The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded grants to Gardens of the Fox Cities and The History Museum at the Castle to improve their exterior signage.The History Museum received $16,379 to help purchase a sign that features large lettering, LED lighting and an electronic message board. The Gardens of the Fox Cities received $18,747 to install a sign built into a stone and wood archway to create a welcoming entry way.
Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh received reaccreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The three-year SCPC seal of accreditation certifies the hospital’s staff is fully prepared to care for patients with heart attack symptoms.
Appleton Downtown Inc. honored several businesses and individuals at its annual awards ceremony. Downtown Business of the Year Award: Tennie’s Jewelry; Bernie Pearlman Downtowner Award: Terry Dawson; Dreamers & Doers Award: Trout Museum of Art; New Faces of Downtown Award (Renovation Award): Hey Daisy!; Rising Star Business of the Year Award: OuterEdge Stage; Walter Kalata Landmark Award: Good Company; President’s Award: AT&T; Volunteers of the Year: Chad Hershner of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and Nikki Voelzke of Valley Transit; and Farm Market People’s Choice Awards: Mai’s Deli/Allen’s Allenville Farm.
Several businesses throughout Northeast Wisconsin were honored with ADDY Awards from the Fox River Ad Club for a variety of projects: Miron Construction in the Town of Menasha received a gold award; Arketype of Green Bay earned the best of show print award, five gold ADDYs and eight silver ADDYs; the Karma Group in Green Bay received 12 gold and eight silver ADDYs; Coalesce Inc. of Appleton received a gold ADDY and three silver ADDYs; Imaginasium of Green Bay received four gold ADDYs and nine silver ADDYs; Leibold of Neenah received four gold ADDYs and three silver ADDYs; and SPARK of Neenah received four silver ADDY awards.
Great Lakes Calcium Corp. of Green Bay appointed Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. as its distributor partner for the sale of GLC calcium carbonate products to the rubber and PVC industries.
More than 870 ThedaCare employees participated in its Helping Hearts program putting in 84,505 volunteer hours in 2010, up from 79,984 hours in 2009.
Business partners Dave Gruenwald and Tim Bartley opened DaVinci Engineering and Consulting LLC, a full-service product development and small business-consulting firm providing services ranging from design and engineering to product planning and financing.
Bank First National opened an office at 101 City Center in Oshkosh. The 3,200-square-foot office offers full-service business and personal banking services.
Cummins NPower of De Pere donated a new Cummins model ISC, 8.3 liter, 240 horsepower computer-controlled diesel engine to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s Sturgeon Bay campus. Students in the college’s diesel programs will be trained in the engine’s operation, service and diagnosis.
Lamico Mobility Products LLC purchased Lamico Inc., an Oshkosh manufacturer of crutches. John Krause, the company’s general manager, will stay on his role with the company’s new owner. Lamico Mobility Products produces plastic and polymer accessories that will be used to accept contract injection and blow molding work from local customers.
Ashwaubenon-based Shopko plans to add three of its new Hometown store concepts to area communities. Shopko is currently building a Hometown store in Seymour and had its plans for a store in Brillion on W. Ryan Street approved by the City Council. Plans are also underway to build a store in Kiel. The $1.8 million store in Brillion is 36,000-square-feet and is a smaller version of a full-size Shopko, including a pharmacy.
Gold Badge Driver Training, a new driver training center, opened in Menasha. The business is the only driver training center to be managed and instructed exclusively by law enforcement professionals and the only training center to offer students advanced defensive driving training as part of their curriculum.
Bill-Ray Home Mobility opened a showroom featuring its Friendly Beds at 3800 N. Providence Suite A in Appleton. The Friendly Bed product consists of freestanding framework over people’s existing home beds and is an integrated heavy duty system of components to improve mobility, comfort and safety.
DigitalVision360 is the new name of Larson Creative Services in Green Bay. The company is owned by Cheri Larson and specializes in online marketing including virtual tours, web video, mobile marketing and social media integration.
Current, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s young professional group, named Jim Mortek, vice president of Alliance Insurance Centers as its young entrepreneur of the year, Arketype Inc. as the next generation best place to work and Brian Lee Danzinger of Bank Mutual as the young professional of the year.
Cypress Benefit Administrators, an Appleton-based third party administrator of health benefits, acquired Western Benefits Inc. of Portland, Oregon. In addition, Cypress opened a branch office in Pueblo, Colo.
J. J. Keller of Neenah launched a dedicated training center at jjkellertraining.com. The center features online courses that address safety topics in construction, general workplace safety, hazardous materials, hazwoper, human resources, laboratory safety, right-to-know and transportation.
