Business on the Move – May 2013

Posted on May 1, 2013 :: People and Business on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Road America in Elkhart Lake and Lakeside Pepsi Cola in Sheboygan Falls announced a five-year partnership naming Lakeside Pepsi Cola as the exclusive provider of carbonated beverages and select non-carbonated beverages served at Road America.

H.J. Martin & Son of Green Bay received two 2012 Build Wisconsin Specialty Contractor Awards in the categories of interior and exterior finishes. H.J. Martin & Son received an interior award for its work at the University of Wisconsin’s new Union South and an exterior award for its installation work on the black glass windows for the Knight Development Building in De Pere.

Schenck of Appleton acquired Bonfield & Company S.C., a long-standing Milwaukee-based CPA firm. Steve Bonfield will work with his clients from Schenck’s office in Milwaukee.

Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin opened a new outlet store at its Ralph B. Shiner Center in Appleton.

Arise Health Plan, a subsidiary of WPS Health Insurance, reached an agreement with Aurora Health Care to offer a new provider option to residents living in eastern Wisconsin.

A & J Mobility of Valders is opening a sales location on Mid Valley Drive in De Pere. The 7,000-square-foot BraunAbility showroom and service center will be open mid-summer and will be the company’s fifth retail store.

Manitowoc Cranes and Shantui Investment Co. Ltd. formed a new joint venture to build mobile cranes in China for both the domestic and export markets.

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation gave a $25,000 grant to the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation in Fond du Lac to help cancer patients facing financial hardships because of their diagnosis. Funds will help people pay rent, utility bills and provide gas and grocery cards to families affected by cancer.

PDJ Cutting and Fabrication in Manitowoc received the Rising Star Award from the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County. The business, which offers industrial and commercial cutting, mechanical design services and metal art, was chosen because of its community involvement and business growth.

The American Club Resort in Kohler was named the 2013 Best Hotel in Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report.

Somerville in Green Bay received awards from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance for its work on the Hillcrest Primary School in Shawano and the new engineering systems at Dickinson Elementary School in De Pere.

The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton recently released Power of Peer-to-Peer, a new white paper that focuses on the importance of a peer-to-peer learning structure and highlights its benefits, particularly among Healthcare Value Network member organizations.

Menasha Packaging Company’s Folding Carton Group in Neenah recently purchased $6 million worth of equipment to expand its capabilities and improve its ability to react to accelerated lead times. The segment purchased a printing press, a die cutter, a tape applicator and a window patcher.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau recently honored several volunteers and members. Kevin Jarek, the UW Extension crops, soils and horticulture agent, received the convention award for his work on the Outagamie County Farm Technology Days. The Panther Baseball Club received the sports award for hosting 11 tournaments in 2012 at Appleton’s Memorial Park and Fox Cities Stadium. The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton received the partnership award. Gary Kilgas, who recently retired from the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships organizing committee, received the Destination Builder Award. Cheryl Zaug Casey, who guided the bureau through its search for a new executive director and filled in as interim director, was named volunteer of the year.

Re-Bath of Northeast Wisconsin of Green Bay was named a 2012 national Platinum Club franchise by Re-Bath LLC.

Heartland Business Systems in Little Chute recently opened an office in Madison. This is the company’s fourth branch.

Schneider National of Wisconsin received the Green Professional distinction from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

The UW-Green Bay Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is partnering with Comparison International and the PROmoting Business Excellence (PROBE) international business consulting network to bring a new program to small businesses and manufacturers in the 18-county New North region. The networks provide companies with a diagnostic analysis, including proprietary benchmarking software and assessment tools developed by Comparison International; certified SBDC business counselors to provide a thorough performance review, comparing results to industry peers; and help prioritizing areas for development, improvement and strategic planning focus.

Georgia-Pacific’s Green Bay Broadway Mill recently celebrated operating more than 1.25 million work hours without a lost-time injury. The mill also received the CEO Safety Excellence Award from Georgia-Pacific President and CEO Jim Hannan. The mill has received the company’s top safety award six times.

The Oneida Tribe recently celebrated the opening of the new Anna John Resident Centered Care Community near the corner of State 172 and S. Overland Road in Oneida. The center is a 48-bed multi-purpose building that will house a nursing home, elderly meal site and physical therapy offices. The facility will also have a few short-term stay units that will assist with short-term therapy following surgical procedures.

TIDI Products, a Neenah-based manufacturer of single-use infection prevention products for medical and dental markets, has launched Zero Waste Initiative, a step to reducing trash produced in its manufacturing plants through repurposing, recycling, and energy consumption reduction. The program started in October 2012 and has eliminated 97 percent of solid waste, which translates into 146 tons per year.

Horicon Bank is building a new office in Oshkosh at 2241 Omro Road. The new office will use geothermal energy.

Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin presented the 2012 No Lost Time Accidents Award to Alliance Construction & Design in De Pere for the company’s commitment to safety and completing 2012 with no lost time injuries and accidents.

The Door County Community Foundation recently presented a Sustainability Grant to the Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation. The St. Mary of the Snows Church has been rechristened as the Belgian Heritage Center. This $1,500 grant will help convert the sacristy of the former church into a community kitchen. The grant is part of an ongoing effort to restore St. Mary of the Snows, a church that was founded in 1860.

Health insurance company Humana received the 2012 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Recruitment Partner of the Year Award. The college has worked with Humana since 2004.

Andersen Windows presented Breakthrough Fuel of Green Bay with its special recognition of the year award for Breakthrough’s work to convert a key portion of Andersen’s trucking fleet from diesel fuel to natural gas.

State meeting planners and attendees voted Heidel House Resort & Spa in Green Lake as the Best Wisconsin Lakeshore Resort in the 2013 Best of Wisconsin Meetings awards.

Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp. received the Big Joe Forklifts 2012 Dealer of Excellence designation. Big Joe designed this award to recognize the top dealers throughout the United States that have achieved the highest standards of sales excellence.

Standard & Poor’s Rating Service recently affirmed Bellin Health’s “A” long-term bond rating, noting the health system’s stable outlook. In 2010, S&P raised its rating for Bellin to A from A-, and graded the health system’s long-term future as stable.

PAi (Plan Administrators, Inc.) in De Pere recently received a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award. This is the firm’s seventh award in the past eight years.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which has its operational headquarters in Appleton, and SCA, a global hygiene and forest products company with operations in Neenah and Menasha, were both named to the Ethisphere’s listing of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

The Financial Wellness Center at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton received a 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award. The Financial Wellness Center was one of 21 recipients of the award, which was given by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy. The Financial Wellness Center is a unique collaboration that was created by several partners – Fox Valley Technical College and its Foundation, Goodwill Industries/FISC, and a strong, active commitment from Community First Credit Union. Its goal was to provide personal financial assistance to adult students who are seeking to re-enter the workforce after losing jobs. The result is an innovative model designed to serve the needs of individuals in financial transition.

Renew Physical Therapy recently joined the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay. The business is owned by Shawn Jackson.

Wisconsin Bank & Trust in Green Bay, through its parent company, Heartland Financial USA Inc., has been named a Forbes Best Bank 2013. In its annual review of the largest publicly traded banks and thrifts, Forbes ranked Heartland 39th among a nationwide group of 100 leading banking organizations with assets ranging from $4.5 billion to more than $2 trillion.