On the move – businesses – March

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 :: People and Business on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

The Profitable Sustainability Initiative, managed by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), added 30 manufacturers from across the state. The program helps small and midsize manufacturers develop sustainable practices that save money and improve competitiveness. Participating companies in the New North include Gusmer Enterprises Inc. of Waupaca, MCL Industries of Pulaski, Oshkosh Door Co., Oshkosh Plating Services Inc., Resource One International of Little Chute, Skana Aluminum Co. of Manitowoc, the C.A. Lawton Co. of De Pere and Watry Industries of Sheboygan.

A new welder-fabricator apprenticeship program starting at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is aimed at helping bolster the skills of the area workforce while helping meet employer demand for workers with fabrication skills. The four-year program is designed to help program participants fill jobs within the marine sector, paper industry and manufacturing sectors. Participants receive an American Welding Society certification and are sponsored by their employers who pay for them to attend the 440 hours of required classes.

The Egg Harbor-Beach Park Improvement Project received an excellence in hardscape award from the Wisconsin Masonry Alliance. McMahon of Neenah was the engineer/architect, County Materials Corp. was the hardscape product producer and Edgewater Landscaping & Decks Inc. was the landscape contractor.

A.C.E. Building Services in Manitowoc is building an 8,703-square-foot expansion for Pre-Heat Inc. in Oostburg.

Bemis Co. Inc. of Neenah acquired the common stock of Shield Pack LLC of West Monroe, La., a manufacturer of high barrier liners for bulk container packaging with annual net sales of approximately $25 million. Bemis leaders say the acquisition expands the company’s reach into market applications for bulk liquids and other products requiring barrier packaging.

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation is one of only 89 community foundations to receive reconfirmation of compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, which means they meet the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability.

The American Foundation of Counseling Services in conjunction with six partner agencies received $200,000 in grants for the Mental-health Outreach Resource Expansion (MORE Program), which offers mental health services for homeless individuals in Green Bay. Partner agencies include Bellin Health, Golden House, House of Hope, New Community Shelter, N.E.W. Community Clinic and the St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will fund the construction and rehabilitation of 142 Habitat for Humanity homes in 32 states through a $9.2 million contribution in 2012. During the past seven years, Thrivent has donated more than $160 million to Habitat for Humanity.

Wipfli LLP ranked among the top-flight technology service providers in the nation, according to a survey by Accounting Today. Wipfli was the only Wisconsin-based firm to make the list.

Kobussen Trailways recently launched Kobussen Home Run, an express bus service between Madison and Green Bay with stops at UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, Appleton and UW-Green Bay. The service is aimed at providing a safer transportation option for college students to travel home or between campuses.

Lincoln, Neb.-based National Research Corp. (NRC) named Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center as 2011-12 Consumer Choice Award winners in the Appleton-Oshkosh markets. This is the 10th year in a row that the hospitals received this honor.

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance protocol technical team approved IPS Testing in Appleton to perform the testing protocol outlined in the Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. The protocol is used to certify the repulpability and recyclability of wax alternatives for corrugated products that have been treated to improve performance in the presence of water and water vapor.

Machine + LLC in Green Bay received a microloan from the Advance Brown County MicroLoan Program. Machine + is a machining company focused on producing quality, high-tolerance components that meet the needs, wants and timeframes of its customers.

The Brown County Fair Association received a first-place Award of Distinction from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for its 2011 brochure designed by Arketype in Green Bay.

Enreco Inc. of Newton in Manitowoc County, a supplier of flaxseed ingredients, received the SQF 2000, Level 3 Certification by the Safe Quality Food Institute and its licensed certification body, American Institute of Baking for its flax-based products. Enreco is the only flaxseed manufacturer in North America to attain this level of food safety and quality inspection.

Fedco Electronics Inc. in Fond du Lac joined the Wisconsin Family Business Forum. Established in 1975, Fedco Electronics is the nation’s largest value-added battery distributor serving the information technology industry with batteries, battery packs, AC adapters and DC power adapters.

