On the Move – February

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 :: People and Business on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Menasha Packaging won 14 awards at the annual 2010 Design of the Times Competition, including one platinum, four golds, six silvers and three bronze.

Infinity Technology Inc. in Green Bay partnered with Bridgeline Digital to deliver its enterprise level iAPPS Product Suite to customers. iAPPS Content Manager is the 2010 CODiE Award winner for Best Content Management Solution.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans launched a new subsidiary in the Fox Valley – Midwest Stay at Home Care. Midwest Stay at Home Care takes a faith-based perspective in providing guidance and services to older adults and their families to help older adults stay safely in their homes and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center was named No. 16 on Venues Today’s year-end list of Top Stops for venues with 2,001 – 5,000 seats. Venues Today rated venues based on potential capacity and gross sales from concerts and other events between Oct. 16, 2009 – Oct. 15, 2010. This is the third time in the last four years the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center has received this honor.

Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake is the first Wisconsin business to participate in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. Heidel House achieved a Four Green Key rating, recognizing it as “a hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices.” Programs that involve management, employees, guests and the public have shown substantial and measurable results.

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corp., received its first production order for the newest configuration of the Heavy Equipment Transporter from the U.S. Army. The order is for more than 1,000 vehicles and has a value of nearly $440 million.

Green Bay Botanical Garden completed construction on a new storage facility for its Garden of Lights displays. The project was a cooperative effort between classes at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and Smet Construction Services of De Pere.

J. F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac and Airgas North Central reached an agreement for Ahern to purchase the assets of Airgas North Central’s Fire Services Division. The fire equipment business includes 40 employees, who Ahern plans to hire as part of the acquisition. The deal allows Ahern to increase the reach of its fire equipment sales and service business, while enabling Airgas to focus on its core operations of distributing industrial, medical, and specialty gases, along with related equipment and supplies.

J.F. Ahern also obtained GreenStar qualification through the Mechanical Service Contractors of America. This designation is endorsed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ahern is currently one of only two GreenStar contractors in Wisconsin and 34 companies nationwide holding this designation.

MEGTEC Systems Inc., a DePere supplier of coating and drying systems for high-speed production of electrodes for lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles and other applications, was named Industry Supplier of the Year – Manufacturing at the Battery Show and Battery Technology Expo in San Jose, Calif. (See this month’s cover story, “Power source,” page 26.)
Mercury Marine recently completed a 33,000-square-foot addition between two of its Fond du Lac plants. The facility is being used as a main receiving dock for Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac and the receiving area and component staging site for Mercury MerCruiser manufacturing. The extra space will be used to house some of the operations being moved from a facility in Stillwater, Okla., to Fond du Lac.

Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry in Green Bay was ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” survey.

Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah received the 2010-11 Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corp. Nationwide, only 270 hospitals received the honor.

Faith Technologies of Menasha recently received several honors. The company won a 2010 Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin BUILD Wisconsin Award winner for its work on the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s West Tower Expansion in Milwaukee. Faith was ranked as No. 60 in Engineering News Record’s listing of the top 600 specialty contractors in the United States and No. 18 on Electrical Construction and Management’s Top 50 Electrical Contractors list for 2010.

Affinity Visiting Nurses was named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

NEWisconsin MRI Center in Green Bay received a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

Kitzerow Machine in Manitowoc is building a 1,600-square-foot warehouse to meet its growing needs. The project also includes the installation of Orion light pipes in the building to help conserve energy, save money, and have a more “green” building.

St. Elizabeth Hospital received reaccreditation for percutaneous coronary intervention from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Insurance agents and brokers ranked Secura Insurance of Appleton No. 4 in the nation on the ease of doing business, according a survey by Deep Customer Connections Inc.

Mechanical Research and Design is revamping the old Stecker Machine building in Newton for its new home. The company, now based in Manitowoc, is working with A.C.E. Building Service to remodel the 32,000-square-foot facility and build a 3,300-square-foot addition. Mechanical Research designs and manufactures seals and sealing devices for pipelines and process equipment.

