Oshkosh Defense received a $232.7 million U.S. Army contract for recapitalizing 407 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks as well as 601 new PLS trailers. Ethisphere Institute also recognized Oshkosh Corp. on its list of 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies.
Strand Adventures closed on a $365,000 revolving loan from the City of Manitowoc Community Development Authority. This $1.2 million project will convert the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Manitowoc into a multizone family activity and recreation center.
Allstates Rigging of Two Rivers acquired KNM Machining and Industrial Maintenance of Manitowoc.
Fortifi Bank announced plans to open a full-service bank location in Ripon. It’s expected to open this summer.
Henry Schein sold off its animal health business to Vets First Choice, a veterinary software provider, which relaunched the merged businesses as Covetrus.
MatchBack Systems Inc. announced that Globe Express Services will use MatchBack’s solutions to automate the company’s street turn process.
The Sheboygan Falls Town Board approved a rezoning request from Johnsonville Sausage for the construction of a retail outlet store.
Titletown Manufacturing added a new machine, the Mazak Quick Turn Universal 250MY, which will allow the company to reduce setup times and provide cost-effective production benefits for customers.
Schu Industries of Random Lake was acquired by Schilling Schu Industries LLC.
J. J. Keller & Associates received a patent related to hazardous materials placards. The patented invention relates to the clips (or fasteners) used to hold the placards.
Redline Plastics broke ground on a $12.5 million, 100,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Manitowoc. The company expects to add 40 employees in the next three years.
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. is making investments at its Manitowoc facility and commissioning additional malthouses. This facility will also be the home of the new Briess Experience Center, a gathering spot to engage with customers.
Waupaca Foundry Inc., a Hitachi Metals company, entered separate manufacturing alliances with Kohler Industrial Castings and Dotson Iron Castings. Under the agreements, Waupaca Foundry customers requesting horizontal molding will access Kohler’s and Dotson’s capabilities with a streamlined supply chain managed by Waupaca Foundry.
Generac Holdings Inc. acquired Neurio Technology Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Festival Foods announced plans to open a new store in Verona.
TimberPro Inc. of Shawano was acquired by Komatsu America Corp.
Jaymar Screen Printers of De Pere has been purchased by Tailored Label Products of Menomonee Falls.
Business comings and goings
The Fox Valley Memory Project relaunched as an independent nonprofit agency, became a United Way Fox Cities partner agency and moved into new office space at the Goodwill Community Campus in Menasha.
Hotel Retlaw opened in Fond du Lac.
Open Road Real Estate and MOVE Fitness Studio opened in the Broadway District in downtown Green Bay.
The Green Bay M3 Insurance office moved to Mid Valley Drive in De Pere.
Apotheke Wellness, LLC and Blaze Sports & Fitness opened in Appleton.
Business advisory and life coach practice A.L.A. LLC opened in De Pere.
The Blind Horse opened its new bar, the Granary.
Press + Chill Juicery & Organic Food Bar will open this spring at The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler.
Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, a new law firm focusing on personal injury, opened in Appleton.
Jernegan’s Health Mart, a pharmacy in New London, closed.
The Plank Trail Apartments opened in Sheboygan Falls.
A.C.E. Building Service was selected as design/build general contractor for the new Lakeshore Technical College downtown Manitowoc campus location. The project is expected to be completed by May. It also will complete an interior renovation in the historic O. Torrison building in downtown Manitowoc.
Consolidated Construction will build the new Rincon 225 apartments in Hartford.
Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Sturgeon Bay Utilities, Sturgeon Bay; Urban Air Adventure Park, Appleton; Appleton Supply Co., Appleton; Meineke, Appleton; EnvisionInk, Neenah; Precision Drive & Control Inc., Monroe; WOW Logistics, Marshfield; and Flair Flexible Packaging, Canada. Keller received a gold Projects of Distinction Excellence in Construction Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin for Care Animal Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, as well as a Gold Safety Award of Honor.
Sentinel Structures Inc. of Peshtigo was contracted to manufacture structural glued laminated timber roof beams for the new branch facility of Bank First National in Oshkosh.
New North companies swept the grand awards at the Manufacturer of the Year awards: Mercury Marine, mega category; Robinson Metal, large category; Winsert Inc., medium category; and J&R Machine, small category.
Image Studios won three ADDY awards: a gold in the Film, Video & Sound – Sales Promotion category for “Your Mission, Our Honor” for Oshkosh Defense; a silver in the Elements of Advertising – Still Photography Campaign category for a cover story design for Insight Publications; and a silver in the Online/Interactive – Social Media category for “May the Fourth Be
SECURA Insurance announced its leading agencies for 2018, naming Ansay & Associates, LLC as its top-performing agency for 2018. SECURA also released its 2018 annual report. The company’s direct written premium grew to $670.3 million, and assets climbed to more than $1.3 billion, a record.
The Brown County Historical Society recognized the Hotel Northland with a 2018 Historic Preservation Award.
