On the Move – Business l November

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 :: Business on the move
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The Boldt Company of Appleton reached an agreement to take over future projects and industrial construction services from the Selmer Co., which is transitioning from general construction services into construction management until it completes existing projects in 2013. Selmer is also liquidating its entire equipment line. As part of the transition, many existing Selmer employees will become Boldt employees. The Selmer Company opened for business in 1896 under

the original ownership of H.J. Selmer. The current ownership group of

Mitch Meyer, David Schleis and

Wayne Rodda purchased the

company in 1995.

Fitch Ratings affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ AA (Very Strong) rating with a stable outlook. The agency cited Thrivent’s strong market franchise, good profitability in relation to surplus levels and sound risk adjusted capitalization. Thrivent also announced it made voluntary contributions to four taxing entities in the Fox Cities totaling $783,542 in gratitude for the strong relationship shared with the community. Under Wisconsin law, fraternal benefit societies such as Thrivent may claim a property tax exemption for up to 10 acres of property. Despite the exemption, Thrivent Financial voluntarily gave $281,895 to the city of Appleton, $279,210 to the Appleton Area School District, $158,793 to Outagamie County and $63,644 to Fox Valley Technical College.

Consolidated Construction in Appleton launched a new interactive website, 1call2build.com. Created by Element Creative of De Pere, the site features the company’s new package of consolidated building services, including funding, architecture, construction and service.

SCA, which has operations in the Fox Cities, now offers the Tork Better Business podcast series, which is designed to increase interaction with customers and to provide product solutions and industry information to businesses. The free podcasts are available at the iTunes store or at www.torkgreenhygienecouncil.com.

The City of Omro was admitted into the Wisconsin Main Street Program. The Winnebago County city will receive intensive technical services and training from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation staff to revitalize its downtown area while preserving its historic character.

The largest instrumentation grant in Lawrence University’s history — $552,666 from the National Science Foundation — will fund the purchase of a confocal microscope system to support biological research and strengthen hands-on research training. Seven teams of faculty mentors and student researchers — six from Lawrence and one from the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley — will use the microscope to advance understanding in developmental biology, cell biology, physiology and biochemistry.

The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District installed a solar- powered meter station on Scottwood Drive in Green Bay. Two solar panel tracking units capable of producing about 10,000 kWh annually were installed, thanks to a $29,150 grant from Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service.

Unity, which provides hospice and palliative care in Green Bay, received $100,000 from the annual Schreiber Charity Golf Classic to support its bereavement program.

Keller Planners, Architects and Builders is designing and building a new 2,730-square-foot oral surgery center for Winnebago Oral Surgery in Fond du Lac. The facility is being designed to accommodate current technological equipment and will have the capacity for future advances in medical technology.

The Wisconsin Winery Tour received a $12,865 Joint Effort Marketing grant. The grant provides enough funds to continue marketing tours at 45 wineries from around the state. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism estimates the campaign will generate more than $300,000 in economic impact.

Menasha Corporation in Neenah received the Rotary Recognizes award from the Fox Cities Morning Rotary Club, acknowledging the company’s commitment to sustainability.

NorthStar Health System and Bellin Health of Green Bay have expanded their partnership to enhance operational effectiveness at the Iron River, Mich., health system’s primary care clinics and improve services for the surrounding communities. Under the agreement, Bellin Health will oversee operations at NorthStar’s five clinic locations and provide additional management staff. The clinics will remain under NorthStar’s ownership; employees of the clinics will remain NorthStar employees.

Heartland Business Systems upgraded its Little Chute data center to accommodate the increasing business demand for hosted or “cloud” IT services. The upgrade added a raised floor area to enhance climate control and server capacity and bring the Heartland data center to more than 100 terabytes of data storage. The upgrade also includes a second UPS (uninterruptable power supply), designed to bridge the gap between any utility power outage and the data center’s dual backup generators, which provide emergency power paths. Heartland Business Systems was also recognized as a part of the CRN’s 2011 VAR500 list, which ranks the top technology integrators and IT solution provider organizations in North America. The VAR500 rankings consider earnings from hardware sales, software sales and managed IT services. Heartland placed 171st on the list this year, up from No. 307 last year.

