On the move: businesses

Posted on Aug 28, 2019 :: Business on the move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development

Associated Banc-Corp is buying an Illinois-based bank that will provide it with access to the St. Louis market.

Lakeside Pepsi is building a new 72,000-square-foot distribution facility in Sheboygan Falls.

Broadwind Energy, which has a production facility in Manitowoc, received $39 million of new tower and fabrication orders that will be delivered later this year and in 2020.

Ahead of the opening of its new headquarters, Oshkosh Corp. launched a refreshed brand identity and new website.

Colorado-based Vita Inclinata Technologies purchased AeroInnovate, an aerospace innovator launched at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Vita Inclinata is an AeroInnovate alum.

McMahon Associates Inc. entered into a strategic partnership with Corn Board Manufacturing Inc. to be the exclusive developer of CornBoard plants in the state of Wisconsin

Fox Valley Pro Basketball, Inc., the owner and operator of the Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, filed for bankruptcy. In a four-page filing, company president Greg Pierce said the arena has $10 million in assets and $50 million in liabilities. The filing came after three lawsuits were filed against Fox Valley Pro Basketball saying the organization owed them money. The largest lawsuit was filed by Bayland Buildings Inc., which said the arena owed it $13.1 million in unpaid construction costs. The bankruptcy puts the lawsuits on hold and keeps Fox Valley Pro Basketball in control of the arena’s assets while it tries to work with creditors to address its debt and determine if it can emerge as a viable business. The Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks’ G-League team, has committed to playing at the arena this coming year. The arena opened in December 2017.

The parent company of the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley filed for bankruptcy in Florida to reorganize its debt. Hotel officials say the filing should not affect operations of the downtown Appleton hotel or the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, which is managed by the hotel and is located across the street from the hotel.

The Startup Hub, which is run by the Greater Green Bay Chamber and located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, is now operating and managing the former T2 Accelerator as the Urban Hub.

Excellerate unveiled three  new clean energy products that provide a reliable source of power in locations such as remote airfields and air parks and that can charge electric aircraft and power electric vehicles.

Network Health granted all members early access to Walgreens pharmacies as an enhancement to the 2019 plan. All other pharmacy benefits remain the same until Jan. 1, 2020.

Lakeland Care Inc. won its bid to continue providing Family Care supports to eligible individuals living in seven northeastern Wisconsin counties including Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto and Shawano.

Fox World Travel announced the launch of Cognition, a platform that aggregates diverse data feeds and delivers information through interactive dashboards for the corporate travel manager.

Richard Rose Culinary, a manufacturer of high-quality hand-crafted wooden kitchen products, acquired additional manufacturing equipment in order to expand production in its Sturgeon Bay facility.

Schneider began offering intermodal services at the BNSF Barstow, Calif., ramp.

Dental Health Products Inc. entered an agreement with the Academy of General Dentistry to create AGDVANTAGE, a discount dental supply program provided exclusively to its members.


Business comings and goings 

The Door County Job Center will close by Oct. 1, but the office and services will continue to operate, including nonprofit We Are Hope Inc. The organization hopes to remain at the location and help community members navigate the unemployment system and find employment.

Wigwam Mills opened a retail outlet in Sheboygan.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin opened its new facility in downtown Green Bay.

The Mineshaft Restaurant announced it’s opening a second location on South Koeller Street in Oshkosh. The project is expected to take nine months to complete and will begin once agreements with the city are finalized.

Prevea Health opened Prevea Therapy inside the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA. It focuses on physical therapy services.

Salon Fifty Four in Green Bay’s Broadway District opened under a new owner.

Fish Creek Scenic Boat Tours in Door County is operating under a new owner, who’s a previous mentee of the former owner.

M3 Insurance opened a new location in Rockford, Ill.



C.D. Smith Construction received two new contracts for the Foxconn campus in Racine County. It received contracts for the concrete and building enclosures and interiors and had previously received one of the first contracts for the project for concrete foundation and excavation work.

Premier Financial Credit Union in Kiel is expanding its office to allow for three private offices, an expanded waiting area, conference room, a children’s area and a drive-up ATM on the building’s exterior.

Immel Construction is constructing two new facilities for Freedom House in Green Bay and recently finished the Interpretive Center for Cana Island in Baileys Harbor.

A.C.E. Building Service was selected as the building contractor for Abts Storage’s facility project in Sheboygan Falls and Silver Creek Fire Department’s office and fire house expansion in Random Lake.

Van Horn Real Estate, in partnership with Cobblestone Hotels, announced plans to construct a new Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in Plymouth.

Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Oshkosh Tent & Awning, Oshkosh; Bank First, Weyauwega; Denmark State Bank, Howard and Shawano; Therma-Tron-X, Inc., Sturgeon Bay; Associated Bank, Oshkosh; Children’s Dental Health Center, S.C., Appleton; Wispact Inc., Madison; Steins Aircraft, Waukesha; Dreier Family Dental, Janesville; and The Mineshaft Restaurant, Oshkosh.

Groundwork started for the construction of Titletown Homes in Green Bay, which gives people an opportunity to live near Lambeau Field on the 45-acre development. Fifty-four townhomes will be constructed along both sides of Brookwood Drive.

Frontier Builders & Consultants is working with Evergreen Power on a 2,400-square-foot addition to its existing building in Kaukauna.



Northeast Wisconsin Technical College debuted a new logo and tagline, “Soar Higher.”

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh launched its new brand. Its three campuses are called University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Campus, University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac Campus and University of Wisconsin-Fox Cities Campus.

