Regional roundup

Posted on Mar 30, 2020 :: Regional Roundup
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West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Texas company becomes Marion Body Works dealer

Municipal Fire Apparatus Specialists of McAllen, Texas, has become an official Marion Body Works dealer.

“Having the opportunity to work with a proven dealer like Municipal Fire Apparatus Specialists, which strives to meet the evolving demands of its customers, is exactly what we hope for as an industry leader,” said Curtis Ignacio, president of Marion Body Works.

Jim Farrell, vice president of Municipal Fire Apparatus Specialists, said the company’s market will expand with the help of Marion’s aluminum products and rescue truck offerings.

“We are excited about the resources Marion Body Works offers as well as its commitment to its customers,” Farrell said. “In meeting with the Marion owners and family, our team is ready to hit the ground running, and we believe our foundation for fire apparatus maintenance is going to help this relationship thrive.”

Municipal Fire Apparatus opened in 2009 to fill a service need for major fire equipment dealers in southern Texas. The company has since become a full-service dealership for apparatus repairs, purchases and accessories.

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

BayCare Clinic unveils plans for Manitowoc specialty clinic

BayCare Clinic plans to build a new 30,000- to 40,000-square-foot facility in Manitowoc to meet the growing demand for its specialized health care services.

The clinic will be built on 9.3 acres of land near the corner of Waldo Boulevard and Maritime Drive, about a mile northeast of BayCare Clinic’s orthopedics and sports medicine clinic on 10th Street.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin this spring with a spring/summer 2021 completion date. The project plans allow for future expansion.

“Patients and their families increasingly are expecting to receive the level of health care services that they would experience in a larger, more metropolitan area, but they want it here, in their community,” says Dr. Carl DiRaimondo, an orthopedic surgeon with BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc.

The clinic will offer orthopedics and sports medicine, urology, pain and rehab medicine, neurological surgery, MRI, and physical and occupational therapy.

Holy Family Memorial, Froedtert enter partnership

Holy Family Memorial Medical Center and Froedtert Health announced the organizations have entered a letter of intent to provide health care services. HFM will continue to operate as a locally led and managed health network within the partnership framework.

The discussions have focused on Froedtert Health acquiring a minority interest within HFM that would provide a long-term clinical and financial commitment that would enhance HFM’s current and future health care services. The framework of the partnership would enable both organizations to more efficiently execute on top priorities for each organization, such as delivering coordinated, high-quality, academic health care throughout eastern Wisconsin.

HFM will continue to remain Catholic and under sole sponsorship of the Holy Family Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Inc.

The partnership with Froedtert Health will include provisions for additional health care relationships in the region to ensure that the best-quality care at the right time is available to all who use the HFM network.

interstate 41 Corridor

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

H.J. Martin and Son looks to develop Shopko property

H.J. Martin and Son purchased the original Shopko store property on Military Avenue in Green Bay. The specialty contractor’s headquarters and showroom is located next to the property.

“Military Avenue has been the home of H.J. Martin and Son for 60 years. It is our great pleasure to invest back into an area of Green Bay that we believe in and which has been so good to us,” Edward Martin, president and CEO of H.J. Martin and Son, said in a news release.

The 8.362-acre, L-shape property includes the vacant, single-story former Shopko store and Superior Discount Liquors. Shopko was at the location for 57 years until it closed last April.

H.J. Martin and Son also bought the former Bay City Chrysler dealership building, where Bay Area Diamond Company is now located.

UWGB, Oshkosh to offer online cybersecurity degree

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay and several other UW System schools will soon offer a new online Master of Science degree in cybersecurity.

The UW System Board of Regents recently approved the new 12-course, 34-credit online degree as a collaboration between the UW System Extended Campus, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior.

The degree will feature four unique tracks of study, allowing students to focus their education in one or more cybersecurity areas: digital forensics, cyber response, governance and leadership, and security architecture.

While all graduate students can take the program, it is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, information systems or computer engineering, or students with professional experience in the IT field.

Courses will begin this fall. For more information on the program, visit

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Future USS Cooperstown christened in Marinette

Littoral Combat Ship 23, the future USS Cooperstown, completed the next significant production milestone when ship sponsor Alba Tull christened the ship by breaking a champagne bottle across the hull in a ceremony in Marinette. LCS 23 is slated to begin sea trials later this year.

To date, four Freedom-variant LCS have deployed to support U.S. Navy presence and peacekeeping missions. In the latest of these deployments, USS Little Rock deployed in February to support operations in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.

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

Targeted upgrades are already underway with naval strike missiles being installed in support of upcoming deployments. Future installs of improved electronic warfare and decoy launching systems are under development.

“Christening the 12th Freedom-variant LCS at our shipyard is a testament to the hard work and expertise of the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipbuilders,” said Jan Allman, Fincantieri Marinette Marine CEO. “It also is a reflection of our strong partnership with the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin and the capabilities of Team Freedom.”