Businesses on the move

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Faith Technologies announced the expansion of its Excellerate division with the construction of a 225,000-square-foot building in Little Chute that will serve as Excellerate’s headquarters.

Great Northern Corp. is now officially recognized by Amazon to support vendors selling products with the retailer. The Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network connects vendors with companies and labs that can help test, design and supply protective packaging in line with Amazon’s packaging certification requirements.

Werner Electric Supply acquired Green Bay-based US Lamp.

Marco purchased Enterprise Systems Group, a business IT services company headquartered in Little Chute.

MatchBack Systems announced a technology partnership with Trinium Technologies.

Foxconn Technology Group closed on its purchase of the Watermark Building in downtown Green Bay.

Nautic Partners, LLC sold portfolio company Endries International Inc. and related affiliates to MSD Partners, L.P.

NUCU, a brand by Wisconsin-based Vollrath Co., launched an e-commerce platform on its website, nucu.com, making its premium product line
available to home chefs anywhere in the United States.

Metko unveiled internal and external improvements to its manufacturing facility, which include additions and improved production floor and meeting room spaces.

The nonprofit Jake’s Diapers of Kaukauna is expanding its national reach by adding distribution partners in seven states, including Wisconsin.

Jeff Malchow bought out his partners to take sole ownership of Palisades Heating & Cooling.

Muza Metal Products added panel bender technology with its investment in a new machine.

Image 360 purchased Crown Trophy of Oshkosh.

Business comings and goings 

ISG opened its new location in the Watermark building in downtown Green Bay.

Dr. Michaella Heitzler opened Little Critter Pediatric Dentistry in Appleton.

Barber Rich opened a second shop in Appleton.

The Farmer’s Table restaurant opened inside The Cannery Public Market.

K Lorraine Spa and Boutique opened in Sheboygan Falls.

Construction news

Groundbreaking was held for two residential housing projects in Green Bay: 901 Main, 20 residences featuring one- and two-bedroom units; and Rail
Yard Condominiums, eight condo units being built along Donald Driver Way.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. unveiled a $7 million renovation to its Neenah corporate campus, completed by Keller Inc.

Kohler Credit Union plans to build a new 30,000-square-foot headquarters in the Town of Sheboygan.

Keller, Builders, Planners, Architects announced projects for the following organizations: N.E.W. Plastics, Luxemburg; Arla Foods, Kaukauna; S&L Motors, Pulaski; Campbell Wrapper, De Pere; Memorial Medical Center, Ashland; Thompson Animal Medical Center, La Crosse; ProAmpac, Hartford; Kriete Truck, Madison; and Team Schierl, Wausau.

Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. began construction of a new storage facility for Wire Technologies of Kaukauna as well as The Legacy of DeForest, an assisted living and memory care facility in DeForest.

Following a successful referendum, construction is underway to upgrade Plymouth School District facilities.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust earned the Certificate of Excellence Award, which is given annually by the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation and honors banks’ commitment to growing financial education in their communities.

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council named its 2018 Green Master level companies. Those in the New North include: BPM Inc. A Specialty Paper Mill, Peshtigo; Essity, Neenah; Green Bay Packaging Inc., Green Bay; KI, Green Bay; Kohler Co., Kohler; Masters Gallery Foods Inc., Plymouth; Menasha Corp., Neenah; Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac; and Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh.

Acuity received awards for several of its communications projects: Its annual reports received an Award of Excellence from the Insurance Marketing & Communications Association, a Silver Award in the Best Annual Report – Online/Electronic category and a Bronze Award in the print category from the Stevie Awards, a Silver ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation and a Gold Award from AVA Digital Awards. AVA Digital Awards also recognized Acuity for several of the insurer’s continuing education videos.

QuadExpress presented a Bright Beginnings Award to Primary Freight of Brillion.

Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin recognized Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. with Gold Projects of Distinction Awards for construction excellence for the firm’s Park Creek Independent Living facility (Cypress, Texas) and Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. frozen food plant (Joplin, Mo.) projects.

The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Sheboygan as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community.

Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics received a 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the category of $10 million or greater in construction costs from the Structural Engineers Association of Wisconsin. R.A. Smith completed work for the project.

Oconto Falls received a bronze level recognition from the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation in acknowledgement of its work to improve local health.

K Sera Salon and Spa of De Pere was named one of five finalists in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s Main Street Makeover Contest. The winner receives up to $10,000 to upgrade its storefront.

IBM Watson Health named Bellin Hospital one of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber is accepting nominations for its Business Recognition Luncheon Awards through April 15.

Mavid Construction received the Minority Business Development State Contract Award during the 37th Annual Marketplace Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. The award recognizes the state’s top Minority Business Enterprise contractors.

Faith Technologies ranked No. 37 on Engineering News Record Magazine’s annual Top 600 Specialty Contractors list.

New North school districts were among those named to the annual AP District Honor Roll for their Advanced Placement programs: Green Bay, Omro, Valders, West De Pere, Westfield and Winneconne.

Charitable giving and grants

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded five grants totaling more than $87,000 as part of its Bright Idea Fund. Organizations receiving grants were: N.E.W. Mental Health Connection, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Makaroff Youth Ballet, Neenah Historical Society and World Relief Fox Valley.

