On the Move – Business

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 :: People and Business on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Acuity Insurance moved up to No. 2 in the nation on the 2016 Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This is the second consecutive year Acuity was named to the large-company list and earned a spot in the top three. The list recognizes businesses that have exceptional workplace cultures.

Faith Technologies of Menasha was named to the 2015 Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Projects of Distinction list for its work on the Ovation 309 luxury apartments in Madison.

Ariens Company launched a new logo for the Ariens brand of outdoor power equipment. The brand, which has existed for more than 80 years, represents premium, durable snow and lawn and garden equipment.

Marco added a new Enterprise Network Team that will focus on providing business enablement technology solutions to enterprise businesses. The team will also enable businesses to solve technology challenges and uncover smarter ways of operating across all lines of businesses.

Marco also received the 2016 BOLD Award in the Middle Market Category, presented by the Minnesota chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. Marco specializes in copiers/printers, business IT services, cloud services and managed services.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. is partnering with McMahon Group to remodel Baylake Bank in Appleton. The 6,100-square-foot project will consist of demolishing and remodeling the current banking area and is scheduled to be complete in May. Miron was also recognized by the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce with the Large Business of the Year award. The award recognizes a business or business member that has demonstrated excellence in business affairs, while adding to the quality of life in the Heart of the Valley. One of Miron’s projects, Lake Mills Elementary School, was selected by judges of Engineering News Record’s Best of the Best Projects awards program.

Consolidated Construction Company announced four of its construction projects were awarded Projects of Distinction by Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin. The projects include: Hampton Inn, Green Bay; Dakota Prairie Refinery, Dickinson, N.D.; Sundance Apartments, Bismarck, N.D.; and Holiday Inn, Bismarck, N.D. Consolidated also received a Pyramid Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. for its 2015 National Excellence in Construction competition for the Holiday Inn hotel in Bismarck, N.D.

Consolidated Construction also received a National Excellence in Construction award presented by Associated Builders and Contractors Wisconsin. The award honors the companies nationwide with the most innovative and high-quality projects, safety programs and diversity programs each year.

Homeless Connections awarded its first annual Hero Relator to Exit Elite Realty. Exit Elite was selected for raising $1,745 by sharing Homeless Connections’ mission with friends and family and soliciting individual donations.

KI presented Endries International with its Supplier of the Year award for achievement in quality, delivery, cost, inventory turns and overall customer support.

Keller Planners, Architects and Builders announced several new projects: a 12,850-square-foot tank wash for Ottery Brothers in Columbus, expected to be complete in May; a design and build 4,638-square-foot addition for Faulks Brothers Construction, expected to be complete in July; a 20,160-square-foot warehouse addition for EuroPharma in Green Bay, expected to be complete in September;  an 8,800-square-foot building for Harold Tauschek Excavation in New Franken, expected to be complete in October; and the renovation of Winn Family Dentistry in Chippewa Falls, expected to be complete in May. The company received a silver award for its Lomira BP Hi-Way Hop from Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin.

Stephenson National Bank & Trust employee volunteers contributed more than 8,300 hours in 2015 and 9,100 hours have been pledged for 2016 supporting programs and volunteering to make an impact on local neighborhoods.

Agnesian HealthCare now offers 3D mammograms at St. Agnes Hospital. This latest breast cancer screening technology has been proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

Bayland Buildings donated $100,000 to the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center planned for Manitowoc County. The welcome desk at the discovery center will be named for the company.

Bellin College received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission to offer Diagnostic Medical Sonography beginning in fall 2016 as a new bachelor degree program.

The Green Bay Packers donated $10,000 to support the continuation of the Parent Café model in Brown County. The donation will provide additional training for new leaders and more café experiences throughout the community.

Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay attained EU Certification, authorizing the export of their pet products into Europe. Carnivore Meat Company manufactures frozen and freeze-dried pet food and treats.

Valders Area School District is partnering with Transcend to open an on-site health and wellness center. Transcend is a Holy Family Memorial service that provides customized employer and occupational health solutions.

The City of Manitowoc and the Manitowoc Public School District launched a near-site clinic for city and school district employees and their families in collaboration with Aurora BayCare Medical Center. The clinic is called the Many Health and Wellness Center.

Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine now offers orthopedic physical therapy at its new Neenah location, 145 N. Commercial St.

Compassionate Care Animal Clinic opened in Elkhart Lake offering a full range of medical services for pet owners. The clinic is owned by John Prellwitz, who has 16 years of veterinary experience.

Clippity Do Da dog grooming salon at 2235 W. Wisconsin Ave., was purchased by LeeAnn Johnson. Michelle Semrow was the owner/operator for the past 13 years. Services include toothbrushing, facials, mud baths, medicated treatment to alleviate numerous skin issues, ear care, paw care, touch ups and full grooming packages.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College sent nine students to the state capitol in February as part of a statewide showcase of service learning. More than 60 students representing all 16 Wisconsin technical colleges participated in the event. The project NWTC presented was part of its Electrical Power Distribution and Gas Utility classes. The students installed lights along two miles of ski trails at the Reforestation Camp in Brown County,  allowing cross-country skiers to enjoy skiing at night. The student showcase event is designed to increase awareness of the many ways Wisconsin’s technical college students give back to their communities as part of their educational experience.

