On the move: business

Posted on May 1, 2018 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has a new name — Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. The initiative represents a new strategic mission, vision and identity more firmly aligning the efforts of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers to expand growth opportunities domestically and around the world.

Business development 

ThedaCare announced it will acquire Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, S.C. by June 4. The agreement includes acquisition of assets and the employment of providers and staff. ThedaCare Orthopedic Care Walk-in Clinic opened at Encircle Health. The ThedaCare Heritage Senior Living Residence earned an Energy Star certification for superior energy performance.

Foth acquired the assets of CLE Engineering Inc., an engineering consulting firm headquartered in Marion, Mass., and with offices in Novato and San Diego, Calif.

ORBIS Corp., a part of Menasha Corp., has acquired Response Packaging, headquartered in Piedmont, S.C.

Oshkosh Defense was awarded an $8.8 million contract for production cut-in of the Guided Missile Transport Engineering Change Proposal FHTV399 into the Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles.

Entrepreneurship support program 1 Million Cups launched at Rise & Grind, Green Bay.

A federal bankruptcy court approved an auction for the assets of Appvion.

Creekside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Sheboygan, will open a new center, Creekside Performance Center, in the fall.

Performa Inc. was awarded work at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for the installation of solar panels at the recently completed Great Lakes Energy Education Center. The company also will design the new Community First Credit Union Lake Park Branch in Appleton, do design and engineering work for the Braebourne Condominiums in Allouez, and work with Rummele’s Jewelers on store renovations.

Brookfield Property Partners purchased GGP, the parent company of the Fox River Mall.

Bay Beach Amusement Park has added a westbound train ride that will bring riders underneath the Zippin Pippin, and construction is underway on a new, larger concession stand. Long-term plans include adding a new Ferris wheel, restoring the sand beach and installing a boardwalk.

Dental Health Products Inc. announced a new partnership with SAESHIN Precision Co.l, LTD.

Ogden & Co. Inc., a Milwaukee-based real estate firm, opened a full-service property management office in Appleton.

Woodward Radio Group, a division of Woodward Communications Inc., acquired the 104.7 WBJZ(FM)
radio signal, transmitted from Berlin, from Caxambas Corp.

The law firms Glenn & Daniels, S.C. and Block, Seymour, Chudacoff, Samson & Liebzeit, S.C. have merged.

Ripon Printers signed a five-year print and fulfillment contract with Geiger, producer of the “Farmers’ Almanac.”

Stellar Blue Technologies launched a new custom website for Miron Construction Co. Inc.

Vital Essentials debuted three new Vital Cat entrée package sizes at the Global Pet Expo.

Anew Emporium, Shawano, received a Vision 2017 Interior Grant.

Appleton Coated, which went into receivership last fall, has been renamed Midwest Paper Group, restarted some of its machines and recalled 245 workers.

TC Transcontinental Inc. purchased Coveris Americas’ packaging business, which includes the Menasha Coveris plant.

Appleton-based pedal bike tour company Social Station now allows riders to bring their own alcoholic beverages on board. Passengers can bring up to 36 ounces of a fermented malt beverage.

Kohler Co. will open BoldCycle, a 3,000-square-foot indoor cycling studio with 35 Stages indoor bikes, in the Shops at Woodlake in Destination Kohler.

Business comings and goings 

Waseda Farms closed its De Pere store and has switched its focus to online sales and increasing the number of restaurants and grocery stores offering its products.

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites, Fox Crossing, broke ground and is expected to be open by the end of 2018.

Home2 Suites by Hilton, Grand Chute, is slated to open in 2019.

Holiday Inn, Grand Chute, is expected to open in spring 2019, and Holiday Inn Express, which will be adjacent to the new Holiday Inn, is expected to begin construction in 2020.

Samira’s Mediterranean Cuisine opened in Appleton.

Secondhand store Attic on the Ave opened in downtown Appleton.

Video game store The Pad opened in New London.

