ON THE MOVE – Business

Posted on Nov 1, 2012 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Hoffman LLC, an Appleton-based firm of planning, design and construction professionals,has a new owner and name. Miles Girouard, Hoffman’s director of architectural services, heads the ownership group that has purchased the assets of the firm from Paul J. Hoffman. After 35 years as president and owner, Hoffman will remain connected to the firm as a consultant. The company’s new name is Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. Girouard has been with Hoffman for six years and leads an ownership group that includes Hoffman employees Pat Del Ponte (director of planning services), Randy Bremhorst (project principal), Sam Statz (director of construction services), Terry Ellenbecker (director of field operations) and Sandy Orsted (director of strategic alliances).

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay has installed a “green” roof, which is defined as a roof that is partially or completely covered with living, growing vegetation, on its student commons building. The green roof, which at 2,500 square feet, is set next to two variations of traditional roofing systems, presents an opportunity to compare energy savings and to test benefit claims. Studies have shown green roofs can reduce heat loss and energy consumption, reduce storm water runoff, act as insulation and filter pollutants.

The Communication Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha also has a new green roof. Rooftop Green Works LLC along with students, staff and faculty volunteers installed the 380-square-foot living roof earlier this fall. The green roof project was funded through grants from the Community Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship fund, the UWFox Student Association and the UW-Fox Valley Foundation Inc.

Foth Inc. is getting a new corporate headquarters at 2121 Innovation Court, De Pere. Miron Construction Co. of Neenah is building the new office for developer Commercial Horizons of Green Bay. The $16 million project will include a 95,000-square-foot building and parking lot for 300 vehicles. Performa Inc. of De Pere is the architect.

Jet Air Group will be the Fixed Based Operator (FBO) partner of the Green Bay Packers through 2015, offering complete air transportation and flight services for Packers games. Jet Air is also the newest member of Signature Select, the world’s largest FBO network for aviation services including fueling, hangar rental and ground handling.

The Wisconsin Technical College System received $18.3 million in federal funds to enhance job training, with $17.9 million targeted for careers in advanced manufacturing. There are 16 schools that make up the system, including Fox Valley Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. FVTC received a separate $2,999,750 grant for its Advanced Manufacturing Pathways Plus to expand flexible learning options in four advanced manufacturing pathways to meet the needs of employers and retrain dislocated workers in the Fox Valley area.

The Brown County Household Hazardous Waste Facility has collected 10 million pounds of hazardous waste since its opening in 1996.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of the Oshkosh Corporation, has been selected to deliver more than 260 medium tactical vehicle replacements to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lawrence University in Appleton was selected for the third straight year to be a part of the college guide “Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools that Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.”

OMNNI Associates of Appleton placed second in the state and sixth in the nation in the category of medium businesses (less than 125 employees) in the Get Up & Ride Bike Challenge. Between May 1 and Aug. 31, staff members rode more than 10,749 miles.

Verus Investment Advisory Group Inc., which has an office in Appleton, was ranked in the top Registered Independent Advisory firms in the nation by Financial Advisor Magazine.

Keller, Planners, Architects and Builders of Kaukauna was selected to design and build an addition for Oneida Apostolic Church in Hobart.

ThedaCare contributed more than $39 million in unreimbursed programs and services to the community in 2011. These services include providing health care to people who cannot pay for it; ThedaCare On Call, a 24-hour hotline that answers health-related questions; training for medical residents and nursing students; free community health programs; and support of the Fox Cities Community Health Center.

Checker Logistics Inc. of Neenah received the Acuity Insurance Outstanding Fleet Safety Award for its track record of success in ensuring a safe workplace. The firm’s transportation drivers were not involved in a single DOT reportable roadway crash in the past 12 months, despite driving 8 million miles during that time.

Weidert Group, a full-service marketing and communications firm based in Appleton, won the award for Best New Client On-Boarding Process during InBound 2012, HubSpot’s annual conference. The award recognizes customer satisfaction for Weidert’s practices for selling new clients on the HubSpot Inbound Marketing software and showing them how to use it.

Pat Van Abel, owner of Badger Sports Park, has opened BubbleFresh Laundry Center in Kaukauna. The center offers self-service coin laundry, “Drop n Go” full service wash and dry and fold, drop-off and pick-up dry cleaning partnering Donaldson’s Cleaners. The laundry is located in a center on Crooks Avenue, just north of County CB and Highway 55.

QuickStart Inc. is now offering financial monitoring and advisory services to small business owners. The service provides owners with ongoing monthly financial leadership and advice that is necessary to ensure ongoing success after they have received financing for their startup, expansion, purchase or refinance.

Alex Kowalski has purchased Performance Welding from Kurt and Carmen Wollenberg. He will be the company’s chief executive officer while Kurt Wollenberg will stay on as president and Carmen Wollenberg will be chief financial officer. Kowalski was most recently the president and COO of INFO-PRO Mortgage Services in Fond du Lac.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay once again is ranked in the top tier of the “Best Regional Universities — Midwest” category of the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. In its second year of being ranked in the category, UW-Green Bay jumped 12 spots, from No. 78 last year to No. 66 this year.

Network Health, the Menasha-based health insurance company, recently expanded its product line of commercial and Medicare plans to now include individual and family plan offerings.

The Principal Financial Group Foundation recently awarded $10,000 in grants to Fox Cities organizations including COTS Inc., Youth Go and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

Pioneer Metal Finishing in Green Bay acquired Superior Metal Finishing in Portland, Ore. The acquisition gives Pioneer a second Portland location and broadens its portfolio of customer services to include plating of gold, silver and palladium precious metals as well as chromate, tin and zinc.

The Dominion Foundation is helping out two schools in Manitowoc County. Manitowoc Lutheran High School received a $5,000 grant to fund a program looking at the existing and changing ecological conditions along the Manitowoc River Basin while Mishicot Middle School received a $6,000 grant for energy education for students in fourth to eighth grades.

Green Bay-based Shopko has expanded its private brand consumable products with the introduction of approximately 70 new items. The new products are available in stores now and include primarily health and beauty products and cleaning products.

James J. Keller of J.J. Keller in Neenah and Dallas Seavey, who won this year’s Alaska Iditarod Sled Dog Race, have released a book called Born to Mush, which chronicles Seavey’s story as the youngest person to ever win the race. Keller was one of Seavey’s sponsors for the race.

Sadoff Iron & Metal Company of Fond du Lac has purchased Midwest Metals Recycling in Omaha, Neb.

Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. in Chilton has been selected to participate in the Wisconsin DNR Green Tier program, which recognizes and rewards environmental performance that voluntarily exceeds legal requirements related to health, safety and the environment.

Wisconsin Plastics Inc. in Green Bay recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The second generation family-owned business employs more than 250 people in its five business units (Modern Design and Development, Modern Plastics, Modern Stamping and Painting, Modern Display and Exhibits, and Valley Plating and Fabricating).

Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay was named among the Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for its heart attack, heart fail, pneumonia and surgical care.