On the move: business

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas and Electric have proposed a solar energy field that would be in the towns of Two Creeks and Two Rivers near the Point Beach Nuclear Plant.

Network Health and NOVO Health have entered a partnership allowing Network members access to NOVO services and providers, who bundle their pricing for surgical procedures.

Power & Control Products Inc. of Green Bay was sold to Rasmussen Electric, also of Green Bay.

Marco purchased Prime Office Innovations, a copier/printer company located in Macomb, Mich., and Rudzianski’s Business Equipment located in Dubuque, Iowa.

Robinson Metal held a ribbon cutting and open house for its new Manitowoc location.

Van Horn Automotive Group purchased Nissan of Stevens Point.

GLK Foods, LLC moved into its new corporate office in Appleton.

Imperial Supplies moved its headquarters to downtown Green Bay.

Mosaic Meadows of Kaukauna, which operates LaClare Family Creamery and Lamagna Cheese Co., purchased Saxon Creamery of Cleveland, Wis.

The Gordon Flesch Co., with offices in Appleton, partnered with IBM to integrate Watson A.I. to create AskGordy, a new application that allows users to search their data sets using voice commands and have results returned to any platform

ThedaCare finalized acquiring the assets of the physician group Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology. The company also began using the Tryton Stent to treat coronary artery blockages.

Ascension Mercy Hospital opened a Geropsychiatric Inpatient Unit.

Wolf River Machine, LLC held a groundbreaking for its new building in Greenville.

Epiphany Law relocated to a location on East Enterprise Avenue in Appleton.

Kohler Water Spa completed its expansion, adding treatment rooms, updating relaxation areas and enhancing its amenities.

High Cliff Banquets and Event Center held a grand opening to debut its renovated facility, including a remodel of the 3 Putt Pub and a new banquet and event center.

INDYCAR and Road America agreed to a three-year extension for the Verizon IndyCar Series to continue racing at the permanent road course in Elkhart Lake.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board selected Labor, Education & Training Center to manage its Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth, Adult, Dislocated Worker and Job Center services for 2018. Guidestar also recognized the organization with the 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency.

Nielson Communications Inc. launched an updated website that focuses on its ability to provide radio communication solutions to various businesses and industries.

Titletown Manufacturing added a Mazak 5-axis machining center and upgraded Mastercam programming to enhance its precision part production capabilities.

Industrial Engraving launched an updated website that provides additional information and images pertaining to its areas of expertise.

Stellar Blue Technologies launched a series of new custom websites for Appleton Supply, the Fox Valley and Fond du Lac Boys & Girls Clubs, Cal Ray Inc., Manufacturing First, Home Free USA, Dream Home Fox Cities, Assumption Catholic Schools and First Congregational Church in Appleton.

Lakeside Foods Inc. broke ground on a 100,000-square-foot addition to its packaging facility in Manitowoc.

Orion Energy Systems was selected to provide energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for two manufacturing facilities for mattress company Tempur Sealy International Inc.

Prevea360 Health Plan announced an expansion into six additional counties: Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire and Pepin.

Brunswick Corp., parent company to Mercury Marine, acquired Power Products – Global Marine & Mobile. Mercury Marine also was awarded the Sustainable Product of the Year award from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for its Active Trim technology.

Frontier Craftsmen, a woodworking firm formed in 2016, has acquired the assets of Crockett’s Cabinetry of Glenbeulah, an existing high-end cabinetry business. When the deal is closed, the combined operation will operate from Frontier Craftsmen’s facility at 638 Monroe St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

AFSC Leasing sold 3030 Holmgren Way to Kindsgrab Holdings, which operates Image Innovators.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding signed an agreement with VanEnkevort Tug & Barge Inc. to construct a new self-unloading barge for transportation of bulk products throughout the Great Lakes region.

Faith Technologies upgraded exterior lighting at 32 Bergstrom Automotive sites across Wisconsin.

The Georgia-Pacific Broadway Mill added two new tissue converting lines. The $26 million investment includes a line for its Compact coreless bath tissue and one for its individually wrapped single-roll bath tissue. Over the past five years, the mill has received more than $240 million in investment.

