Regional roundup

Posted on Feb 26, 2021 :: Regional Roundup
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The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Sheboygan transitions away from coal, will pursue solar

The City of Sheboygan announced that the final coal-fired electricity generation unit at the Edgewater Generating Station will soon come down as the city prepares to transition to using solar panels to generate its electricity.

Last May, Alliant Energy announced plans to retire the Edgewater plant as part of a plan to deliver cleaner, more cost-effective energy to customers. Two units came offline in 2019, and the final unit is scheduled to come down by the end of 2022.

The Sheboygan Common Council approved a plan created by Wisconsin Power and Light Co. to build a solar-photovoltaic-generating facility on an 80-acre portion of the Sheboygan Business Center.

According to Alliant’s website, the transition of the Edgewater Generating Station site into its new future is a multistage, multiyear process. The retirement and decommissioning of the facility will be coupled with the development of a site reuse plan. The reuse planning process will include opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to provide input in the early stages of analysis, during plan development and throughout the plan approval process.

Manitowoc receives $250K WEDC grant for brewery

The City of Manitowoc received a $250,000 state grant to help turn a century-old historic industrial building into a new location for the city’s first craft brewery and taproom. 

The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will support PetSkull Brewing’s expansion, which will include converting the historic building into a 10-barrel brewhouse and restaurant.

The building, at 1015 Buffalo St., is adjacent to the River Point District, a 20-acre blighted former railyard that the city is working to redevelop with a mix of residential, commercial and entertainment uses. The redevelopment will tie the area to the north side of downtown.    

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

ThedaCare receives grant to expand substance use services

ThedaCare Behavioral Health was awarded a grant to expand and extend substance use disorder services in the Shawano and Waupaca communities. 

The Health Resources and Services Administration Rural Health Network Development Program Grant was awarded for three years and includes $890,000 in funding. Through the grant, ThedaCare will launch the “Expansion of Rural Behavioral Health” program. 

As a result of the grant, ThedaCare has added two full-time substance use disorder clinicians in the behavioral health offices in Shawano and Waupaca.

The grant also will provide training to primary care providers in the use of medication-assisted treatment in the primary care clinic. This form of treatment uses medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which can be effective in the treatment of opioid use disorders and can help some people to sustain recovery. Once training is complete, qualified practitioners can offer buprenorphine, a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration, for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

interstate 41 Corridor

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

Gulfstream expanding Appleton operations, adding 200 jobs

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it will expand and renovate its Appleton facility’s completions operations, further enhancing the creation and installation of Gulfstream aircraft interiors. The expansion ultimately will create more than 200 new jobs.

“This expansion is another effort in our long-range plan to upgrade and modernize Gulfstream facilities to further support our customers,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns. “Enhancing the Appleton completions operations is in line with Gulfstream’s culture of continuous improvement and will allow the craftspeople who create Gulfstream’s award-winning aircraft interiors to build on the excellence they already deliver.”

The Appleton completions hangar expansion and renovation are part of a collaborative partnership with Appleton International Airport and will increase the current space by more than 13,000 square feet, bringing the total completions space to 126,500 square feet.

The project will enhance safety, quality and efficiency and includes:

An upgraded furniture finishing shop to house Gulfstream artisans and the handcrafted furnishings they build for each customer aircraft

Consolidated completions back shops to improve workflow efficiencies

Upgraded shipping and receiving capabilities to increase safety, capacity and efficiency

Upgraded HVAC systems to increase sustainable operations

The project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2021 and complements the 2019 expansion of Gulfstream customer support’s nearby maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.

Grants will help redevelop Tecumseh site in New Holstein

After nearly 11 years of sitting vacant, the former Tecumseh property in New Holstein is finally seeing signs of life.

The former industrial building will be demolished so the city can redevelop the 40-acre site into a mixed-use development thanks to $1.16 million in grants. The plant closed in 2009.

The city says funding for the project came from a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Idle Sites Redevelopment Grant, which goes toward redeveloping idle and abandoned sites, and the Community Development Block Grant-CLOSE program, which is directed at affordable housing and expanded economic opportunities for persons with low and moderate incomes.

“This has been a work in progress for many years. The City Council and CDA members have been extremely active to get to this phase of the project and are looking forward to the redevelopment phase of the project. This site will open new opportunities for our community,” said Casey Langenfeld, city administrator.

Demolition on the former Tecumseh plant will begin this summer and the land will then be made “shovel ready”
for new development.

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Health care systems open COVID-19 vaccine sites in Oconto, Marinette

Bellin Health opened COVID-19 vaccination sites in Oconto and Marinette. The sites are located at Bond Community Center in Oconto and Bellin Health Marinette clinic.

Hours for both sites are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Appointment availability will vary according to the vaccination allocation Bellin receives from the state of Wisconsin. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Vaccinations also can be scheduled at the Bellin Health Ashwaubenon clinic campus location.

Individuals may schedule via their MyBellinHealth account or by calling (920) 445-7313.

Bellin Health will share more information about vaccine scheduling for the recently announced Phase 1B
as it becomes available.

In addition, Prevea Health and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened a vaccination clinic on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus in partnership with the Marinette County Health Department.

Fincantieri begins construction of massive shipbuilding facility

Construction of a new building is underway at Fincantieri Marinette Marine. The building will be the largest in Marinette Marine history.

“Building 34 is a key element to our Constellation-class frigate production,” said Dario Deste, president and CEO of Fincantieri Marine Group. “This will allow us to complete construction of two 500-foot ships at the same time inside of a massive climate-controlled facility.”

The multimillion-dollar building is part of the company’s most recent $200 million shipyard capital expansion underway in Wisconsin. In addition to this building, several other projects are underway in Marinette. The largest ship lift in the United States is being built along the waterfront, as well as improvements to other buildings to facilitate upcoming frigate fabrication for the U.S. Navy.

Across the bay at Marinette’s sister shipyard, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, construction began on several new buildings months ago and is progressing rapidly. These buildings are where large portions of the frigate’s hull will be constructed, then shipped to Marinette where they will be joined together inside of Building 34 as the ships are erected.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded the contract in April 2020 to design and build the first Constellation-class guided missile frigate, with options for nine additional ships. The total value of the contract, if all options are exercised by the Navy, is $5.5 billion.