ON THE MOVE – Business – May

Posted on May 1, 2012 :: Business on the move
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Leibold Associates Inc. in Neenah received 12 American Graphic Design Awards sponsored by Graphic Design USA. The awards were for Kimberly-Clark Huggies Little Movers Diapers packaging, Camo Diapers packaging and Camo Wipes packaging, Kimberly-Clark Huggies Little Snugglers Newborn Gift Set, seven different Huggies Baby Wipes packages and a Neenah Paper Environment Folding Board promotion.

Austin Straubel International Airport’s FlyGBR campaign, which was created and executed by Arketype in Green Bay, won the Best of Show honor at the recent Fox River Ad Club’s ADDY Awards. Arketype also received a judge’s choice award for its Ouch! Bullying Hurts poster and a judge’s choice award for the See Me music video put together for the benefit of Freedom House.

The Central Wisconsin Cancer Program at Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac was recognized as one of the top community cancer programs in the country and received a No. 1 rating from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program provides comprehensive and coordinated cancer care for patients in 10 area counties.

The Healthcare Value Network, which was co-founded by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and the Lean Enterprise Institute, recently formed its fifth cohort, or learning community, of health systems across the United States and Canada. The network unites 53 health care leaders who share a commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective care. New members include Martin’s Point Health Care of Portland, Maine; MemorialCare Health System of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Oregon Health & Science University in Portland; Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.; St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio; Stanford Hospital & Clinics of Stanford, Calif.; Vancouver Coastal Health of British Columbia; and WellSpan Office Center of York, Penn.

Waupaca Realty LLC, a new venture of Pfefferle Companies Inc., opened earlier in this year in Waupaca. Owned by John Pfefferle, Waupaca Realty’s team includes Jennifer Thomsen, Bob Steidl and Dan Wachsmuth.

Several companies from across the New North received a 2011 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Winning the awards were: Georgia Pacific Green Bay Broadway, Green Bay; J.F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac; MAG – IAS, LLC, Fond du Lac; RGL Specialty Services LLC, Green Bay; Scheck Mechanical Wisconsin Corporation, Kaukauna; and Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc., Green Bay.

Somerville Inc. of Green Bay is providing architectural and engineering services for the $7 million renovation of Elizabeth Waters Hall located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The company also received a gold award from the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance’s 2012 Excellence in Hardscaping program for its design of the Door County Memorial to veterans killed on active duty.

Coalesce Inc. in Appleton won a gold award at the Fox River Ad Club’s ADDY Awards in the sales promotion-point of purchase category for its design of a custom sampling kit for an upscale, consumer goods client. Coalesce also received a silver award in the online advertising-internet commercial category for the creation of an animated, stop-motion style video to promote the release of a new product line for a national vehicle mounting systems manufacturer.

Evans Title Company, a division of First American Title Insurance Co., recently moved into a third-floor suite at 300 N. Broadway St., Green Bay. They are now located next to the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Smet Construction Services Corp. completed the 3,632-square-foot build-out for the company.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which has its operational headquarters in Appleton, grew its surplus by 7 percent in 2011.The total adjusted surplus, which is an indicator of an insurer’s strength, increased from $5.1 billion to $5.4 billion. In 2011, premiums increased to $4.8 billion from $4.5 billion, net investment income grew to $2.5 billion from $2.4 billion and net income jumped to $424 million from $249 million.

The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce honored several businesses at its 2012 annual meeting. Winning honors were: Kay Abel, business person of the year; BACE Inc., rising star award; Guident Business Solutions, emerging enterprise award; Badger Sports Park, small business achievement award; Thilmany Papers, large business achievement award; and St. Paul Elder Services, cornerstone award.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College received the 2012 John M. and Meredith B. Rose Award from Leadership Green Bay, a program of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, for exemplifying leadership within the community.

The college created a custom-built, online educational program through its Blackboard system for the program to handle curriculum assignments, paperwork, and online discussions between class members regarding project work and leadership skill concepts.

Get Connected Counseling LLC, a mental health counseling practice, is now open in Appleton. The team consists of four counselors and one body worker who provide innovative therapeutic services that draw upon the new brain research which believes the brain can heal itself.

The Department of Defense named Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. in Chilton as a Patriotic Employer for its support of America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces. The award recognizes companies that go above and beyond federal requirements for offering support and services to military employees.

Tushaus Computer Services was named to CRN’s annual list of the Tech Elite 250.

U.S. News & World Report recognized two New North hospitals – Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh – among the nation’s best regional hospitals for 2011-12.

Wipfli LLP, an international CPA firm with offices in the New North, recently announced that the partners and associates of Wisconsin-based Tobin & Associates have joined the firm. Tobin & Associates is a national cost segregation firm that helps clients maximize their depreciation for federal income tax purposes.

Child Care Resource & Referral Inc. recently moved to 1001 W. Kennedy Ave., Suite A in Kimberly. Executive Director Judith Olson says the new location provides the organization with an opportunity to focus on core services and future growth.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in Neenah recently launched Perfect Circle Jewelry Insurance for personal jewelry protection.

Acuity of Sheboygan recently released its 2011 financial statement. The Sheboygan firm had a 99.6 percent combined ratio, nearly 10 points better than the insurer’s competitors in the property/casualty industry. Assets under management reached an all-time high of $2.43 billion (GAAP). Acuity generated $112.5 million in cash from operations, up 17 percent from 2010, and recorded a net income of $56.1 million.

Jet Air Group in Green Bay expanded its aviation training facility to include an FAA-approved flight simulator, one of the first of its kind in the Green Bay area. The simulator can mimic multiple types of aircraft with various weather conditions, system failures and scenery. The training facility also offers a Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) center.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to use a newly approved medical device to open narrowed coronary arteries, even in heart disease patients with diabetes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved this new device — the Resolute Integrity Drug-Eluting Stent (DES) from Medtronic.

The tri-county recycling facility serving Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties generated $4 million over expenses in 2011. The surplus was due to unusually high commodity prices for paper, plastic and metal.

Outagamie County Regional Airport in Greenville recently received state approval for the design of a taxiway extension and pavement of a perimeter road. Taxiway N will be extended and will increase safety by eliminating the need for general aviation pilots to cross active runways. The extension will provide better access from the general aviation hangars to Runway 12/30.

The QTI Group recently moved into a larger location in Appleton at 4545 College Ave., Suite 100.

Father & Son Lawn Service LLC, which provides lawn mowing and edging, fertilization, leaf pick-up, spring and fall cleanup, bed work, hardscape and irrigation, has joined the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center’s business incubation program in Green Bay.