Regional Roundup

Posted on Nov 29, 2020 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

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

UWGB announces collaboration with Microsoft and LinkedIn

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced a collaboration with Microsoft’s TechSpark program and LinkedIn, which will provide free professional development opportunities for university faculty and staff, infuse career connections for UW-Green Bay students and grow LinkedIn Learning across the four-campus community. 

The collaboration includes:

Expansion of the free use of LinkedIn Learning for UW-Green Bay faculty, staff and students while providing professional development opportunities in areas such as technological literacy, customer service, public presentations, and diversity and inclusion.

Possibilities for the use of LinkedIn Learning by faculty as a co-curricular tool in courses or to map course content to LinkedIn courses as an affordable option for textbooks.

Long-term development of Microsoft Teams as an intranet site for the university, allowing for seamless communication within academic units, colleges and service areas.

Opportunities to develop long-term connections between Career Services and LinkedIn to include virtual career fairs, resources for alumni, and connecting employers in the region to UW-Green Bay students and workforce talent.

Advocate Aurora announces expansion of Fond du Lac center

Advocate Aurora Health will expand the existing health center in Fond du Lac to include a 91,000-square-foot hospital. The expansion will include an emergency department and 10 inpatient beds, with capacity for future growth.

“It’s important for high-quality health care to also be local,” said Jeff Bard, president, North Wisconsin Patient Service Area, Advocate Aurora Health. “We recognize that many residents have been traveling for health care services and we want to ensure that we have convenient access to health care in this community.”

The new Aurora Medical Center in Fond du Lac, part of Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, will increase access to integrated health care in Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities.

Patients needing subspecialty procedures like labor and delivery, cardiac catherization or stroke interventional procedures will continue to receive care at a more advanced care facility like Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh or other Advocate Aurora Health facilities.

With health care services increasingly being offered with short-term or no overnight hospital stays, the new medical center will expand access to specialty care without the need for dozens of inpatient rooms.

The expansion is expected to cost $67 million. Construction is slated to begin in spring 2021 and will be completed in 2022.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Waupaca community foundation announces $108,500 in grants

The Waupaca Area Community Foundation announced $108,500 in grants to 22 nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of life in the greater Waupaca area, awarded through its annual competitive June grant cycle and an additional round of grants made possible by a partnership with the Rhoades Sanford Foundation.

The grant money includes a gift of $20,000 from the Neenah-based Rhoades Sanford Foundation made in September for WACF to award in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Rhoades Sanford Foundation supports projects or programs in the
of basic needs, culture, history
and education in Door, Brown, Winnebago, Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties.

The combined grant money from Rhoades Sanford and WACF funded these proposals.

CAP Services, $2,000 from WACF

Family Health la Clinica, $3,500 from WACF

Foundations for Living, $10,000 (half from each funder)

NAMI Fox Valley, $2,000 from WACF

Project Backpack, $3,000 from Rhoades Sanford

Sunny Day Daycare, $10,000 (half from each funder)

Tomorrow’s Children, $3,000 from WACF

Weyauwega Arts Organization, $3,000 from Rhoades Sanford

Waupaca County Senior Nutrition Program, $4,000 from Rhoades Sanford

Waupaca County Suicide Coalition, $2,000 from WACF

Prior to its joint grantmaking with the Rhoades Sanford Foundation, WACF approved these grants from its annual competitive grant program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Wisconsin, $5,000

Camp Hope Inc., $4,000

CAP Services-Stevens Point, $5,000

Catalpa Health, $5,000

Foundations for Living, $5,000

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, $5,000

Golden Sands RC&D, $2,000

Neighborhood Partners, $3,500

Living the Waupaca Way, $5,000

Mission of Hope House of Wisconsin, $5,000

Opera for the Young, $1,500

Rawhide Inc., $5,000

Valley Packaging Industries, $5,000

Waupaca County Suicide Prevention Coalition, $5,000

Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, $5,000

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Viking Masek begins expansion, project set to double its capacity

Viking Masek of Oostburg broke ground on a $4 million project that’s expected to double the company’s production capacity. The project is expected to be completed in July.

“This business expansion is a natural progression for our company,” said Robb Leonhard, Viking Masek co-owner and executive vice president. “It increases our ability to better provide innovative and automated packaging lines from tote to pallet.

The building expansion will add 24,000 square feet of warehouse/production space and 9,000 square feet of office area, including more than 30 new workspaces. Viking Masek also will add a pub-themed gathering area, conference rooms, a sunny indoor commons area and an outdoor courtyard.

In addition to doubling production capacity, Viking Masek will be able to streamline shipping and receiving areas and processes, dedicate additional space and resources to R&D and full packaging line integration, and provide space for its growing workforce to collaborate, inspire creativity and relax.

After nearly doubling its workforce over the last five years, Viking Masek said its recruitment efforts show no sign of slowing. Adding space for growth will help ensure employees remain motivated, relaxed and have more workspace choices to enhance creativity, whether in their office, outdoors or in common areas, company officials said.

Manitowoc County solar project powers households, businesses

Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar project has been completed and is now powering Madison-area households and businesses.

Madison Gas and Electric is a co-owner of the 150 megawatt Two Creeks Solar facility with Wisconsin Public Service. Two Creeks Solar features 500,000 solar panels across 800 acres in Manitowoc County.

“We are excited that Two Creeks Solar is now generating cost-effective, carbon-free energy for all our customers,” said Jeff Keebler, chairman, president and CEO of MGE. “Growing our use of renewable resources is a key strategy for achieving our goal of net-zero carbon electricity by the year 2050. The completion of Two Creeks Solar is an important step in our ongoing transition toward decarbonization.”

NextEra Energy Resources LLC developed and built Two Creeks Solar in partnership with MGE and WPS. Construction began in August 2019. Many of the facility’s components, including its half-million panels, were installed this spring and summer. Two Creeks is located in the town of Two Creeks and the city of Two Rivers.

Consistent with the latest climate science, MGE is targeting net-zero carbon electricity by 2050. The company continues to work toward carbon reductions of at least 40 percent by 2030 consistent with the Paris Agreement. To reach its carbon-reduction goals, MGE is growing its use of renewable energy, engaging customers around energy efficiency and facilitating the electrification of transportation.

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

ChemDesign wraps construction on new Marinette technology center

ChemDesign of Marinette completed construction of its new technology center. The 26,000-square-foot facility was developed and built by Keller Inc. and houses multiple functional areas that will serve as the centerpiece and communication hub for the company.

The center includes engineering offices, support staff offices, quality control and process development laboratories. It also features locker rooms for chemical operators, training rooms and a spacious lunchroom.

The facility was designed with an open plan and has room for 50 administrative employees and visiting contractors. The new labs feature state-of-the-art equipment with advanced safety features for ChemDesign’s process support chemists and quality control analysts.

ChemDesign now offers dedicated, collaborative spaces for customers and visitors to work while on site. The new building includes a visitor reception area, customer conference rooms, meeting rooms and a media center. The meeting rooms feature the latest in audiovisual and internet technologies.

The new building allows future site expansion through the repurposing of the previous labs to additional production space.

“This milestone reflects our efforts to give our employees a great place of work and give excellent service to our customers. It’s a significant step in our strategic plan for expanding our production capabilities,” said Dave Mielke, president and CEO of ChemDesign.