Lakeland University launched an RN to BSN completion program for licensed registered nurses who have an associate degree in nursing as well as a new bachelor of science degree in industrial systems analytics.

Fox Valley Technical College launched a partnership with Kubota to support the outdoor power industry. FVTC will offer train-the-trainer events for Kubota Tech.



EAA AirVenture 2019 saw record attendance numbers, with an estimated 625,000 people attending, a 5 percent increase from 2018, which was also a record year.

Three New North businesses were named finalists for the Wisconsin Innovation Awards: Energy Bank Inc., Manitowoc; Fork Farms, Appleton; and Kohler WasteLAB, Kohler. Ten winners will be announced at an event in Madison on Oct. 9.

SECURA Insurance was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. In addition, SECURA was named a top carrier for its performance over a five-year period in Ward Group’s 50 top-performing property and casualty insurers for the sixth consecutive year.

Blue Door Consulting won nine Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.

Eleven companies from the New North are on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing companies. The businesses and their ranking include: 1,700 – CorLife, Green Bay;  1,966 – Carnivore Meat Co., Green Bay; 2,764 – Tundraland Home Improvements, Kaukauna; 3,261 – Blue Door Consulting, Oshkosh; 3,648 – ARC Contracting, Neenah; 3,907 – Black-Haak Heating, Greenville; 3,939 – Seaway Printing Co., Green Bay; 3,988 – Jones Sign Co., De Pere; 4,163 – Midwest Restoration, Little Chute; 4,627 – Americollect, Manitowoc; and 4,966 – Drexel Building Supply, Campbellsport.

Greenwich Consulting named Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley, a 2018 Greenwich Quality Leader in Overall U.S. Investment Consulting (Mid-Size Firms).

The cancer program at Hospital Sisters Health System St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

For the 20th consecutive year, Acuity was named to Ward’s 2019 list of 50 top performing property-casualty companies, placing it in the top 2 percent of insurers nationwide. It also was one of 25 companies to be named a Five-Star Carrier by Insurance Business America.

The City of Sheboygan was ranked No. 7 on CubeSmart’s “21 of America’s Most Unique Art Towns” list.

Ledgeview Partners was ranked as one of the Top 10 Microsoft Partners in Digital Marketing Excellence for 2019-20. The Insights Report presented by digital marketing agency Fifty Five and Five ranked Ledgeview Partners No. 8 of 39,000 partners across the globe.

De Pere marketing communications consulting firm O’Connor Connective earned its certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise from the State of Wisconsin.

Werner Electric Supply was recognized with a Best of the Best Award from the Electrical Distributor magazine in the corporate public relations category for its campaign surrounding its newest automation training technology, the Multifunction Instrument Asset.

M3 Insurance ranked No. 50 on Business Insurance’s list of top 100 largest brokers of U.S. business.

Eland Electric, a family-owned company in Green Bay, received an Energy Efficiency Excellence Award from Focus on Energy.

KerberRose ranked No. 216 on the Inside Public Accounting list of Top 300 Firms in the nation.

ThreeBest Rated named TeamLogic IT to its list of Top 3 IT Services in Green Bay.

U.S. News & World Report recognized Aurora hospitals on its list of 2019-20 Best Hospitals. Those recognized include: Aurora Medical Center Grafton, Aurora Medical Center Washington County, Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Ripon Medical Center. Aurora BayCare Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to stroke care.

Precision Roofing Services earned Duro-Last Inc.’s Admiral Club award for the fourth consecutive year.

Ponderosa Farmstead, a Ponderosa Dairy Products, LLC brand, won the silver and bronze medals at the American Cheese Society competition.

Year-to-date tonnage at the Port of Green Bay was up 20 percent versus 2018 as of mid-August.

Door County Seasonal Solutions won the 2019 Door County Business Plan Contest.

The Fox Valley branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was named outstanding NAMI affiliate of the year at the organization’s national convention.


Charitable giving and grants

The National Cancer Institute awarded the Wisconsin National Community Oncology Research Program, a Wisconsin cancer clinical trial network, with nearly $15.6 million over the next six years to advance treatment options and research for those living with cancer. The program is a partnership between ThedaCare, Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System that provides innovative cancer clinical trials to patients in Wisconsin.

The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded $3.8 million in grants to local and state nonprofit organizations. The foundation received the estate gift of more than $100 million in 2018. The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded five new Bright Idea Fund grants totaling $109,000 to local organizations chosen by a group of community leaders after evaluating proposal grants and an interactive pitch session. Organizations receiving funds included: Neighborhood Partners, a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin; Outagamie County Volunteer in Offender Services; Rebuilding Together Fox Valley; Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley; and The Trout Museum of Art Inc.

Bellin Health held a public bond sale, selling $43 million of Wisconsin double tax-exempt bonds. Proceeds went toward the health care system’s maternity department expansion and NICU projects.

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County has raised more than half of its $4 million goal to fund construction of a new facility adjacent to its current one in Sheboygan. It’s continuing its push to raise the final $2 million for the project.

Lawrence University received a $2.5 million gift from J. Thomas Hurvis, a 1960 graduate and founder and chairman of Old World Industries, that will be used to create an endowed professorship to teach the psychology of collaboration to better help prepare students for life after college.

In a record-setting evening, Dairy Cares of Wisconsin raised $241,500 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The Aline Zerrenner Dementia-Friendly Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region was founded with the goal of creating a dementia-friendly community in the Fox Valley.