Regional Roundup

Posted on May 1, 2017 :: Regional Roundup
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» interstate 41 Corridor

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

Schneider debuts on NYSE

Class B common stock for trucking, intermodal and logistics services company Schneider National began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “SNDR.” The stock sold at $19 per share, and the IPO raised approximately $288 million.

“This allows the company to continue its commitment to Wisconsin and the communities in which we live and operate, while maintaining and enabling further investments in our long-term positioning,” Schneider CEO Chris Lofgren said in a press release.

Schneider driver Bob Wyatt, who has been with the company for 44 years and has logged more than 5 million miles without an accident, received the honor of ringing the bell to open the day’s trading at the Exchange.

Moraine Park program offers free tuition to low-income students in Fond du Lac

At a community-wide open house at its Fond du Lac campus, Moraine Park debuted its Promise program — a new scholarship initiative intended to help low-income high school students afford college.

The program creates a partnership between the college and the student. The college promises to provide five consecutive semesters of free tuition, as well as additional services including mentoring, tutoring, assisting with financial aid filing and other support.

For students accepted into this program, their promise is to attend Moraine Park as a full-time student and to fulfill outlined eligibility requirements, which include identified academic standards upon application and while enrolled at the college.

High school students graduating in 2018 throughout Moraine Park’s district will be the first group eligible to utilize the Promise program. This includes more than 25 high schools in the region, including Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam.

Copper State Brewing to open in Green Bay June 1

The owners of Appleton’s Copper Rock Coffee Co. have purchased the former site of Hinterland Brewery on Dousman Street in Green Bay and will open Copper State Brewing.

The new business will brew beer as well as serve food, and Copper Rock will lease space for a coffee shop. Copper State held job fairs to hire waitstaff, bartenders, kitchen and brewery staff. The brewery is expected to open June 1.

» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

NWTC Niagara Regional Center moves to Aurora           

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College opened a new regional learning center in Aurora to replace the Niagara location, which has closed. All classes and offices have reopened in the former Hillcrest School location, forming the NWTC North Regional Learning Center-Aurora.

Students will find features like additional computer labs and spaces where they can meet with visiting academic, financial aid and career advisers. NWTC will continue Youth Options for area high school juniors and seniors and may expand the programming. The facility will also offer EMT training and the business incubator and kitchen, which have been in operation since 2010.

“It’s very exciting. I think it’s a real plus for those communities to have one site, one hub to serve that community,” says Sally Miller, regional manager for the center.

» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Lakeland, LTC partner to address tech teacher shortage

Lakeland University and Lakeshore Technical College are partnering to address the shortage of technology education teachers, in a move that Lakeland plans to take statewide.

Lakeland has added a technology education bachelor’s degree program designed to provide more applicants for a marketplace that has more demand than supply. Lakeland becomes one of four state colleges and universities to offer a technology education teaching degree, and the only institution in northeastern Wisconsin.

Degree-seeking students will enroll at Lakeland, where they will take most of their classes, including Lakeland’s early childhood through adolescence (K-12) professional sequences courses. Students also will take 30 core technology credits at LTC, learning on state-of-the-art equipment.

Students will select one of eight emphasis areas: engineering, information and communication technology, electronics, architecture and construction, transportation, power and energy, biotechnology and environmental technologies. Enrollment in the program, which has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, is underway.

Irish butter comes to Wisconsin, Kerrygold sues

Following some legal wrangling, Irish butter has returned to the shelves at Woodman’s Markets in Wisconsin.

Old World Creamery of Sheboygan began selling a branded Irish butter at Woodman’s in April, but sale of the product (which at this point can’t be named due to pending legal issues) was halted because of a trademark dispute. However, “Old World Creamery” Pure Irish Butter hit the shelves at Woodman’s once again.

Old World had previously put out the butter under the brand name Irish Gold, but Ornua Foods, owner of Kerrygold Irish butter sued, citing trademark infringement.

“We’re excited to once again be able to get our product on the shelves in the Badger State,” said Steve Knaus, managing partner of Old World Creamery. “Irish butter has a higher butterfat content than the average American butter, which translates into a richer, creamier texture for the butter.” 

Wisconsin has a decades-old state law that requires butter sold in the state to be graded to Wisconsin butter standards. To comply with the state law, Old World Creamery is importing its Irish butter directly from Ireland, then packaging, processing and grading it to Wisconsin standards at its facility in Sheboygan.

Forefront Dermatology expands headquarters

Forefront Dermatology, the second-largest group dermatology practice in the United States, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced that the company has expanded its corporate headquarters by leasing an additional 15,000 square feet at 2 N. Eighth St. to accommodate its continued growth.

Prior to the expansion, Forefront leased approximately 50,000 square feet in two facilities in downtown Manitowoc. The $1.1 million expansion is expected to create up to 241 jobs through 2020. The building project was completed in January, and Forefront already has more than 100 employees working in the new location.

Tramontina USA plans Manitowoc expansion

Tramontina USA announced plans to expand cookware production capabilities at its Manitowoc plant to meet growing demand for color and ceramic-coated cookware.

The Sugarland, Texas-based company acquired a 256,000-square-foot building next to its existing site and will construct an 8,600-square-foot office and employee cafeteria as well as adding parking. The company has manufactured aluminum non-stick cookware at the Manitowoc facility since 2005.

» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Shawano medical residency training center plans advance

The Shawano Plan Commission advanced to the common council plans for a medical residency training center.

Plans for the 39-acre complex include a 25-bed residency training hospital and medical clinic as well as eight 12-unit residential apartment buildings, which would include multifamily and senior assisted living.

RTC Real Estate Holdings LLC would construct a 45,000-square-foot medical clinic, with the residency training hospital expected to be completed by January 2020.