On the move: business

Posted on May 30, 2018 :: Business on the move
Jessica Thiel
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development

KI is now 100 percent owned by its employees after transitioning to an employee stock ownership plan.

Pfefferle Co. became part of NAI Global, a global commercial real estate brokerage firm with more than 400 offices worldwide.

Two Northeast Wisconsin companies — Neenah Foundry Co. and veteran-owned trucking company Panacea Group of Seymour — were among 27 in-state subcontractors selected to complete work for Foxconn.

Associated Banc-Corp will acquire Minneapolis-based Anderson Insurance & Investment Agency Inc.

The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is now known as the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley. The hotel’s owner, Inner Circle Investments, signed a 20-year franchise agreement to switch the hotel to the Red Lion brand.

Robinson Metal Inc. acquired custom engineering company Product Handling Concepts of Appleton. PHC’s team of engineers, project managers and mechanical assemblers will join the Robinson team at its De Pere location.

Endries International acquired Branam Fastening Systems Inc. of Ohio, a move that will expand both the Ohio and Wisconsin operations.

EDCi acquired Wauwatosa-based Attalus LLC’s Genesys contact center business.

Henry Schein Inc., with operations in Oshkosh, announced plans to spin off its $3.5 billion animal health supplies business and merge it with Vets First Choice.

The sale of the former Manitowoc Co. site to Investors Community Bank was finalized.

Quality Roasting of Valders, a longtime processor of soybeans for the crude oil and meal products markets, is adding a refinery facility to produce products for the human consumption market.

Breakthrough Fuel debuted Breakthrough Supply Chain, a service that supports shippers on the freight side of their transportation spend through data-based supply chain optimization.

Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC was awarded a contract for more than $15 million to design and supply advanced battery electrode coating equipment to K.R. ENERGY Group for a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility under construction in Teverola, Italy. The company also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Magnis Resources.

Uptown Commons II was awarded nearly $25,000 in low-income housing tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to expand its Chilton Senior Apartments. In addition, WHEDA awarded $1.8 million in low-income housing tax credits that will fund affordable housing developments in Little Chute and Madison to create 152 rental housing units.

Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers have expanded their partnership, with Kwik Trip sponsoring Lambeau Field’s northwest gate, an entry point on gamedays and a prominent link between the stadium and Titletown.

A fifth Goodwill organization — Goodwill of the Heartland, based in Iowa City, Iowa — is listing merchandise on reStitch.com, a women’s apparel e-commerce website operated by Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.

The Sheboygan Economic Development Corp. awarded Plymouth Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center historic tax credits.

Family Insurance Center, LLC of Seymour and Freedom acquired the regional business and assets of Insurance Service Center Inc., Waterford.

CP of Green Bay completed Phase 1 of its expansion project, and its new building addition has opened. Renovation of the current building is underway.

Werner Electric added a process control trainer, also known as a multifunction instrumentation asset.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital now offers robotic surgery.

Brand Bags owner Chery Lauritch of Oshkosh began selling her custom-designed leather totes and crossbody bags at CoworkAtTheMall.com at Water Tower Place, Chicago.

Clayton Customs in Chilton began offering U-Haul products and services.

Fox World Travel entered into a partnership with Delta Private Jets.

The Foxy Pedaler, a Green Bay quadricycle tour, added a second bike to its fleet.

 

Business comings and goings 

Stephenson National Bank & Trust opened its newly renovated eBranch located inside Witt’s Piggly Wiggly in Crivitz.

ThedaCare opened a FastCare Clinic in the new Meijer store in Grand Chute.

Next Chapter Financial Coaching launched in Oshkosh.

Main Street Bourbon Room opened in downtown Green Bay.

Gander Outdoors and cookie dough shop Doughlicious opened in Appleton.

Carole’s Café opened in Plymouth.

Bank of Luxemburg closed its Algoma Denny’s SuperValu branch as of May.

 

Education news

Fond du Lac High School broke ground on a $1.15 million expansion on its ACE Construction Career Academy, designed to prepare students for construction-related careers. The project is expected to be completed in November.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. awarded $500,000 in Fab Lab grants throughout the state. Ashwaubenon High School, Plymouth High School, Florence County High School and Waupun High School were among the recipients.

 

Construction news

McMAHON assisted the City of Brillion, Brillion RDA and Calumet County with applying for and obtaining a $250,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Community Development Investment Grant. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation presented McMAHON the Excellence in Concrete Paving Award for work on the WIS 42/Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project. The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region presented McMAHON and Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs the Business Partnership Award.

Hamann Construction completed a 41,400-square-foot addition to Color Craft Graphic Arts Inc., Manitowoc.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction completed Golden Years, a skilled nursing facility in Lake Geneva.

