Businesses on the move

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Business development 

Gulfstream Aerospace is eliminating 446 positions at 11 workforce locations nationwide, including some at its Appleton location. The company didn’t disclose the number of layoffs per site but said fewer than 3 percent in Appleton lost their jobs.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. launched a new website to help connect new and existing businesses in Wisconsin with the buyers, suppliers and service providers they need. The new Wisconsin Supplier Network, which can be found at, will take the place of the previous Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace site.

Lakeside Foods, through its joint venture Peak Foods, purchased Blendtopia, a Nashville-based startup that makes superfood smoothies available at select retail outlets and online.

Evco Plastics is building a 31,025-square-foot addition to its Oshkosh facility. The expanded space is expected to open in January.

JJ Coolers LLC, Plymouth, announced plans for a 36,547-square-foot expansion.

Kriete Truck Centers opened its newly remodeled Sheboygan location.

ThedaCare and Bellin Health announced a cardiovascular care partnership. The group will be composed of nearly 50 cardiology providers covering nine hospitals and almost 20 outreach centers across 17 counties in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Gordon Flesch Co. signed an agreement to acquire Advanced Systems Inc., an independent dealer in the office technology industry with offices in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. The combined company will be the largest independent office equipment dealership in the Midwest. Gordon Flesch also became an authorized, full-line Ricoh Family Group dealer partner.

Venture capital fund and technology invention firm Atlene launched in Oshkosh.

KI announced a partnership with Bluespace Interiors, a Southern California-based furniture distribution agent. Bluespace will accept orders as a KI distributor effective Dec. 1.

Kohler Co. cut 84 non-manufacturing jobs within its Sheboygan County workforce.

HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital opened a new pediatric emergency center. Located within the hospital’s emergency department, it offers 24/7 emergency care for children of all ages.

Schneider has added Rail Dray to its lineup of intermodal services. The service focuses on the initial and end moves of intermodal transportation, getting freight from shipper to ramp and ramp to receiver safely and seamlessly. It also earned VIQTORY’s 2020 Military Friendly Employer Award.

Gorman & Co. has proposed building a Maurer’s Market grocery store in downtown Green Bay. If the project moves ahead, it would help address the USDA-defined food desert in the city’s downtown.

Kmart in Ripon is expected to close in December. The closure affects 40 workers, and the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board is leading a Rapid Response effort.

Festival Foods opened a new store in Verona.

Business comings and goings 

A2Z Design, formerly located in the Zuelke Building, moved to a new location in the Appleton Center at 100 W. Lawrence St., Suite 307.

Bank First opened a new location on Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

The Stephenson National Bank & Trust opened a commercial loan services office in Green Bay.

New businesses are coming to Oshkosh. Neenah restaurant Greene’s Pour House will open a second location in downtown Oshkosh on the site of the former Granary restaurant, and Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen & Tavern opened on North Westhaven Drive.

Consolidated Machine LLC moved into a new facility at 2100 American Drive, Neenah.

Healthy Way Market announced plans to move to a larger facility in Sturgeon Bay. Bayland Builders is completing the expansion, and the new location is expected to open in early 2020.

Coffee shop Union Cup opened in Sheboygan.

ACP opened a home décor showroom and store in Neenah.

Shopko Optical opened locations in Sheboygan, Marinette and Menasha.

Green Bay Escape & Axe opened in Green Bay

Construction news

C.D. Smith Construction received masonry and concrete slab contracts for the Wisconn Valley project.

Frontier Builders & Consultants began construction of XLR8 Sports Training in Menasha.

Keller Inc. announced projects for the following organizations: Ariens Co., Brillion; Halquist Stone, Fond du Lac; Midway Storage, De Pere; Skate City, Kimberly; Ken’s Sports, Suamico; Christus Lutheran Church, Greenville; Casey’s General Store, Newburg and Lisbon; Scentabilty, Tomahawk; Liesen & Pinzl Dentistry, Woodruff; PAW Health Network, Mosinee; and API Healthcare, Hartford.

A new Aurora BayCare outpatient clinic, ambulatory surgery center and urgent care facility is on pace to open its doors to the Kaukauna community next summer. The 72,000-square-foot clinic will house 13 clinic specialties and seven outpatient surgery specialties as well as a dedicated area for rehabilitation and sports medicine, Urgent Care Plus, diagnostics and pharmacy.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. completed renovations for Amcor Flexibles North America in Oshkosh and an addition for Immanuel Lutheran Church & School in Greenville.

Miron Construction Co. Inc., in partnership with Architects in Common, began work on the alterations and additions to Rawhide Café and Carriage House in New London.

The Boldt Co. is completing a project for the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine in Oklahoma City.

Education news

Silver Lake College changed its name to Holy Family College.

St. Norbert College and Concordia University Wisconsin School of Health Professions have established a partnership that would give current St. Norbert College students and alumni who have completed their undergraduate degree priority admission status in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs at Concordia.

Lawrence University signed on to an amicus brief expressing support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, this time in a case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Venture capital firm Revolution named TitletownTech to its list of the 10 most innovative physical spaces in the nation.

New North companies were named to Deloitte’s annual Wisconsin 75 list, which bases its rankings on annual sales revenue. Area companies making the list include: U.S. Venture, No. 5; Kohler Co., No. 6.; Schreiber Foods, No. 10; Menasha Corp., No. 16; Green Bay Packaging, No. 18; Acuity Insurance, No. 19; Sargento Foods, No. 20; Masters Gallery Foods, No. 24; The Boldt Co., No. 26; Bergstrom Co., No. 27; Johnsonville LLC, No. 28; Miron Construction Co. Inc., No. 29; Faith Technologies, No. 32; Secura Insurance, No. 35; Ariens Co., No. 36; Fox World Travel, No. 39;  Lakeside Foods, No. 42; J. F. Ahern Co., No. 50;  Werner Electric, No. 51; J. J. Keller & Associates, No. 57; Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., No. 60; and Bassett Mechanical, No. 71.

Two Northeast Wisconsin companies won Wisconsin Innovation Awards: Fork Farms, product design category, and Kohler WasteLAB, manufacturing category.

Athletic Business magazine recognized the Oshkosh Community YMCA Downtown Center as one of the nation’s best recently constructed athletic, recreation and fitness facilities. It received Facility of Merit accolades in the magazine’s 2019 Architectural Showcase.

Foundations Health & Wholeness presented its Ethics Awards to Fox Communities Credit Union and Green Bay Area Public School District.

Network Health earned a 4.5 overall Star rating for its Medicare Advantage PPO plans from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, outperforming the national average of 4 Stars.

Oshkosh Airport Products, LLC, an Oshkosh Corp. company, reached the milestone of production and delivery of its 5,000th aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

Appleton was named to the No. 89 spot on Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Live 2019.

College Gazette named Lawrence University No. 1 on its list of 10 Best Hidden Gem Liberal Arts Colleges.

Website 24/7 Wall Street found Sheboygan has the nation’s second-lowest poverty rate, with a rate of 6.6 percent.

Lubenow Companies Inc. in Ashwaubenon received the Acuity Insurance Safety Award in recognition of outstanding long-term safety achievements.

Park View Health Center, Oshkosh, and Brewster Village, Appleton, were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on Newsweek’s list of Wisconsin’s Best Nursing Homes 2020.

Amcor received four 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards from Dow for improving sustainability outcomes and enhancing customer experience.

Constructech magazine recognized Miron Construction Co. Inc. with a 2019 Vision Award. It received a silver award in the Builder/GC Commercial – more than $500 million category. Miron received two BUILD Wisconsin awards from the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin for its Johnsonville Sausage global headquarters addition and Ho-Chunk Project Forward.

Red Shoes Inc. was certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise under the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. It also was recertified as a National Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin honored H.J. Martin and Son with a 2019 BUILD Wisconsin Award in the Specialty Contractor-Finishes category for its work on The Spark of American Family Insurance building in Madison.

J.F. Ahern received two BUILD Wisconsin Awards from Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin in the Specialty Contractor category.

Conde Nast Traveler named The Osthoff Resort No. 5 on its list of the Top 5 Resorts in the Midwest.

Verve, a Credit Union was named one of Credit Union Journal’s Best Credit Unions to Work For in 2019.

The German American Chambers of Commerce presented an Excellence in Economic Development Award to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The Marian University Peer Leadership Program, a part of the school’s TRIO Student Support Services, earned International Mentor Training Program Certification through the College Reading & Learning Association.

Bank First has exceeded $300,000 in tuition reimbursement since introducing the program in 2015, helping 23 employees obtain higher education degrees, including associate, bachelor and master’s degrees.

