Regional Roundup

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 :: Up Front
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

» Interstate 41 Corridor

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

Port of Green Bay helps bridge regional pipeline gap

The Port of Green Bay has stepped in to take away some of the pain at the pump caused by the shutdown of the only fuel pipeline between Milwaukee and Green Bay.

The pipeline has been shut down indefinitely due to repair issues, and may need to be reconstructed. However, petroleum products are still reaching Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by both truck and by ship through the Port of Green Bay.

Prior to the closure of the pipeline, the Port of Green Bay was exporting petroleum products to the East Coast of the United States and to Canada. As a result of the pipeline closure, the Port of Green Bay is now importing diesel and gasoline to supply our market.

“The Port’s ability to handle petroleum products is a key piece in the current supply chain,” says Port Director Dean Haen.

Ships and barges are being used to transport anywhere from 35,000 to 100,000 barrels of petroleum products with every delivery. With the pipeline shutdown, the port will be discussing and evaluating with the U.S. Coast Guard, and the State of Wisconsin, the possibility of keeping the port open throughout this next winter to help meet our regional demand for petroleum products.

“People often forget that over-the-road transportation isn’t the only way goods get to market,” Haen says. “It’s helping hold down local fuel prices for everyone.”

Railroad museum launches fundraising campaign

As it celebrates 60 years, the National Railroad Museum has launched a nationally focused, $20 million capital campaign to support a facilities expansion to meet the museum’s growing educational and community presence.

The museum recently acquired a box car from Canadian National, the first major rolling stock donation to the museum in more than 10 years, expanding its unique collection of more than 100,000-plus railroad objects. The donation kicked off the capital campaign for the first phase of a multi-phase master site plan meant to align the museum with its status as the only nationally-designated railroad museum in the United States, and the only national museum of any kind in much of the Midwest.

The campaign, known as “Preserve. Educate. Inspire.” will be led by co-chairs Craig Dickman and Rob Riordan. Funding Phase I of a three-phase strategic site plan, it will include the construction of a new facility that will:

• Create a sense of wonder, engagement and iconic recognition

• Support year-round accessibility and educational programming opportunities

• Offer a new, enclosed exhibit gallery that will house and preserve almost 70 percent of the museum’s rolling stock inventory

• Provide multi-purpose exhibit and educational spaces for students of all ages, which will meet the educational reach

• Offer unique and historic spaces for the community to learn, meet, and celebrate.

The project’s collaborating architects are Berners-Schober Associates and Stantec, Green Bay. The Samuels Group, Wausau, will act as the general contractor.

» The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Ministry Door County Medical Center seeks new affiliation

Ministry Door County Medical Center, part of Ascension Wisconsin and Hospital Sisters Health System, announced plans to transition from its affiliation with Ascension Wisconsin|Ministry Health Care to a new organizational structure, allowing it to continue operating as a locally led and controlled hospital in partnership with HSHS with the intent to remain Catholic.

MDCMC and HSHS have signed a letter of intent for HSHS to enter into a minority interest affiliation with MDCMC that will permit the two organizations to work as partners in the delivery of high quality, compassionate health care to the residents of Door County and Northeast Wisconsin.

“Our goal in seeking to partner with HSHS is to ensure the health care services we provide are highly coordinated and easy to access. Our patients want to receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place, close to home. Because HSHS has a broad presence in Northeast Wisconsin, with four hospitals and Prevea health centers located throughout the region, we believe they are in the best position to be our partner in care going forward,” says Gerald Worrick, president and CEO of Ministry Door County Medical Center.

Located in Sturgeon Bay, MDCMC is a 25-bed acute-care hospital and outpatient medical center that offers a full range of services and specialties. MDCMC medical staff includes more than 175 physicians who offer care at five locations in Door and Kewaunee counties. HSHS has 14 hospitals and more than 200 physician clinic sites in Wisconsin and Illinois. The HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division has four hospitals, including two in Green Bay, one in Oconto Falls and one in Sheboygan.

» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Ripon winery undergoes  expansion as industry booms

Vines & Rushes Winery broke ground on a 4,000-square-foot addition that will enable it to better host events, provide more space for wine tasting and make it more efficient in its wine production.

The Ripon winery built its first building in 2011 and opened in 2012. An initial expansion was completed less than two years ago.

Owner Ryan Prellwitz created the winery by converting a former strawberry patch into a vineyard. It has seen steady growth as Wisconsin’s wine industry has undergone a period of expansion. The winery draws tourists from nearby Green Lake in summer, and from Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and elsewhere all year round.

Vines & Rushes expects to wrap up this latest expansion by mid-August, in time for harvest season in early September.

» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence gets a home

The Marinette County Association for Business and Industry, Inc. has purchased a parcel of land from Tyco Fire Products LP for the future home of the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence.

The Maritime Center of Excellence will provide a business and industrial incubator for new businesses as they start up and grow with support services, office equipment and a Makerspace. The site will also have offices for U.S. Naval personnel assigned to the LCS Program at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. 

MCABI and other groups have worked for more than a decade to create a business incubator in the county. The facility is expected to boost both new and existing businesses and the economy as a whole.

Construction on the facility will start this fall with completion in the third quarter of 2017.