Businesses on the move

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

Business development 

Mercury Marine broke ground on a $17 million, 30,000-square-foot addition to its propeller casting facility.

A new Associated Bank flagship branch featuring experiences blending the bank’s product offerings and its relationship with the Green Bay Packers is coming to the Titletown District. The branch will be in the lower level of the TitletownTech building and is expected to open in September.

Alliance Laundry Systems announced plans to expand its operations into Manitowoc. It is pursuing a plan to buy the former Manitowoc Cranes site and hire 250 workers.

OH SNAP Pickling Co., a division of GLK Foods, broke ground on a new 67,000-square-foot facility in Appleton that will introduce better line flow, increase storage capacity and enable the procurement of more Wisconsin-grown cucumbers. Miron Construction Co. Inc. is completing the work.

Broadwind Energy received a $19.5 million tower order for production from its Manitowoc tower plant beginning later this year.

Marco acquired Accent Business Solutions of Appleton, a copier/printer company.

Generac acquired Pika Energy Inc., a manufacturer of battery storage technologies that capture and store solar or grid power for homeowners and businesses. In addition, Generac was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsize Employers.

Bank First received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions to merge Partnership Bank into Bank First.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. filed a forward-looking plan to become a mutual holding company to modernize its corporate structure while retaining its long-term focus and dedication to its policyholders as well as preserving its mutuality.

Paul Davis of Southeast and Fox Valley announced plans to expand its Fox Valley facility with a late July move to North Zuehlke Drive in Appleton. The new space includes 25,000 square feet of leased space for office staff, contents cleaning and equipment.

Jack’s Maintenance Service Inc. of Neenah acquired Serwas Window Cleaning through an asset purchase.

Werner Electric Supply partnered with Eland Electric to install a 100-kW solar photovoltaic system at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Great Lakes Energy Education Center in Green Bay.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance, an organization dedicated to determining best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry.

Z&N Machine Co. Inc. of Sheboygan invested $1.5 million in equipment and is now home to the largest CNC boring bar on the lakeshore.

Business comings and goings 

The Grain Loft, a wedding and event venue, opened in Algoma.

Red Shoes Inc. expanded to a new office at 2000 S. Memorial Drive in Appleton.

Three new businesses opened in Sheboygan: Mini Mocha Play Café, Whisk and Mainstream Boutique.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin moved its office to the Broadway District in downtown Green Bay.

Hometown Pharmacy will open in Brillion this summer. The city recently lost its only pharmacy when Shopko closed.

The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice opened in Manitowoc.

One Barrel Brewing Co. opened in Egg Harbor with help from the Door County Economic Development Corp. revolving loan fund.

Kazzmo’s Kitchen and Spirits opened in Stockbridge.

Restaurant Pacifico opened a new location in Plymouth.

Construction news

Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Wisconsin Plastic Products, Plymouth; Ebben Partnership, Appleton; Engage Orthodontics, Appleton; Titan Industries, New London; VF Appleton Shared Services Facility, Appleton; NBC 26, Green Bay; Cotter Funeral Home, Denmark; Sassy Cow Creamery, Columbus; Vita Builders, Lake Mills; Mauston United Methodist Church, Mauston; The Store, Weston and Stevens Point; and Alsum Food & Produce, Grand Marsh.

Kohler Co. announced plans to build a wedding chapel overlooking Lake Michigan.

Eppstein Uhen Architects completed a renovation and expansion at the Marian University Dr. Richard & Leslie Ridenour Science Center. The 17,000-square-foot addition and 30,000-square-foot renovation modernizes classrooms, laboratories and offices, and provides “third spaces” that foster interaction with professors and among students outside the classroom or at home.

A.C.E. Building Service will serve as design/build contractor for the renovation of Country Visions Convenience Store in Branch.


Fox Valley Technical College opened a salon and spa learning lab. FVTC expanded its existing space to open a 3,300-square-foot lab to accommodate growing interests in hairstyling, massage therapy and aesthetician work. The public is welcome to visit and receive these services from students-in-training.

Paper Transport Inc. expanded its internship program. The company, which works with schools such as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, St. Norbert College and NWTC, has increased the variety of internship opportunities available.

South Hall at Lakeland University will be renamed Stephen A. Gould Hall in recognition of the contributions of Lakeland’s 14th president, Stephen Gould. The name change will be made during a homecoming celebration on Oct. 12.

Marian University announced it will install new artificial turf on its soccer/lacrosse field.


