On The Move – Business

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 :: Business on the move
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve announced the construction of a $4 million, 18,000-square-foot environmental center set to be completed in 2017, pending approval by the Town of Grand Chute.

SECURA Insurance was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. The award is based on extensive ratings provided by employees in anonymous surveys. The company also was recognized among Ward’s 50 top performers for the third year in a row.

Agnesian HealthCare has been recognized for a fifth consecutive year by the American Heart Association as one of its “Start! Fit-Friendly Companies.” Regionally, the association recognized 287 companies in 2016. More than 595,000 employees participated in the programs.

Miron Construction Co., Inc., has several new projects underway: A $9.9 million renovation of Shawano Middle School, in partnership with Somerville Inc., Architects and Engineers, with upgrades to the building, totaling 136,000 square feet; a 27,000-square-foot O’Malley Honda facility and grounds in Wausau, in partnership with Gries Architectural Group, Inc., also includes a 40,000-square-foot parking lot reconstruction; a $3.2 million car rental facility for Appleton International Airport, in partnership with Mead & Hunt, Inc.; a 91,691-square-foot addition and 34,234-square-foot renovation project for St. Norbert College’s indoor athletic facility, in partnership with Performa, Inc., including the installation of a competition-size pool as well as renovations to the training and locker room facilities; and an 11,000-square-foot renovation of Primary Care Associates of Appleton, in partnership with Somerville Inc., that includes a new lab, expanding the vestibule, constructing new office spaces and remodeling the existing waiting rooms.

Lawrence University earned its second consecutive gold honors in the annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence competition for recruitment brochures entitled “The Power of Engaged Learning at Lawrence University” and its student recruitment mailer “Don’t Just Finish. Flourish.”

McClone, a Wisconsin-based risk management company, completed its integration of the Burkart-Heisdorf Company. All Burkart-Heisdorf locations have been renamed McClone. McClone acquired Burkart-Heisdorf in 2012. The building in Sheboygan was renamed the Burkart-Heisdorf Building to honor the company’s 100 years.

A.C.E. Building Service was selected as the design/build contractor for an expansion and renovation of Country Vision’s Manitowoc convenience store in Manitowoc Rapids.

Marion Body Works moved into its 19,000-square-foot headquarters building featuring two large customer conference rooms with roll-up doors to showcase client vehicles, corporate offices, four state-of-the-art conference rooms and the 1905 Café, an employee cafeteria featuring tables and work stations that face large windows overlooking the patio. Built by Appleton-based Consolidated Construction Co., Inc., Marion Body Works moved into the new facilities in less than nine months from the project groundbreaking in August 2015. Upgrades also included a 42,000-square-foot expansion to the existing 183,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility.

Mid-America Real Estate-Wisconsin announced the following transactions: Cricket Wireless leased 2,466 square feet at Park Plaza, 3110 Calumet Ave., Manitowoc; Fox World Travel renewed its lease at Taylor Heights, Sheboygan; and Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market leased 28,876 square feet at Bayside Marketplace Shopping Center, Ashwaubenon.

Quasius Construction acquired the Bray Architecture building on North Eighth Street in downtown Sheboygan and will renovate the structure for its new headquarters. Quasius’ move downtown enables the expansion of Paper Box & Specialty Company, as well as the Sheboygan Evangelical Free Church, both of which are acquiring previous Quasius properties.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. announced BTI Consulting named the firm to its “Strongest Firms for Banking Work” listing in the BTI Power Rankings 2016 report. Godfrey & Kahn’s Banking & Financial Institutions Practice Group was one of only 11 firms listed nationally and the only Wisconsin law firm listed.

Faith Technologies, an electrical, engineering and technology systems contractor, in partnership with Boldt Construction, completed ThedaCare’s Regional Cancer Center. The new building is LEED-certified and includes features such as six-foot-thick concrete walls in the radiation treatment vaults, a peaceful green space with gardens, a walking trail and collaborative workspaces for specialists to easily communicate.

County Bancorp, Inc., the parent company for Investors Community Bank, announced the company was added to the Russell 3000 Index and the Russell Global Index.

AM 1570/95.3 FM The Score, WSCO-Appleton expanded its lineup to include two Wisconsin-based shows: Lucas and Dawson, 6 to 8 a.m., Monday through Friday; and The Mike Heller Show, 4 to 6 p.m., from iHeart Media in Madison.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors added several new members: Shaleen Devgun, Susan May, Scott Murphy and Kim Ritzow fill vacancies created by retiring board members Darwin Copeman, Mame Heaney, Jim Johnson, Karen Laws and Robert Di Renzo. Beth Flaherty will continue on to her second year as board chair. Other officers include: Angelo Ninivaggi, vice chair; John Krause, secretary-treasurer; and John Hogerty, immediate past chair.

Schenck SC unveiled refreshed branding and a new logo to represent the future vision, behaviors and culture of the firm. The updated look better reflects its position as a progressive CPA and consulting firm serving clients throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states.

Holy Family Memorial received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care, an emergency care award identifying health care institutions based on female patient satisfaction.

Omni Glass & Paint, Inc.’s commercial paint division will be part of the renovations and expansions at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Marinette and Green Bay locations. For NWTC Marinette, Omni will be performing the drywall finishing and painting. At the Green Bay location, Omni will be performing the drywall taping only.

Great Place to Work and Fortune have named Marco one of the country’s “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” in 2016.

Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. of Green Bay announced Van Zeeland Nursery & Landscape, Inc. of Little Chute has been acquired by Yards of Eden, Little Chute. John P. Kelly of Cornerstone was the mergers and acquisitions advisor to Van Zeeland Nursery.