Appleton has added a boat tour. The 34-person boat, called River Tyme Too, will dock at RiverHeath and begin running in mid-May.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen opened in Grand Chute.

Meijer announced it will open its Grand Chute store May 17.

Construction news

Bayland Buildings Inc. broke ground on a new PODS facility on West Evergreen Drive in Appleton and the Scenic Shore Inn motel and conference facility in Algoma.

Garritt Bader of GB Real Estate Investments, LLC will begin construction on five new townhomes on the corner of Cherry and Van Buren streets in Green Bay. Bader has additional plans for a development northeast of Whitney Park. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin this fall on the 900 block of Main Street for a three-story complex featuring 20 pet-friendly apartments and first-floor retail space.

MKE View will begin converting the historic Whitney School into 23 apartments and will be adding 12 townhomes surrounding the Whitney School apartments.

Miron Construction Co. Inc., in partnership with Bray Architects, began construction at Little Chute High School and Middle/Intermediate School. Daily Reporter readers recognized Miron as the Best General Contractor and Best Masonry Company. In addition, the Daily Reporter recognized Miron as Best General Contractor and Best Masonry Company and named eight Miron projects as 2017 Top Projects in Wisconsin. Those projects include: Community First Credit Union new headquarters, St. Norbert College Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, Encapsys, LLC, Bellin Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Clinic, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union redevelopment and Alumni Park, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcon Center for Health, Education and Wellness, the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County Everett Roehl STEM Center, and Little Prairie Primary School. Madison-based In Business magazine recognized Miron for awards in two categories for its work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Keller, Planners, Architects, Builders announced projects for the following organizations: Faith Technologies, Appleton; Plymouth Industries, Plymouth; Midwest Dental, Suamico; All Star Cutting, Little Chute; Hellenbrand Glass, Waunakee; and Winn Family Dentistry, Chippewa Falls.

A.C.E. Building Service completed construction of 36 single-occupancy units connected to the Shady Lane Assisted Living facility in Manitowoc.

Awards, milestones and certifications

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce announced 2018 Business Awards recipients. Business of the Year: Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, service, large employer; ABT Foundation Solutions Inc., service, small employer; and JP Graphics, manufacturing. Company Innovation: Blue Door Consulting. Corporate Citizen/Leadership: Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc., large employer; A2Z Design, LLC, small employer. Exemplary Marketing Performance: Security Luebke Roofing, large employer; Nutritional Healing, small employer. Rising Star: JumpStart Auto Repair.

Fox Communities Credit Union was the top-performing credit union in the country in 2017, according to the S&P Global Market Intelligence annual rankings. Community First Credit Union ranked 27th overall on the list. On the bank side, Nicolet National Bank ranked 12th overall, and Bank First National ranked 98th.

NEWaukee announced winners of the 2018 Bubbler Awards: Best Places to Work for Young Professionals in Wisconsin. Those in the New North include: Johnsonville, Sheboygan Falls; Sargento Foods, Plymouth; and Wisnet, Fond du Lac.

Leadership Green Bay presented the John M. & Meredith B. Rose Business Leadership Award to Schenck.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay presented its Weyenberg Prize to KI and Schneider National.

Associated Builders and Contractors presented Faith Technologies with two gold-level Projects of Distinction Awards for: One Menasha Center, Menasha, and Ripon College, Ripon.

Thrivent Mutual Funds received the Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award for Best Overall Small Fund Family, and its Thrivent Mid-Cap Stock Fund, Class S, was named Best Mid-Cap Core Fund for the past five- and 10-year performance periods.

Plastics News and Best Companies Group named CMD Corp. to their list of Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry for the fourth consecutive year.

Unitel Inc., Appleton, was awarded a 2018 Digium Pinnacle Partner award in the category of Top New Partner for 2017.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin with a 2017 Quality Award.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC honored Appleton area Century 21 offices with the Century 21 President’s Award. The Bluemound Drive and Nicolet Road locations were recognized.

Precision Roofing Services, Sheboygan, was admitted into Duro-Last Inc.’s Admiral Club and attained Platinum Contractor status.

