Regional roundup

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 :: Regional Roundup
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The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

ChemDesign breaks ground on new technology center

ChemDesign Products Inc. broke ground on its new 25,000-square-foot technology center in Marinette.

When finished this fall, the building will serve as the new hub for ChemDesign’s 160 employees, making it easier for them to interact and collaborate. The two-story technology center will contain world-class, state-of-the-art process support and quality control laboratories as well as administrative and operational offices, locker rooms and a cafeteria. Keller Inc. is leading the building’s design and build.

“This new technology center will enable us to gather all staff under one roof. I am extremely pleased to see the completion of this as it continues to demonstrate our investment into meeting and exceeding the expectations of our employees and our customers,” ChemDesign President and CEO Dave Mielke said in a statement.

ChemDesign provides a variety of manufacturing services for companies in the specialty, agricultural and fine chemical markets.

Marinette Marine delivers littoral combat ship to Navy

Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS St. Louis, Littoral Combat Ship 19, to the U.S. Navy.

The Freedom-variant LCS delivers advanced capability in anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasure missions. LCS was designed to evolve with the changing security environment. With an increase in near-peer competition from large nation states, Lockheed Martin is partnering with the Navy to evolve LCS to meet these threats.

Upgrades are already underway. The LCS computing infrastructures are receiving cyber upgrades and naval strike missiles are being installed in support of upcoming deployments.

LCS 19 is the 10th Freedom-variant LCS designed, built and delivered by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team and will be commissioned in Pensacola, Fla., this summer.

“Fincantieri Marinette Marine’s shipbuilders are proud to deliver these proven warships, and we are honored to continue working with our partner Lockheed Martin and our customer, the U.S. Navy, to give them the capabilities to keep our nation and her interests safe,” said Jan Allman, Fincantieri Marinette Marine CEO.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Lakeland University launches student-run business enterprise

Lakeland University is launching a new experiential learning opportunity aimed at better positioning students for post-graduation employment.

Lakeland’s new student-run business enterprise will allow students to create, develop, manage and lead business ventures while developing the next generation of emerging leaders.

Students will be hired this spring into executive roles that will shape the student-run enterprise moving forward. Positions include chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer, chief talent officer and president of the Develop U division.

The program includes divisions dedicated to nonprofits, hospitality, merchandising and professional development. These paid positions are open to undergraduate students in any academic major, and positions will start this summer.

Lakeland is modeling its program after colleges with successful and proven student-run businesses. The university is creating a board of directors that will be filled with local business leaders to help guide the students in their work. The board will work directly with the student executives, overseeing high-level direction, policy and strategy of the student-run business ventures.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

U.S. Cellular expands service to include Shawano area

U.S. Cellular has expanded its service to include residents and businesses in the greater Shawano area. To serve customers in the area, U.S. Cellular is opening a new retail store at 704A East Green Bay St. in Shawano.

U.S. Cellular customers have access to national network coverage, and the company provides wireless service for consumers, businesses and governments. Its offerings include unlimited postpaid and prepaid voice, data and messaging, in-home high-speed fixed wireless, data priority for public safety, international calling, and internet of things services.

interstate 41 Corridor

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

Kimberly-Clark selling its Lake Street facility

Kimberly-Clark Corp. is consolidating two of its Fox Cities offices.

The company has put its Lake Street office complex in Fox Crossing up for sale, with an anticipated occupancy date of January 2021. The 171,200-square-foot building overlooks Little Lake Butte des Morts. The 1956 building was designed by architect Bruce Graham, who also designed Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago.

Employees currently housed at the Lake Street building will be moved to Kimberly-Clark’s West Office building on Winchester Road in Neenah. A K-C statement says no jobs are being lost in the move but that remodeling at the West Office complex created additional room.

All employees should be moved into the West Office complex by the end of 2020. The decision to consolidate the two sites is part of the company’s overall restructuring plan that started in 2018.

Basic Needs Giving Partnership awards nearly $6M in grants

The Basic Needs Giving Partnership awarded nearly $6 million in new grants to Northeast Wisconsin organizations supporting innovative programs helping those in need. Collaborating nonprofits and organizations — 225 in total — were granted funds for programs addressing the root causes of poverty through the community foundations in Green Bay, the Fox Valley and Oshkosh.

The total 2019 Basic Needs Giving Partnership grants include $5,973,534 in new grant commitments and $4,688,469 in total grants distributed. Funding breakdowns are:

• The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded new grants of $2,699,853 and distributed $2,410,354 to multiple-year grants

• The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded new grants of $1,836,052 and distributed $1,229,934 to multiple-year grants

• The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded new grants of $1,437,629 and distributed $1,048,181 to multiple-year grants

• Regional awarded grants of $758,993

• National awarded new grant of $400,000

The grants focus on programs that reduce poverty by creating economic stability, increasing access to education, building family support and social connection, and improving health and wellness.

The funding for the grants is generated by the annual U.S. Venture Open, the nation’s largest one-day charitable event dedicated to ending poverty. In 2019, the event raised $5.24 million for the Basic Needs Giving Partnership, and 100 percent of every dollar donated is invested in the fund.

A grantmaking match of $800,000 from the J. J. Keller Foundation, $250,000 from Oshkosh Corp. and $200,000 from both ThedaCare and the Thrivent Foundation lead this effort.