ON THE MOVE – December – businesses

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 :: People and Business on the Move
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Miron Construction Co. Inc. of Neenah recently received several honors. The Daily Reporter, a Milwaukee newspaper focused on the construction industry, named Miron as its builder of the year. The company also received two 2011 Wisconsin Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards, which recognize leadership in energy efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial buildings and related systems. Miron was also selected as a 2011 Wisconsin 75 company by Deloitte. The Wisconsin 75 is an annual listing of the largest privately held businesses headquartered in the state of Wisconsin

Calumet County Bank in Brillion recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.The bank, which also has a branch in Sherwood, has assets of more than $87 million and has invested $55 million in loans throughout the community.

Delta Dental of Wisconsin’s benefit center received the Certified Center of Excellence designation from BenchmarkPortal and Purdue University’s Center for Customer-Driven Quality. The designation means the call center is among the top 10 percent in the nation. Delta Dental also received a Community Partner Award from the Brown County Oral Health Partnership.

Stephenson Financial Services was named the 2010 Top Producing Bank Retail Investment Program by Bankers’ Bank of Madison. Stephenson Financial Services, the investment center within The Stephenson National Bank & Trust, is part of a group of 30 bank retail investment programs that utilize services offered by Bankers’ Bank Financial Services Network. Mike Sbonik, an investment officer with Stephenson Financial Services, was named the bank’s representative of the year for finishing No. 1 in overall production for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Stephenson National Bank & Trust also earned the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Financial Education Recognition Award for its outstanding financial education efforts for the 12th year in a row.

Ariens Company in Brillion received the 2011 Excellence in Business Award from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hanson Benefits, an independent healthcare insurance agency owned by Chris Hanson, and Remmel & Associates, a life and estate planning agency owned by Darrell Remmel, teamed up to create a shared office space at 5601 Grand Market Drive, Appleton. The businesses will continue to operate autonomously and will share reception and conference room space.

OMNNI Associates of Appleton was recently recognized by the Zweig White Marketing Letter 2011 Marketing Excellence Awards for its role in using social media as a communication tool on an urban reconstruction project. OMNNI garnered a second place award in the category of new media for using Twitter to help keep residents informed about the construction project.

Cherney Microbiological Services Ltd. of Green Bay recently completed its $3 million expansion. The 15,000-square-foot addition triples the building’s size and allows the firm to better serve its growing customer base. Cherney provides microbiological testing and technical support for manufacturing companies.

Spark Advertising in Neenah received five American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA Magazine. This is the sixth year in a row Spark received awards in this competition. Winning entries included the AAF Fox River Ad Club special event poster, ADDY poster, Elizabeth Jean’s apple pie packaging, Menasha Corporation’s Forward Sustainability Report and Menasha Packaging’s “What Does Green Mean to You” campaign brochure.

Acuity of Sheboygan was named to AARP’s 2011 list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. AARP recognized Acuity for recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such as flexible scheduling; job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and retirement benefits; and retiree work opportunities. The Great Place to Work Institute also ranked Acuity in Sheboygan as the best mid-sized employer in the nation for the second year in the row.

Acuity also received several awards at the 2011 ACORD Implementation Forum. The insurer received four awards for delivering agents technology solutions that support real-time business capabilities in both personal and commercial lines.

Network Health Plan of Menasha and Bellin Health have a new agreement allowing Network members to see Bellin providers.

Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc is the first yacht builder to join the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Wood Forever program, which encourages yacht builders to only use timber from sustainably managed forests.

Northwestern Mutual The Blevons Group completed an expansion that adds 15 offices to its Appleton facility. The company also announced plans to hire 40 additional financial representatives across its network in east central Wisconsin during 2012.

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) announces that HiTech Control Systems Inc. of Green Bay became CSIA certified. To become a CSIA Certified member, a member company must pass an intensive audit process with stringent performance standards categories in nine categories: general management, financial management, project management, quality management, technical management, human resources management and marketing, business development and sales management.

Fox Valley Technical College was awarded a two-year MentorLinks: Advancing Technological Education Program grant for $20,000 from the American Association of Community Colleges, with support from the National Science Foundation. MentorLinks is designed to help colleges develop or strengthen technician training programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields through mentoring instructors, networking, and other professional development activities. FVTC is one of eight colleges in the United States to receive the grant.

Keller Inc. of Kaukauna is constructing a 12,000-square-foot new building for Long Vans in Freedom. The building will be used for storage and manufacturing of job trailers and storage containers.

Master Fleet LLC in Green Bay is opening a free on-site health and wellness clinic for its employees as part of a collaborative effort between John Veriha Trucking Inc. of Marinette and Paper Transport Inc. of Green Bay. Both companies are Master Fleet customers.

The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce launched a new mobile website, which contains contact information, the member directory, calendar of events and the membership application.

INSIDE Public Accounting named Wipfli LLP one of the top five fastest-growing firms in the nation and an all-star firm based on performance in areas of management and growth.

DY Technology LLC and Alternative Media are the latest recipients of a loan through Advance Brown County MicroLoan program. DY Technologies has been a tenant of the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center for the past three years and is the only ADT Security authorized dealer in Northeastern Wisconsin. Alternative Media, which is owned by Bob Younk, is a new store that sells gently used video games, DVDs, CDs and other media-related novelties.

Skyline Technologies Inc. in Green Bay received the 2011 Families in Good Company Award from Partners in Education of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Start Smart of Brown County – The Early Childhood Council and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Tower Clock Eye Center, an independent ophthalmology practice headquartered in Green Bay, is adding a 6,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center at its Mason Street clinic.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Sturgeon Bay recently unveiled a new boat that was built in Green Bay. The new response boat medium includes the latest technology, including GPS and heat sensors for the local Coast Guard station to use in search-and-rescue operations. ACE Marine, which is affiliated with Marinette Marine, built the new, top-of-the-line vessel.

The Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Wachtel Cancer Center along with the St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center in Appleton also received a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology from the American College of Radiology.

Deep Customer Connections Inc. recognized Secura Insurance in Appleton for its outstanding performance. Secura achieved a No. 2 ranking in the survey, which assesses the performance of more than 200 insurance carriers.

Clifton Gunderson, which has a location in Oshkosh, and LarsonAllen, ranked among two of the nation’s top 20 certified accounting firms, merged into CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA).

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism awarded the 2012 Green Bay Film Festival a $15,900 Joint Effort Marketing Grant.

Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) received the Futuremakers Partner Award from the Wisconsin Technical College System Board. The Futuremakers Partner award was created to celebrate the impact of college and employer collaboration in helping hundreds of thousands of students set a direction for their future. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College President Jeff Rafn says when he first arrived on campus, WPS was one of the first companies to reach out to discuss workforce needs. WPS and NWTC have worked closely together for about 20 years on a number of initiatives and programs.

The Mercy Medical Center volunteer organization received a Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence from the Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.The award acknowledges outstanding contributions of organized hospital volunteer programs. Mercy’s volunteer program was recognized for its children’s vision screening program in the category of community outreach and/or collaboration.

Lawrence University in Appleton is establishing a film studies center thanks to a $5 million gift from LU grads Tom and Julie Hurvis. The Hurvis Center for Interdisciplinary Film Studies will be a facility dedicated to the integration of film production into the Lawrence curriculum. Award-winning filmmaker Catherine Tatge, a 1972 Lawrence graduate, will serve as a consultant to help get the program launched.