ON THE MOVE – Business – August

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 :: Business on the move
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Moraine Park Technical College of Fond du Lac is commemorating its centennial this year. A time capsule opening and dedication ceremony is planned for Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Fond du Lac campus. The college, which started out in 1912 in one classroom above a Fond du Lac laundromat, has grown into a system of three campuses with a student body of more than 20,000.

TNT Fitness opened a new obstacle course and facility in Fond du Lac.

Just 4 Kidz Boutique LLC opened in Fond du Lac.

Concordia University Wisconsin received several awards from the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, including the Friend of the Environment: Environmental Innovation award for its EPA/DNR Environmental Health and Safety Audit program. Concordia has also moved its offices for continuing and distance education programs to a larger location off of its Mequon campus.

Coalesce, Inc. of Appleton was recently awarded a silver national ADDY Award in Austin, Texas. The marketing and communications agency was recognized for its Sales Promotion Point-of-Purchase entry, a product designed for its client, Verdi Olives.

Expert Therapy in Manitowoc recently relocated to a lower floor of the Orthopaedic Associates building.

Manitowoc Cranes participated in the annual Expomin show in Santiago, Chile, increasing its international presence in the mining community. The company has made several sales with Brazilian corporations.

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center was recognized with the QUEST Award for providing high quality health care and services. The facility accomplished improvements involving lowered costs and reduced readmission and mortality rates.

ASPIRO of Green Bay received a grant from the Community Foundation to support its Respite Care Program. The program aims to give caregivers a rest in tending to loved ones and provide a more comfortable life for family members involved.

Four businesses received awards at the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce business recognition luncheon: Wyss Family Clinic of Chiropractic received the Entrepreneurial Award; Energis High Voltage Resources, Inc. received the Growth Award; Green Bay Gamblers/PMI Entertainment Group received the Special Accomplishment Award; and Eland Electric Corporation received the Environmental Stewardship Award.

Buca di Beppo, the family-style Italian restaurant chain opened its 94th location on North Casaloma Drive in Appleton in June. The restaurant employs 65 new workers in the Appleton community.

Door County Trolley, Inc. announced the expansion of its fleet with the addition of a new trolley this year. The new trolley, bringing the fleet up to 10, was purchased from Hometown Trolley in Crandon.

US Lamp, Inc. of Green Bay was recently awarded a comprehensive lighting retrofit project for the Kiel Area School District. The project will save the district upwards of $64,000.

Tri City Glass & Door, Inc. of Appleton received certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The company meets the requirements of being 51 percent woman-owned, controlled and managed.

Arketype of Green Bay was given a first place Excellence in Marketing and Communications Award and a third place award for print advertising at the Airports Council International-North America for its creative work on the advertising campaign designed for Austin Straubel International Airport. The firm was also recognized with a national Gold ADDY Award, along with a national Silver ADDY Award, at the American Advertising Federation’s annual conference.

J. F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac was recently ranked the 25th largest mechanical contractor in the United States, and the 10th largest in the Midwest according to Contractor magazine’s 2012 “Book of Giants.” The magazine ranks the top 100 largest contractors by annual revenue for all mechanical projects. Additionally, Ahern ranked fifth in both fire protection and water/wastewater treatment sales. Ahern also recently installed a sprinkler system in a Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity home.

Boldt Co. of Appleton was recently accepted into the highest level of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, which recognizes companies for maintaining exemplary safety and health benchmarks above national standards. Boldt also recently opened an office in Green Bay. The opening is the next step in the business transition agreement with The Selmer Company. This Green Bay office is the 14th office for Boldt nationwide.

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry announced the winners of its annual business awards. The winners include: Carmella’s Italian Bistro of Grand Chute, Rising Star – Service Category; The Meat Block of Greenville, Rising Star – Wholesale/Retail Category; Plexus Corp. of Neenah, Business of the Year – Manufacturing Category; Faith Technologies Inc. of Menasha, Business of the Year – Service Category; Jacobs Meat Market of Appleton, Business of the Year – Wholesale/Retail Category; Appleton Group Wealth Management of Appleton, Company Innovation Award; Culver’s of Darboy, Corporate Citizen/Leadership Award; and Sure-Dry Basement Systems Inc. of Menasha, Exemplary Marketing and/or Performance Award.

