Business on the Move – March 2013

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 :: People and Business on the Move
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Master Your Accent moved into the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay. Master Your Accent supports international speakers of English by helping them learn business communication tools to advance their careers and personal lives. Cher Gunderson, owner of Master Your Accent, is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist with postgraduate accent modification training.

The J.D. Byrider franchise in Appleton is one of 15 franchises recognized nationally with a President’s Award. The Appleton dealership is owned by Russ Darrow Jr. and Mike Darrow.

Immel Construction in Green Bay was awarded a contract for the construction of the first retail store for Wal-Mart to be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council. The new Wal-Mart Supercenter will be located in South Euclid, Ohio.

Eagle Graphics, a printer and supplier of corporate apparel, promotional products, signs, banners and business printing in Kaukauna, purchased the assets of Createach Inc., a Kimberly screen print, embroidery and promotional products distributor.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau recently received the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association’s Partnership Award, the highest award given by the association. The award recognizes a community organization that epitomizes the spirit of community service and has demonstrated the power of volunteerism to benefit park and recreation services.

The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Green Bay received silver LEED certification. Some of the green initiatives that lead to the Kroc Center’s achievement include low-flow plumbing fixtures; landscaping designed to minimize maintenance and motorized lawn care; an energy efficient pool heating system; use of material extracted, harvested and manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project; high indoor environmental quality due to low VOC materials; and efficient systematic controls like occupancy and daylight sensors.

The American Foundation of Counseling Services recently awarded its ethics in business awards. Harry Maier won in the individual category, the Animal House in the business category and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in the non-profit category.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust teamed up with Crime Stoppers of Marinette County to create a text-a-tip program. The bank made a donation to fund a new software program that allows tips to be texted in. The bank also has redesigned its website and online mortgage center at

Kimberly-Clark Corp. ranked No. 4 on the 2012 World’s Best 25 Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. This recognition from the Great Place to Work Institute follows several international workplace awards received by Kimberly-Clark this year, including No. 1 Best Multinational Company in Latin America by the Great Places to Work Institute for the third time in a row.

The Equitable Reserve Association’s 18,000 members are now officially a part of the Modern Woodmen of America organization. Modern Woodmen has taken over Equitable Reserve’s operations, assets and liabilities As part of the transaction, Equitable’s office in Neenah was closed, putting 28 people out of work. Modern Woodmen is based in Rock Island, Ill.

The Family Foot Clinic, SC, 21 S. Marr St., Fond du Lac, joined Agnesian HealthCare. The Family Foot Clinic serves patients in Chilton, Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun.

Maplewood Villa LLC’s new assisted living facility is now open on Highway 101 between Armstrong Creek and Florence in Florence County. The facility also provides respite care, Alzheimer’s care and hospice services.

Country Visions Cooperative is building a new convenience store in Mishicot. The 3,960-square-foot facility will replace the current store and is being built by A.C.E. Building Service of Manitowoc.

Modern Healthcare listed Godfrey & Kahn in its 2012 Largest Healthcare Law First listing. The survey lists the nation’s 79 largest health care law firms based on a blended score of health care lawyers employed in 2011 and American Health Lawyers Association membership as of July 27.

Affinity Visiting Nurses received the Top Agency of 2012 from HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies.

Thrivent Financial Bank’s deposits and virtually all liabilities and assets were transferred to a member-owned, member-governed federal credit union. The new Thrivent Financial Federal Credit Union has about $500 million in assets, making it one of the nation’s largest faith-based credit unions. Thrivent Federal Credit Union will not be owned by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, but will instead be owned by its more than 46,000 credit union members. The bank’s existing trust accounts, investment management accounts and individual retirement accounts will be serviced by the Thrivent Trust Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Lawrence University in Appleton received a $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support its multi-disciplinary initiative Sustainable China: Integrating Culture, Conservation and Commerce. The four-year implementation grant builds on two previous Luce Foundation planning grants that helped the college develop courses, research projects and study-abroad opportunities.