Acuity was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Midsize Employers.

Kaukauna High School and Mishicot High School received Excellence in Action awards at the 2019 Advance Career and Technical Education spring meeting in Maryland.

Progress Lakeshore presented its annual Economic Development Awards: Metal Art of Wisconsin, Entrepreneurial Achievement Award; Tapped on the Lakeshore, Neighborhood Development Award; and Briess Malt & Ingredients, Corporate Investment Award.

Schneider and other collaborators received the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies’ Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award for partnering for research on obstructive sleep apnea. The project was titled “Exploring Links Between Medical Conditions and Safety Performance in Tractor Trailer Drivers.”

New North organizations were among those recognized at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s Wisconsin Main Street Awards: DDl Holdings – Rail Yard Redevelopment – On Broadway, Green Bay, Best Adaptive Reuse Project; Farm to Table Dinner – Omro, Best Creative Fundraising Effort; Luna Coffee Roasters – De Pere, Best Façade Rehab under $12,000;  205-209 Watson Street Renovation Project – Ripon, co-winner, Best Façade Rehab over $12,000; The Exchange Coffee, Mercantile & Eatery – De Pere, co-winner, Best Interior Renovation Project over $50,000; Aunt Ethel’s Adult Emporium – De Pere, Best New Business; Better Block Project – On Broadway, Green Bay, Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization; and Farmers Market on Broadway – Green Bay.

The Hotel Northland received two awards: a 2019 Preservation Award from the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation and an Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Association of Historic Preservation Commissions.

The Door County Economic Development Corp. presented its Industry of the Year award to Cadence.

Badger Sheet Metal Works earned the Silver Award from NEW Water Pretreatment Program’s 2018 Industrial Achievement Award program.

The Wisconsin Association of Historic Preservation Commissions presented the City of Plymouth with the Award of Excellence for Economic Redevelopment and Revitalization for its redevelopment of the A.F. Laack building.

Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin announced winners of its 2019 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. JF Lopez Roofing, Fond du Lac, won in the category of companies with one to 10 employees.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. received a 2019 Focus on Energy Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award. It also was named Best Library Contractor in Wisconsin and took the No. 4 spot on the Best Church Contractors in the United States list, as ranked by General Contractors Magazine.

Leadership Green Bay presented its John M. & Meredith B. Rose Business Leadership Award to The Children’s Museum of Green Bay.

Winsert Inc. earned recognition as John Deere Power Systems 2018 Supplier of the Year in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.

105.7 WAPL was honored as Radio Station of the Year 2019 at the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards.

Practice Greenhealth recognized all four HSHS hospitals in eastern Wisconsin for their work in achieving environmental excellence. HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare each received the Partner for Change award, and HSHS St. Vincent and St. Nicholas received the Greening of the OR award.

Plant Engineering presented Energy Bank Inc. with its Gold Product of the Year award for the company’s FUSION solar-powered LED.

QuiCK Transport received a 2018 Gold NSA Award from Great West Casualty Co. as part of Great West’s annual National Safety Awards program.

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin presented IEI General Contractors and Immel Construction with a Historical Preservation Award for their work transforming an old highway shop in Sturgeon Bay into the new Door County Community Center.

ISG was recognized as one of the country’s leading design firms in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings.

New North companies were among 13 to receive Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards from the Wisconsin Safety Council: Oshkosh Defense, Oakwood facility, Oshkosh; Agropur, Appleton; Alliance Laundry Systems, Ripon; NextEra Energy Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Two Rivers; Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna; and The Boldt Co., Appleton.

Lubenow Companies Inc. received two Platinum awards from Great West Casualty Co. as part of its annual National Safety Awards program. The company also raised more than $5,500 for The Littlest Tumor Foundation through its Hauling for Good campaign.

Writing by Design won two gold awards and one honorable mention in the 2019 Hermes Creative Awards competition.

The UA 400 Pipe Trades and Mechanical Contractors Association held its Kick Off Your Future competition, where tech ed students constructed their own field goal project. Winners included: Ashwaubenon High School, first place; Bonduel High School, second place; and Kimberly High School, third place.

Ripon Medical Center received the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Kohler High School received the No. 3 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools in Wisconsin.

New North school districts were named to’s list of Top 25 Wisconsin School Districts: De Pere School District, No. 15; Winneconne Community School District, No. 16; Kimberly Area School District, No. 19; Gibraltar Area School District, No. 20; Wrightstown Community School District, No. 22; and Kohler School District, No. 23.

