Businesses on the move

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 :: Business on the move
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Business development 

McMahon acquired the assets of RW Management Group Inc., a Wisconsin-based public and emergency management consulting firm. RW Management Group provides professional municipal and public safety management consulting, municipal operation reviews, interim management, labor negotiations and other services related to municipal organizations.

Endries International purchased Fastener Service Corp., a California-based provider of fasteners and Class C commodities to the original equipment manufacturing market.

M3 Insurance acquired Rudnik Surety Inc., a 35-year-old Florida and Minnesota-based company providing surety bonds and services to contractors across the country. M3 Insurance and Hierl Insurance in Fond du Lac have merged. Hierl will continue to operate in Fond du Lac as a location of M3, and Mike Hierl will still lead day-to-day operations of the office.

NOVO Health added partners to its provider panel: Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin of Appleton, and Aspen Orthopedics Specialists and Bluemound Surgery Center, both of Milwaukee.

C.H. Robinson introduced C.H. Robinson Labs, an innovation incubator where ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers.

Bassett Mechanical opened a new facility in Wausau.

The Burger Boat Co. started construction of a new line of yachts, the Burger 50 Cruiser. It’s an aluminum cruiser developed in conjunction with Vripack Naval Architects, with an interior designed by De Basto Designs.

Ansay & Associates acquired the Jerry Thompson Agency based in Durand.

Design firm Knoll expanded into the region with dealer partner Creative Business Interiors, covering the Fox Valley and Green Bay.

Appleton International Airport kicked off twice-weekly direct flight service to Nashville through Allegiant.

C3 Corp. added a new machine, the LCN1250 Lamination System. The new system boasts a throughput rate of 8-10 foam plates per minute — double what most other foam lamination machines on the market can accomplish today.

The Farmory launched its yellow perch fish hatchery. It was launched with assistance from educational partners at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Sonex announced plans to debut its JSX-2T two-seat plane at EAA’s AirVenture 2020.

3 Sheeps Brewing Co. debuted a line of hard seltzers. Its Cloudless Hard Seltzer offers three flavors in 12-ounce slim cans.

Lakeside Foods announced the opening of a new online store, a first for Lakeside and its canned bean brand SER!OUS Bean Co. Inc. announced the debut of its mobile hashtag generation tool,

Business comings and goings 

The area near Oshkosh Corp.’s new global headquarters is spurring additional development. This spring, construction is expected to start on three projects near the intersections of Oshkosh Avenue and North Westfield: a new Towneplace Suites extended-stay hotel, a two-story, 22,000-square-foot office building and a three-tenant retail building. The office building and retail building are an investment of about $4 million.

Holy Family Memorial announced the opening of CORE Treatment Services. The Manitowoc facility provides AODA services.

Rogers Behavioral Health is planning to open a new residential treatment center in Sheboygan.

Construction news

A grand opening was held for the completion of the Whitney School Lofts & Townhomes in Green Bay.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers announced a $2.2 million capital campaign for an expansion that would make room for more education programs and nature displays.

Bayland Buildings announced new projects for the following organizations: Imaginasium, Green Bay; Country Villa, Little Chute; and a two-unit condo in Sister Bay.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Denmark State Bank, Shawano; Kleen Car Wash, Arcadia; Dentistry of West Bend, West Bend; Cornerstone Restoration, Sullivan; and Midwest Dental, Jacksonville, Ill.


Secura Insurance launched a new information technology apprenticeship program in partnership with Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program, CESA 6 and Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program.

St. Norbert College was one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation from the Carnegie Foundation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.

UW-Green Bay will waive the $50 application fee for prospective students who wish to transfer directly from any Wisconsin Technical College System institution. The change is immediate and for students registering for either summer or fall 2020 terms and beyond. UW-Green Bay also debuted the Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program, a collaboration between the Manitowoc Public School District and the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to provide Manitowoc Lincoln High School students the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credits while academically and personally preparing for college.

Marian University students achieved a first-time pass rate of 96 percent on the 2019 Family Nurse Practitioner board certification examination.

The School District of Random Lake launched a capital campaign to support the transformation of the existing high school library media center into the Inquiry and Learning Center. The facility would serve students as well as the community in offering new collaboration opportunities.