Appleton Papers was honored at the Campaign to End Obesity’s Annual Congressional Awards in Washington D.C. for its dedication to employee health and the success of its wellness programs. The Wellness Council of America, the nation’s leading workplace authority, also recently awarded Appleton Papers its prestigious gold-level workplace wellness award, naming it one of the healthiest companies in America.

First National Bank-Fox Valley was recognized as a top lender by the Small Business Administration for helping area businesses create 90 jobs in northeast Wisconsin. The bank authorized 40 loans to businesses in the area totaling nearly $11 million.

American Transmission Co. of Waukesha recently energized a new, 7.2-mile power line along Highway 47 in the towns of Woodruff, Minocqua and Arbor Vitae. The Clear Lake-Woodmin project supports the local distribution network of Wisconsin Public Service Corp.

Baisch Engineering of Kaukauna was recognized by the Society for Marketing Professional Services of Wisconsin with a Marketing Excellence Award for its Corporate Identity Campaign. Baisch received the award at the annual SMPS award ceremony.

ThedaCare of Neenah, as part of the Rural Health Initiative, was awarded the American Hospital Association NOVA award for its initiative in reaching out to

Wisconsin’s farming communities. The health care provider was also recognized for its neighborhood garden, which produced 488 pounds of food to the community in 2011. In addition, ThedaCare raised more than $7,500 from the first Wine and Cheese Tasting in New London to benefit the Rural Health Initiative in Waupaca County. The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation, also part of ThedaCare, recently dedicated the new chapel at the New London Family Medical Center. And finally, communication technology called Martti is being tested at Appleton Medical Center. The online translation service gives patients and providers immediate access to 210 languages, including American Sign Language.

Modern Woodmen of America, headquartered in Rock Island, Ill., and Equitable Reserve Association, based in Neenah, have signed a letter of intent to combine. Upon completion of the transaction, Equitable Reserve’s 19,000 members will become members of Modern Woodmen. In addition, Modern Woodmen will take over Equitable Reserve’s operations, assets and liabilities. Modern Woodmen and Equitable Reserve will next develop a definitive agreement to complete the transaction.

Anytime Fitness’s Ripon location was purchased by Tim Brown. The fitness center also got a new look, which was completed in May.

Tegron Staffing of Appleton won the Gold Award in the Best of Staffing Firm category from Corporate Report Wisconsin. This award recognizes staffing companies with the highest level of integrity along with providing quality matches and outstanding customer service. Tegron is celebrating its 10th anniversary in providing staffing solutions and career options in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin is opening a Donation Express in Howard.

Legato Marketing & Communications of Green Bay has updated its name to Legato Healthcare Marketing, in order to better reflect the nature of its services and the niche market it serves. The new name emphasizes Legato’s exclusive commitment to the health care industry and reinforces its position as thought leaders in health care marketing. The company updated its website, www.golegato.com, to represent its newly designed brand.

Dreher Collision Concepts opened in Fond du Lac.

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. of Neenah has expanded its services to include Family and Medical Leave Act program administration. Keller’s compliance experts will work directly with company management to provide complete, confidential and consistent leave management.

Don Beebe’s House of Speed of Ashwaubenon announced a new addition to its facility. The expansion, Synergy Fields, LLC, will house a 13,500-square-foot, all-synthetic turf field. Synergy Fields will work in partnership with House of Speed to train athletes in soccer, football, baseball and softball and will be open to all types of athletes for league play and camps.

Nercon Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. of Oshkosh and Oconto celebrated its 35-year landmark in 2011. The company designs and manufactures conveyor equipment for large food and packaged goods manufacturers. This year, Nercon invested $1.25 million in state-of-the-art laser and machining equipment to streamline processes and create repeatable component and parts production.

Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of Green Bay recently achieved a significant safety milestone, surpassing 500,000 work hours without a lost time incident. The goal was accomplished over 15 months of operations, including design, development, welding, assembly and custom fabricated products.

44º North Advertising & Design, a marketing and design firm located in Oshkosh, and Candeo Creative, a social media marketing firm also based in Oshkosh, have formed a strategic partnership to provide a range of digital marketing services to businesses in the Fox Valley.

Unity of De Pere, a non-profit hospice and palliative care organization, impacted nearly 10,000 patients and families in Northeast Wisconsin in 2011. According to Unity’s annual report, 2,481 patients received care through hospice and palliative services and an additional 7,190 people through bereavement care. The total number of people served is a 10 percent increase over 2010.