Cellcom added a larger wind turbine to its Chambers Island cell site in the Bay of Green Bay. The Chambers Island site is one of the company’s two alternative-energy

sites that use a combination of solar power and a wind turbine to operate. Solar power is the cell site’s main energy source, with peak energy from the sun occurring in June through August. To compensate for the decreased sunlight from October through February, Cellcom added the larger turbine to capture more wind energy for the cell site.

Bellin Health received an “A” in the hospital safety score category from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national non-profit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The grades are based on preventable medical errors, injuries from accidents and infections.

iProcureDirect LLC and Freedom House Industries teamed up to launched Hope Direct, a new digital supply chain that allows businesses to help end homelessness through the purchase of supplies used every day in their operations. The partnership is based at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay. During 2013, with the support of its supply chain, when a member or nonmember purchases from iProcureDirect’s private brand offering, part of that purchase, from 5 percent to 10 percent (depending on product), will be forwarded to Freedom House Ministries, Brown County’s only homeless shelter serving all types of families with children. iProcureDirect is a single-source provider affording members direct-from-manufacturer pricing on thousands of business products from hundreds of brands.

Green Bay-based WS Packaging Group Inc. acquired Label World, a Rochester, N.Y.-based full service printer specializing in labels and flexible packaging printing.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center provided no-cost business counseling to 240 small business owners and entrepreneurs during 2012. Through this assistance, the SBDC business counselors supported 31 business starts and more than $8 million in capital formation for small businesses in the region. In addition to one-on-one business counseling, the UW-Green Bay SBDC also delivered more than 2,114 hours of training to 183 program attendees.

Keller Planners, Architects and Builders of Kaukauna received the top volume award from American Buildings. Keller received the award based on purchasing more than 200 million pounds of steel in a year.

Breakthrough Fuel, a supply chain management and energy advisory firm in Green Bay, launched Natural Gas Fuel Recovery, a new product to allow shippers to accurately measure natural gas fuel costs associated with moving company freight throughout North America.

US Lamp Inc., a Green Bay wholesale lighting distributor specializing in high-efficiency lighting solutions, received a $300,000 grant through Wisconsin Public Service to promote energy conservation lighting improvements for WPS electric customers.

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton launched a new online forum highlighting health care payment experiments across the country. The forum is designed to be an interactive tool and resource bringing together information, insights and results from health care leaders engaging in innovative payment redesign initiatives.

Tweet/Garot Mechanical of Green Bay recently hit a safety milestone – 7 million safe hours without a lost-time accident. The achievement spans a 10-year period.

Expression Guest Registry recently graduated from the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center’s business incubator. Expression Guest Registry is designed to help funeral directors easily capture information on people attending a service. This innovative digital guest registry stores the names, addresses and emails of friends and family of the deceased, and allows the funeral home to use its current printing system and stock without any additional fees.

Hometown Pharmacy opened a new pharmacy location at 1415 S. Commercial St. in Neenah. Jeff Cushman, who has been serving the Fox Valley area for more than 24 years, is the lead pharmacist and partner. Hometown Pharmacy is an independently owned pharmacy and complementary health care services provider based out of Rio, Wis., and has 23 other locations across the state.

Horicon Bank is building a new branch in Oshkosh at 2241 Omro Road. The office, which will utilize geothermal energy, is scheduled to open in late May.

Secura Insurance in Appleton received a financial strength rating of A (excellent) from A.M. Best. The company also announced strong business results for 2012, growing its direct written premium by 7.9 percent. Secura also received a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. The insurer is only the second company in Wisconsin to receive the award, which recognizes a commitment to the health and well-being of employees.

The Jack & Ethel Keller family recently reached a new philanthropic milestone – $35 million in giving – with a $35,000 grant to the Fox Valley Literacy Council (FVLC). The $35,000 operational funding grant will assist the FVLC in addressing one of the root causes of poverty – access to appropriate educational opportunities.

High Hopes Hair Salon recently opened inside the Martha Siekman Cancer Center at Appleton Medical Center. The salon offers cancer patients a private salon environment where a licensed cosmetologist provides services such as hair shaving; fittings for wigs, scarves and hats; information on scalp health and new hair growth; and the first haircut once the patient’s hair begins growing back in.