Businesses on the move

Posted on Sep 27, 2019 :: Business on the move
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The Marine Corps is almost doubling its order for new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles from Oshkosh Corp. The Pentagon increased its order from the original 9,000 to about 15,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region announced it will merge with Best Friends Neenah Menasha effective Jan. 1. The new organization will relocate to a single location. Lindsay Fenlon was appointed CEO, and Jaime Kriewaldt was named chief program officer.

Integrity Insurance announced a partnership with Ask Kodiak, which developed a commercial insurance search engine that keeps independent insurance agents up to date on carrier appetite.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport will add nonstop service to Orlando three days a week via Frontier Airlines beginning in November.

Nestle USA and its Dreyer’s ice cream unit are eliminating 126 jobs across Wisconsin, including 32 employees at its plant just north of Little Chute off County N.

Plymouth Foam launched a new line of dog toys under its Airehide brand, which uses BASF’s Infinergy material.

Health Tradition, a Wisconsin-based independent health plan, rolled out health insurance plans for large and small employers as well as retirees in Northeast Wisconsin.

Schneider announced it is launching a new tracking application programming interface for shippers that leverages improved data to deliver near-real-time estimated time of arrival visibility.

Kwik Trip launched online ordering and delivery on EatStreet for all its Green Bay and Appleton area stores.

A-mazing Events began offering a full range of administrative support services to nonprofit organizations.

Business comings and goings 

DTE opened a new dairy-based renewable natural gas (RNG) processing and injection facility in Newton.

Titletown Development and food and beverage partner Delaware North Sportservice celebrated the grand opening of “The Turn,” powered by Topgolf Swing Suite.

Alliey + Co, a wedding and event venue, opened in De Pere. Smet Construction Services completed the project.

Johnsonville announced plans to open a Johnsonville Marketplace retail store across the street from its headquarters. The 3,500-square-foot building is slated to open in spring 2020.

ThedaCare opened a FastCare clinic within its ThedaCare Physicians-Darboy location. The organization also announced it will cease offering birthing service at ThedaCare Medical Center-New London effective Dec. 31.

Stephenson National Bank & Trust opened a commercial loan services office in Green Bay.

Smart Choice MRI, a retail MRI company, opened a clinic in Green Bay.

Wild Tomato Pizza opened a new location in Egg Harbor with the help of a loan from the Door County Economic Development Corp. Revolving Loan Fund.

Appleton’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened at 3775 W. College Ave. Operated by Eric Krebs, the restaurant is expected to employ 120.

Aquire Restoration moved its headquarters to Washburn Street in Oshkosh.

Two new businesses opened in Sheboygan: Local Press Eatery and baby clothing and toy store Bluebird.

Wellspring, a women’s daytime resource center, opened in the Broadway District in Green Bay.

Braids Unlimited Salon & Barbershop opened in Appleton.

Glas, the Green Coffeehouse opened in downtown Green Bay.

Construction

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists announced plans to build a new 45,000-square-foot orthopedic clinic and surgery center in Fox Crossing. The medical provider also completed a 13,000-square-foot expansion of its clinic and the Bellin Orthopedic Surgery Center in Green Bay.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital unveiled its newly remodeled radiation oncology suite.

A groundbreaking was held for construction of the Broadway Lofts housing development in the Rail Yard in Green Bay.

The Sheboygan City Hall reopened following its $10 million remodel.

Immel Construction is completing remodeling and renovation projects for the Colburn Park Pool and Bathhouse in Green Bay and Walmart stores in Shawano and Greenfield.

Keller Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Velocity Water Works, Kaukauna; WST FAB, Manitowoc; Premier Eyes, LLC, Brookfield; Grafft Riverfront Center, Janesville; Kriete Group, Madison; and Weinbrenner Shoe Co., Merrill.

A.C.E. Building Service is working on projects for Beacon Marine, Sister Bay;
TR Family Dental, Two Rivers; and Menards locations in west Appleton, Marinette, Oshkosh and Beaver Dam.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. is completing projects for the following organizations: Woodside Senior Communities, Ashwaubenon; Christ the King Lutheran Church, Combined Locks; and Appleton Area School District.

Frontier Builder and Consultants began work on Golden Harvest Market in Merrill.

RJ Albright Construction is working on a 6,500-square-foot addition to TRADES II, a commercial condominium development in Oshkosh.

Education

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College announced plans to transition most of its classes from a 15-week schedule to an eight-week schedule. The new program is called the 8-Week Advantage. Two programs transitioned all courses to the eight-week model this fall, 50 percent will move to the new format in the fall of 2020, and the remaining programs will transition in fall of 2021.

The Mechanical Contractors Association and UA 400 Pipe Trades contributed $100,000 to the NWTC Educational Foundation to support student scholarship in trades-related fields.

Lawrence University launched a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree. It offers a 50-50 split between music studies and another field.

Three University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh engineering technology programs received accreditation by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Its electrical engineering technology, environmental engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology programs are the only three bachelor’s degree programs of their kind in Wisconsin to receive accreditation from the organization. The university also announced that beginning next spring, it will offer two new 100 percent online collaborative master’s degree programs — applied biotechnology and information technology management.