A 20,000-square-foot expansion of McMAHON’s Neenah offices is underway and includes the renovation and reconfiguration of the existing 38,000- square-foot office space. The facility is being expanded to accommodate a growing number of staff and provide new and improved meeting and collaboration spaces.

KELLER, Planners, Architects, Builders, a design/build general contractor, announced several new projects: a 1,717-square-foot dental clinic for Midwest Dental, Chilton; a 9,600-square-foot addition for Vita Builders, Fall River; a 33,500-square-foot manufacturing addition for Sierra Coating Technologies, De Pere; a 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters for Lake Country Corporation, Mayville; a remodel of Jung Garden Center, Fitchburg; the renovation of Applied Industrial Technologies, Appleton; a 5,500-square-foot addition and remodel for Hart & Olson Family Dentistry, Portage; and a remodel of Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill.

Breakthrough Fuel launched a punch card program as part of a summer challenge to encourage team members to get involved in the Downtown Green Bay community. Each Breakthrough Fuel team member was given a punch card featuring 16 activities in downtown Green Bay, including Fridays on the Fox, Farmer’s Market on Broadway, Dine on the Deck, Taste on Broadway and the Tall Ships Festival. When attending one of these events, team members are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation, such as walking, biking or carpooling.

City Disposal Services, Inc., of Appleton, released a dumpster rental app, available for both Android and Apple devices, that makes it convenient for contractors, businesses and homeowners to view available dumpster sizes, obtain quotes, and schedule waste container drop offs or pickups. The app also contains information regarding other services, such as portable storage containers and waste disposal/recycling services.

CRW Insurance & Financial Services of New Holstein was named one of the Top 10 Growth Agencies for auto owners insurance in Wisconsin for 2015.

Omni Glass & Paint, Inc. will be working on the exterior curtain wall, storefront and glazing for the expansion of Waupun Memorial Hospital this fall. The entire project involves constructing a two-story 52,775-square-foot addition on the north side of the hospital, facing Main Street. When completed, the new building will feature 21 in-patient rooms, including 15 medical or surgical rooms, three intensive care rooms and three labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms.

Employees at the Neenah Foundry Company, a Neenah Enterprises, Inc. company, achieved 4 million hours without a lost work day case. The foundry was recently recognized by the American Foundry Society with its Millionaire’s Safety Award when it reached the 3 million-hour mark. Safety changes initiated in the past five years resulted in an 87 percent decrease in recordable work injuries, and during which the facility has surpassed two years and over 4 million hours without a lost work day case. Neenah Enterprises, Inc. operates facilities across the U.S. including: Neenah Foundry Company in Neenah; Advanced Cast Products in Meadville, Pa.; Mercer Forge in Mercer and Wheatland, Pa.; Morgan’s Welding, Inc. in Myerstown, Pa; and Deeter Foundry in Lincoln, Neb. Neenah Foundry Company also operates 16 distribution yards in 15 states.

Investors Community Bank was listed as a top loan producer nationally among community banks, according to the Independent Community Bankers of America, which represents more than 6,000 community banks across the nation. Investors Community Bank was recognized in two categories: Top 50 Overall Loan Producer — $500 million to $1 billion in assets, where it ranked 26th; and Top 25 Agriculture Loan Producers — Community Banks with $500 million to $1 Billion in Assets, where it ranked second.

New Berlin-based Pieper Electric Inc. has acquired Green Bay-based HiTech Controls and Manufacturing Solutions for an undisclosed price. Mike Shea was the majority owner of HiTech, and will remain with the company as a consultant. HiTech, founded in 1985, provides manufacturing automation solutions and has 58 employees at locations in Green Bay, Neenah and Cincinnati, Ohio. Those employees and operations will remain in place under the HiTech name in the integration. Pieper, founded in 1947, is a plumbing, heating and HVAC contractor for both commercial and residential customers. The acquisition of HiTech will add capabilities for Pieper, such as robotics, vision inspection systems and full project engineering.

IGNITE! Business Success has added its 18th partner, Junior Achievement –Winnebago Region, to the entrepreneurial network’s educational resources.

Two years ago, IGNITE! Business Success started with 15 entrepreneur resource providers with the goal to deliver a higher level of service consistency and support for Fond du Lac County entrepreneurs in all stages of development. Since October 2014, IGNITE! resource providers collaboratively worked with 40 entrepreneurs.

Skyline Technologies, a Green Bay-based IT consulting firm, was recognized by Microsoft for a mobile platform developed for Appleton’s annual Mile of Music. The company developed the mobile platform which was featured in a video presentation mid-July at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The conference brings together more than 15,000 attendees from around the globe for a week of networking and learning. 

“We are extremely proud to be featured at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference,” says Skyline CEO Mitch Weckop. “The recognition and international exposure underscores Skyline’s commitment to developing innovative technologies for our client partners as well as supporting our community in impactful and meaningful ways.”

Green Bay’s Captain’s Walk Winery received a Double Gold designation for its 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2016 International Tasters Guild Wine Competition. Just 4 percent of competitors receive such an award. More than 1,600 wines from 10 countries and 36 states in the United States competed in the contest, and of them, 72 were awarded a Double Gold.

In addition, Captain’s Walk Winery’s 2014 Captain’s White, 2013 Chardonnay, and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc were awarded silver medals in their respective categories.

Cruisers Yachts, a brand of KCS International, Inc., announced the 2017 model year 60 Flybridge, featuring enhanced views and more living space, will be available at dealerships in the fall. Cruisers Yachts is known as one of the world’s premier providers of midsize luxury pleasure yachts and produces models from 31 to 60 feet in its Oconto facility.