Miron Construction Co. Inc., in partnership with PCA Architecture, began construction on a new U.S. Bank building on Lombardi Avenue in Green Bay. It also will serve as construction manager for projects for three school districts: Coleman, Plymouth and Arcadia. In Business magazine of Madison recognized Miron for Project of the Year for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union redevelopment and Alumni Park.

James J. Calmes & Sons Construction completed construction of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hortonville.

Keller, Planners, Architects, Builders announced projects for the following organizations: Creekside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Sheboygan; United Coop, Greenville; Academy of Performing Arts, Oakfield; Bob’s Auto Main Street, West Bend; Eagleview Dental, Prairie du Sac; M.E. Employee Credit Union, Wausau; KJ Cold Storage, Muscoda; Oldenburg Metal Tech, Saukville; and Lake City Dentistry, Middleton.

 

Awards/recognitions/milestones

Winners were named for The Pitch, a college competition for startups and entrepreneurs. WellBell, a team of four Lawrence University women, took first place, winning $10,000 in cash and $15,000 of in-kind services. Pyxsee, created by UW-Oshkosh student Dayne Rusch, took second place, and PrecisionLAG by UW-Green Bay student Sam Hunt took third.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2017 at the Wisconsin Main Street Awards. Winners in the New North included: Omro Historic Walking Tour & Open House, Best Image Campaign/Item/Event; Sepia Chapel, Two Rivers, Best Interior Renovation Over $50,000; The 102 on Broadway, De Pere, co-winner, Best New Building; Atlas Gaming, Fond du Lac, Best New Business; De Pere Style, De Pere, co-winner, Best Retail Event; igNight Market, On Broadway, Green Bay, Best Special Event; and Princeton Historic Walking Tour, Connect Communities Award, Under 5,500 population.

The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal, the nation’s highest award for museums and libraries.

The Georgia-Pacific Green Bay Broadway Mill received the Environmental Protection Agency Challenge for Industry Award.

The Door County Economic Development Corp. handed out awards: Door County Brewing Co., Entrepreneur of the Year, and Door County Medical Center, Door County Industry of the Year.

Bassett Mechanical received a Wisconsin Safety Council Corporate Safety Award.

J. J. Keller & Associates Inc. achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification, the international standard that outlines best practices for an information security management system.

Wisconsin Plastics Inc. earned the International Automotive Task Force 16949:2016 certification for automotive suppliers.

Quill Creative won two American Package Design Awards from Graphic Design USA for craft beer packaging entries in the Wine, Beer & Liquor category. It won awards for designs it created for Pigeon River Brewing Co., Marion and Fifth Ward Brewing Co., Oshkosh.

Products Finishing magazine named Oshkosh Plating Technologies Inc. one of the best finishing shops in North America.

Northern Electric Inc. received an Acuity Insurance Safety Award.

LED technology from energybank was recognized in the lighting category at the Plant Engineering Awards, winning the silver award for its OmegaLight LED highbay.

360U Softball, Kaukauna, was named a winner of the 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE.

The Florence County broadband expansion project was among three to receive a Top Rural Development Initiative award from Wisconsin Rural Partners.

BPM Inc. was recognized as a Green Professional in the Wisconsin Green Masters Program, which recognizes and assesses Wisconsin businesses on their sustainability performance in a variety of sustainability categories.

Faith Technologies won a National Safety Merit Award from Associated Builders and Contractors. The company also joined the Midwest Energy Research Consortium.

IEI General Contractors received the Acuity Safety Award from Acuity Insurance and the Aon Platinum Safety Award from Aon Risk Services.

H.J. Martin and Son won an award in the education category from Starnet for its renovation of Fletcher Hall at UW-Oshkosh and was voted best in five categories for the Daily Reporter’s 2018 reader rankings: Carpenter, Commercial Cleaning/Restoration, Commercial Tile, Commercial Windows and Drywall.

Becker’s Healthcare named Agnesian HealthCare among its “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2018.” Agnesian Wound Care professionals were recognized for their outstanding care and customer service with a Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, a provider of advanced wound care services.

 

All the rest

Visitors to the Fox Cities spent $470 million in 2017, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2016, according to the Fox Cities Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Pulse Young Professionals Network will hold Bazaar After Dark events on South Commercial Street in Neenah on July 19 and Main Street in Menasha on Sept. 12.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and three other state agencies are moving forward with plans for a $6.8 million marketing campaign targeting veterans, Wisconsin alumni and millennials and aimed at attracting talent to Wisconsin after Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation authorizing funding for the initiative.