The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce honored companies at its annual awards event: The Recyclist Bicycle Shop and Drop Bar Café, Emerging Enterprise award; Fox Communities Credit Union, Community Partner of the Year award; UA Local 400 Plumbers and Steamfitters, Business Partner in Education award; Party and Print, Small Business Achievement for Retail award; JG Home Improvement and Energy Service, Small Business Achievement for Service award; Nicolet National Bank, Large Business award; and Valley Packaging Industries, Cornerstone award.
J.F. Ahern Co. received the Mechanical Contractors Association of America and CNA Insurance Safety Excellence Award.
Winsert Inc. earned the Rolls-Royce Power Systems supplier award as the best supplier of “finished parts America” for a second consecutive year.
Verve, a Credit Union was named to the National Association for Business Resources 2019 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list.
Marion Body Works received a Diamond Supplier Award from Navistar Defense.
Members of the dietitian services team at ThedaCare Regional Medical Centers-Appleton and Neenah were featured, along with their colleagues, in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. The study, which was led by ThedaCare, focused on screenings to help determine patients with and at risk for malnutrition.
The Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women Inc. awarded Associated Bank with the Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance.
Faith Technologies received two silver Projects of Distinction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin for its work with Bubolz Nature Preserve and the Delavan-Darien School District. The company also completed electrical restoration work for the Hotel Northland.
Muza Metal Products received a Patriot Award in recognition of its extraordinary support of an employee serving in the Wisconsin Guard and Reserve.
Two New North hospitals were recognized on the Chartis Group/iVantage list of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals: ThedaCare Medical Center – Shawano and Ascension Calumet Hospital in Chilton.
Fox Valley Lutheran High School received the first-ever Excellence in Technical Education Award from the UA 400 Pipe Trades, the Mechanical Contractors Association and Miller Electric.
Realtor.com named Appleton the third-best city in the country to buy a starter home.
Forbes Travel Guide awarded a five-star designation to The American Club and Kohler Waters Spa at Destination Kohler.
J & H Controls of North Fond du Lac received the 2018 Growth Award from Cylon Auto-Matrix at the ASHRAE Show in Atlanta.
Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership recognized the Brick House with its Design of the Year, Interior Renovation of the Year and Best New Business awards. The Fond du Lac Family YMCA received the Downtown Legacy Award.
Printing Industries of America honored Ripon Printers as a “Best Workplace” and “Safety Shield” designee as part of its 2019 Best Workplace in the Americas Awards.
Paper Transport Inc. hit the milestone of hiring its 1,000th employee.
The 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest was held in March at Lambeau Field. Best of Class through third place awards were given out in each category. Winning companies from the New North included: Agropur, Weyauwega and Luxemburg; Masters Gallery Foods Inc., Plymouth; Red Barn Family Farms, Appleton; Land O Lakes, Kiel; Henning Cheese, Kiel; Springside Cheese, Oconto Falls; Door Artisan Cheese Co., Egg Harbor; Foremost Farms, Chilton; BelGioioso Cheese Inc., Green Bay; Sartori Co., Plymouth; Cesar’s Cheese LLC, Sheboygan Falls and Gibbsville; Ponderosa Dairy Products, Kewaunee; Baker Cheese Factory Inc., St. Cloud; Great Lakes Cheese Seymour Inc., Seymour; Arla Foods, Kaukauna; Saxon Cheese, Cleveland; Pine River Pre-Pack Inc., Newton; Pine River Dairy, Manitowoc; Great Lakes Cheese-Plymouth, Plymouth; and Saputo Cheese USA, Waupun. Those in the region winning Best of Class awards included: Agropur – Cheddar, Medium (3 to 6 months), Feta, Flavored, and Provolone, Mild; Henning Cheese – Traditional Waxed Cheddar, Sharp to Aged; Door Artisan Cheese Co. – Natural Rinded Cheddar; BelGioioso Cheese Inc. – Provolone, Aged, Parmesan, Natural Snack Cheese, Open Class: Flavored Cheeses with Sweet Condiments, and Open Class: Soft Cheeses; Cesar’s Cheese LLC – String Cheese; Ponderosa Dairy Products – Flavored String Cheese; Great Lakes Cheese Seymour Inc. – Gorgonzola; Arla Foods – Open Class: Pepper-Flavored Cheese, Mild Heat; Sartori – Open Class: Flavored Hard Cheeses; Pine River Pre-Pack Inc. – Cold Pack Cheese Spreads; Pine River Dairy – Flavored Butter; Masters Gallery Foods Inc. – Open Class: Shredded Cheese, Flavored & Unflavored and Open Class: Shredded Cheese Blends, Flavored & Unflavored; Great Lakes Cheese-Plymouth – Natural Sliced Cheese; and Saputo Cheese USA – Whey Protein Concentrate 34.
Ansay & Associates was named one of Western National’s Circle of Excellence Agencies for 2019.
The Daily Reporter’s Reader Rankings list recognized Miron Construction Co. Inc. as Best General Contractor and Best Masonry Company.
