On the move – Business l October

Posted on Oct 1, 2011 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

A former Mirro Co. manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, which sat idle for 10 years, has been renovated into 65,000-square-feet of additional prime manufacturing space for Skana Aluminum Co. The space houses three stamping presses, a cut-to-length line and slitting equipment to support the growing aluminum distribution and OEM markets. The operation will serve as a division of the company to be known as Skana Aluminum Products to better define it in the marketplace. The renovation included the installation of a new roof, stripping and painting the ceiling and piping, removing obsolete piping and flooring and new air lines and a compressor. The project cost is estimated at $500,000.

The Fox Cities Sports Commission is offering grants to help organizations create or attract sporting competitions and events in the Fox Cities. The new program is designed to help non-profit organizations host events that generate overnight stays, positively impact the local economy, provide athletic opportunities for local youth or adults and create media exposure for the Fox Cities. A maximum grant of $5,000 per event will be given to help offset bid fees, facility/site costs, municipal services or marketing to potential out-of-town participants.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah donated more than 500 carats of rough diamonds to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Jewelers Mutual originally acquired this unique diamond collection to display in the company’s on-site R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals. The larger diamonds are anticipated to be added to the Smithsonian’s public diamond exhibit and be featured on the museum’s mineral website.

Morton Pharmacy, which is based in Neenah, sold its retail pharmacy operations to Walgreens and will focus its business as a long-term care pharmacy provider serving patients in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The Morton store in Winneconne was not affected by the sale and will remain open.

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, the largest real estate firm in Northeast Wisconsin, was named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle for the 25th year in a row. This designation was awarded to companies who attained closed adjusted gross commission income of $8 million or more during the 2010 calendar year. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group is one of only 48 Coldwell Banker affiliated companies throughout the world to receive the award.

ThedaCare Physicians and Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin S.C. teamed up to offer a full range of dermatology services at Shawano Medical Center. Services offered include skin cancer detection, acne, birthmark and spider vein treatments and cosmetic procedures. The providers who will see patients in Shawano include: Dr. Kenneth J. Pechman, Dr. Paul Stover, Dr. Frances S. Ballo, Dr. Seymon Zarkhin and Kent Holst, a certified physician assistant.

Miles Kimball Co. of Oshkosh received a silver award in the e-commerce category from Multichannel Merchant for its revamped website.

BPM Inc. of Peshtigo teamed up with West World Paper to offer 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper to customers in western Canada. Envirographic 100 is available in rolls, folio, cut size, envelope stock and book publishing papers.

Independent Printing Co. Inc. in De Pere received two Benny awards during the annual premier print awards gala in Chicago. The honored projects include Appleton Coated’s U-2 Throwdown – the Battle of the Finishes, which took top prize in the booklet category, and Neenah Paper’s private watermarks presentation folder in the folder/portfolio category.

The TREG Foundation, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s not-for-profit foundation, raised more than $26,000 at its annual golf outing.

Weidert Group, an Appleton marketing agency, is partnering with HubSpot, a Cambridge, Mass.-based software firm and leader in inbound marketing. Inbound marketing is a strategic business development approach enabling businesses to effectively attract, measure, and analyze web traffic and systematically convert traffic to leads and leads into customers.

ACH Foam Technologies’ facility in Fond du Lac was featured on the ION network’s “World’s Greatest TV” show. ACH Foam manufactures insulation, geotechnical, packaging and lost foam expanded polystyrene products.

The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District received a 2010 National Association of Clean Water Agencies Peak Performance Award for its Green Bay and De Pere facilities.

Manitowoc Crane Care certified H&E Equipment’s Salt Lake City branch for its EnCORE Partners program. The branch is now qualified to remanufacture Manitowoc, Grove and National Crane products.

New London Family Medical Center has added Definity, a contrast agent to improve the image quality of echocardiograms – also known as cardiac ultrasound.

Susan Frost Advertising Inc. changed its name to Frost Marketing Communications Inc. to better reflect the company’s integrated marketing offerings.

Network Health Plan in Menasha announced recently that it grew 25 percent during the past 18 months. It currently has 127,000 members in its customized commercial and Medicare health insurance services.

Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. received the Most Valuable Partner status for 2011 in a new program from the Material Handling Equipment Dealers Association for its distributor members.

WOW Logistics was recognized by Food Logistics magazine as a top 3PL and cold storage provider servicing the food industry for the sixth consecutive year.

