On the move: business

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

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Cellcom, Ericsson team up to boost 5G network

Cellcom, in partnership with Ericsson, is looking to speed up the arrival of 5G in Northeast Wisconsin.

The 5G network is the fastest-yet connection for cellular devices. That speedier connection will allow for autonomous cars, remote surgery and improved traffic and safety control, just to name a few.

Cellcom held an event in mid-October at T2 Accelerator in Green Bay, where it unveiled a live demo for business, education and community leaders and local and state officials to explore the possibilities 5G will bring to the region.

As part of the demo, Ericsson offered different stations where people could see firsthand what 5G can do, including a virtual reality shopping experience and controlling a robot.

“I spent about 15 minutes with the virtual reality shopping experience and it was just so cool,” says Cellcom CEO Mark Naze. “The user can look around and look at items, pick them up in their hands, try items on, even feel what the item looks like because of how fast this 5G connection is. I turned around and there was a chair behind me and it looked so real I almost sat down.”

Engineers from Cellcom have added more fiber capacity connections to the company’s cell sites, creating a backbone for the 5G connection.

Business development 

Appleton International Airport broke ground on its airport rescue firefighting training center at Fox Valley Technical College’s Public Safety Training Center.

Endries International acquired Legacy Fastener & Supply LLC of Fort Worth, Texas.

Finland-based Ahlstrom-Munksjö finalized its acquisition of Expera.

Matchback Systems Inc. will collaborate with GE Transportation for its Port Optimization solution.

The Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Homeless Connections and Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities merged to form a new organization called Pillars. In addition, the organization opened a day resource center on Mason Street in Appleton.

Van Horn Automotive Group purchased Russ Darrow Nissan of Sheboygan and Russ Darrow Volkswagen of Sheboygan.

NEW Water debuted a new $169 million facility that will recover water resources and turn them into energy to run the facility as well as nutrient harvesting to produce a high-quality fertilizer.

Ascension completed its adolescent behavioral health unit on the St. Elizabeth Hospital campus in Appleton. The newly renovated space will serve 5- to 17-year-olds.

Marco purchased ETC ComputerLand, a business IT services company headquartered in Quincy, Ill.

Skogen’s Festival Foods purchased the Mauston Festival Foods.

Ser!ous Bean Co. expanded distribution of its baked beans in all 250 Meijer store locations and Texas-based H-E-B stores.

Image 360 Inc. will expand its facility to accommodate growing demand in the vehicle wrap market. The 1,600-foot expansion will include a climate-controlled environment, allowing the company to install full vehicle wraps in a heated building.

NOVO Health has partnered with Smart Choice MRI.

Security Health Plan and Hospital Sisters Health System agreed to a long-term partnership.

Live54218 has rebranded itself as Wello.

LEAVEN opened a Community Resource Center in the Fox Valley.

Big Brothers Big Sisters announced a new brand positioning and modernized look with the goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers.

Business comings and goings 

Settlers bank opened a new location on College Avenue in Appleton.

The Howard, offering a revived concert hall, private dining space, grab-and-go café, bar and bowling alley, opened in Oshkosh.

The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery opened The Granary in Kohler.

Prevea Health will open an eye care and optical center at The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler in December.

Shopko in Appleton opened an optical center providing eyeglasses, contacts and eye exams.

The Farm Discovery Center in Manitowoc opened its Wisconsin Café.

Mares & Malone LLP Attorneys at Law established a new firm in Oshkosh following a reorganization of Steinhilber Swanson LLP Attorneys at Law.

BayCare Clinic Neurological Surgeons and Aurora BayCare Stroke and Neurovascular Clinic opened a new location at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Enspire365 bought the former Gill-Tech Academy of Hair Design building in Grand Chute and will move its sports and wellness business there.

Primrose Retirement Community opened a new 110-unit community in Appleton.

Tony’s Pizza and Bar opened in Manitowoc.

Little Critter Pediatric Dentistry opened in Appleton

Trigger Action Sports opened in Little Chute.

Onsite Maintenance Solutions relocated its headquarters to the east side of Green Bay.

Fehr Graham moved to a new location in downtown Sheboygan.

Fox Valley Memory Project opened its new office in the Goodwill Community Center in Menasha and debuted a new logo.

Heid Music opened a new location in Stevens Point.


Construction news

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay broke ground on a 13,000-square-foot expansion.

Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group broke ground on a new 11,000-square-foot business building.

Curative Connections broke ground on a renovation project and kicked off the public phase of its $8.5 million capital campaign project.

Manseau Flats apartments opened in Ashwaubenon.

Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. announced several projects: a new retail center in Hortonville, a headquarters expansion for Armament Systems and Procedures in Appleton, and Cambria Hotel Bloomington Mall of America in Minnesota.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction completed the third phase of campus repositioning for Skaalen Retirement Services in Stoughton and renovation and expansion projects at three Grafton schools.

ACE Building Service was selected for a renewable gas project in St. Louis, constructing six Butler pre-engineered metal buildings. It also completed renovations for St. John-St. James Evangelical Lutheran School in Reedsville.

Keller, Planners, Architects, Builders announced projects for the following organizations: N.E.W. Plastics, Luxemburg; Christensen Printing and Publishing, Shawano; El Local, Green Bay; Willow Bay Dental, Green Bay; Lake Shore Contracting, Belgium; ThermTech, Waukesha; Kriete Truck, La Crosse; Casey’s General Store, Edgerton; 1st Communications, Thorp; Cherry Tree Dental, Chippewa Falls; Badger Cold Storage, LLC., Monroe; LIFT Gym, Schofield; and Wisconsin Surplus Online Auction, Mount Horeb.


