Businesses on the move

Posted on Feb 26, 2021 :: Business on the move
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Business development  

Skyline Technologies, an Appleton-based consulting firm specializing in Microsoft cloud consulting, data analytics and application development, was acquired by Indianapolis-based Core BTS, an IT solutions and managed services provider. Skyline CEO Mitch Weckop will assume the new role of executive vice president-delivery in the Microsoft practice at Core BTS.

RGL Logistics completed the purchase of the former Fleet Farm warehousing and distribution center campus in Appleton. The 70-acre property includes five buildings encompassing 450,000 square feet of space, boosting RGL Logistics’ total warehouse space to 4 million square feet.

Oshkosh Corp. completed a $25 million investment in Microvast, a global provider of next-generation battery technologies for commercial and specialty electric vehicles. The relationship bolsters Oshkosh’s existing technology strategy to increase the development of advanced products that support the needs of customers. Oshkosh Airport Products, an Oshkosh Corp. company, introduced an upgraded Oshkosh Striker ARFF vehicle featuring an optimized cockpit, updated body styling and advanced mobility, speed and precision.

Private equity firm Oakland Standard Co. announced the expansion of its specialty metals platform and specifically the iron foundry group. Penn-Mar Castings, a gray-and-ductile iron foundry located in Hanover, Pa., will operate as the third location of The C.A. Lawton Co.

Nature’s Way acquired full ownership of Boston-based Baze, a personalized nutrition company. 

Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Waterloo.

Bemis Manufacturing Co. increased its investment in a New York startup that developed an in-home cardiovascular monitoring device. Casana, previously known as Heart Health Intelligence Inc., recently closed on a $14 million funding round that included follow-on capital from Bemis.

Jones Sign Co. debuted Jones Architectural Creations, a division that offers custom structural fabrication planning and construction.

Shea Electric & Communications launched Enlighten Digital Technologies LLC, an IT and digital services company aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses.

Holy Family Memorial and Bellin Health announced a partnership to bring enhanced cardiovascular care services to the Manitowoc County area. This represents an expansion of the already-existing relationship between the two organizations through Bellin Health Partners. Bellin also launched Long COVID Care, a service dedicated to caring for patients who are still experiencing symptoms and related ailments long after their active infection has passed. 

Amcor announced the “Reducing CO2 Packaging” label from the Carbon Trust can now be printed on Amcor packaging to demonstrate significant carbon footprint reductions.

Generac is establishing a new energy storage business arm. The new organization will combine three companies Generac acquired last year, Pika Energy, Enbala Power Technologies and Neurio Technology, with Generac’s existing connectivity business to create a combined energy technology division.

Business comings and goings  

Remley & Sensenbrenner, S.C. changed its name to Remley Law, S.C. and moved to Two Neenah Center, Neenah.

Club Liquor in Menasha closed after more than 50 years in business.

Prevea Women’s Care is now available at Prevea Health, 2700 E. Enterprise Ave., Suite B, in Appleton. Prevea Health began offering endocrinology and diabetes care at the Prevea Manitowoc Health Center.

Dr. Sebastian Munoz purchased the dental practice of Dr. David Brusky and his Green Bay Clinic, The Center for Dental Excellence.

Hartman’s Bakery opened in Plymouth.

Bob Rossi took over as owner and managing broker of NorthStar Commercial, a commercial real estate firm based in Appleton.

Construction news

Poly Vinyl Co. announced plans to build a 60,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and warehouse in the Vision Business Park in Sheboygan Falls. The project is slated for completion in late 2021.

Rol-Tec began construction on a 15,700-square-foot addition to its Green Bay headquarters. The new space will primarily accommodate expanded metal machining operations to support Rol-Tec’s roller and sleeve operation.  

Evergreen Retirement Community announced plans to build a pocket neighborhood of 40 ranch-style, senior-living homes on an 11-acre parcel of land on West Ninth Avenue and Linden Oaks Drive in Oshkosh, a project valued at $10 million.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction is assisting the Downtown Appleton YMCA in planning a renovation that will bring the YMCA of the Fox Cities corporate offices to its downtown Appleton location on East Lawrence Street. In addition, renovations are taking place to create a personal training area that is separate from the Y’s common wellness spaces.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Manderfield’s Home Bakery, Menasha; Custom Offsets, Appleton; Pulaski Veterinary Clinic; Brentwood Animal Hospital, Oak Creek; and Liesen & Pinzl Dentistry, Woodruff.

Education

Lakeshore Technical College was selected as one of 10 two-year colleges in the nation to participate in an inaugural Business & Industry Leadership Team Academy cohort led by Pathways to Innovation, a program supported by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program. The college’s focus will be on cybersecurity, a field of expertise with curriculum in development for a potential cybersecurity program expected to become available for the fall 2022 semester. Lakeshore also is offering a new series of free virtual learning sessions aimed at helping area residents become more comfortable with basic computer and technology skills. The “Crush IT” series introduces essential educational technology and resources in 30-minute sessions.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was named a grant recipient and participant in HP/EDUCAUSE Campus of the Future, a multiyear research project exploring the benefits of virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D printing/scanning in higher education. Of the 30 research study members, NWTC is the only technical college involved in year four of the grant project.