The Osthoff Resort received the AAA Four Diamond rating as well as a top 10 ranking from the Readers’ Choice Awards by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.
A.M. Best affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and Issuer Credit Rating of A+, both with a stable outlook for SECURA Insurance. The ratings are measures of an insurance company’s ability to pay claims to its policyholders and meet ongoing financial obligations.
Charitable Giving and Grants
Give BIG Green Bay raised nearly $1.4 million for 40 nonprofit organizations. This included $250,000 in matching funds from the Green Bay Packers Foundation. The total number of donors doubled over the program’s inaugural year and drove an 82 percent increase in contributions to nonprofit organizations.
Festival Foods shoppers donated more than $228,000 in 2018 by adding a donation to their grocery totals. Money raised supports Food for Neighbors and Paw Away Hunger.
The Algoma Housing Authority and Grand View Terrace Apartments, a HUD-subsidized Public Housing Authority, received a $50,000 grant from Nicolet National Bank to complete a window replacement project.
The UW-Madison Division of Extension awarded $10,000 to Fit Oshkosh Inc. and Fond du Lac County to study black entrepreneurship in the four-county area of Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown.
AT&T contributed $4,000 to help students from Green Bay East High School at risk of failing to graduate connect with career training opportunities.
Lubenow Co. Inc. announced Hauling for Good, in which it donated a portion of its proceeds from each shipment in March to the Littlest Tumor Foundation.
Volunteer Fox Cities received a three-year competitive, nationwide $84,143 grant to continue the Senior Corps program of the Corporation for National & Community Service, named the Retired & Senior Volunteer 55+ Program.
Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2019 has launched. Women Build invites women to devote at least one day during the month of May to help build decent and affordable housing in the community.
Miron Construction Co. Inc. employees donated more than 9,000 diapers to Jake’s Diapers through the Wrapped in Love campaign.
All the rest
Wisconsin Glo, a professional women’s basketball team, will begin playing in Oshkosh in May.
Stellar Blue Technologies completed new websites for Appleton Parks and Recreation, IQUIP Inc., Startup Hub, Clarity Care, Beacon Technologies, Christ The Rock Community Church and Gunderson Group.
Denmark State Bank launched Your Money, Your Life, an interactive, online financial education initiative through its partnership with education technology innovator, EVERFI Inc. The program is available as a complimentary resource to help community members learn how to manage their finances and plan for the future.
The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. has begun offering Sharpen Your Financial Focus, a free financial coaching program for small business owners available through the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and TD Bank.
The Catalpa Health day treatment program transitioned to the Ascension Northeast Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth campus in Appleton. Catalpa also opened Seedlings Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic, which serves children from birth through age 5.
The Community Blood Center debuted a new state-of-the-art blood mobile.
American Prostyle Wrestling LLC reached an agreement with Menominee Nation Arena to host and broadcast all its inaugural season matches. APW recently launched a team-based league that combines the three wrestling disciplines of Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Folkstyle into one specialized form of combat. Eight teams, including both male and female athletes, will compete against one another in dual matches to be held at the arena monthly from July 2019 through February 2020.
Downtown Green Bay Inc. debuted a new downtowngreenbay.com website.
Appleton Downtown Inc. is now offering the Museums of Appleton Pass. The yearlong pass allows people to explore downtown Appleton and riverfront museums at a discounted price. Participating museums include: Appleton Historical Society Museum, the Building For Kids Children’s Museum, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, Paper Discovery Center and the Trout Museum of Art.
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council announced the opening of the 2019 Green Masters Program. Nearly 150 businesses from across Wisconsin participated last year in the program that recognizes and assesses companies’ sustainability efforts.
The Oshkosh History Museum closed its Logging and Lumbering gallery to make way for construction of a new sports and recreation exhibition, which will feature a lively display of sporting and leisure artifacts. It’s expected to open in 2020.
Fox River Brewing Co. will have a presence at Miller Park this baseball season, where its Blu Bobber variety will be sold.
Meijer announced the launch of its Consumer Drug Take-Back Program, installing secure in-store kiosks designed to help customers safely and properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at no cost.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has begun enrollment in its new Master of Athletic Training program. Classes for the first cohort of students begin in June 2019.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Nemak USA Inc. of Sheboygan for exposing workers to metalworking fluids used on aluminum after three employees were diagnosed with occupational hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a debilitating lung disease. The company faces penalties of $26,520 for two serious health violations, the maximum penalty allowed by law.
The Wisconsin Paper Caucus, an informal body made up of legislators from both houses, a representative from the Gov. Tony Evers administration and thought leaders from throughout the state, has formed. The overarching goal of this caucus is to work together in a bipartisan fashion to develop common-sense policy solutions that will help sustain and promote the papermaking manufacturing sectors.
Imagine Fox Cities, a new inclusive, community-wide initiative created to be more intentional about shaping the future of the Fox Cities to improve individual and collective well-being, has been launched.
Appleton International Airport has begun offering valet parking.
Women aviators will gather for EAA WomenVenture at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. The annual event provides the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation.