Businesses on the move

Posted on Feb 27, 2019 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Shopko announced plans to close additional stores in the New North, including locations in Kimberly, Howard, De Pere, Bellevue, Kewaunee, Shawano, Marinette, Winneconne, Brillion, Kiel, Wautoma, Sheboygan and Waupaca.

Appleton International Airport claimed the title of third-largest airport in Wisconsin following a 25 percent increase in passengers in 2018. The airport also unveiled facility upgrades it made with the help of a partnership with ThedaCare. New additions include a streamlined security checkpoint with a living plant wall and an open floor plan for improved directionality.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport will offer non-stop service to Denver International Airport beginning May 23 through low-fare carrier Frontier.

Advocate Aurora Health signed an agreement to assume full ownership of Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. The deal is expected to close midyear 2019, and the hospital will be renamed Aurora Medical Center – Bay Area.

Bank First National announced plans to merge with Partnership Bank of Cedarburg. The transaction is scheduled to close July 12.

Endries International acquired Industrial Products Co. of Lynchburg, Va., a provider of fasteners and related production components to the OEM market.

Fortifi Bank is building a new branch in Ashwaubenon.

Acuity Insurance generated a net income of more than $200 million for the first time ever in 2018. It also saw a 7.2 percent increase in written premium, earned $255 million in new business premium and finished 2018 with more than $1.5 billion in total written premium. In personal lines, Acuity surpassed $400 million in written premium.

Bridget O’Connor, principal and founder of O’Connor Connective in De Pere, and Vicki Updike, founder of New Sage Strategies in Appleton, announced their business partnership to further advance the mission of The Connective: A Place for Women in Business. Together, they will oversee the center’s vision and programming.

Stellar Blue Technologies opened office space in Green Bay within the Startup Hub located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Paper Transport Inc. became the primary dedicated carrier transporting freight for Great Northern Corp.

A-Mazing Events has expanded its focus to include services tailored to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations.

RENEW Plastics, a division of N.E.W. Plastics Corp., introduced a certified engineered composite deck board called REVOLVE. It incorporates a woodgrain texture and matte finish designed to create a product that looks more like wood.

NOVO Health announced the addition of the Kaldas Center for Fertility, Surgery & Pregnancy as a participating provider in the NOVO Health network.

Fox Structures Inc. expanded its services to include a welding division.

Health Care Credit Union opened its charter to anyone living or working in Winnebago, Fond du Lac or Outagamie counties.

IPD Hospitality, a hotel management and consulting company based in Atlanta, was awarded the management contract for the Comfort Suites in Oshkosh.

The automation team of Pieper Electric Inc. is now branded as Pieper Automation.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center opened a new clinic dedicated to treating atrial fibrillation.

Two long-term members of the Corrim Co. LLC executive team acquired the company from the former owner. New owners Mark Miller and John Morelli will serve as president and vice president, respectively, for the 34-year-old company.

The Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin will open April 1 in Appleton. The physicians, who currently provide cardiovascular care at ThedaCare, will open the independent practice.

Additional regional office locations in or near Oshkosh, New London, Waupaca, Shawano, Chilton and Keshena will be announced soon.

J. J. Keller & Associates will release the J. J. Keller Encompass Video Event Management solution and Dash Cam Pro in early April. They offer an additional way for fleets of all sizes to manage risk, identify problematic driver behavior, and provide remedial coaching and training.

Business comings and goings 

The Hotel Northland opened in downtown Green Bay. The luxury boutique hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of hotels. The onsite restaurant, the Walnut Room, also opened.

In April, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin will move its headquarters to a newly renovated warehouse building on North Broadway Street in the Rail Yard district in Green Bay.

IQ Resource Group Inc. will relocate to a new space on West College Avenue in Appleton on April 1.

Jake’s Roundabout Steakhouse in Sheboygan was remodeled and renamed Work Zone.

Eagle Point Senior Living in Appleton celebrated its grand opening.

Math learning center Mathnasium opened in Appleton.

Construction news

Construction is underway on the Water’s Edge condominiums development in Sheboygan. The City of Sheboygan partnered with Water’s Edge by providing a $700,000 TIF incentive to support the $7 million, 32-unit project to restart condo development within the community. In addition, Quasius Construction began construction on 7Penn, a five-story, 66-unit multifamily apartment development.

Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. will build and design the new Care Partners Community-Based Residential Facility in Clintonville.

Keller Inc. announced new projects for the following organizations: Laona State Bank, Lakewood; Capital Credit Union, Appleton; Fresenius Kidney Care, Neenah; LeTourneau Plastics, Oconto; Elipticon Wood Products, Little Chute; DS Storage, Fox Crossing; Kindsgrab, LLC, Green Bay; and United Coop, Pickett.


Oshkosh Corp. was recognized as one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies.

Acuity Insurance was named to the Forbes list of The Best Employers for Diversity 2019, identified from an independent survey of more than 50,000 U.S. employees working for large companies and organizations.

Current Young Professionals named finalists for its Next Generation Best Place to Work Award: Bank First, Capital Credit Union, KBX Logistics, LLC and The Utech Group.

Fastsigns of Appleton was recognized as a top-performing center, ranking No. 3 in the Fastsigns network out of more than 700 locations in nine countries worldwide.

Redline Plastics of Manitowoc achieved ISO-9001:2015 certification for all of its operations.

The National Certification Program for Woman-Owned Business recognized Ledgeview Partners as a Woman-Owned and Women-Controlled Business.

The Bellin Health Partners Accountable Care Organization achieved the highest overall quality score and the lowest cost of care per patient among all Next Generation ACOs for 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ripon Printers received the top level G7 Master certificate of qualification from the International Digital Enterprise Alliance. The designation includes G7 Colorspace certification.

Sheboygan’s Harbor Centre Marina was named a Boaters’ Choice Elite Fleet honoree for 2018. named Northeast Wisconsin facilities to its list of the Best Wisconsin Meetings 2018: Heidel House Resort in Green Lake, best conference center; Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay, best reception facility; and Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, best lakeshore resort.

Integrity Insurance was named Gold Carrier Tier by Holmes Murphy & Associates for its Waukee, Iowa, location.

Fit Oshkosh was selected as a Promising Practice of 2018 in the Paul and Joyce Aicher Leadership in Democracy Award competition.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a 2019 Regents’ Diversity Award for its Titan Advantage Program.

The Green Bay Packers recognized the successful completion of its Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé program. In the eight years of the program, more than 200 full- and part-time jobs have been created across the 52 protégé companies. Participants in this year’s program included the following mentors: Bay Towel and Virtual Vision Computing, LLC, BE’S Coffee & Vending Services, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin Inc., Sandler Training Green Bay, business consultant Monica Hughley, Imaginasium, Joshua Lawrence Agency, Metals Engineering, Séura, Stevens Point Brewery, and Strategic Management Associates. Protégés included: Nasera Safaris, Fox Valley Synthetics, All About Spirit, Prosperity Bookkeeping, LLC, Janet Perret & Lynn Kamps, Concierge by Bring It, TPS Consulting Engineers, James May Gallery, Happy Quackers Farm, Black Sheep Culinary Arts, Salon Envy LLC, and Change Management.

Foundations Health & Wholeness Inc. is seeking nominations for its 12th annual Ethics in Business awards in the categories of business, individual, nonprofit and youth. The nomination deadline is March 25, and the awards will be handed out Nov. 7. For full details about the awards, visit

Charitable giving and grants

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation joined forces with the Stand Together Foundation and awarded $472,250 in new funding for economic stability and self-sufficiency programs to six nonprofit organizations in its first year. Those receiving grants included: Bay Area Workforce Development Board – Transitions to Success Collaboration; Community Benefit Tree – Green Bay Resource Center; Ecumenical Partnership for Housing – Prevention Initiative; Forward Service Corp. – Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS) Construction Training program; Golden House – Safe Home for Victims program; and UW-Extension Brown County – Rent Smart program.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. surpassed its United Way combined corporate and employee campaign goal, raising more than $380,000 during its 2018 campaign, a nearly 25 percent increase from 2017.

Achieve Brown County, an initiative committed to supporting the age-appropriate cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth and development of all children in Brown County, received up to $150,000 for one year from StriveTogether, a national nonprofit working to bring communities together around data to make decisions and improve results for kids.

Jewelers Mutual is partnering with Pillars for the Warming Hearts & Hands program. Jewelers Mutual matched donations made to Pillars through March 4, up to $15,000.

Sure-Dry Basement Systems is partnering with Pillars for the Home Runs Against Homelessness program with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. As part of the partnership, Sure-Dry Basement Systems will donate $50 to Pillars for each home run the Timber Rattlers hit at home this season. Last season, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hit 41 home runs at home, bringing in $2,050 for Pillars.

Associated Bank provided Progress Lakeshore with a $4,000 grant to support entrepreneurship in the region. The funds will be used to support Progress Lakeshore’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp series and 1:1 mentoring provided to aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. awarded a total of $500,000 in grants to help develop or expand innovative programs aimed at advancing the climate for entrepreneurship throughout the state. The grants will help fund activities that promote entrepreneurship or deliver education, training and other resources to assist new and aspiring business owners.

As part of this, the Oconto County Economic Development Corp. received a $40,000 grant to promote and assist in new business formation and accelerate business growth in the county.

The Weyauwega-Fremont School District received a $4,245 grant from the Environmental Stewardship Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The grant will support the cost of equipment and operations for an indoor farm.

The American Association of University Women awarded a grant to St. Norbert College for a project aimed at promoting women’s leadership. The grant will enable the college to continue its project Power Yak: Building Women’s Leadership in the Upper Midwest. The project pairs greater Green Bay women leaders and female students to connect, learn from one another, enjoy camaraderie and network.

All the rest

Little Food Co. is taking part in Project Pitch It season 3, which runs on Milwaukee’s WISN TV-12.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce announced its first Bazaar After Dark night market will be held in Brillion on May 11. Two additional night markets will be held on to-be-determined dates later this year in Neenah-Menasha and Little Chute.

Valley Transit released a new app that allows riders to plan their trips, personalize routes, track buses in real time and read announcements and updates.

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. has assembled an Innovation Task Force. Participating businesses and organizations include: St. Nicholas Hospital; Vollrath; Kohler Co.; Bertram Wireless; Millipore Sigma; Sargento; Curt G. Joa; Alaark Tooling and Automation; Bemis Manufacturing Co.; HiQo Solutions; Sheboygan Area School District; Lakeshore Technical College; Lakeland University; University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Sheboygan County; Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce; Sheboygan Squared; Coastal Young Professional Network; and Inspire Sheboygan County.

Flanigan Distributing of Door County has begun distributing and selling wines and ciders from von Stiehl Winery of Algoma.

Samaritan Counseling Center seeks nominees for its 2019 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Award. The award honors a woman from the Fox Cities, Heart of the Valley, New London, Oshkosh and surrounding areas who exemplifies strength of character, integrity, generosity, faith, courage, optimism, persistence and community service. Nominations are due March 13.

Sheboygan and Egg Harbor are among 10 communities in Wisconsin pursuing the Solsmart designation, developed by The Solar Foundation to assist and recognize communities that act to cut red tape and improve local solar market conditions by making it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar in their jurisdictions. Sheboygan also received an Age-Friendly Community designation from the AARP, recognizing its commitment and multiple practices to address access to mobility and quality of life through a lens of older residents.

The M&M Area Community Foundation joined four other community foundations in the Lake Superior/Upper Peninsula region to release an action plan designed to protect the water resources of the region by limiting the impact of extreme weather events. The “Resilient Future Project” seeks to build a community of civic and municipal leaders with the vision and drive to identify and implement strategies to better prepare for severe storm events.

Comedy group The Second City will perform at the Menominee Nation Arena on March 29.

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders extended the team’s radio partnership with KFIZ AM1450 for the 2019 season. Fans of the Northwoods League team will be able to hear 33 of the games on KFIZ AM1450, and the remaining games will be available online at