Development in the New North

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 :: Regional Roundup
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Oshkosh Corp. shares HQ plans, wins Army contract
Oshkosh Corp. shared its vision of a new global corporate headquarters with a group of community and media leaders.

The new facility, built on a section of the former Lakeshore Municipal Golf Course in Oshkosh, will encompass 180,000 square feet in four floors of space, and house a training academy, innovation center, wellness and collaboration space, and corporate offices.

The architectural features of the building reflect the Oshkosh Corp. brand personality — bent steel chevron highlighting strength and perseverance. Stone walls signify the company’s perseverance and stability.

The company recently launched a mobile app and website for team members and community members to stay up-to-date with the building progress. To download the app, search “Oshkosh HQ” in your app store. To view the website, go to: www.oshkoshhq.com.

• The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a contract valued at $476 million to build next-generation medium tactical vehicles.

The firm fixed price requirements contract spans up to seven ordering years for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and there’s no cap on the number of vehicles the Army may purchase.

Oshkosh Defense has manufactured and sustained more than 150,000 tactical wheeled vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense and its allies. Oshkosh Defense was first awarded the FMTV contract following a competitive evaluation in 2009 and, to date, has delivered more than 36,000 FMTV trucks and trailers.

Oshkosh Defense submitted the FMTV A2 proposal in response to the U.S. Army’s competitive RFP that required bidders to validate and produce an upgraded FMTV A2 fleet of vehicles with improved payload, underbody protection, ride quality, mobility, engine power, electronics, diagnostics and safety enhancements.

The future generation FMTV A2 will include 16 models and associated trailers capable of carrying payloads ranging from 3-ton to 10-ton and performing a wide range of duties from supporting combat missions, to relief efforts, to logistics and supply operations.

ATW, Austin Straubel announce growth developments
Northeast Wisconsin’s regional airports continue to show growth and increased demand for additional flights.

American Airlines will increase service from Appleton International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport with a third daily flight starting May 4.

American Airlines is also increasing the aircraft size for two of the daily flights to CRJ-700 regional jets, which seat 70 people.

The American Airlines flights from Appleton International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport will follow this schedule beginning in May:
• Depart 5:12 a.m. on CRJ-700 regional jet
• Depart 11:24 a.m. on CRJ-700 regional jet
• Depart 6:05 p.m. on Embraer 145 regional jet

ATW continued its five-consecutive-year growth trend with 575,000 passengers in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase over 2016. United Airlines also recently announced it will start direct service to Denver from Appleton beginning June 8.

Increased demand and full flights led the three airlines serving Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport to increase capacity in 2018. GRB is served by American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

Approximately 30 percent of all Delta flights will now be flown with mainline aircraft. In 2017, less than 10 percent of the Delta flights used mainline aircraft. At least 60 percent of American flights from GRB will take place on larger, 70-seat regional jets with two-class configuration.

Likewise, United will be flying 25 to 50 percent of its flights with larger 76-seat aircraft. Through May, all GRB carriers are scheduled to increase the seat capacity nearly 15 percent, across the board.

Oconto County receives $43,000 WEDC grant
The Oconto County Economic Development Corp. received a $43,000 grant designed to encourage entrepreneurship.

The organization was one of 11 to receive a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to help develop or expand programs aimed at advancing the climate for entrepreneurship throughout the state.

The grants were awarded as part of WEDC’s Entrepreneurship Support Program, which is now in its second year. The grants will help fund activities that promote entrepreneurship or deliver education, training and other resources to assist new and aspiring business owners. More than 400 entrepreneurs are expected to receive services through a variety of initiatives.

OCEDC will accelerate its Business Innovation Development Program to provide entrepreneurs with early engagement, strategic planning and ongoing business coaching.

Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence opens
The Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence opened in Marinette at the end of January.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine serves as the anchor tenant for the nearly 24,000-square-foot facility. It’s designed to serve as a hub for training, education, research and fostering entrepreneurship, all toward the goal of strengthening the shipbuilding industry. It also will serve as an incubator for new businesses.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College runs the incubator program and has a staff member onsite working to recruit businesses to locate and incubate in the center. The incubator will provide business coaching and classes such as business plan writing. It also will connect people with services needed for developing and growing a business.

Sheboygan County to offer first new subdivision in years
The city of Sheboygan Falls has entered into a developer’s agreement with Hillcrest Builders of Glenbeulah to catalyze the development of the remaining land behind Willow Creek Condominiums.

This new phase represents the first substantial residential subdivision in Sheboygan County in recent years. With room for 29 new homes, this project was made possible by creation of a new Nostalgic Residential zoning classification and a special assessment where the city will pay for water/sewer enhancements, and Hillcrest will refund the city as building permits are pulled.

The new zoning district allows for greater density of development that was typical of most American cities pre-World War II. These smaller lots allow for quality construction with few wasted resources and, ultimately, a lower price point for the homebuyer.

The city expects to invest about $600,000 in water/sewer and road improvements, which will be paid off over the next 10 years with no anticipated cost to taxpayers.

A recent study by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. cited 230 owner-occupied units must be built annually in the county. Permit data for 2016 shows 121 homes built.

Lakeshore companies help create 1,500 new jobs
Thirteen companies in the New North region are expected to create nearly 1,500 new jobs after signing agreements with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. in 2017 to expand their operations.

The companies include U.S. Venture in Appleton, which plans to hire more than 200 people as part of its expansion; Masters Gallery Foods Inc. in Sheboygan County, which will create 150 jobs; Brakebush Brothers Inc. in Marquette County, which expects to hire 219 new workers, and Cintas Corp. in Outagamie County, which expects to create 60 new jobs.

Other companies in the region that are expanding and adding jobs include:
• Forefront Dermatology, Manitowoc, 241 jobs
• MilliporeSigma, Sheboygan Falls, 175 jobs
• Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co., Appleton, 100 jobs
• Johnsonville Sausage, Sheboygan Falls, 98 jobs
• Amerequip, Kiel, 75 jobs
• La Force Inc., Green Bay, 71 jobs
• DOWCO Inc., Manitowoc, 37 jobs
• Schwabe North America, Green Bay, 35 jobs
• Heartland Technology Group Inc., Little Chute, 19 jobs

Waupaca, Ripon, Clintonville companies benefit from grant
Three west central companies are among those benefiting from two Fast Forward grants the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board received.

The organization received the grants, valued at more than $300,000, from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. It will use the money to train 60 workers in either manufacturing fundamentals or press brake operations. The FVWDB partnered with eight companies on the two grants and named Fox Valley Technical
College as its education partner for all training.

The Mechanical Fundamentals Grant awards $200,000 to train 36 employees to repair mechanical equipment in an industrial setting. Partnering companies include Gusmer Enterprises and Waupaca Foundry, Waupaca; Hoffmaster Creative, Oshkosh; Creative Converting, Clintonville; and JM Smucker, Ripon.

The Press Brake Grant awards $110,194 to train 24 employees in press brake operation. Partnering companies are Jay Manufacturing, Muza Metal Products and SMC Metal Fabricators, all of Oshkosh.

FVTC breaks ground on new Wautoma Regional Center
Fox Valley Technical College will open a new center in Wautoma this fall to meet the growing demands for its services in Waushara County.

Located on the campus of Wautoma High School, the 12,000-square-foot center will house labs for nursing and welding and an industrial bay to accommodate training in new programs including nursing assistant and industrial maintenance.

The center also will offer FVTC’s truck driving program for the classroom element of the experience. The college is working with local leaders to provide a location to store its semis as part of the over-the-road training piece.