• interstate 41 Corridor
Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties
Air Wisconsin to build new maintenance facility
Air Wisconsin Airlines is building a new 30,000-square-foot maintenance facility at the Appleton International Airport that will create an estimated 80 jobs during the next six months.
The project includes a 30,000-square-foot hangar and 70,000 square feet of office space attached to the hangar. Construction is underway, with the hangar being completed by the end of 2018. The new maintenance facility will handle the growing demand for the company’s regional jet fleet.
Air Wisconsin operates as a regional airline, performing flying services for United Airlines as United Express throughout the Midwest and East Coast. The company has seen a rapid increase in the number of flights operated as part of United Express through Appleton International Airport, which was named the fourth-fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Bloomberg.
“The significant increase in our United Express flights serving Appleton and the Fox Cities is indicative of the growth in the local economy and the need to support that growth by providing increased access to convenient air transportation within the U.S. and worldwide on United Airlines for both business and leisure travelers,” Christine Deister, Air Wisconsin president and CEO, said in a statement.
WEDC grant supports redeveloping site for WG&R
The Town of Grand Chute received a $500,000 state grant for the redevelopment of the former National Envelope Corp. building, which was demolished to make way for a new commercial center.
The grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will be used to help offset the costs of demolishing existing structures and associated infrastructure of the 300,000-square-foot building. Now that demolition is complete, the site will be redeveloped into the new home for WG&R Furniture, a family-owned business with nine locations in northeastern Wisconsin.
The initial phase of the $4 million redevelopment project includes a 94,000-square-foot store for WG&R. Future phases of development on the 28-acre site include additional high-quality retail and restaurant tenants, and possibly a hotel or an outpatient medical facility. Construction of WG&R Furniture’s new store is expected to be completed in 2019.
The grant comes from WEDC’s Idle Sites Redevelopment Program, which was created in 2013 and stimulates investment and job creation at idle, abandoned and underutilized manufacturing sites that cannot be redeveloped solely by the private sector due to their scale and complexity.
The grants may be used for demolition, environmental remediation or site-specific improvements defined in the community’s redevelopment plan. The goal of the program is to advance the site to shovel-ready status or to enhance the site’s market attractiveness to encourage business growth.
Army places $484 million order for 1,500-plus Oshkosh Defense JLTVs
Oshkosh Defense announced the U.S. Army placed a $484 million order for 1,574 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and associated installed and packaged kits.
“This latest order follows the completion of the Multiservice Operational Test and Evaluation conducted by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and further demonstrates that the JLTV program continues to be a top modernization priority for our armed services,” George Mansfield, vice president and general manager of Joint Programs at Oshkosh Defense, said in a release.
In addition to the recent operational testing, the JLTV completed Reliability Qualification Testing earlier this year, accumulating more than 100,000 miles and exceeding reliability requirements. To date, Oshkosh has produced more than 2,000 JLTVs and has delivered more than 1,600 JLTVs to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
• West Central
Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties
Waupaca council approves apartment complex construction
The Waupaca Common Council has approved a 48-unit apartment complex to be built in the city’s East Gateway district, off Commercial Drive and Webster Way, near the State Highway 22/54 bypass.
The council voted unanimously to approve a developer’s agreement between Waupaca and developer Premier Real Estate Management. The project, which is expected to start this summer, is on target for completion in 2019.
The complex will feature four 12-unit buildings, and each unit will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as laundry and an attached garage.
Waupaca Foundry earns professional excellence award
Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, a division of Toyota Industries North America, honored Waupaca Foundry for excellence in launching iron casting parts used on material handling equipment.
Waupaca Foundry earned one of just five professional excellence awards and is the first Tier II supplier to be recognized with this award. To be considered for the award, Waupaca Foundry was required to fulfill
all duties and obligations with excellence, continuously strive for improvement and growth and go above
and beyond expectations.
• The Lakeshore
Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties
Sheboygan Falls lawn products manufacturer to expand
Dura-trel, a Sheboygan Falls-based manufacturer of vinyl lawn and garden products, plans to build a 66,000-square-foot building in Sheboygan Falls’ Vision Business Park.
Formed in 1998, Dura-trel manufactures products including arbors, trellises, pergolas, picnic tables, planter boxes, potting benches and compost bins. It sells direct through clients including Home Depot and Wal-Mart. Construction on the project began in July.
Dura-trel’s facility will be the second one in the new business park, following the Magnetic Tube Applications facility that will be complete later this summer.
Manitowoc’s energybank unveils new LED lighting technology
Lighting company energybank unveiled new LED technology that’s powered directly by the sun.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker joined energybank Founder and CEO Neal Verfeurth for the debut of the product, called FUSION. It allows LED lighting to operate directly from energy collected from solar panels and eliminates the inefficient, expensive and complex conversion process. FUSION allows businesses to reduce lighting operating costs to nearly zero for a portion of the
day during peak utility rates.
When electricity is at its most expensive, FUSION LED luminaries use solar power, not electricity, to operate. During daylight hours, FUSION can provide all or a majority of light from solar power while maintaining a desired light level set point. No power or only minimal power from the utility is used.
“The success of Wisconsin’s small businesses is a big reason why our state economy is booming, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest point in state history,” Walker said. “Not only are employers, like energybank, choosing to hire and expand right here in Wisconsin, they are developing and manufacturing innovative products that are truly Wisconsin-made.”
• The Northwoods
Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties
NWTC Marinette campus renovations completed
Marinette community members and leaders celebrated the completion of renovations at the local Northeast Wisconsin Technical College campus. The project transformed the campus into a cutting-edge, state-of-the-art facility.
The layout was redesigned to transform and enhance teaching and learning at the campus with more student engagement space, updated classrooms and study rooms, and a new main entrance.
The project included the addition of 14,500 square feet of new space and renovating 67,000 square feet of space. Construction on the project began in 2016, with funding coming from a 2015 referendum.