Businesses on the move

Posted on Apr 29, 2021 :: Business on the move
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Business development  

Green Bay Packaging began production at its new mill. The $500 million-plus plant is aimed at delivering a positive impact on Northeast Wisconsin’s economy and the environment. 

Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry purchased the assets of Indiana-based Wabash Castings Inc. WAF will expand 401(k) benefits and provide additional benefits for all Wabash Castings employees and will implement an immediate wage increase for many of the positions within the company. WAF will continue the Wabash Castings brand name.

Georgia-Pacific, the parent company of GP PRO, upgraded production at its production facility in Green Bay. The $7 million expansion project added a new perforated roll towel line, enhancing safety and increasing the plant’s production capabilities. 

The National Advanced Mobility Consortium selected Oshkosh Defense and partner ST Engineering to participate in the prototype phase for the U.S. Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle.

ProAmpac acquired IG Industries PLC and Brayford Plastics Ltd., private businesses based in the United Kingdom that produce a broad portfolio of recyclable packaging products.

Neenah Inc. acquired ITASA, a global coater and converter of release liners used in hygiene, tapes, industrial, labels, composites and other end markets.

Plexus broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tundra Angels, an angel investor group offered through the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Startup Hub, announced its first investment, a Pewaukee-based business called Octane Coffee. It offers a robotic drive-thru in which customers use a mobile app to place their drink order. 

DeWitt LLP law firm announced Gerbers Law, S.C. combined its practice with DeWitt LLP and began operations as DeWitt LLP in Green Bay.

Watco signed an agreement with Canadian National Railway subsidiaries Wisconsin Central Ltd. and Algoma Central Railway Inc. to purchase rail lines that consist of approximately 900 miles of track serving more than 90 customers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. The rail lines run through many communities in Northeast Wisconsin, including Green Bay, Appleton, Denmark, Shawano, Combined Locks, New London and Fond du Lac.

EnTech Solutions, a clean energy solutions provider and sister company to Faith Technologies, has designed and installed a clean energy electric vehicle charging system at Bergstrom Automotive in Neenah.

Schneider debuted the All-In Revenue Choice Lease program, which offers owner-operators doing business with Schneider access to more loads via Schneider’s Choice Portals including dedicated loads, spot freight and pop-up fleet loads.

Voith completed successful startup of a complete paper production line in the new Green Bay Packaging paper mill. 

Amcor worked with partner businesses to develop a candy bar wrapper made with recycled content for the Australian market. The wrapper uses soft plastic made with 30 percent recycled polypropylene, and its rollout is part of the company’s commitment to ensure all its packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025. Amcor also won two gold Flexible Packaging Association achievement awards and joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste at the Executive Committee level. 

Alliance Manufacturing Inc. developed FlexSafe, a patent-pending sanitizing system for shopping carts. This system is designed for the retail and grocery market to help increase in-store traffic by making shopping cart handling safe and efficient.

Paper Converting Machine Co. sold a third tissue-converting line to Bedford Paper, a De Pere-based manufacturer of paper products.

Appleton International Airport has reinstated daily nonstop flights to Denver. The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin also recognized ATW as an Autism Friendly Communities partner.

Business comings and goings  

Stone Arch Brewpub announced plans to open a second location in Little Chute. It’s slated to open this summer.

Tractor Supply Co. announced plans to open stores in former Shopko Hometown locations in Oconto and Kewaunee.

The Fox Cities Job Center – Menasha reopened for limited in-person appointments. The center was closed for several months during the pandemic.

Peninsula Stone Inc. moved its Kaukauna location to Foundation Drive in the Town of Kaukauna.

Douglas Schoenwalder became the new owner of SERVPRO of Brown County. He acquired the business from Mike Bogenschuetz, who retired.

Bar 43 opened in Sheboygan.

Construction news

The Oshkosh Common Council voted to create a TIF district for the former Miles Kimball building in the city. Developers plan to convert the Miles Kimball building at 851 S. Main St. into 28 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project will bring an estimated value of $3.5 million to the community and aims to stimulate future development in the Sawdust District.

Construction is underway on the Oshkosh Food Co-op located within the Brio Building development. It’s slated for completion in late summer or early fall.

InitiativeOne began construction on a 3,800-square-foot event venue connected to its downtown Green Bay national headquarters.

Parker John’s BBQ & Pizza in Sheboygan announced plans to double the size of its outdoor dining area and add fire features and soft seating areas.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Bay Shore Outfitters, Sturgeon Bay; Natural Healthy Concepts, Appleton; Hatch Distilling Co., Egg Harbor; Vande Hey Brantmeier, Chilton;  Vanderleest Dental, Green Bay; the Village of Theresa; and Playwell Pediatric Dentistry, Elm Grove.

Bayland Buildings is serving as design-build general contractor for a Virlee Gunworks, Sturgeon Bay, build-out and remodel.


Ripon College and Marian University announced they are creating a joint working group to examine the possibility of a more collaborative arrangement between the two schools. The group is exploring the potential benefits of establishing a closer partnership around administrative, academic and co-curricular activities.

