Local restaurants in Northeast Wisconsin have partnered in a community-wide initiative highlighting menu items that get a “thumbs up” from local health professionals. The new pilot, called “eatsmart!” makes it easy for restaurant-goers to choose healthy food. The eatsmart! options are identified using ThedaCare’s optimal nutrition guidelines used in the cafeterias at Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center. Participating restaurants submitted three items for nutritional analysis. Chefs then worked to make substitutions or reduce portion sizes in the meals.
WOW Logistics in Appleton is expanding its trade finance program to include off-site product financing for the dairy industry. This new program, the first of its kind, allows companies to use WOW’s trade finance program while aging cheese and storing butter and dairy powders in a distribution center not owned or operated by WOW Logistics. WOW Logistics established its finance program in 1998 and was one of the first warehousing companies in the country to offer this service to the dairy industry.
Acuity Insurance in Sheboygan recently received the Business of the Year award from Marian University. The award is given to a company that is a leader and innovator in its field of operation.
Secura Insurance and Integrity Insurance, both of Appleton, were ranked among the nation’s top insurers in the 2012 Deep Customer Connections Inc. survey.
Futek Forms, Tags and Labels is building an 18,100-square-foot office and manufacturing facility in Neenah. The new facility replaces one that was destroyed by a fire in 2012. Futek is a full-service business printing manufacturer. Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders designed the building and is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to be complete in June.
Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders also recently completed a 464-square-foot addition for All-Lift Systems in Appleton. The addition will connect the current building to one recently purchased by All-Lift as part of an expansion project. All-Lift sells a variety of cranes and hoists to businesses.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association Foundation selected the Rural Health Initiative, which is designed to improve the health of people living in rural communities, to receive its 2012 Global Vision Community Partnership Award. This annual competitive grant award is presented to a community health initiative that successfully addresses a documented community health need. The Rural Health Initiative was launched in Shawano County by ThedaCare and Shawano Medical Center in 2003. The program expanded earlier this year into Outagamie and Waupaca counties.
Vanden BoomVerstegen Wealth Management opened a new branch in Kimberly. Matt Vanden Boom and Mike Verstegen have a combined 35 years of financial planning and investment experience.
The Broadway Business Improvement District, On Broadway Inc. and the City of Green Bay have teamed up to hire Zeise Construction to improve planter beds along Broadway. Forty-five sitting walls made of poured concrete will be placed around the tree beds.
Great Northern Corp. of Appleton received three awards at the National Paperboard Packaging Competition. The company earned a gold award for its creation of the Budweiser Grilling Set, an excellence award for Mathews Inc.’s archery accessories packaging and an excellence award in the eco category for Reichel Foods Dippin’ Stix healthy snack packaging.
Orion Engineered Systems awarded an environmental stewardship award to Felician Village in Manitowoc. Felician Village converted to energy-saving lighting fixtures which use low energy, high efficiency lamps, reducing the number of lamps needed by nearly 50 percent.
Cross & Oberlie, a Neenah-based screen printer of signs and promotional products, expanded its business into the digital market by adding two HP-Scitex FB700 digital presses. The new six-color, presses are capable of printing on both flexible and rigid materials.
Wisconsin Off-Highway Vehicle Park Inc. commissioned a study on creating a motorized recreation area in Forest County.
The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership relocated to 39 S. Marr St., Suite 103 to accommodate increased growth. The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people, activity, business and a thriving civic life back to the heart of Fond du Lac.
The City of Manitowoc opened a new Maritime Metro Transit Transfer Station at 915 S. 11th St. in Manitowoc. The 4,000-square-foot transfer station was built through a grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the project was completed entirely by local contractors.
New Tech Metals in New Franken is building a 6,946-square-foot addition to its facility. The expansion will help the custom metal fabricator better meet customers’ growing needs.
Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance was named the 2012 Excellence in Business Award recipient by Advance, the economic development division of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. With more than 1,100 employees, Ameriprise is one of the 16 largest employers in Green Bay.
Rural America Onshore Outsourcing of Two Rivers received a Minority Business Rising Star Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The WEDC honored the company for its role in bringing jobs back to America, and for helping companies save money by hiring qualified professionals from rural locations across the country.
Holy Family Memorial’s Heart and Vascular Center in Manitowoc recently opened a new, state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular catheterization X-ray lab.
Sure-Dry Basement Systems in Menasha received a runner-up award in the Ethics Torch Award for Business Ethics and Integrity from the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin.
The Stephenson National Bank & Trust recently celebrated its 138th anniversary with an open house at all of its locations.