet of office space. The manufacturing area addition will be used for kitting and fulfillment and will include a rail dock. The office space addition will house a new design center and customer collaboration area.

Expera Specialty Solutions of Kaukauna launched a new pressure sensitive product line, now known as Presera™.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts announced that C.D. Smith received  the James C. Hubbard Windy Award for its work as the contractor that handled the renovation of the historic building that houses the art center. The award goes to an individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on the organization and the Fond du Lac community.

Directions Marketing of Neenah has changed its name to BrandDirections.