Education news

Marian University dedicated a new science center in the names of Dr. Richard and Leslie Ridenour recognizing the lasting impact of Marian’s 11th president.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College opened its new Trades and Engineering Technology building.

A new cooperative education program helped Lakeland University net a record freshman class and the largest projected increase in new freshmen among the state’s private colleges and universities.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh earned its 10-year reaccreditation and launched the Titan Alumni Foundation to provide scholarship support for students.

Fox Valley Technical College and Herzing University announced a nursing degree studies program that will allow students to concurrently pursue an associate degree in nursing at FVTC and a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree at Herzing.



Multiple businesses from across the New North were named among the annual Deloitte Wisconsin 75, which recognizes the contributions made by the state’s privately owned companies. Deloitte compiles the list in order of revenue. Participation is voluntary, so not every private business is included in the list. Those making the list include: Kohler Co., Kohler; U.S. Venture Inc., Appleton; Schreiber Foods, Green Bay; Menasha Corp., Neenah; Acuity Insurance, Sheboygan; Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth; Bergstrom Automotive, Neenah; Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth; Miron Construction Co. Inc., Neenah; The Boldt Co., Appleton; Johnsonville, Sheboygan Falls; SECURA Insurance, Appleton; Ariens Co., Brillion; Fox World Travel, Oshkosh; Windway Capital Corp., Sheboygan; Lakeside Foods Inc., Manitowoc; Werner Electric Supply Co., Appleton; J. F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac; J. J. Keller & Associates, Neenah; and Bassett Mechanical, Kaukauna. In addition, Menasha Corp. received a special Sustainability Distinguished Performer Award.

Ariens Co. celebrated production of its 4 millionth Sno-Thro.

Acuity has received multiple awards. The Sheboygan firm earned a Silver Stevie Award for Great Employers. CEO Magazine named Acuity one of “The seven office wonders of the world,” and the Society for Human Resource Management named the company one of the “6 Coolest Workspaces that Aren’t Apple, Amazon or Microsoft.” The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents honored Acuity with the 2018 PIA National Company Award of Excellence.

Eppstein Uhen Architects received the Premier Award for Client Satisfaction from PSMJ Resources Inc.

The Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin honored H.J. Martin and Son with a 2018 BUILD Wisconsin Award in the Specialty Contractor-Finishes category for its work on the Mulva Family Fitness and Sports Center at St. Norbert College.

Expera Specialty Solutions achieved BRC Global Standard – Packaging and Packaging Materials Issue 5 High Hygiene Certification at all four of its Wisconsin paper mills.

ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah Bariatric Center was recertified as center of excellence by the Clinical Sciences Institute of Optum.

The Neville Public Museum of Brown County received the 2018 Museum Exhibit Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society for its 2017-18 exhibition Estamos Aqui: Celebrating Latino Identity in Northeast Wisconsin.

Menasha Packaging now offers International Safe Transit Association 6-Amazon.com testing and certification. The company is certified to conduct multiple series of ISTA testing for Frustration Free Packaging, Ships-in-Own-Container and Prep-Free Packaging.

The Daily Reporter named Mavid Construction in Green Bay as its 2018 Minority-Owned Business of the Year. The business also received an Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin BUILD award.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. received the “Best Landscape/Hardscape/Urban Design” award from Engineering News Record Midwest. 

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce named Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin its Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

Foundations Health & Wellness Inc. announced the recipients of the 2018 Ethics in Business Awards: Festival Foods, Business; and Scholarships Inc., Nonprofit.

Appleton International Airport saw a passenger traffic increase of 35 percent this past summer compared to last year.

Faith Technologies received three 2018 BUILD Wisconsin Awards.

Marian University presented 2018 Business & Industry Awards to: C.D. Smith Construction, Business of the Year; Green Bay Packers Titletown District, Economic Development; ModTruss Inc., Entrepreneur of the Year; and Marchant Schmidt Inc., International Business Achievement.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction received a 2018 BUILD Wisconsin Award for its renovation of Magnolia Gardens.

Uncle Mike’s Bake Shoppe, De Pere, won the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin award for its Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Kringle.

St. Agnes Hospital received the Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Neenah Historical Society won the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Museum Exhibit Award for 2018.

Ariens Co. completed its purchase of the former Brillion Iron Works property and formed a new company, Brillion Works LLC to oversee the redevelopment of the140-acre property in Brillion. Ariens is currently renovating one of the site’s buildings, which will be used for manufacturing and order fulfillment.


Charitable Giving and Grants

Valley Transit received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program to help with its bus replacement project.

Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction donated more than $75,000 to local nonprofits, cross country teams, running groups, nursing and police/fire programs and police departments.

The Wallace Family Foundation pledged $38,000 to Rise Together.

The Waupaca Area Community Foundation awarded 10 grants totaling more than $134,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Move Greater Green Bay raised $12,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin.

A $7,500 grant from the Waupaca Area Community Foundation is funding Project Backpack, a program run by the Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Waupaca that gives hungry children a backpack filled with food each weekend.


All the Rest

Stellar Blue Technologies launched new custom websites for Transcendent Technologies of Neenah; Dental Laser Nogales of Mexico; and Gunderson Family Companies of the Fox Valley.

Road America announced its 2019 schedule, which includes hosting 10 racing weekends throughout the season.

Advance released its annual economic impact statement for the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center incubator.

Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport opened a room for nursing mothers.

Innovationedge launched a new website.

ESOP Partners LLC is building a new 6,000-square-foot corporate headquarters. The building will include the latest office technology, including state-of-the-art video conferencing and a 35-person training room for employee training.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust relocated its Wausaukee Office to 290 Main St. This new location has a more efficient layout with the bankers’ offices located right in the lobby.