A.M. Best affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ (Superior) rating is the highest of the ratings agency’s 16 ratings categories. A.M. Best cited Thrivent Financial’s strong capitalization and earnings, positive operating results, higher assets under management, increased scale in its core lines of business, and its strong market presence within the Lutheran community as the primary reasons for its affirmation.
The H.S. Group, which provides recruiting, outplacement, talent management and human resource services and has offices in Green Bay and Appleton, received the Referral Excellence Award from the Career Partners International.
The Fox Cities is one step closer to being named a Well City by the Wellness Council of America. The initiative aims to have at least 20 percent of employees working for businesses who have received the Well Workplace designation by May 31, 2013. Six local employers recently received their Well Workplace Awards: Affinity Health System, Appleton, Aurora Health Care, J.J. Keller, Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Network Health.
The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded a $50,000 grant to the City of Neenah for a 360-foot bridge to connect Herb & Dolly Smith Park with Arrowhead Park. The proposed trestle bridge crosses the Neenah Slough. It will be located on a stretch of trail that provides public access to 3,000 feet of shoreline and makes it possible for a visitor in downtown Neenah to walk, run or bike safely to the Fox Cities Trestle Bridge across Little Lake Butte des Morts.
Leadership Green Bay, a community development program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, received the Leadership Wisconsin Collaborating for Transformation award.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin in Green Bay gave Schreiber Foods its President’s Award during the organization’s 40th Annual Appreciation Banquet in April. Schreiber received the award as the most significant contributor of time, talent and resources in 2011.
The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame has been awarded a capacity building grant from unrestricted funds within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The $6,000 award to grant from the Community Foundation is to fund the software upgrade necessary for the organization to systematically track 1,200 donors and begin a more effective fundraising strategy.
Cellcom launched its 4G LTE network in April in seven areas of Northeast and Central Wisconsin, including cell sites in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau, and parts of Oconto and Marinette Counties. 4G LTE technology improves data speeds.
Austin Straubel International Airport’s FlyGBR campaign has captured two more ADDY Awards – a Gold ADDY for the campaign’s television ads and a Silver ADDY for the print campaign. As a result of the awards at the regional ADDY competition in Minneapolis, the campaign will move on to the national awards program in Austin, Texas. The advertising campaign was created and executed by Arketype.
The Wickman House restaurant opened in Ellison Bay in Door County during Memorial Day weekend. The restaurant is in a historical building that was previously T. Ashwells Fine Dining restaurant, the Griffin Inn and the Ellison Bay Lodge.
The Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay added two new tenants to its business incubation program: OnwardPath Technology Solutions, LLC, an information technology company providing consulting and technology services; and Earth Development, Inc.’s landscaping division.
Coldwell Banker has relocated its Baileys Harbor operations to its Egg Harbor location.
Outagamie County Airport received the “Best Marketing Award” from Allegiant Travel Company. The award was for the airport’s “Toes in the Sand” campaign, which used social media and community engagement throughout its promotion.
ThedaCare selected The Boldt Co. of Appleton as general contractor and construction manager for the new ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, which will replace the 81-year-old Shawano Medical Center.
Wisconsin Public Service donated a pickup truck to Habitat ReStore in Green Bay.
Woodward Radio Group of Appleton and Green Bay won 38 awards at the recent Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards Gala held in Madison, including 15 first place awards and two Station of the Year awards.
American Tissue Services Foundation recognized Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah for their outstanding efforts in providing families with tissue donation options. Each had a strong conversion rate, which measures how many donations were received from eligible candidates.
Bellin Health in Green Bay is offering a new, minimally-invasive option to treat a progressive heart valve disease. It is one of only a few hospitals nationwide offering the Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2011.
Stephenson National Bank & Trust is opening Marquette Trust & Investment Services Office in Marquette, Mich., an expansion to the existing Trust Department which is headquartered in Marinette.
A.C.E. Building Service of Manitowoc has completed a design/build remodel project for Orthopaedic Associates of Manitowoc to create a new space for physical and occupational therapy.
Kimberly-Clark of Neenah was featured in the book The Face-to-Face Book: Why Real Relationships Rule in a Digital Marketplace, by Ed Keller and Brad Fay. In the book the authors discuss Kimberly-Clark’s highly effective word-of-mouth campaign that helped launch their successful tampon brand U by Kotex in 2010.
Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders, a design/build general contractor with offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau, will design and build the 6,280-square-foot bus service center and office for Lamers Bus Lines under the direction of Keller Project Manager Mark Nysted, and Architect Steve Klessig.
Appleton’s Great Northern Corporation marked 50 years of business in May. The company grew from a handful of employees operating leased equipment in a rented building to one of the nation’s largest independent producers of corrugated packaging. The company has more than 1,000 employees and operations in seven states.
Ostrander Financial Group, LLC recently opened in Manitowoc.
The Green Bay Packers, Inc. is one of 40 businesses listed by The GOOD Company Project, an online campaign collaborating with IBM to highlight 40 businesses with between 100 and 1,000 employees, for positive contributions toward economic and social improvement.