Businesses on the move

Posted on Aug 31, 2020 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Advocate Aurora Health and Beaumont Health have been exploring a potential partnership. Following approval by the organizations’ boards of directors, both providers signed a non-binding letter of intent that paves the way to deeper discussions to create a health care system that would span across Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Bergstrom Automotive launched, an automotive retail sales company. Consumers can browse, compare, shop or purchase fully online, and vehicles can be picked up at the Green Bay delivery center on Ramada Way or delivered directly to one’s driveway.

Jewelers Mutual Group launched the Zing platform, which allows jewelers, manufacturers, wholesalers and others to conduct business digitally. It simplifies processes and offers free access to everyone.

Tweet/Garot Mechanical acquired Tomahawk-based mechanical contractor Mechanical Inc. The Mechanical Inc. facility will remain open and in operation.

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $2.75 million contract to NPS Corp. to produce materials used in making face masks. NPS Corp. produces meltblown fibers, which are used in masks. The contract is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Custom Offsets, an aftermarket supplier for auto parts, is building a 350,000-square-foot warehouse in Wrightstown.

TitletownTech announced its investment in Fork Farms. The agtech startup has moved its operations into the TitletownTech headquarters in Green Bay.

Robinson Metals increased its ability to pre-treat, paint and apply powder coatings to products ranging from small parts to large metal enclosures and tanks at its De Pere manufacturing campus. The investment covers nearly 90,000 square feet of production space.

Kohler Co. is opening a new short course — The Baths of Blackwolf Run — next June. The complex will combine a 10-hole, par-three-course with a two-acre putting course and four “baths,” or swimming holes built into the routing. The course is being built on 27 acres between the first and 11th holes of the Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run. The four water features, or baths, will have sand bottoms and beach access.

Roen Salvage Co. of Sheboygan was awarded a $2 million-plus U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District contract for dredging at Duluth-Superior Harbor in western Lake Superior on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

Gordon Flesch Co. acquired Jim Gordon, a Canon, Sharp and Lexmark dealer located in Columbus, Ind.

Burger Boat Co. launched a new passenger vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago’s Emerald Lady.

Sonex Aircraft is now offering plans and parts for Sonerai I, Sonerai II and Sonerai IIS aircraft.

Carnivore Meat Co. partnered with Festival Foods to offer its Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Hemp Chews at stores across Wisconsin.

Weidert Group was selected to execute an integrated inbound marketing program for Pumptec, a U.S. manufacturer of high-pressure plunger pumps for OEMs in multiple industries. The Samuels Group also chose Weidert to build an inbound marketing plan and create a new website.

Appleton International Airport resumed direct Delta Air Lines flights to Atlanta on Aug. 3.

Prevea Health began offering occupational health care at the Prevea Manitowoc Health Center located at 4810 Expo Drive, Manitowoc.

The Shore Club of Wisconsin in Elkhart Lake joined Choice Hotels International Inc.’s Ascent Hotel Collection, a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels.

Business comings and goings 

KinderCare plans to open the Brillion Early Learning Center, which has capacity for 96 enrollees, plus 25 spots for before- and-after-school care. It’s slated to open in fall 2021.

Timshel Café in Neenah closed. A new coffee shop, Lawlss Coffee, will open in the location in September.

Clothing store One Ten Boutique opened in Brillion.

Green Gecko Grocer & Deli reopened at a new location on College Avenue in downtown Appleton.

Shopko Optical plans to open a location on West Mason Street in Green Bay in October.

The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls reopened for public play.

Taverne on Woodlake, a rebranding of the former Cucina Italian, opened
in Kohler.

Construction news

Ariens Co. opened its Stone Prairie outdoor venue on Center Road in Brillion.

Plans have been submitted for approval in Ashwaubenon for a new entertainment venue, Epic Event Center, at 2351 Holmgren Way. The site is the former location of a Gordmans retail clothing store. The venue, which accommodates about 2,000 people, would host live music, comedy shows and corporate events.

The developer for the 40-unit Sawyer School Lofts housing development on the site of the former West School in Sturgeon Bay announced the project will not proceed. The decision came after failing to receive WHEDA affordable housing tax credits for the project.