Appleton International Airport increased passengers in February 2018 by 12 percent compared to February 2017, with nearly 48,000 passengers traveling through the airport.

The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at Holy Family Memorial.

Menasha was recognized with 16 Outstanding Merchandising Achievement awards by the Shop! Association at GlobalShop 2018 in Chicago. The company won one gold, four silver, 10 bronze and a Budget award. The company won awards in multiple categories: books, stationery and office supplies; convenience; cosmetics and fragrances; drug, food, hair care and skin care; health care; mass merchandise; snack products and supermarket. Menasha also took home a Budget award in the food category for Kellogg’s Loud Flavors program.

Pyxsee, Oshkosh, and Little Food Co., Appleton, are among 25 finalists competing in the finalist round of the 15th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Charitable giving and grants

U.S. Venture Inc. announced the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, will be this year’s celebrity guest at the U.S. Venture Open, to be held Aug. 8, which raises funds to help end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. More than $5.56 million in grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations are supporting innovative programs helping those in need throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Through the Community Foundations in Green Bay, the Fox Valley and Oshkosh, 163 collaborating nonprofits/organizations were granted funds for programs addressing the root causes of poverty. Funding breakdowns are:

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded new grants of $3.5 million and distributed $2.25 million to multiple-year grants

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded new grants of $1.02 million and distributed $585,041 to multiple-year grants

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded new grants of $1.04 million and distributed $580,492 to multiple-year grants

Green Bay Preble Optimist Club is donating $10,000 in scholarship funds to help offset education costs for future law enforcement professionals.

Festival Foods partnered with packaged goods marketing agency Acosta to provide a $5,000 donation to two Wisconsin veterans organizations and will team up with Manitowoc’s Helen Gajdys Reis and Lester Reis Endowment Fund to help fight hunger in the Manitowoc area, matching the endowment fund up to a total of $6,000.

All the rest

gBETA announced participants for its spring 2018 cohort of companies: Tastee Bites, LLC, Tee Forward, Pyxsee, PrecisionLAG and Simple Safety Coach.

Tickets for TEDx Fond du Lac, set for Aug. 25, will go on sale May 2. The lineup of speakers, giving talks on the theme “Enough,” also has been announced: Ashley Adenomo, student; Anna Budelman, student; Dahli Durley, photographer; Nick Espinosa, cybersecurity expert; Greg Giles, director, Fond du Lac YMCA; Neil Ihde, founder, Life IQ; Owen Karcher, co-founder, Art Therapy Madison; Mel Kolstad, artist; Nadine Machkovech, co-owner, Rise Together; Dr. Ryan Martin, psychology department chair, UW-Green Bay; Garry Moise, program director, Marian University; Samantha Petitte, student; Joe Scanlin, founder, Scanalytics; Nathan Scheer, community advocate; and Sharissa Sebastian, corporate leadership coach.

New North Inc. released the sixth and final shareable video in its Life in the New North series. Entitled “Impact,” it features Diane Doersch, chief technology and information officer for the Green Bay Area School District.

The Michigan Great Lakes arrived at the Port of Green Bay on March 26, kicking off the official start to the 2018 shipping season.

The M&M Area Community Foundation joined the Great Lakes One Water Partnership, a new endeavor designed to help communities around the Great Lakes region develop and implement projects and practices that will secure the region’s water future.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders fans can listen to games on KFIZ AM1450.

Federal officials approved Gov. Scott Walker’s recommendation to designate land tracts in 44 Wisconsin counties as Economic Opportunity Zones. The federal community development program creates a tax incentive for businesses and community members to invest in designated EOZs. These investments will help communities in designated areas develop, and the return on the investment will have reduced tax liability. Tracts in the following New North communities were approved: Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Green Bay, Ashwaubenon, Fond du Lac, Berlin, Crivitz, Marinette, Appleton, Shawano, Oshkosh, Menasha and Neenah.