Regional Round Up December

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

The New North
News affecting all 18 counties of the New North region

State energy program gives boost to area companies

Five New North companies received a combined $6.85 million in funding from the State Energy Program to invest in their manufacturing operations and create 83 new jobs in the region. Companies receiving the funds include:

» Synchrotek Inc. of Ashwaubenon received a $500,000 energy loan to manufacture and commercialize a 100-kW generator. The project will create 13 new jobs.

»Oneida Energy LLC of De Pere received a $2 million energy loan for a proposed energy recovery project that will covert landfill, farm and other bio-organic waste to energy. The project will create 22 new jobs.

»Wisconsin Film & Bag Inc. of Shawano received a $1.8 million energy loan to create an industrial plastic film recycling center. The project will create 29 new jobs.

»C.A. Lawton Co. of De Pere received a $1.3 million energy loan to purchase equipment to produce large-energy wind-castings. The project will create 10 new jobs.

»Greenwood Fuels WI LLC of Green Bay received a $1.25 million energy loan to purchase equipment to expand production capacity at its Green Bay operation. The project will create six new jobs.

“This funding will help these companies continue to invest in the New North, create good jobs and ensure the region remains a great place to live and work,” says New North Executive Director Jerry Murphy.

First Business Economic Survey & Forum is Dec. 16

First Business Bank will announce the results of its annual survey of business leaders in Northeast Wisconsin on Dec. 16 at Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton.

In addition to announcing the survey results, the forum will also feature a keynote address by David Ward of NorthStar Economics and a panel discussion featuring Steve Morton of Morton Drug Company, Karen Monfre of Wipfli, Peter Helander of Heartland Business Systems, Tom Boldt of Boldt Construction and Richard McCreary of Marinette Marine. Insight editor Margaret LeBrun will moderate the discussion.

The event starts with check-in at 3:45 p.m., followed by the presentation and panelist Q&A at 4 p.m.

Look for survey results on www.insightonbusiness.com and in the January issue of Insight.

Highway 41 Corridor
Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Appleton Papers division inks strategic partnership

Encapsys, the microencapsulation division of Appleton Papers, has entered into an exclusive, strategic partnership with Troy Corp., located in Florham Park, N.J., to develop and supply a microencapsulated biocide to select marketplaces worldwide.

Encapsys scientists relied on a joint development agreement with Troy to create a custom-formulated microencapsulation system that provides a controlled release mechanism for biocide additives. Encapsys scientists were able to control the antimicrobial activity of a biocide to be used in paints, architectural coatings and mortar formulations.

Marian launches new Homeland Security Institute

Marian University in Fond du Lac has launched a new Institute for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in an effort to enhance the security posture and readiness of local Wisconsin communities.

The institute focuses on identifying and addressing local and state challenges in disaster planning and training, fostering and strengthening partnerships between private sector and government stakeholders and preparing students for leadership careers in homeland security and public service.

Area health system link with UW research

BayCare Clinic and Aurora Health Care are two medical institutions in Wisconsin joining forces with WiSys Technology to create the Wisconsin Medical Entrepreneurship Foundation, which will link University of Wisconsin System research with local health care providers.

WiSys Technology is the technology transfer organization serving UW System campuses other than Madison and Milwaukee.The foundation looks to accelerate technology development and commercialization of promising products by linking experts in the clinical setting with UW faculty members.

Boldt Construction partner in $251 million biomass project

Boldt Construction has paired with AMEC to build the $251 million Charter Street Biomass Heating Plant in Madison. The plant will be one of the largest biomass projects in the nation and create construction and clean energy jobs. The plant’s
coal boilers will first be replaced by natural gas and biomass fuel.

The plant will run completely on biomass by late 2013, with the capacity to burn wood chips, corn stalks and switch grass pellets and power 300 local buildings.

The Lakeshore
Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Sargento plans major Plymouth expansion

Sargento is constructing a new three-story office building in Plymouth to house its growing number of sales, marketing and corporate staff members. The new building, which is expected to cost between $12 and $15 million, will be connected via a covered walkway with existing office and production facilities at Sargento’s campus in Plymouth. Company officials hope to break ground on the project before the end of the year. This marks Sargento’s second expansion this year, following a 50,000-square-foot addition at the Plymouth distribution center.

Sturgeon Bay-made lift makes impact overseas

A 700-metric-ton mobile boat hoist made by Marine Travelift Inc. in Sturgeon Bay is making a difference in the Grade One Marine Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. in Lumut, Malaysia. (See photo on page 14.) The hoist has been in operation for two years and has lifted 120 vessels, including Royal Malaysian Navy vessels. It remains the largest mobile boat hoist Marine Travelift has built, featuring 16-wheel electronic steering. Since the hoist was installed, GOMS has lifted everything from government agencies’ vessels, tugs and supply boats to oceangoing cargo ships and mega yachts.

Kohler cuts hundreds of jobs

The construction slump is hitting Kohler Co. hard. The Sheboygan County company announced in November it’s cutting 450 permanent administrative and production jobs in its plumbing operations across the country while trimming 300 temporary positions. Company officials say the housing slump has meant there are fewer customers for its bathtubs, toilets and faucets. Kohler is Sheboygan County’s largest employer with about 6,500 workers before the announced cuts.

The North Woods
Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Marinette Marine contract could add 1,000 jobs

Marinette Marine is poised to build 10 new Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy. (See “Maritime Muscle,” page 22.) The Navy has asked Congress to approve the deal, which has the potential to add 1,000 new jobs for the New North’s shipbuilding industry and thousands more for suppliers. Marinette Marine expects the contract to double the company’s workforce.

The Navy’s proposal would divide the construction of 20 new ships between partners Marinette Marine and Lockheed Martin Corp. and Alabama-based Austal USA and its partner, General Dynamics Corp. Each partnership would be awarded one ship each in 2010 and 2011, and two ships per year from 2012 to 2015.

“If approved by Congress, this new contract is great news for Marinette Marine, the New North and the state of Wisconsin,” says Jerry Murphy, executive director of New North, Inc. “One of the driving factors that has made our region so attractive for the shipbuilding industry is the cooperation between area shipbuilders and local technical colleges.”

In the past year, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has been planning to serve the needs of the shipbuilding industry. NWTC partnered with shipbuilders like Marinette Marine, Burger Boat, Carver Yachts and others to establish a maritime alliance and help the companies train a 21st Century workforce.

Oconto Falls hospital links with Green Bay hospitals

Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, St. Vincent and St. Mary’s hospitals in Green Bay and Prevea Health are forming a strategic affiliation. The purpose of the affiliation is to expand health care resources available to the residents of Oconto County and the surrounding area.

West Central
Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Nueske’s Meat secures grant to fund expansion project

Nueske’s Meat Products in Wittenberg received a $20,943 state grant to update its equipment and facilities.

The changes will lead to the hiring of another 12 workers. The funds for the Nueske’s project come from the state’s Meat Processing Facility Investment Credits, which was created to support the modernization of the state’s meat processing industry.

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