Brown County Oral Health Partnership Inc. (OHP) graduated from the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center’s incubation program in Green Bay. OHP, a medical assistance oral health care provider for the underserved and underinsured children in Green Bay, entered the business incubator in late 2007 as the incubator’s first non-profit organization. OHP is now located at 331 N. Broadway in downtown

Green Bay.

Jet Air Group now offers complete air transportation and flight services for Green Bay Packers games. The company partnered with the Packers to become the official Gateway to Lambeau.

Health Payment Systems Inc. (HPS), a Milwaukee-based health care company that simplifies the health care payment experience for patients, providers and employers, added ThedaCare’s five hospitals and physician group to its growing network. The new relationship provides patients with a simple, clear monthly statement that includes all healthcare charges for the entire family.

Shuttlelift of Sturgeon Bay recently sold a single-beam mobility gantry crane to Construction Products Inc. in Jackson, Tenn.

Two health care facilities designed by Berners-Schober architecture+engineering+interiors in Green Bay were featured in Healthcare Design. The projects featured include St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center’s new regional cancer center and healing gardens in Green Bay and Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

New London Family Medical Center recently completed a makeover of its therapy department to now include an open gym and private evaluation rooms.

Holy Family Medical Center in Manitowoc launched a travel health program to offer personalized counseling to people planning overseas trips.

First Business Bank launched a new interest-bearing checking account for businesses. Recent regulatory changes allow banks to pay interest on checking balances to all businesses.

Wipfli LLP, a CPA and consulting firm with operations in Green Bay and Appleton, formalized its public company (SEC) services practice. Team members serve emerging-growth and mid-sized publicly held companies as well as entrepreneurial, private companies contemplating going public.

A new strategic partnership between Bank First of Manitowoc and Legacy Private Trust Co. of Neenah will have Legacy assume all responsibility for the bank’s trust and investment management accounts. Paul Callan, the bank’s vice president of wealth management, is now a Legacy employee, but will continue to serve Bank First customers.

The Bridgewood Resort & Hotel Conference Center in Neenah was named a Best Western Premier Property. Only 15 Best Westerns in the country received this honor. The Bridgewood Resort & Hotel Conference Center in Neenah was named a Best Western Premier Property. Only 15 Best Westerns in the country received this honor.

Neenah’s Bergstrom-Mahler Museum announced a shift to focus on its core strength – glass – to more accurately reflect the museum’s mission and the organization’s passion. All programming at the museum will now focus on glass. Bergstrom-Mahler Museum has been using the tagline Wisconsin’s Glass Museum as part of their logo for the past year.

The Building for Kids Children’s Museum in downtown Appleton will improve their exterior signage thanks to a grant from the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. The grant was funded through the Bureau’s Tourism Development Fund. The amount of the grant is $15,059. The current exterior sign on The Building for Kids can be read only from the east. The new sign will be readable from both the north and west as well.

Menasha Packaging Co. of Neenah purchased several pieces of equipment for its new 2,800-square-foot facility. The new equipment includes an ESKO 5080 Spark with HD flexo (CDI) digital imager, a DuPont Cyrel 3000 ETL-I lift top exposure unit and a DuPont Cyrel 3000i Inliner Plate processor. To minimize error, the new equipment will wash, dry, post expose and light finish in one pass. A Plate-Vac 300 solvent recovery unit from PRI, inc. was also added to recycle the solvent critical to this process. The changes allow Menasha’s Folding Carton Group the ability to break down files, separate, proof and assemble plate-ready files, which are sent to the PrePrint Group where printing plates are produced in-house. Previously, the company purchased all components, plates and separations from suppliers.

First National-Bank Fox Valley recently completed remodeling its Oshkosh branch. The new interior uses a teller pod concept where customers are waited on individually at one of several teller pods in the middle of the building. The remodeled interior adds workspaces and increases efficiencies to serve the bank’s growing customer base.

Wipfli LLP, which has offices in Appleton and Green Bay, was ranked No. 9 in the nation by Accounting Today of the top 10 of value added resellers in the nation among professional services firms and software resellers.

Contract Converting of Greenville has been appointed as a distributor for Valeron Strength Films.