Werner Electric debuted its Multifunction Instrumentation Asset, or MIA, a mobile process control trainer designed to simulate the many processes found in manufacturing plants.

The Green Bay Packers reported record revenue and expenses for 2017. Revenue rose to $454.9 million, up $13.5 million from 2016. Expenses were $420.9 million, up $44.8 million. The team also selected U.S. Cellular as its official wireless partner. As part of the deal, U.S. Cellular plans to offer new technology to fans and add some amenities in the concourse.

Midwest Paper Group is back to running all three of its paper machines 10 months after shutting down operations when the company ran as Appleton Coated.

Business comings and goings 

The Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp. moved its offices to 100 N. Main St. in downtown Oshkosh.

Synergy Sports Performance, an athletic training facility, opened in Hobart. Bayland Buildings served as general contractor.

Kids Dental Experts opened a second location on Dickinson Road in De Pere.

Food truck Kager Barbeque opened in Sheboygan adjacent to the Petro Center at 3801 Superior Ave.

Engineering and environmental firm Fehr Graham moved its office from Plymouth to 909 N. Eighth St. in downtown Sheboygan.

The Farm Discovery Center opened in Manitowoc County. It features educational displays, hands-on learning opportunities, a birthing barn, a conference center, tours and a café and country store.

Cura Coffeehouse opened in downtown Green Bay.

Eagle Point Senior Living, an independent and assisted living community situated on the Fox River inAppleton, celebrated its grand opening.

920 Wellness Studio opened in Appleton.

Nutritional Healing LLC opened in Hobart.

Downtown Nutrition opened in Sheboygan.

Champion Storage moved into a new office at W1750 Playbird Road, Sheboygan.

Posh Hair Salon opened in downtown Appleton.

Education news

The Higher Learning Commission approved the University of Wisconsin System’s plan to restructure the UW Colleges and UW Extension.

Lawrence University received a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to implement a new science program aimed at engaging science students of all backgrounds and identities.

Lakeland University added two new degree programs: a bachelor’s in food safety and quality and a master’s in leadership and organizational development.

Fox Valley Technical College and UW-River Falls signed a credit transfer agreement to allow students
a seamless transition from the Agribusiness Science and Technology associate degree program into a
bachelor’s degree in agriculture studies or agriculture education.

CC&N and Gateway Technical College launched a Low Voltage Certified Technician program to hone the skills and knowledge of field technicians.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provided a Wisconsin Charter Schools Program grant to the North Fond du Lac School District and Agnesian HealthCare and its Treffert Center, which will begin work to introduce the Treffert Way School for the Exceptional Mind charter school in North Fond du Lac in the fall of 2019. It will be designed for kindergarten through fifth-grade students with exceptional abilities.


Goodwill North Central Wisconsin earned a national Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America and Wellness Council of Wisconsin.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber was named a finalist for the 2018 Chamber of the Year award, presented by Alexandria, Va.-based Association of Chamber of Commerce Executive.

Acuity is the 56th-largest insurer in the nation out of nearly 3,000 companies, according to the latest Best’s Rankings of the U.S. property/casualty industry. It also earned a 2018 Stakeholder Team Accomplishment Recognition Award from independent financial analysis firm Demotech Inc., putting the company among the top 1 percent of insurers nationwide.

More than 58,000 passengers traveled through Appleton International Airport in May, up from 46,000 in May 2017, making May 2018 the biggest May in airport history.

Insight Creative Inc. was named a Gold Winner at the 2018 Hermes Creative Awards. The company also received an Award of Distinction at the 24th Annual Communicator Awards hosted by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

SRC Technologies was ranked among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers by Channel Futures.

CLINK! won the 17th annual Door County Entrepreneur Training Program business plan contest.

The Expera Specialty Solutions Nicolet Mill received Focus on Energy’s Energy Efficiency Excellence Award.

Ripon Printers received 11 awards in the 2018 Graphics Excellence Awards competition, including four Premier Print awards.