The City of Sheboygan received the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.

Rocky Knoll Health Care Center received the highest possible overall rating of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble won in the undergraduate Large Jazz Ensemble category in Downbeat magazine’s 42nd annual Student Music Awards. named Kohler-Andrae State Park to its list of 7 Best Beaches in the Midwest.

Charitable giving and grants

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation received two gifts totaling more than $21 million. Ron C. and Pauline P. Heim donated more than $16.5 million through a planned gift. In addition, an anonymous donor gave $5 million.

The Acuity Charitable Foundation donated $425,000 to the Grafton Education Foundation in support of the Grafton School District’s ongoing capital improvements.

The Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region Inc. provided $70,000 in grants distributed to the following organizations: CAP Services, Fox Valley Literacy Council, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Girls on the Run of Northeast Wisconsin, Outagamie County Criminal Justice, Sexual Assault Crisis Center and SOAR Fox Cities.

For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. Cellular donated $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley to provide K-12 STEM educational opportunities.

The Chilton Area Community Foundation awarded a total of $26,900 in grants from the Chilton Area Community Foundation Fund to: Calumet County Historical Society, Chilton Elementary and Middle School libraries, Chilton Public Library, Chilton High School and Chilton Middle School’s Coding for Kids programmable robots.

Southern Door County School District received a $25,000 Fab Lab grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The UW-Green Bay Strategic Philanthropy Class presented a $10,000 grant to Casa ALBA Melanie.

Following its semiannual Oil Change for the Better event, Matthews Tire donated $5,000 to WisconSibs.

AT&T donated $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin to help expand its Bigs in Blue program.

All the rest

Harbor House unveiled a $4 million renovation, increasing its capacity from 55 to 68 beds.

The Neville Public Museum announced plans to complete a $1 million renovation of its permanent exhibits. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.

Larson Engineering Inc. engineered a complex roof raise for the American Family Insurance Amphitheater in Milwaukee. To complete the job, Larson’s engineers modeled the 3,000-member roof structure and analyzed various options for the roof lift, arriving at a partial roof raise option.

Felician Village and Holy Family Memorial have collaborated to open Lakeshore Memory Clinic, a clinic to care for patients who have memory loss conditions.

The New Glarus Brewing Co. released a 24-pack case of Spotted Cow cans, featuring beer, can and corrugate packaging made entirely in Wisconsin, including partnering with Menasha Packaging in Neenah to produce the corrugate case box.

Stellar Blue Technologies released new websites for Beacon Technologies, Gunderson, St. Mary Catholic Schools, Graduate Credit Quest, Fox Valley Memory Project, Epione Pavilion, Appleton Kiwanis Butterfly Festival and Neenah Foundry.

Briess Malt released its new Blonde RoastOat Malt.

The Sheboygan Economic Development Corp. announced it will form an internet of things council dedicated to growing the region’s capabilities.

Chevrolet unveiled its 2019 Corvette in Elkhart Lake Blue, and five of the new Corvettes will be featured as official pace cars for the 2019 season at Road America and its America’s National Park of Speed.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Fox Cities program through June 21. To apply, visit

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts changed the name of its visual artist program from Fond du Lac Visual Artists to THELMA Visual Artists.

The Wharf Manitowoc, a pop-up live music and event venue, opened in downtown Manitowoc. The venue features recycled shipping containers, a wooden boardwalk and beach sand.

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders have partnered with Van Horn Automotive to thank and pay tribute to the men and women in the Armed Forces by honoring a Military Hero of the Game during 18 regular season games during the upcoming 2019 season. In addition, the Dock Spiders announced creation of the Weaver’s Kids Club for children ages 12 and under.

CMD Corp. signed a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve in conjunction with the organization Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.

Family shelter Mission of Hope House opened in New London.

Fox Cities Stadium opened a new social space, Brews on Third. It will serve a selection of craft beers.

Meijer locations in Wisconsin added Shop & Scan, which allows customers to use the store’s app to scan items as they shop and then scan their phone and pay in a self-checkout lane.

KZ 104.3 (WKZG), a Woodward Radio Group station, rebranded itself as Green Bay’s Best Variety, with a music library of hit songs spanning nearly four decades.

The Port of Green Bay moved more than 189,900 tons of cargo in April, a 29 percent increase in tonnage over April 2018.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce will hold Bazaar After Dark in Little Chute July 31. Vendor applications must be completed by June 10. To apply, visit