Lawrence University in Appleton was named the best value for delivering a high-quality education at an affordable price among Wisconsin private colleges and universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Lawrence was ranked No. 43 nationally.

The Public Relations Society of America-Northeast Wisconsin Chapter awarded 22 honors for outstanding public relations and communications campaigns created by several Northeast Wisconsin companies. Leonard & Finco Public Relations of Green Bay received two awards of excellence in media relations, three awards of excellence in issue communications and awards of merits in media relations, issue communications, press kits, newsletters and special events.

Integrys Energy Group of Green Bay received an award of excellence in the internal communications category. Schneider National Inc. won an award of excellence in the special events category. The Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh received an award of excellence in the miscellaneous PR campaign category. Jewelers Mutual of Neenah received an award of merit in the online communications category; and Write Image LLC of Darboy and ThedaCare of Appleton received an award of merit in the corporate publication/marketing materials category.

Primary Companies is building a 7,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Brillion. The Primary Companies is made up of five different companies with common ownership: Primary Transportation Services Primary Products, Lakeshore Fleet Maintenance, Primary Interstate Plaza and Primary Investment Group.

Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, which was built by Hoffman LLC of Appleton, received Midwest Construction’s Best Green Building Award, the Best Design-Build-New Construction Award from the Associatied General Contractors of Wisconsin; a top five ranking by Interiors and Sources magazine and an award of merit from the Design Build Institute of America. Holy Wisdom is the highest-rated LEED new construction building in the United States.

The Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau rolled out a new website at www.visitoshkosh.com to coincide with its new brand, “Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Event Center.”

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Appleton purchased ERA Titletown Realtors in Green Bay, increasing the real estate firm’s footprint in the area. More than 125 Coldwell sales associates now serve the Green Bay area.

Advance, the economic development arm of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, honored the following businesses with its 2010 Manufacturing Awards of Distinction: Greenwood Fuels, small company category; Wisconsin Film and Bag Inc., medium company category; KI, large company category; Orion Energy Systems Inc., Innovation 360 category; ProSolutions, friends of manufacturing category; and Bay Tek Games Inc., exporter of the year category.

C&G Consulting of Waukesha acquired Business Technology Systems of Appleton. Business Technology Systems executives Steve H. Krueger and Joseph D. Huettner and senior consultant Susan M. Wolf joined the C&G Consulting team and continue to serve customers in the areas of CRM and ERP business software implementations, customizations, training and support.

CRL Senior Living Communities of Neenah launched a new corporate partnership program that will allow companies to offer a family discount on long-term care as a benefit to their employees. Seniors related to an employee at a participating business will be eligible for 10 percent reduction in their monthly base rate at a CRL community.

ThedaCare opened a FastCare Walk-In Clinic inside the Shopko at 1300 S. Koeller St. in Oshkosh.
Outagamie County Regional Airport in Greenville reported increased growth in passenger traffic and freight departing from the airport in 2010 when compared with the previous year. A total of 542,565 travelers used ATW in 2010, an increase of nearly 1.5 percent. Additionally, the airport saw a 31 percent increase in cargo freight departing the airport in 2010 with a total reaching nearly 26 million pounds.

Vern’s Cheese of Chilton received $1.3 million in Midwestern Disaster Area Bonds to help fund its 6,300-square-foot expansion and purchase new equipment. The $1.5 million project adds a retail store and office space to the existing 18,900-square-foot facility.

Strategic Fundraising Inc. opened a new call center at 350 City Center in Oshkosh. The new space allows the company to expand its local operations with plans to hire up to 50 employees. The company works with national and state political organizations and non-profit organizations.
BayCare Clinic added vascular medicine as a new specialty at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Leibold Inc., a strategic marketing and packaging firm in Neenah, won five 2010 MarCom Awards. A Kleenex trademark ad received a platinum award. The Autism Society of the Fox Valley logo and website, and Fox Jazz Fest poster each received gold awards. The Junior Achievement Jazz Night poster and 5-Stones logo received honorable mentions.

Tushaus Computer Services, which has Oshkosh and Green Bay offices, is an approved Apple iPad reseller.