Businesses on the move

Posted on Mar 30, 2021 :: Business on the move
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Davis|Kuelthau, s.c. announced the eight attorneys, five paralegals and support staff of Epiphany Law, LLC have joined the firm.   

The Boldt Co. partnered to create a new modular system called VaxMod which offers health care systems, states, municipalities and retailers an operational solution for delivering the vaccine with safety and speed. Designed by Boulder Associates Inc. and built by Boldt, the prefabricated, modular units are designed to be deployed in any location, provide safe and efficient vaccination settings for health care workers and individuals, and serve as a long-term space solution post-pandemic.

The Orthopedic Surgery Center of the Fox Valley, a joint venture between Ascension Wisconsin and Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists, is now open. The ambulatory surgery center is located within the OSMS Fox Valley clinic, which opened in August at 1205 W. American Drive in Neenah.

Paper Converting Machine Co. announced the launch of its ION digital conversion system. The new flexible inkjet printing solution provides superior print quality for many platforms. PCMC also announced the sale of a new Fusion C flexographic printing press to H.S. Crocker of Illinois, which produces flexible packaging and labels, specializing in food, dairy and specialty printed-lid solutions. 

Sargento Foods is partnering with Mondelez International to release Balanced Breaks Cheese & Crackers Snacks.

The law firm of von Briesen & Roper, s.c. announced the formation of its sports law section. The new section is led by shareholder Megan L.W. Jerabek.

Precision Paper Converters invested in new equipment. Its new Bretting accumulator, Valley Tissue Packaging case packer, Tri-Phase Automation quality vision system and centralized palletizing system will increase capacity and allow additional focus on quality.

Festival Foods opened new stores in West Allis and Greenfield.

Business comings and goings  

Bergstrom Subaru of Green Bay opened its new 50,000-square-foot location. Bergstrom Automotive also opened two other locations: the Bergstrom Body Shop & Collision Center in Oshkosh, a 36,000-square-foot facility with environmentally friendly practices and equipment, and express.cars, a digital retailing marketplace where consumers can browse, compare, shop or purchase fully online. Vehicles can be picked up at the new Oshkosh location or delivered directly to a customer’s driveway.

Holy Family Memorial launched its new Functional Medicine program at HFM’s Harbor Town campus in Manitowoc with service provided by Dr. Derek Bown. Functional medicine identifies and determines the root cause of illness in a specific individual.

Shopko Optical relocated its Suamico location to 2314 Lineville Road.

Ownership of MT Glass Bar in New Holstein transferred from Jim and Chris Leavitt, who retired, to Isaac Beirne. 

Mae Rylie’s Screen Printing moved to Milwaukee Drive in New Holstein. 

The Fond du Lac Area Foundation will relocate to 1020 S. Main St. in Fond du Lac. 

New businesses opened in Green Bay: restaurant Crown & Common on Main Street and Aurora’s Apothecary on North Broadway. 

Construction news

McMahon Associates is expanding and remodeling the Gulfstream North Hangar at the Appleton International Airport. The project includes relocating and remodeling the existing office space to a new addition, creating 13,000 square feet of new shop space adjacent to the hangar. 

Bayland Buildings is completing an expansion of Margarita’s Famous Mexican Food & Cantina in Green Bay. 

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Mr. Tire Auto Repair, Green Bay; Modern Sheet Metal, Neenah; Xeric Web Drying Systems, Neenah; Kingsbury Inc., Oshkosh; and the Village of Theresa.

Consolidated Construction partnered with HKG Architects of Aberdeen, S.D., to create a multipurpose housing and behavioral health treatment facility for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe in South Dakota.

Education

Lawrence University raised $232.6 million in its seven-year Be the Light! Campaign, surpassing the $220 million goal and strengthening the school in myriad ways going forward. Funds raised will be put toward renewal of existing facilities, strengthening and expanding academic offerings, enhancing the student experience and providing scholarship resources to lower student debt and open new avenues for all academically qualified students to be able to attend Lawrence. 

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was named a finalist in the $750,000 U.S. Department of Education Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, a national competition to advance pre-apprenticeships. 

Students in the music and anthropology departments will benefit from more than $3 million in capital projects approved for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Renovations at UW-Oshkosh were approved in February by the UW System Board of Regents and State Building Commission. 

Work is set to begin in late June, with a completion date in December.

Lakeland University and the Sheboygan Area School District are collaborating on a program aimed at home-growing more teachers of color for SASD. The Kohler Teaching Scholars Program, made possible by funding from the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, will provide scholarship support that, coupled with Lakeland’s Cooperative Education program, will create a unique, competitive pathway for Lakeland students to become SASD teachers.

The UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business received approval from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to begin offering a financial planning program for the fall semester. The school also announced the expansion of its Campus Pride Center — located at the Green Bay campus and the Community LGBT Center at Marinette, to both its Manitowoc and Sheboygan campus locations. UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program will expand to the Two Rivers School District and a cohort of juniors at Manitowoc Lincoln High School this fall.

Marian University is partnering with SSM Health to help its nearly 40,000 employees across sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin pursue higher education at a discounted rate. The program begins May 1 and allows employees and their dependents to take advantage of tuition discounts.

Lakeshore Technical College announced the launch of competency-based education, which offers students a high degree of flexibility, including the opportunity to begin a program when they choose and advance through courses as quickly as they can prove their mastery of required competencies.  

St. Norbert College announced the creation of the Phil Hauck Scholarship in honor of the nonprofit supporter’s work in the region. The scholarship will cover half the cost of books, fees and tuition for an individual pursuing an MBA through the Schneider School, or half the cost of books, fees and materials for participation in the core program of the Center for Exceptional Leadership.

St. Mary Catholic Schools is expanding its SMCS Accelerated Learning Academy program for gifted and talented students into middle school beginning with the 2021-22 school year. 

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Breakthrough was named to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021.

Insight Publications partners A2Z Design and Image Studios won ADDY Awards for work they did for Insight. A2Z Design won a Gold ADDY Award for design for the November 2020 GLK Foods cover story and a Silver ADDY Award for design for the September 2020 MToxins cover story. Shane Van Boxtel of Image Studios won a Gold ADDY Award for the MToxins centerspread photo. 

Oshkosh Corp., Thrivent, Old National Bank and Kimberly-Clark were named to Ethisphere’s list of 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

U.S. Venture earned the Great Place to Work Certified designation from Great Place to Work.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County presented its Awards of Distinction: Grow it Forward Community Food Center, Collaboration Award; Hope House of Manitowoc County, Nonprofit Award; Balance on Buffalo, Small Business of the Year; Metal Ware Corp., Large Business/Industry of the Year; and Lakeside Foods, Healthy Workplace Award.

Regional employers were recognized as part of Forbes’ America’s By State 2020: Acuity Insurance, No. 8; Green Bay Area Public School District, No. 9; Kohler Co., No. 15; Neenah Paper, No. 25; Agnesian HealthCare, No. 32; U.S. Venture, No. 33; Aurora Health Care, No. 36; Georgia-Pacific, No. 40; Appleton Area School District, No. 51; Festival Foods, No. 56; Amcor, No. 57; Schneider, No. 66; and Brown County, No. 67.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Wisconsin District Office named Oostburg State Bank a Top Fiscal Year 2020 Lender in Wisconsin.

Acuity was named one of the 10 best insurers in the nation for claims service in a recent study by CRASH Network. In addition to being ranked in the top 10 auto insurers nationwide, Acuity was the highest-ranked Wisconsin-domiciled insurer. 

AEGIS Financial received Best-In-State Wealth Advisors 2021 recognition from Forbes magazine.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. earned its 34th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from AM Best Co.

The Daily Reporter recognized J.F. Ahern with a Hard Hat Safety Award.

Hamann Construction received an award from Ceco Building Systems in recognition of its work on the new Redline Plastics facility.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was honored with the Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction award, the highest designation offered to institutions in the ATD Network. NWTC was among the four community colleges from across the country to receive the award.

Charitable Giving and Grants

The fourth annual Give BIG Green Bay online giving event raised $2,082,665 in 24 hours for 45 nonprofits serving Brown County. Since launching in 2018, Give BIG Green Bay has secured more than $5.5 million in unrestricted gifts for organizations working across 11 fields of interest. With $250,000 matching funds from the Green Bay Packers Foundation and $100,000 of contributions from donors and community partners, Give BIG Green Bay 2021 offered a total of $350,000 of matching funds and incentives.

New North organizations were among those to receive Wisconsin Fast Forward grants from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The Rockline Industries Sheboygan plant received a $329,610 grant to help train 50 unemployed trainees and 92 incumbent trainees to operate new equipment. Unemployed trainees will receive wage increases up to $2.83 per hour and incumbent trainees will receive wage increases up to $1.15 per hour after completing training. Rockline will partner with Paper Converting Machine Co., IAS Inc., RA Jones and Co., Sentry, K2 Engineering Group, Kolinahr Systems Inc., and Douglas Machine Inc. to provide training focused on preparing trainees to operate new equipment and processes. GPS Education Partners, in partnership with Generac Power Systems Inc., received $17,500 toward providing training to 15 incumbent workers to support their advancement into automation machine technician roles.