Manitowoc Marina LLC purchased the assets and lease for the Manitowoc Marina from Sailboats Inc. Manitowoc Marina LLC was founded by Rich Larson, who will now serve as the facility’s general manager and president, replacing Jack Culley, who is retiring. The Manitowoc Marina has 235 slips and is owned by the City of Manitowoc.

Touchmark on West Prospect in Appleton won the Gold Award for its new The {Full} Life brochure at the International Council on Active Aging annual conference. The brochure highlights seven individuals’ stories, which convey sentiments such as joyful, flavorful, mindful and thankful.

Green Bay Packaging Inc. was recognized for a second time as a Green Masters company at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Annual Conference. GBP scored in the top 20 percent of the objective points-based program, which recognizes Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourages continuous improvement in areas including energy, water, waste and social actions.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT) is partnering with Enstrom Helicopter Corporation in Menominee, Mich., to fund the growth of its helicopter production. Enstrom recently won two major contracts to produce a combined total of 46 helicopters for the Royal Thai Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force. For the project, SNBT, which has offices in Marinette, is providing $1.53 million and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. will provide upto $1. 47 million for a total packageof $3 million. The additional work led the company to double its payroll to 110 workers.

Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and the Aurora Sheboygan Clinic received new equipment courtesy of the Aurora Health Foundation. The foundation provided $282,000 for the purchase of four gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes; six electrocautery machines, and a laparoscopy tower and two cameras for the hospital and a video scope for the clinic’s ear, nose and throat department.

The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton received a $75,000 grant for its upcoming “Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion” exhibit from the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. The grant is first to be awarded under the new “WOW Exhibits” program. “Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion” will be at The History Museum at the Castle for 14 weeks, beginning Sept. 14.

Riverside Medical Center’s Rehab Services Department in Waupaca is undergoing a nearly half-million dollar makeover, offering enhanced function and design for an improved patient experience. The remodeling features a large open gym, private evaluation rooms, and a new spacious reception area and waiting lounge.

The Aurora Health Center in Ripon and the Aurora Sheboygan Clinic received Level 3 recognition – the highest available – as Patient Centered Medical Homes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Total Floor Covering in Appleton was recognized as one of the leading retail stores in the flooring industry when Mohawk named the store as its Floorscapes retailer of the year for the north central region.

Accounting firms Eide Bailly LLP based in Fargo, N.D., and Wipfli LLP based in Milwaukee have announced plans to merge, creating EB Wipfli LLP. The new firm will rank among the nation’s top 15 accounting firms.

A.M. Best Company recently reaffirmed Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company’s financial strength rating of A+ Superior. This announcement from A.M. Best marks the 25th consecutive A+ Superior rating earned by the Neenah-based insurance company.

Two Ohio marinas recently purchased new Marine Travelift Mariner Forklifts from Interstate Lift Truck, a dealer for Sturgeon Bay-based Marine Travelift.

American Animal Hospital in Neenah now offers pet laser therapy, a pain-free, drug-free, surgery-free method to reduce pain and speed healing in cats and dogs.

The Vollrath Co. of Sheboygan established a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Rijen, Netherlands. All of the company’s European customer service, sales support and inventory will be managed from the new location.

Gold Cross Ambulance has designated an ambulance to travel strategically throughout Grand Chute based on real-time call volumes. The ambulance is staffed with paramedics working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The change to a roving vehicle from a stationary unit gives paramedics the proximity to respond more quickly to serious medical emergencies. Gold Cross Ambulance is jointly owned by Affinity Health System and ThedaCare.

The Tri-County Community Dental Clinic is launching a fundraising campaign to create a Mobile Dental Clinic to serve needy children in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties.

The Manitowoc Economic Development Corp. announced its first Excellence in Economic Development awards. Ann and Dan Holsen of Heavy Pedal Bicycles won the Rising Star Award; the Neighborhood Development Award was presented to Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin; Miller St. Nazianz and Holy Family Memorial both received the Corporate Investment Award; and Dan Pawlitzke of Two Rivers received the Economic Accelerator of the Year Award.

KI in Green Bay received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 WasteWise Packaging Reduction Gold Achievement Award. KI’s multi-faceted sustainability program successfully recycled and reduced more than 1.58 million pounds of industrial waste in 2011.