Holiday Inn Manitowoc reported high sales for 2015 after a $5 million property-wide renovation. Local corporate room nights were up by 20 percent with group and convention sales topping off at a 40 percent increase over 2014.

Gannett Co. Inc., owner of multiple media properties in Wisconsin, including daily newspapers in the New North region, acquired Journal Media Group, which includes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in an agreement providing Journal Media Group shareholders $12 for each share of Journal Media Group common stock.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare became part of Ascension Wisconsin. The agreement includes Wheaton’s Southeast Wisconsin Region with eight hospital campuses, 350 medical group physicians, outpatient centers and nearly 11,000 associates as well as the related corporate services.

Operon Systems LLC has signed on and will install its MRP/MES workflow and shop floor software programs at Welsh Custom Slitting & Rewinding in Greensboro, N.C. Operon Systems is a software company for the paper converting industry, located in Greenville.

Two New North-area company entries have advanced to the semi-final round of the annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Beyond Measure LLC and ActiveEDU LLC are among 51 entries that will go to the semifinals.

Stellar Blue Technologies launched a new custom employee intranet for Miron Construction. The employee intranet serves as an internal communication source and document repository.

Shady Lane, Inc., launched a new website which includes information on services, frequently asked questions, helpful resource links and more.

First Bank Financial Centre supported the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight and Camp Hometown Heroes with two separate donations. The bank presented a check for $11,000 to Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, a program that honors all veterans by flying WWII, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. The bank also donated several autographed items to Camp Hometown Heroes to be used for future fundraising. Camp Hometown Heroes is a week-long overnight summer camp for children and siblings of fallen U.S. service members.

Unity Hospice of Green Bay was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to help fund hospice room and board at the Jack and Engrid Meng Residence for individuals 60 years and older who have limited or absent financial resources.

Northern Sky Theater received a matching grant of $11,500 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This grant supports Northern Sky’s commitment to writing and developing new works of musical theater tailored for the company’s multi-generational audiences.

A St. Norbert College project studying disease in fish received a $232,000 grant from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, part of $3.9 million in grants the organization is awarding for projects.

Faith Technologies received the Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin Safety Award of Excellence. To qualify for this award, companies must provide annual lost workday cases and demonstrate OSHA recordable incidents at least 10 percent lower than the industry’s annual average.

Oshkosh Corporation has been named to the 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company list by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical businesses. Oshkosh is one of 131 companies representing 54 industry sectors in 21 countries on five continents named to this list.

Network Health scored above its competition in an independent survey of provider satisfaction conducted by Symphony Performance Health Analytics. Network Health earned 84.2 percent of overall provider satisfaction, well above the next closest competitor, which received 55.3 percent.

Dental Health Products, Inc. donated $4,000 in scholarships to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College for the Dental Hygienist Program and $1,000 in scholarships for the Dental Assistant program.

1st National Bank revealed a new logo and visual brand identity. The changes can be viewed across its network of nine financial centers and its website, MyFirstNational.com.

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Fond du Lac-based Agnesian HealthCare’s rating to “A2” from “A3,” affecting approximately $100 million of fixed rate revenue bonds. The upgrade is based on several factors including Agnesian’s track record and strong operating cash flow margins, steadily improved liquidity ratios and distinctly leading market share.

Agnesian HealthCare was also featured in Becker’s Healthcare 2016 list of “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” Agnesian HealthCare was previously recognized for this in 2011 and 2014 for its wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion.

The Edge Advisors website, developed by BrownBoots Interactive Inc., won a Silver ADDY award at the Fox River Ad Club Awards. The award recognizes excellence in advertising throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.

WPS Health Solutions achieved gold-level status as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite. The designation recognizes employers for encouraging employee physical activity, providing healthy eating options at work and promoting a culture of wellness.

The Town of Sheboygan partnered with Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and The Retail Coach to assist in identifying and reaching out to retailers that can benefit from locations within the Sheboygan market. The Town of Sheboygan recently attracted Sam’s Club and hopes to build upon that success.

Future Neenah recognized the following businesses for businesses and partnerships of the year awards: Appleton International Airport, Corporate Citizen of the Year Award; Culvers, Friend of Neenah Award; Cannova’s Pizzeria, Downtown Business of the Year Award and Neenah Joint School District, Civic Partner of the Year Award.

Bemis Company, Inc. was recognized by the Flexible Packaging Association during its 60th annual awards program with the Highest Achievement Award for the Campbell’s Ready Meals pouch. The award showcases innovation and advancement of the use for flexible packaging.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital of Sheboygan is now offering state-of-the-art technology called Telestroke that allows for faster, improved care of stroke patients. Telestroke is a telemedicine technology that connects stroke patients and emergency department physicians with highly-skilled stroke experts with the click of a button.

Demolition has taken place on Chilton’s Premier Financial Union as part of a rebuild project. The original building located at 50 E. Chestnut Street was completely demolished by TRC MidValley Utilities. A new Premier Financial Credit Union will be built on the same site and when completed, the new building will be twice the size as the original.