Burger Boat Co. in Manitowoc is building Chicago’s Leading Lady, a 98-foot steel passenger vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. Chicago’s Leading Lady is styled after the 1920s luxury cruising yachts such as the former presidential yacht “Sequoia.” The vessel was designed by Seacraft Design LLC in Sturgeon Bay.
Sound Dimension Disc Jockeys received a 2011 WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Award. This is the third year in a row the Green Bay business received this honor.
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ AA (Very Strong) rating and given the organization a stable outlook. The agency cited Thrivent Financial’s profitability and surplus, sound capitalization and strong investment portfolio as just some of its overall strengths. Thrivent Mutual Funds were also ranked number one among 57 fund families for the 2010 mixed equity funds category in Lipper/Barron’s Fund Family annual survey. Thrivent Mutual Funds received an overall ranking of 13 out of 57.
Chevrolet and Road America announced a multifaceted marketing partnership that makes Chevrolet the official vehicle of Elkhart Lake’s Road America. The renowned Corvette Bridge will also return to
the track, which hosts events spanning the motorsports spectrum from American LeMans Series to
NASCAR Nationwide Series.
The St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center Breast Program in Green Bay received a three-year National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers accreditation.
The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce named Sarah Schneider of Schenck SC as its community volunteer of the year; photographer Jackie Boyd as its chamber volunteer of the year; Arla Foods of Hollandtown received the Excellence in Achievement Award; and Chic to Chic received the Rising Star Award.
Envano of Green Bay received two first place National Agri-Marketing Association regional awards for work on a blog and social media for a client.
Hoffman LLC of Appleton received a citation of merit award from DESIGN/Environments for Aging for its work on Eden Meadows, a new 77-acre campus for Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh.
Affinity Medical Group’s Koeller Street clinic in Oshkosh received Level 3 Physician Practice Connections-Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Bergstrom Automotive of Neenah acquired Mueller Lincoln of Oshkosh. The Lincoln franchise has been added to the new Bergstrom Ford of Oshkosh facility located at 3355 Jackson Drive, Oshkosh.
ThedaCare Breast Centers, which serves patients at Appleton Medical Center, Encircle Health and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, received official accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The certification recognizes ThedaCare’s dedication to improving the quality of care and monitoring the outcomes of patients with breast diseases.
Resource One International LLC of Little Chute installed an 88-inch Jagenburg Synchro Precision Folio Sheeter.
Keller Inc. of Kaukauna received two 2010 Projects of Distinction awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin. Keller won gold awards in a commercial construction category for Little Scholars New Beginnings in Stevens Point and in the institutional construction category for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hubertus.
Menasha-based Affinity Health System was named among the top 100 integrated health systems in the nation for the ninth year in a row. The list, which was published in Modern Healthcare magazine, grades systems on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency.
Century 21 Olympia has joined Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Appleton. Century 21 primarily served the New London, Hortonville and Greenville markets. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has 20 locations throughout northeast and central Wisconsin and over 450 sales associates.
Leadership Green Bay honored Imaginasium Inc. with the John M. and Meredith B. Rose Business Award, and community advocate Nancy Nabak with the Leo Frigo Award at its All Class Reunion.
Red Shoes PR of Appleton now offers communications professionals the opportunity to license its Red Shoes PR brand. Samantha Dennis, a former Kaukauna resident, is the first Red Shoes licensee and opened an office in Boston.
Clarity Care Home Health and Staff Development, which has offices in Oshkosh and Green Bay, opened an office in Stevens Point.
Bayland Buildings Inc. is building six loading docks for Menasha Packaging in Neenah.
Pick ‘n Save will build a new 71,000-square-foot store on S. Business Drive in Sheboygan, taking the place of a Kmart that is closing. Roundy’s is planning to demolish the Kmart store and build a new store, which will replace a current Pick ‘n Save on Calumet Drive in Sheboygan.
Community Living Solutions, a group of advisors trying to change how senior communities are planned and developed, moved to 2801 E. Enterprise Ave. in Appleton’s Northeast Business Park.
The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau awarded a $112,000 capital development grant to support facility upgrades, including visitor restrooms, parking and security lighting at USA Youth Sports Complex in Appleton.
In celebration of Bassett Mechanical’s 75th anniversary, the Kaukauna company created the William R. Bassett Engineering Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Beginning this year, the company will award two $1,000 scholarships each year to students enrolled in the university’s engineering program.
The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton received the 2011 Best Of winner status from Wisconsin Meetings.