SCA, a global hygiene company and maker of the Tork brand of away-from-home (AFH) paper products, has become the first AFH manufacturer to attain certification on its lines of napkins from the Biodegradable Products Institute, one of the largest independent compost certification groups in North America.

The Advance Business Center incubator, which is located on Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s campus in Green Bay, was renamed the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center. In addition, the facility where it was housed – formerly known as the Business Assistance Center – was renamed the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center. The incubator program’s name change reflects its role in serving all entrepreneurs, not just those in the professional services industry. The building’s name change to the same name is a nod to the incubator, around whom all the other business-oriented organizations in the building revolve in providing services to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Advance Business & Manufacturing Center has operated a successful incubation program since 1987, serving more than 240 companies.

Thilmany of Kaukauna along with ConAgra of Omaha, Neb., received the International Packaging Professionals 2011 AmeriStar award for the new Orville Redenbacker Pop-Up Bowl package. When the flat package is placed in the microwave, it opens up like a bowl so the users can easily enjoy their popcorn. ConAgra worked with Thilmany to develop the innovative packaging.

The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission’s (ECWRPC) Safe Routes to School initiative has a new brand, featuring a new logo and campaign. The updated and innovative look reflects the initiative’s goal of getting children and parents engaged about creating healthier lifestyles and traveling safely to school. ECWRPC engaged the assistance of A2Z Design and Red Shoes PR on the project.

Kmotion Media, a full service video and animation production company in Green Bay, had a spot selected for Sony’s VideON Online Network, a website dedicated to educating and entertaining the professional production community and successful results that Sony users are obtaining with HD video technology. The featured TV spot was for Aurora Health Care.

Lawrence University in Appleton was listed as No. 44 on the Sierra Club’s fifth annual rankings of the country’s top “green” colleges. Last year, the college was ranked No. 106.

Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc. of Green Bay received the Mechanical Service Contractors of America GreenStar designation, which recognizes qualified contractors who have met stringent guidelines for environmental responsibility throughout their companies.

ACUITY in Sheboygan was ranked as the 71st-largest company in the latest National Underwriter ranking of Top 100 Property Casualty Insurance Groups, a five-point jump from the previous list.

Patrick and Jessica Markham of Arneson Aftermarket in Sturgeon Bay won a $1,000 cash prize for the business plan originating from the annual NxLevel entrepreneurial training course offered earlier this year by the Door County Economic Development Corporation and UW-Green Bay’s Small Business Development Center. Arneson Aftermarket is a startup business with a mission of providing choice to marinas, marine service professionals and boat owners by supplying aftermarket diesel marine parts, initially starting with maintenance items such as oil and fuel filters.

C.A. Lawton in De Pere has completed the first phase of a planned expansion of its sand delivery system. The company added silos and other key components to its sand system as a first step in increasing system capacity and foundry production.

The Wisconsin Naval Ship Association plans to turn a former Alliant Energy operations building in downtown Sheboygan into a naval museum and education center. The museum’s centerpiece will be berthing the USS Canon, a 165-foot-long, Vietnam-era gunboat, on the south side of the river across from the museum. The group hopes the museum and ship will provide hands-on, interactive opportunities to explore naval history as well as math and sciences.

Leicht Transfer & Storage Co. in Green Bay received the national PECO Pallet Control Award for 2010, an honor bestowed by PECO Pallet, the North American leader in pallet rental services. The award recognizes national mill, warehouse and distribution centers that demonstrate a commitment to audit efficiency and accuracy. Leicht won the PECO award in the warehouse category by demonstrating an inventory accuracy of greater than 99.75 percent in 2010.

IPS Testing, the Appleton-based independent testing laboratory, has announced a formal joint venture with UW-Stevens Point’s Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, a multi-disciplinary unit at the university. The recently signed agreement expands the long-standing relationship between the two organizations and will allow both entities to offer additional tests and overall services to their clients.

The Advance Brown County MicroLoan Program recently awarded microloans to Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living LLC, a new organization focused on serving severely emotionally disturbed children and their families in a community setting, and to Stadium Bakery, which was recently purchased by Stacey Spencer.

Woodward Radio launched a new station – 92.9 Country WXMM. Woodward now has seven stations in the the Fox Valley.

Fava Tea Company, which is headquartered in the Fox Cities, opened a store in Greenfield.