Regional Roundup

Posted on May 1, 2018 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Fond du Lac, Sheboygan counties form coalition to expand Hwy 23

Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties have united to form Expand Hwy 23, a grassroots joint coalition advocating for expanding Highway 23 to four lanes.

The coalition argues this is necessary for safety reasons and to promote economic growth. The group is composed of citizens, prominent business owners and leaders, government officials, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations.

The coalition began meeting during the second quarter of 2017 and has been working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for the completion of the Limited Scope Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, which is needed to reignite the expansion project. The LS-SEIS is slated to be completed by the middle of May with a public hearing to be held the middle of June.

Legislators from both counties successfully secured $19 million in LET savings (savings from other transportation projects) in the transportation budget for the beginning of the Highway 23 expansion project as soon as it clears.

“The expansion of Highway 23 is long overdue,” says Deidre Martinez, executive director of the Sheboygan County Chamber. “It dates back to the 1960s. The number of commuters and truck traffic between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties continues to grow, and the expansion is imperative for the safety of those who travel this road daily.”

NE Wisconsin companies clean up at championship cheese contest

Northeast Wisconsin cheesemakers enjoyed a strong showing at the World Championship Cheese Contest hosted in Madison.

Ledgeview-based BelGioioso led the pack, claiming four Best of Class awards for its parmesan, gorgonzola, mascarpone and fresh mozzarella snacking cheese. In addition, it took home three second place and one third place award. Saxon Cheese of Cleveland won three Best of Class awards for its whole milk asiago, smoked gouda and mild gouda, as well as two second place and one third place award.

Others winning Best of Class include Springside Cheese Corp., Oconto Falls, aged cheddar; Door Artisan Cheese Co., Egg Harbor, cave-aged English cheddar; Foremost Farms, Clayton, aged provolone; Agropur, Luxemburg, smoked provolone; Agropur, Weyauwega, feta; Arla Foods, Kaukauna, Havarti loaf with dill; Cesar’s Cheese, Random Lake, whole milk string cheese; Pine River Pre-Pack, extra sharp cheddar cold pack and pepper jack cold pack cheese spread; Schreiber Foods, Green Bay, hazelnut cream cheese spread; LaClare Family Creamery, Malone, cave-aged Chandoka New Zealand-style cheddar and goat milk yogurt-blueberry; and Masters Gallery Foods, Plymouth, gourmet cheddar blend.

More flights to Atlanta, Chicago added at Green Bay Austin Straubel

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines announced flights at Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport. American Airlines and United Airlines will start new flights between Green Bay and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Delta Airlines resumed a second daily round-trip flight to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Delta flight will depart Atlanta at 2:03 p.m. and arrive in GRB at 3:20 p.m. It will then depart GRB at 3:55 p.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 7:14 p.m. This service will be operated with a 76-seat CR-9 aircraft.

United Airlines added a fifth round-trip between GRB and O’Hare. The flight will leave O’Hare at 7:45 a.m. and arrive in Green Bay at 8:52 a.m. It will then depart Green Bay at 9:22 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 10:32 a.m. Service will be operated with a 76-seat E-175 aircraft.

American Airlines will add a fifth round-trip flight between GRB and O’Hare beginning Oct. 4. It will depart O’Hare at 6:20 p.m. and arrive in Green Bay at 7:20 p.m., and the flight will depart GRB at 8 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 9:11 p.m. The flight will operate out of Chicago using a 70-seat CR-7 aircraft.

All new flights include both first class and coach seating.

Women’s business group to open Appleton entrepreneurship center

Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. will open an office in Grand Chute.

A $750,000 multiyear grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership helped fund the endeavor, and the center will open in June.

Associated Bank, a WWBIC statewide supporter and investor, will provide in-kind office space at its existing Associated Bank Appleton branch on Casaloma Drive. Leaders hope the new location will increase visibility, support and service in the area. WWBIC services are open to all in the state of Wisconsin.

More than 20 percent of WWBIC’s clients come from outside of Wisconsin’s major metropolitan markets where there is need for WWBIC’s small business support and access to capital. WWBIC-supported businesses in Northeast Wisconsin include: Tamara’s The Cake Guru, Appleton and Oshkosh; Town Hall Bakery, Jacksonport; Foxglove Farms, Hortonville; The River Coffee & Cream, Wrightstown; and Aardvark Wine Lounge, Green Bay.

WWBIC has been providing quality business education programing and access to capital for more than 30 years and was one of the first funded women’s business centers in the country. WWBIC has grown both in size and lasting impact. Since 1987, WWBIC has deployed more than $60 million in small business loans to assist more than 4,000 businesses to start, strengthen or expand, creating and retaining more than 10,000 jobs in Wisconsin alone.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Prevea Shawano Health Center opens, offers range of services

Prevea Shawano Health Center opened at 1300 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.

The Prevea Shawano Health Center will offer urgent care, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, podiatry, orthopedics, lab services and X-ray. Urgent care will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no appointment necessary. Patients will have the option to make reservations for urgent care ahead of time by using Prevea’s Save My Spot feature. Common urgent care conditions include cold or flu symptoms, earaches, sprains, minor fractures, cuts, infections and asthma.

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Stephenson National Bank to relocate Wausaukee banking office

Stephenson National Bank & Trust announced plans to relocate its Wausaukee Banking Office into the Great North Bank Wausaukee branch building at 290 Main St., Wausaukee.

SNBT will buy the building, and GNB will retain all loans and deposit accounts. SNBT will renovate the building’s interior to be consistent with its brand. The newer building’s open floor plan will allow SNBT to create a more efficient customer atmosphere with bankers’ offices located directly in the lobby, leaders say. The current SNBT downtown Wausaukee banking office will remain open during the renovation of the new facility.

Orthopedic and sports medicine clinic set to open in Marinette

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists will open a clinic in Marinette in June.

The 9,000-square-foot clinic is at 3308 Cleveland Ave. The Marinette clinic will offer shoulder, hip, knee, hand, foot, MRI, X-ray, therapy through its partner Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine and other orthopedic care.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Lakeside Foods purchases Two Rivers frozen food company

Lakeside Foods Inc. of Manitowoc acquired Riverside Foods, a producer of frozen appetizers and seafood. As part of the agreement, Riverside Foods will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lakeside Foods.

Riverside, based in Two Rivers, is a producer of cheese appetizers, specialty frozen vegetable and seafood products for the foodservice/restaurant industry under the brand names of Kettle Brau, Trivers, Super Samplers, Smokehouse and Riverside. Riverside sells to distributors throughout the Midwest and directly to select major national restaurant chains.

“Its specialty foods diversify our business into markets adjacent to our frozen and canned private-label vegetables and bring new market opportunities, innovation and balance to our business,” Glen Tellock, Lakeside Foods president and CEO, said in a statement. “Both companies’ deep relationships with restaurant chains will also drive additional top line expansion, while the geographic proximity of both businesses in Northeast Wisconsin will create immediate supply chain synergies.”

Riverside is co-owned by Mark Kornely, Mike Yauger and Paul Becker, all of whom will remain with the business.

Sargento Foods to expand Kiel facility, hire additional employees

Less than two years after a major addition and renovation, Sargento Foods Inc. announced an expansion of its Kiel facility.

The construction project will add 41,500 square feet of production and warehousing space to the existing facility. In addition to the new space, 7,000 square feet will be remodeled. Construction began in April and will wrap up by the end of 2018.

Sargento has incrementally added staff to the Kiel facility to begin training for increased production and will likely add 25 to 40 employees as the construction proceeds. C.D. Smith Construction based in Fond du Lac has been selected as the general contractor for this project.