The Luxemburg-Casco School District launched the Spartan School Store, an entrepreneurial program designed to benefit high school business students.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced a $150,000 statewide grant program to encourage Wisconsin’s K-12 school districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.


Schneider was named a winner in the 2020 BIG Innovation Awards, a global competition presented by the Business Intelligence Group. Schneider was the only company honored in the transportation and logistics sector. The Green Bay company was honored for its array of capabilities that leverage artificial intelligence, advanced internet of things technology and data science.

Oshkosh Corp. was named one of “America’s Most Responsible Companies” of 2020 in Newsweek’s inaugural list. Oshkosh Corp. was ranked as No. 194 out of the top 300 companies. Newsweek looked at the companies’ performance in environmental, social and corporate governance areas.

The Port of Green Bay reported its 2019 shipping season brought its highest tonnage total since 2007. The recently concluded shipping season saw more than 2.25 million tons of cargo move through the port, an 8 percent increase over the previous season.

The Chamber of Manitowoc presented its Awards of Distinction: Orion Energy Systems, Health, Wellness or Safety Organization of the Year; Lakeshore Memory Clinic, Cooperation Award; Wisconsin Fastener Supply, Small Business of the Year; Lakeside Foods Inc., Large Business/Industry of the Year; and The Haven of Manitowoc County, Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

Winsert Inc. earned recognition as a partner-level supplier for 2019 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.

The National Association for Business Resources named Marco to its Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list.

Denmark Bancshares Inc. was named to the 2020 OTCQX Best 50, a ranking of top-performing companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market last year.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac selected its 2019 Community Award recipients: Business Excellence Award – Hierl Insurance, Fond du Lac, and LaClare Family Creamery, Malone; Eden-Schneider Award – Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind, North Fond du Lac; and Lifetime Achievement Award – in honor of John E. Ahern, Jr., J.F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac.

Spancrete, which includes operations in Valders, achieved Zero Lost Time status across the entire organization in 2019.

The Experimental Aircraft Association announced its Young Eagles program has surpassed 2.2 million kids flown since the first program’s flights took place at the 1992 EAA Fly-In Convention at Oshkosh.

Walsworth-Ripon received the top level G7 Master certificate of qualification from the International Digital Enterprise Alliance. This latest designation includes renewal of G7 Colorspace certification.

St. Agnes Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Charitable giving and grants

The president’s budget for fiscal year 2021 includes more than $5.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than $181 million for Detroit District projects around the Great Lakes. The Fox River received $3.3 million for flood risk management and the Green Bay Harbor received $3 million for navigation improvements.

The Schneider Foundation announced it provided more than $1.5 million in grants to more than 750 organizations in 2019.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced it will provide a $250,000 impact grant to support Give BIG Green Bay 2020, a 24-hour online giving day event.

The Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded a $57,600 grant to Us 2 Behavioral Health Care to help hire a therapist to provide culturally responsive counseling to minority groups in the Fox Cities and offer training and consulting to local agencies that seek to serve minority clients. The nonprofit opened last September in Appleton.

The Clintonville Area Foundation distributed $12,000 in grants to nine nonprofit organizations in the community.

Homeless services program Pillars is expanding its Single Room Occupancy Program to include two additional properties with the help of a City of Appleton Community Development Block Grant, United Way Fox Cities, an anonymous donor and the Basic Needs Giving Partnership within the Community Foundation.

Shoppers at Festival Foods stores throughout Wisconsin gave more than $431,000 to the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in 2019.

Shopko Optical expanded its Project Eyecare program. With over 80 locations around the United States, Shopko Optical, partnering with local Lions Clubs, will provide more than 800 children opportunities to receive free eye exams and eyewear in 2020.

All the rest

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority issued a $140 million Housing Revenue Bond to finance rental housing developments in its loan closing pipeline. The bond issuance is expected to help finance 12 developments that will provide 931 units of affordable and workforce rental housing throughout Wisconsin. Sheboygan was among 10 cities statewide to receive housing tax credits.

Salaries grew in the Fox Cities between 2014 and 2018, with the fastest growth rates in Calumet and Outagamie counties, according to the latest data from the Fox Cities LIFE Study. While salaries rose, the data also showed that transportation costs are high. Transportation costs can equate to approximately 25 percent of a household income.