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, in partnership with the History Museum at the Castle, developed Museums in Motion: Responsive Community Engagement Toolkits, which aim to address the educational and social needs of students during this public health crisis. During the first wave of distribution, 1,200 students in the Appleton area will receive toolkits, which provide the instructions and materials for six non-virtual, hands-on learning activities.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Oshkosh Corp. was named one of the 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune. The company ranked third in the Construction and Farm Machinery category, and this is the third time the company received the award.

Acuity announced that in 2020, it grew its policyholders’ surplus to nearly $3 billion, finishing the year at $2.929 billion (GAAP). Assets climbed nearly 13 percent to $5.8 billion (GAAP). In addition, it saw a record-setting $319.9 million in new business in 2020 and reached an all-time high in written premium of $1.781 billion, an increase of more than $122 million over 2019.

TitletownTech named CLA its official CPA firm partner.

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation recognized First Business Bank for its longstanding support of civil legal aid, which ensures people can access legal representation, advice and information when they face life-altering challenges. First Business Bank volunteered as a Prime Partner in program for the entire duration of the Prime Partner program, which recently hit the 10-year mark.

Future Neenah presented its Outstanding 2020 Partnerships awards: City of Neenah Community Development, Civic Partner of the Year; ThedaCare, Neenah with Pride Award; Becky St. Mary, Visionary Award; The Natural Boutique, Downtown Business of the Year Award; Ellen Skerke, Future Neenah Champion Award; and Lori Borchardt and Meghan Healy, President’s Award.

Sustana Fiber joined companies from around the world in the creation of a new consortium, CELAB: Toward a Circular Economy for Labels. CELAB is an industry initiative founded by companies in the self-adhesive label industry to create greater circularity for products by enhancing and promoting matrix and release liner recycling around the world.

Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin honored several regional firms with awards: Keller Inc., Gold Projects of Distinction Awards for Associated Appraisal, Greenville, N.E.W. Plastics, Luxemburg, and Mineshaft, Oshkosh, and a Silver Projects of Distinction Award for Dreier Family Dental, Janesville; Faith Technologies, Gold Projects of Distinction Award for its work on the Exact Sciences Building 3 project, Madison; and Consolidated Construction Co., Gold Projects of Distinction Award for the Midwest Refrigerated Services Target Building Adaptive Reuse Project, Milwaukee, and a Silver Projects of Distinction Award for The View at Johnson Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Community project.

ThedaCare physician clinics were recognized by the American Heart Association for national achievements aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease through detecting, controlling and providing education for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol management.

St. Norbert College won a silver award for its “Pursue What Matters” campaign as part of the Council for Advancement & Support of Education District V Awards.

Sheboygan County was recognized by the Wellness Council of America with the Bronze designation of a Well County.

Charitable giving and grants

United Way Fox Cities announced its annual community campaign raised $8.4 million. The organization also recognized companies for their efforts. Top Performance Awards: BLC Community Bank, small company; Miron Construction Co. Inc., medium company; and Amcor Flexibles, large company. Other awards included, Menasha Corp., Sustained Excellence Award and Emerging Leaders Giving Award; Community First Credit Union, Leadership Giving Award; and The Boldt Co., Kimberly-Clark Corporate Challenge Participation Award.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. plans to award a total of roughly $200,000 in matching grants to groups working to increase entrepreneurship opportunities for communities of color, women, veterans and LGBTQ individuals. The competitive awards are the second phase of WEDC’s 2021 Entrepreneurship Support Grants. They are the first awards of this type designed specifically for groups helping to create and grow diversely owned businesses in Wisconsin.

The Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $250,000 in impact grants to Brown County and Milwaukee County nonprofit organizations that support children. Ten organizations, six in Brown County and four in Milwaukee County, will each receive an impact grant of $25,000. Brown County organizations receiving a grant include Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, Encompass Early Education and Care, Greater Green Bay YMCA, Howe Community Resource Center, Oneida Child Care Center and YWCA of Greater Green Bay.

Schneider announced it will provide grants to nonprofit organizations around the United States and Mexico working to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the communities where company associates live, work and volunteer. Schneider provided Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Program grants to 11 organizations totaling more than $75,000. Those receiving grants in the New North include CollegeReady and YWCA of Greater Green Bay.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin announced it raised more than $294,000 through its fundraising efforts, nearly meeting its goal of raising $300,000 to offset the agency’s projected loss in revenue due to COVID-19.

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation received a $539,000 donation from the estate of Beatrice Eiring, a former Agnesian employee and volunteer.

Festival Foods fundraising efforts for food pantries and animal organizations surpassed $3.3 million with nearly an $80,000 increase in donations in 2020 compared to 2019.

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