Marian University welcomed the second-largest first-year class in its history, when 329 members of the Class of 2023 arrived on campus for the start of the new academic year.

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Moraine Park Technical College presented its 2019 Futuremaker Partner Award to Mercury Marine.

Oshkosh Corp. received the 2019 Employ Humanity Excellence Award for its work promoting the well-being of its employees, industry and community.

Washington Monthly ranked Lakeshore Technical College No. 2 on its list of Best Colleges for Adult Learners.

Marine News named Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to its list of Top 100 Companies.

Ledgeview Partners was recognized as part of the 2019-20 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications.

Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America named M3 Insurance a Best Practices Agency.

American Banker and Best Companies Group named Bank First to its list of Best Banks to Work for in 2019.

J. F. Ahern was named a 2019 Association for Facilities Engineering Leadership in Sustainability Award honoree.

The Carnivore Meat Co. VE RAW BAR won best point-of-sale display at SuperZoo.

Whispering Pines Tree Farm won the Grand Champion award at the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Association contest and National Reserve Grand Champion at the National Christmas Tree Association summer meeting. It also will provide a Christmas tree for Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence on the grounds of the Naval Observatory.

Sartori Cheese won the Wisconsin State Fair’s 2019 Grand Master Cheesemaker award.

Henry Repeating Arms was named the title sponsor of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America.

The month of August brought the highest amount of cargo through the Port of Green Bay to date, with a total of 316,224 tons moved, bringing the 2019 shipping season total to nearly 1.3 million tons, an 18 percent increase in tonnage year-to-date from 2018.

The Ripon Medical Center Pulmonary Rehabilitation program was certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Charitable giving and grants

United Way Fox Cities set a goal of $9 million for its 2019 Community Campaign.

The State of Wisconsin opened applications for a $24 million round of grants to be appropriated in the 2019-2021 state biennial budget. Applicants must apply by Dec. 19 at https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandGrants.

Bellin Health held a $43 million bond sale in August, with all bonds selling within 45 minutes of going on sale. Proceeds from the sale will help finance the company’s maternity department expansion and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit project.

Acuity donated $2.5 million to support construction of a neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric unit and birthing center at the new Advocate Aurora Health being built in Kohler.

Etude Elementary School in Sheboygan received a $650,000 expansion grant from the U.S. Department od Education to be distributed over the next five years.

The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open raised more than $410,000 for Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope.

KK Integrated Logistics and the Kuber family of Menominee, Mich., donated $176,750 to the M&M Area Community Foundation Future Fund endowment.

Festival Foods employees in the Green Bay area pledged a record $100,000 to the Brown County United Way Campaign this year, an increase of more than 7 percent over 2018.

The Green Bay Packers Give Back Celebrity Bowling Event raised $50,560 for the Wisconsin CASA Association. The proceeds will be used to launch a new statewide program called “My Stuff, My Bag” with the goal to provide every Wisconsin CASA foster care and Child Welfare System child with their own suitcase to use for personal belongings when traveling to a new home.

Bergstrom Automotive donated a “Choose Your Ride” car, a half police car, half taxi, to ThedaCare. The health care organization will use it as an educational tool in its Trauma Program.

The City of Sheboygan was one of 159 recipients of the 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant program. It plans to use the funds to enhance its downtown historical walking tour.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin received a combined total of $733,000 in grants from various funds and foundations within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to support the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center, a partnership of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College.

4imprint awarded promotional items grants to nearly 275 nonprofit organizations.

Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund
is accepting applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Fond du Lac County for its 2019 grants cycle. Completed applications must be submitted online before 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Visit fdlwomensfund.com/grant-application to apply.

The Nonprofit Impact Initiative awarded $35,000 in initial grants to strengthen local organizations in the first component of a multitiered program to support nonprofits in Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Oconto counties. Organizations receiving grants included: Altrusa House, Brown County Homeless & Housing Coalition, Community Services Agency, Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes, Green Bay Botanical Garden and St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provided Advanced Manufacturing Technical Education Equipment grants to the following schools and districts: Waupaca High School, Luxemburg-Casco School District and Stockbridge School District.

For the 17th season, the Green Bay Packers and Sargento Foods Inc. are leading a joint effort to help feed families in Wisconsin, with Sargento donating $1,500 for every touchdown the Packers score during the regular season.

The Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions held CU Day at Fox Cities Stadium and donated $5,000 to Bahamas hurricane relief.

The Women’s Giving Circle of Marinette and Menominee Counties distributed more than $11,000 in grants at its annual Gathering and Grant Ceremony.

Jewelers Mutual Group partnered with the Kids in Need Foundation to distribute 2,000 backpacks in eight schools.

Govani Dental partnered with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to create Govani Dental Gives, a program that matches online charitable donations made to the fund, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000.

D&S Machine Service Inc. donated two pieces of equipment — a vertical machining center and a small lathe — to the Luxemburg-Casco School District.

All the rest

The Boys & Girls Club of Appleton announced plans to expand its outdoor recreational area.

A group of 10 investors using the name Block 800 announced a plan to replace three buildings on West College Avenue with a four-story building, which would include 20 market-rate apartments and 10,000 square feet on the first floor that could be used for retail or office space.

The City of Fond du Lac opened its new public safety training center.