On the move: Business

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Financial announcements

Citing recently announced U.S. tax reform, Plexus Corp. announced it will repatriate approximately $500 million of offshore cash into the United States and has established a revised capital allocation plan that is intended to fund growth investments, reduce debt, reward employees and enhance shareholder value.

Business development 

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. acquired the hazmat placard-related assets of California-based Kresky Signs Inc. These assets include dies, designs and intellectual property related to flip-page placard books for hazardous material identification on vehicles and containers to meet requirements of government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Department of Natural Resources board has approved Kohler Co.’s acquisition of state park land to build a new golf course.

Baileigh Industrial Inc., Manitowoc, acquired Rusch Machine and Design Inc. of Two Rivers.

Mike and Kay Hannes of Plymouth purchased Lakeshore Pallet of Howards Grove from Mark and Beverly Bender.

Hotel Northland, opening in fall 2018 in downtown Green Bay, will join the Marriott International chain of boutique hotels.

Dental Health Products Inc. announced a new partnership with DryShield.

Meijer has begun hiring for its Grand Chute supercenter scheduled to open

this spring.

ThedaCare now offers a low-dose CT chest scan to aid in early detection of lung cancer tumors. The American Heart Association and American Medical Association also recognized ThedaCare for its commitment to reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes each year.

The Farmory built a second soil-based aquaponics system in West De Pere High School’s greenhouse.

Sonex Aircraft launched a redesigned website, sonexaircraft.com.

WisconsinGives.com, a nonprofit crowdfunding website, has launched and is available to legally recognized nonprofits

in the state.

Crane Engineering finalized the acquisition of RD Smith Co. Inc., a long-standing fluid processing equipment distributor based in Eau Claire, serving Wisconsin, Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Menominee Nation Arena is joining forces with Supreme Hits Promotions LLP, to bring “The Undisputed Truth” boxing events to Oshkosh. The first event, on April 28, will feature WBF world super featherweight champion Duarn “The Storm” Vue.

HVS Advertising-Marketing was named the agency of record for Packerland Home Improvement Inc., the exclusive provider and installer of Renewal By Andersen Windows and Doors in Northeastern and East Central Wisconsin.


The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Aurora Health Care are partnering to deliver a diverse, multicultural class for leadership and career development in the health care workplace.

Business comings and goings 

Changes are afoot in downtown Green Bay: Bug Tussel Wireless, opening a location on Pine Street; American Food Group IT Center, opening on Washington Street this spring; InitiativeOne, adding 3,500 square feet of space to its location on Adams Street; Imperial Supplies LLC, consolidating operations on Madison Street; Job Center of Wisconsin, numerous divisions and 42 employees moving to Adams Street location.

Tamara’s the Cake Guru opened a new location on Westowne Avenue in Oshkosh.

Maple Pub opened inside the Menominee Nation Arena.

Zaffron Grocers opened under new ownership in Oshkosh.

Ali Starr Fett, formerly assistant vice president of talent development at Verve, a Credit Union, launched Tashi Deley, LLC, a talent development consulting firm, in Oshkosh.

CHAPS Academy, which had announced it would close due to financial struggles, will reopen this spring as part of Rawhide.

Construction news 

Miron Construction Co., Inc. announced new projects: a new lift station and park shelter for the City of Oshkosh, in partnership with AECOM; renovation of the existing Jaguar/Land Rover dealership for Bergstrom Automotive, in partnership with Gries Architectural Group; and a collaborative workspace at the Georgia-Pacific Broadway Facility, in partnership with Performa. Miron also launched a redesigned corporate website.

Keller, Planners, Architects, Builders announced new projects for the following organizations: Chivalry Castle, Kaukauna; Austin Plumbing, Hartland; Rachel’s Choice, Monroe; MACS, Brookfield; Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, Mount Horeb; Golden Oil, Pleasant Springs; MCU Credit Union, Racine; and Paul’s Wine & Liquor Store, Greenfield.

The Westside Energy Partners, a project joint venture of The Boldt Co. and Sargent & Lundy, announced construction is complete on the Westside Energy Station in Rochester, Minn.

Awards, milestones and certifications

Image Studios received 10 ADDY Awards, presented by the AAF-Fox River Ad Club. The company received a Best of Show award for its photo entry, “The Machine” for Waupaca Foundry. In addition, it received four gold and five silver awards.

A2Z Design received silver and gold ADDY Awards for its work for Insight Publications and Catalpa Health.

ARMS received the PRISM Privacy-plus certification from PRISM International, the global trade association for information management companies.