Throughout 2018, The Stephenson National Bank and Trust made monetary donations totaling more than $165,000 to nonprofits in Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties.

Rise Together received a $100,000 donation from WOW-WE CARE CHARITY, which works to benefit the communities where WOW Logistics Co. does business.

Johnson Financial Group donated $25,000 to NeighborWorks Green Bay.

Northern Sky Theater received two grants: an $11,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board and a $5,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation.

The Stand Together Foundation Inc., a part of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation’s family of funds, has awarded a multiyear grant to the Transitions to Success Collaboration (primary partners include: Bay Area Workforce Development Board, Brown County Human Services, Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living, CASA of Brown County and Foundations Health
& Wholeness). 

Gibson Island, which occupies land in Clintonville and Shawano, received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region Environmental Stewardship fund and $1,720 from the Clintonville Area Foundation to help protect the space from invasive species.

Gold Cross Ambulance donated an AED to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

All the rest

The City of Appleton closed and is demolishing its Blue Ramp. The 55-year-old, six-story parking structure was attached to City Center Plaza.

The Green Bay Packers launched a rewards program, Packers Perks, presented by Kwik Trip.

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. released an updated SomeplaceBetter.org website.

Downtown Green Bay Inc. launched a new downtowngreenbay.com website.

After quickly selling out of luxury accommodations for the 2020 Ryder Cup being held at Whistling Straits, the PGA announced plans to add an additional multiunit building to the left of the first hole green.

Women in Technology Wisconsin added a WITonCampus group at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Achieve Brown County announced it’s seeking 100 mentors to help pilot an initiative for Bay Port High School, Denmark Middle School, Edison Middle School and Preble High School to increase graduation rates.

Gas Trailer, a division of Robinson Metal Inc., has launched an updated e-commerce website.

Tiruna America launched an updated website.

J. J. Keller & Associates is offering a new active shooter training program.

Free Spirit Riders Inc. announced that its therapeutic riding programs serving individuals with disabilities was discontinued in November due to financial challenges. FSR will transfer ownership of its assets and property in Fond du Lac to Rawhide Inc.

Integrity Insurance added a roadside assistance request feature through its mobile app.

Wisconsin Lift Truck now offers its customers Virtual Reality Forklift Simulator technology.

Clintonville Motel now offers U-Haul products and services.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center was one of three organizations nationwide awarded $75,000 in multiyear funding to present the Levitt AMP Music Series in Sheboygan for the next three years. In addition, On Broadway Inc. in Green Bay received $25,000 to present a series of
10 outdoor concerts in 2019.

The bell at the historic Old Bell Tower in Sturgeon Bay is ringing for the first time in a decade after a restoration funded through the Clifford and Clara Herlache Foundation, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation Inc.

ThedaCare added Neuroscience Group as its preferred partner for brain, spine and pain care.  ThedaCare also became the first “Life is Why” sponsor in Wisconsin for the American Heart Association.

The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon announced it has changed its route for 2019, with the race starting and finishing in downtown Green Bay.

The City of Green Bay unveiled “Embark,” a 23-foot sculpture by Kent Hutchinson in downtown Green Bay.

NeighborWorks Green Bay and Trinity Lutheran Church will partner to provide free home maintenance and repair activities to people in need during the week of June 23-29. The focus is to serve people who are elderly, low to moderate income or disabled.

The Door County Land Trust acquired 85 acres of forested uplands as an addition to the land trust’s 600-acre Chambers Island Nature Preserve.

The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is seeking artists to embellish an Adirondack chair or create a chair of their own for the inaugural CHAIRries street art program. All chairs will be sponsored by local businesses and will be on display throughout the streets of Sturgeon Bay May 13 through Sept. 21.

Gov. Tony Evers requested the creation of a committee on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. The new committee will complement WEDC’s existing programs that provide an array of resources to entrepreneurs, including support for startup accelerators, seed capital funds, microgrants, investment tax credits and technology development loans.

TitletownTech has new signage. The 13,000-pound lighted sign, now perched atop the TitletownTech building, stands at 13 feet and 6 inches high, and stretches 96 feet long — nearly one-third the length of a football field. The sign is lit by 820 feet of green LED lights and 1,000 feet of gold LED border tubes. The lights also can change to display a variety of colors. It was produced by Elevate97 and installed by Appleton Sign with the assistance of Miron Construction Co. Inc.

Valley Transit unveiled a new bus with Q-Straint securement technology that allows disabled riders greater independence and an improved experience by allowing them to secure themselves in only 25 seconds with the push of a button and no assistance from the driver.

CPA-led professional service firm Huberty of Plymouth debuted new branding that includes an updated logo, colors and messaging.

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum opened a new Babies & Toddlers Around the World exhibit. In honor of it, the museum and Kimberly-Clark Corp. partnered for a diaper drive to support Jake’s Diapers and the United Way.

REV Group Inc., a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands and provider of parts and services, has signed on to be the title sponsor of the June 20-23, NTT IndyCar Series event at Road America