The National Science Foundation awarded St. Norbert College a one-year $118,000 capacity-building grant for a project entitled, “Creating a Minor in Education as a Pathway for Science, Math or Computer Science Majors to Obtain Teaching Licensure.” SNC will collaborate with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the Green Bay Area Public School District on the program. St. Norbert also was awarded a NetVUE Program Development Grant of $36,625 for the Scholars for Community-Engaged Vocation program, which connects the work of vocation exploration with curricular and co-curricular service learning.                  

The Learning Innovations team at Fox Valley Technical College and the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children joined forces to create a mobile app that connects children endangered by drug use with resources in their own community.

Luxemburg-Casco High School debuted its new agriscience center.


Two Northeast Wisconsin companies made Inc.’s Top 250 Fastest-Growing Companies in the Midwest list: Carnivore Meat Co., Green Bay, which grew 93 percent, and Cherry Optical Lab, Green Bay, which grew 86 percent.

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp. company, achieved TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste Certification at the Gold level. Oshkosh Corp. also was named one of Barron’s “100 Most Sustainable Companies,” was included in the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2021, and received an IDG CIO 100 Award for information technology excellence.

The Boldt Co. received a Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure Inc. The award is presented to companies that register a safety score of 95 percent or greater in the Safety Assessment Program administered by ConstructSecure.

Verve, a Credit Union and CESA 6 were named to the 2021 Gallup Exceptional Workplace list.

UnitedHealthcare received the Next Generation Best Place to Work Award presented by PAi Retirement Services as part of the Current Young Professionals 2021 Future 15 Awards. 

Innio, a solutions provider of gas engines and power equipment, selected Winsert Inc. as its 2020 supplier of the year in the area of quality.

Equal Opportunity magazine recognized Associated Bank as one of its 2021 top 50 employers.

Jewelers Mutual Group was certified as a 2021 gold-level Employee Friendly Workplace in the Fox Cities by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The Agri-Business Council of Envision Greater Fond du Lac received awards for two of its creative efforts during the pandemic: first place for its virtual Ag Ambassador presentations in the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin school day on the farm or school education and promotions category, and third place for its June Dairy Month breakfast promotion for its Ag-Venture drive-thru event last June.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership Inc. presented its annual awards: Blue Marble Botanicals, Interior Renovation of the Year; Ahern-Gross Plumbing, Exterior Design of the Year; Lunar & Lake, Best New Business; and Wood’s Floral & Gifts, Downtown Legacy Award.

Crown & Common and Whitney Lofts received Mayor’s Beautification Awards from the City of Green Bay.

Secura Insurance was named to the 2021 Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance list by Great Place to Work and Fortune.

Freedom House in Green Bay received the 2021 U.S. Wood Design Jury’s Choice Award from WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. raSmith provided structural engineering services for the project.

ThedaCare received recertification from DNV GL – Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. ThedaCare Medical Center-Wild Rose became the first hospital in North America to install the DG Reader Net semiautomated analyzer, used to facilitate pre-transfusion blood type compatibility testing. ThedaCare Medical Centers-Shawano and Waupaca were recognized as 2021 Top Critical Access Hospitals.

The Agnesian Cancer Center was granted a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.   

BrandDirections received three American Package Design Awards for excellence in package design in Graphic Design USA’s 2021 competition.

B2B rating and review firm Clutch named Weidert Group a Top IT Services Provider in the HubSpot category.

Fox World Travel received the Company Achievement Award for Creating a Company Culture for Women to Advance and Succeed from WINiT by the Global Business Travel Association.

New North businesses and entities were among those to receive Wisconsin Recycling Excellence Awards from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: City of Sheboygan Department of Public Works, Outlook Group, Pierce Manufacturing and Green Bay Packaging.

Elmstar Electric Corp. received a National Safety Merit Award from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin received two service quality awards for 2020 from Service Quality Measurement.

Ayres Associates earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ annual Engineering Excellence Awards for its role in gathering survey data for the Wisconsin Regional Orthoimagery Consortium.

Charitable Giving and Grants

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and United Way Fox Cities announced that one year after establishing the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, the organizations had granted a total of $1.6 million to 106 nonprofits in the regions the organizations serve. The Community Foundation also distributed an extra $1 million in grants divided among 23 nonprofits through the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund.

Native American tribes in Northeast Wisconsin are receiving coronavirus relief money aimed at combating housing issues through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Indian Housing Block Grants program. The Oneida Nation is receiving nearly $2.8 million, the Menominee tribe more than $1.9 million and the Stockbridge-Munsee community nearly $370,000.

St. Joseph Food Program opened its new drive-up distribution model, a result of adapting to keep its guests and volunteers safe during the pandemic.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. donated nearly $300,000 in construction work.

Valley VNA launched the public phase of a $3.25 million fundraising campaign to support campus enhancements.

The Community First Fox Cities Marathon presented by Miron Construction announced plans to hold its 30th annual weekend of events on Sept. 17-19, with in-person and virtual events.