Titletown Development and Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty announced that the TitletownHomes Model Residence is open for private tours. The first residents of the 54-unit townhomes began moving into their homes this summer.

Construction has begun on a 274-unit apartment complex on Lake Park Road in the Village of Harrison.

Construction has started on the Kohler Center for Marsh Education.

Farm 1849, a new wedding barn, received a conditional use permit from the Town of Greenbush.

Smet Construction Services completed projects for the following organizations: Contract Transport Services, Green Bay; Appleton Ice Center, Appleton; Encompass Health Care, Appleton; and Solberg, Howard.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Great Lakes Orthodontics and Van Handel Auto Body, Appleton; Bay Bank and Wolf River Development, Keshena; G Anderson Industries, Denmark; Hope Lutheran Church, Wautoma; M-B Companies, Chilton; Trade Tech, Hartford; WOW Logistics, Chippewa Falls; and Family Enrichment Center, Grafton.

Bayland Buildings is completing projects for the following organizations: Impact Sports Academy, De Pere;
The Fort at the Rail Yard, Green Bay; Design Air, Kimberly; and Village of White Lake Fire Department.


UW-Oshkosh launched a privately funded campaign to cover the application fee for undergraduate students applying for fall 2021 admission. The initiative, partnering with the UW-Oshkosh Foundation, aims to reduce financial barriers for students applying to any of UWO’s three campuses. The funds are available for undergraduate applicants who apply before Oct. 31, or until the donated funds run out.

UW-Oshkosh and the Wisconsin Paper Council launched a yearlong project to develop a strategic framework for the future of Wisconsin’s paper industry. Headed by the school’s Center for Customized Research and Services, the project is one of several awarded funding under WiSys’s Ignite! Program to provide faculty, staff and students across the UW System’s 13 comprehensive universities with opportunities to apply their knowledge to build the state’s economy.

UW-Green Bay is teaming up with Louisville-based tech company Interapt and global education provider General Assembly to launch a new tech training pathway for people in the Green Bay area. The 12-week software engineering program will provide tuition-free technical training to a class of 25 individuals, giving them an opportunity to develop technical skills. UW-Green Bay also stepped in to help 138 students from 63 high schools finish earning their college credits when the Project Lead the Way program was cut short due to the pandemic.

Lakeshore Technical College is offering the Commit to Lakeshore scholarship, available for any new LTC students and ranging from $50 for completing the college’s application to $500 for registering for a full-time course load this fall. Scholarships will be provided in the form of a tuition reduction. LTC’s welding program received accreditation from the American Welding Society and became one of only three welding testing facilities in Wisconsin. Pharmacy Technician Guide ranked the pharmacy technician program at LTC the No. 1 American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists-accredited pharmacy technician program in Wisconsin.

Results of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses have been released, and all Marian University May 2020 Traditional BSN Nursing graduates passed the test on their first attempt.


The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality presented Bellin Health with its top award for excellence in quality improvement leadership. In addition, Bellin Hospital was named to Newsweek magazine’s Best Maternity Hospitals 2020 list. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital as tops in Northeast Wisconsin and tied for No. 4 statewide.

Acuity ranked No. 11 on the 2020 list of Super Regional Property-Casualty Insurers, an annual ranking prepared by the Insurance Journal and research firm Demotech Inc. of the leading multi-state P&C carriers in the nation.

Secura Insurance, Acuity and Jewelers Mutual Insurance earned places among Ward Group’s 50 top-performing property and casualty insurers for their performance over a five-year period (2015-2019).

Great Place to Work certified Secura Insurance as a great workplace.

Jewelers Mutual Group received the 2020 Award of Excellence from the Insurance Marketing Communications Association for its “Jewelry Obsessed” marketing campaign.

Ledgeview Partners was named part of the 2020/2021 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications.

Strategic Healthcare Programs recognized Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope as a “Superior Performer.”

Arch Electric Inc was named a 2020 Top Solar Contractor by Solar Power World, an online and print news source for the solar industry.

Zweig Group named raSmith to its list of Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For.

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