H.J. Martin and Son participated in 14 projects recognized for the Daily Reporter’s Top Projects of 2017 awards and was named to the “Top 50 Glaziers” list of Glass Magazine. Disabled American Veterans Wisconsin also presented the company with its 2018 Employer of the Year Award for its support of military veterans.

The Daily Reporter recognized Faith Technologies for its work on Lodge Kohler in Green Bay and Inn on Woodlake in Kohler.

St. Norbert College’s Kress Inn received a 2018 Ring of Honor Award from Choice Hotels International Inc.

Miravida Living received a 2018 Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award for community impact and innovation.

Agnesian HealthCare received the Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier Inc.

The American Tissue Services Foundation recognized HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center for their efforts to provide families with donation options.

The American Association of State and Local History presented the Neville Public Museum with an Award of Merit for its Estamos Aqui exhibit honoring Latino communities that have made this region home.

The Catalpa Health Day Treatment Center received recertification from the State of Wisconsin.

Companies and nonprofits from the New North were among 34 organizations nominated for the 2018 Wisconsin Innovation Awards, to be announced Oct. 3: Dodles, Combined Locks; Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Appleton; Kohler Co. WasteLAB, Kohler; and MatchBack Systems Inc., Green Bay.

Verve, a Credit Union received a  Gold Well Workplace award from the Wellness Council of America in recognition of the company’s commitment to the health and well-being of its team members.

The Government Finance Officers Association presented Lakeshore Technical College with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

Moraine Park Technical College presented Fond du Lac Senior Center with its 2018 Community Partnership Award.

Charitable giving and grants

Oshkosh Corp. held a Feed the Body, Feel the Soul food packing event, gathering 900 volunteers to pack 180,000 pounds of food.

MCL Industries, Inc. and Bay Tek Games donated $50,000 to Houghton County, Mich., flood relief efforts.

The Green Bay Area Catholic Education school system received a $153,990 Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Initiative grant.

Matthews Tire donated $5,250, raised from its semiannual Oil Change for the Better event, to Child Care Resource and Referral.

Dairy Cares of Wisconsin has raised more than $847,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and seeks to reach its goal of $1 million by the end of 2018.

The M&M Area Community Foundation announced the establishment of the “Friends of St. Vincent de Paul” fund.

A record number of cyclists participated in the Salvation Ride for Salvation Army Sheboygan, raising more than $65,000.

The Menominee Heritage Museum received a $4,995 grant from the M&M Area Community Foundation.

Construction news

A.C.E. Building Service was selected to renovate the Bank First Eighth Street office in Manitowoc and completed an expansion for Skana Aluminum Co.

Construction is set to begin on Trackside Townhomes, a private, 12-structure, 24-unit customizable residence community adjacent to Road America.

All the rest

The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass was gifted 25 contemporary glass works from the collection of Herbert and Jane Rozoff.

Heritage Hill State Park debuted its new Children’s Interactive Learning Center.

Festival Foods became the first retailer in the nation to carry commercially grown Atlantic salmon raised on U.S. soil, produced in Wisconsin by Superior Fresh, an aquaponics facility.

Forsite Benefits and Prevea have partnered for Move Greater Green Bay, a corporate step challenge that raises money forBig Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin. Corporate-sponsored teams can register through Aug. 15 at forsitebenefits.com/move.Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeastern Wisconsin also raised $47,000 at its Golf for Kids’ Sake event.

Catalpa Health is partnering with the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve to offer mindfulness walks to enhance mental and physical well-being.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce will accept nominations for the 2018 Pinnacle Awards through Sept. 7. The awards recognize individuals who make the Fox Cities a great place to live, work and play.

The City of Oshkosh added seven new clean diesel buses to its GO Transit fleet.

May tonnage numbers for the Port of Green Bay were up by 10 percent over the same period a year ago.

Paper Transport Inc. announced a pay increase for its Class A CDL regional and dedicated fleets along with its hourly professional drivers. This is the second raise for most of its fleets within the last six months.

Random Lake-based Jolly Good Soda added two new flavors to its list of permanent sodas: blue raspberry and pina colada.