Winneconne Middle School was one of 362 schools nationwide to receive a National Blue Ribbon Award.

The National Railroad Museum received the Significant Achievement Award – Passenger Car from the HeritageRail Alliance in Squamish, British Columbia.

The Southeast Regional Trauma Advisory Council recognized St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac for its consistent and outstanding commitment to collecting and sharing trauma data.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber presented its 2019 Manufacturing Awards of Distinction: KI, Green Bay, large company; Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg, medium company; Evergreen Tool Co. Inc., Peshtigo, small company; Georgia-Pacific Corp., Green Bay, environmental sustainability; Green Bay Packaging, Green Bay, innovation; and Salm Partners LLC, Denmark, growth.

The Wisconsin Historical Society presented Hotel Northland with the Board of Curator Historic Restoration Award.

Manufacturing Technologies Insight recognized The Lake Companies as one of the top 10 shop floor management solutions companies.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recognized Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc. with a rating of 4 stars out of 5 for its Medicare Advantage HMO-POS plans.

Charitable Giving and Grants

Fox Valley Technical College received a $100,000 grant from the State of Wisconsin for the college’s Venture Center to help veterans as they work on their business model and plan through the innovation accelerator program.

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay reached the milestone of granting more than $1 million to empower women and girls in the community.

The Mechanical Contractors Association and UA 400 Pipe Trades contributed $100,000 to the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation to support student scholarships in trades-related fields.

The Fox Cares Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Fox Communities Credit Union, raised more than $56,000 through the credit union’s Bike to the Beat event.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin launched Adopt-A-School, which seeks to develop neighborhood resources in support of student success. Associated Bank donated $10,000 to the organization in support of one-to-one mentoring at Green Bay’s Fort Howard Elementary School.

Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority awarded $500,000 in grants to 13 statewide agencies that are addressing homelessness. Those in the New North include: ADVOCAP, Oshkosh; Community Outreach Temporary Services, Appleton; Newcap, Brown County; Shawano Area Matthew 25, Shawano; and House of Hope, Green Bay.

Agnesian HealthCare raised $30,000 at its Mild 2 Wild Cruise 2 The Cabin Car Show for Hospice event.

The M&M Area Community Foundation presented grant funding for 13 programs and projects at its Women’s Giving Circle Annual Gathering and Grant Presentation.

Marco Technologies and Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A. Inc. provided the University of Wisconsin-Stout with an in-kind gift of the use of a digital press, valued at $70,000. Marco raised $275,000 for the United Way in its annual campaign.

Matthews Tire hosted its 15th annual Oil Change for the Better, donating $10 from every regular-priced oil change to the Breast Cancer Family Foundation.

Lakeland Care announced its employees had donated more than $100,000 to area charities.

All the Rest

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center announced the addition of a new parent suite, GalaPro captioning services that provide captions to patrons, and T-coil Hearing Loop services.

Disney collaborated with Kohler Co. on the “Mirror, Mirror” campaign to promote its upcoming “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” movie.

Glacial Lakes Conservancy in Sheboygan opened the 143-acre Willow Creek Preserve.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay began offering people with atrial fibrillation a low-dose fluoroscopy for cardiac ablation using ultrasound and non-radiation 3D mapping systems.

Vehicle Security Innovators Inc. in Green Bay launched a new multi-brand website.

Following the cancelation of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon, race officials announced those who were signed up for the canceled race will receive a $30 discount for next year’s marathon, half marathon and relay marathon events.

The Oshkosh Public Museum opened the Menominee Clans Story exhibit in its Winnebago Room.

Felician Village debuted its Felician Village at Home membership program. It’s designed to support the health and well-being of older adults and is open to Manitowoc County residents living in their own homes or apartments.

The Green Bay Packers launched a free connected TV streaming app aimed at bringing on-demand Packers content to fans’ television screens. The official Packers streaming app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. Viewers can find the free app by entering “Packers” into the search function on their devices. The app allows fans to catch the latest Packers news, game highlights and features from

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers, the Belgian Heritage Center unveiled a new exhibit celebrating the Walloon Belgian heritage of Packers co-founder Curly Lambeau. The exhibit traces Lambeau’s ancestors back to Belgium before they immigrated in the 1870s, settling in Door and Brown counties. It also presents the story of Rockwood Lodge located in the Belgian settlement near Dyckesville which served as Packers player residence and team training camp.