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. announced the delivery of the 2,000th Pierce Ultimate Configuration pumper. For the third consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named Oshkosh Corp. one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Oshkosh Corp. also received several sustainability awards. Barron’s ranked it eighth on its “100 Most Sustainable Companies” list, and RobecoSAM gave the company its Industry Mover distinction, qualifying it for inclusion in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2018.

Basset Mechanical achieved 3 million hours without lost time due to injury.

A.C.E. Building Service received three Projects of Distinction awards from Associated Builders & Contractors.

The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce honored organizations at its 2018 Annual Awards event: Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Large Business Achievement; The Center for Suicide Awareness, Community Partner of the Year; Team Industries, Business Partner in Education; Lamers Dairy, Small Business Achievement, Retail; JP Graphics, Small Business Achievement, Manufacturing; and Sure-Dry Basements, Small Business Achievement, Service.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County honored businesses at its 101st Annual Dinner and Meeting: Manitowoc Youth Sports Complex, cooperation award; Modern by Megean Contemporary Jewelry, small business of the year; Hope House of Manitowoc County Inc., nonprofit organization of the year; Americollect, large business/industry of the year; and Parker Hannifin HPD, safety, health and wellness organization.

Ethisphere Institute named Henry Schein Inc. one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as the safest college campus in Wisconsin and the 38th safest nationally.

Fox City’s Towing, Greenville, received the AAA Real Hero of the Road award for providing special assistance to a woman in an abusive situation. The prize for the company was a 2017 Ford F150 work truck.

Wisconsin Lift Truck received the 2018 Most Valuable Partner award from the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association.

Candeo Creative won a gold American Advertising Award for a cross-platform integrated marketing campaign, its Love Letter campaign created for the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Engineering firm raSmith received a 2018 State Finalist Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Wisconsin Chapter, for the Taylor Hill water reservoir project.

Bank of Luxemburg was one of nine banks in Wisconsin to win a 2017 Bankers Involved in Grassroots Government (B.I.G.G.) Bank Award.

Wisconsin Bank & Trust, through its parent company, Heartland Financial USA Inc., was named a Forbes Best Bank 2018.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the National Railroad Museum is among 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

New North coffee shops were among those named to Two Lane America’s list of Wisconsin’s 10 Best Small-Town Coffeeshops: Kavarna, Green Bay; Paradigm Coffee & Music, Sheboygan; New Moon and Planet Perk, Oshkosh; and Bearded Heart Coffee, Baileys Harbor.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber is accepting nominations for its Business Recognition Awards through April 19.

The Daily Reporter recognized Performa Inc. for its 2017 Top Projects. It received awards for the new Community First Credit Union headquarters in Fox Crossing and St. Norbert College Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center in De Pere.

UnitedOne Credit Union was designated as a MemberXP Best of the Best Credit Union for Best Member Experience and Loan Experience.

Downtown Green Bay Inc. recognized Whitney Dog Park with its Contributor award, calling it an important destination and year-round catalyst for activity in the Whitney Park neighborhood.

Charitable giving and grants 

The Brown County United Way raised $4,094,740 in its 2017 Annual Giving Campaign, exceeding its goal of $4 million.

The Oshkosh Area United Way raised $1,273,560 in its 2017 campaign.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust donated a three-year pledge totaling $150,000 to the Community REC Center in Marinette. SNBT will receive naming rights to the center ice logo and the entrance and exit corridor of the convention center.

Through a partnership with Verlasso Salmon, Taste of the NFL and the Green Bay Packers, Festival Foods shoppers throughout Wisconsin helped provide 54,708 meals to the hungry as part of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge this past football season.

Mills Fleet Farm donated 400 winter coats to the Valley Kids Foundation Inc.

As part of the Northwoods League 25th season celebration, the Northwoods League Foundation will award 20 equipment grants, each with an approximate retail value of $2,500, to youth baseball and softball organizations across the 20 communities in which a Northwoods League affiliate operates. 

Northern Sky Theater received a matching grant of $11,500 from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc. are partnering to offer funding through their ABCs for Healthy Communities grants. Up to $300,000 in grant funding will be invested in supporting community efforts to address the ABCs — alcohol and other drug abuse, behavioral health and chronic diseases.

All the rest

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board will hold the Oshkosh Area Employment Fair at the Menominee Nation Arena on May 8.

Volunteer registration is open for the 2018 Thornberry Creek Classic, to be held July 3-8. Volunteers pay a $55 registration fee that includes a tournament polo, hat, meals during their shifts, volunteer credential, volunteer preferred parking pass and four weekly grounds badges for friends and family.