Regional roundup

Development in the New North

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 :: Regional Roundup
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» INTERSTATE 41 CORRIDOR Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Council approves land sale to Oshkosh Corp. The Oshkosh Common Council unanimously approved a proposal to sell up to 35 acres of Lakeshore Golf Course to Oshkosh Corp. for its new headquarters.

Under the plan, the city would sell approximately one-third of the publicly owned land to the company for $3.5 million as well as providing $13 million in tax incentives and infrastructure funding. The proposal now sits with Oshkosh Corp. for consideration.

Faith Technologies opens new learning center to support its growing apprenticeship program, learning and career development programs, Faith Technologies has launched Faith Technologies University. Located on American Drive in Appleton, it will serve as a learning and training facility for the company’s Wisconsin-based electrical and specialty systems apprenticeship classes. The 35,600-square-foot facility will consist of lab and classroom space, offices and conference rooms.

In December, the company will host a skills-based competition for its apprentices in the new facility, serving as a qualifier for Associated Builders and Contractors’ National Craft Championships.

» THE NORTHWOODS Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties Harbor receives restoration funds from WEA grant

As part of the fourth annual Local Spark Award, WEA Trust awarded the City of Marinette funds for a granite memorial in the Menekaunee Harbor. The location of the Menekaunee Harbor, at the mouth of the Menominee River, separates Wisconsin and Michigan. It also is the origin of the Menominee Indian Tribe. The granite memorial will honor the five tribes of the indigenous people.

» THE LAKESHORE Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties SCEDC launches initiative aimed at sales growth

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. unveiled a plan to provide sales and marketing support for existing “second-stage” companies through a program called revBOOST. The first cohort of five companies will be chosen through an application process. The program is a step toward the development of SCEDC’s Economic Gardening Network, and it aims to help companies achieve 10 to 30 percent revenue growth.

The fees for the pilot project will be paid through a grant by the SCEDC. Eligibility for the program requires meeting a few criteria. Companies must:

• Be a for-profit, privately held company headquartered in Sheboygan County for at least the past two years
• Generate annual revenue between $500,000 and $50 million
• Employ between four and 99 full-time employees
• Demonstrate growth in employment and/or revenue during two of the pastfive years
• Provide products or services beyond the local area to regional, national or international markets

Sheboygan MSA boasts lowest U.S. poverty rate A 24/7 Wall St. study found the Sheboygan metropolitan statistical area has the lowest poverty level in the nation.An individual making less than $12,060 this year — $24,600 for a family of four —  technically lives below the poverty line. About 14 percent of Americans fit that definition. The financial news and commentary website looked at 382 U.S. metro areas to compile its list of the 49 cities that are doing the best — by their standard, less than 10 percent of the population lives in poverty.

Sheboygan has a 5.4 percent poverty rate, a 3.5 percent unemployment rate and median household income of $54,059. In addition to Sheboygan, two other Wisconsin MSAs cracked the top 10. Fond du Lac ranked No. 3 and Appleton No. 7.

» WEST CENTRAL Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Waupaca teen, kids mental health clinic opens Catalpa Health, a mental health and wellness service provider for children and adolescents in the Fox Valley, is expanding its services to Waupaca. The new clinic is located within the Waupaca Woods Mall.

It will serve more than 350 people who previously had to make 2,000 trips to Catalpa clinics in the Fox Cities from the Waupaca area. The startup of the clinic was made possible through community support and philanthropy. Leading community support included a grant from the Tim and Joy Neuville Family Fund that helped kick off the project, as well as support from Vic and Chris Anthony.

Shawano paper mill completes machine upgrade Little Rapids Corp. completed installation of a new state-of-the art tissue machine at its paper mill in Shawano. The new crescent forming tissue machine replaces an existing tissue machine and will significantly increase capacity and capability.

Little Rapids manufactures and markets products for the health care, beauty, packaging and specialty paper markets.