Regional Roundup August

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 :: Up Front
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HIGHWAY 41 CORRIDOR
Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac counties

Green Bay harbor dredging project moves ahead
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, awarded a $2.1 million contract to Roen Salvage Co. of Sturgeon Bay to dredge the Green Bay Harbor.
As part of the project, Roen will dredge 108,000 cubic yards of silt, sand and organic material from the northeastern Wisconsin harbor. The contractor will dredge areas in the entrance channel in the bay and a portion of the lower Fox River and transport the dredged material to the nearby Bayport Confined Disposal Facility.
“Dredging the navigational channel will enable marine vessels to transport full loads of bulk commodities and cargo,” says Lt. Col. Mike Derosier, district engineer. “Coal, limestone, cement, lumber and cargo from overseas are shipped in and out of this harbor, helping sustain the local economy and provide jobs.”
The dredging is expected to be complete later this month.

Frontier Airlines to end Outagamie flights
Frontier Airlines is leaving Outagamie County Regional Airport in Greenville this fall.
The airline announced plans in July to end its flights from the local airport in mid-September mainly because of fuel costs, says Airport Director Marty Lenss. Frontier, which started serving the airport after buying Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines in April 2010, did leave the door open for a possible return.
Frontier makes up about 6 percent of passenger travel at the Greenville airport. After Frontier’s final flight, the airport’s remaining carriers will be United Express, Delta Airlines and Allegiant Air.

Grand Chute church plans $22 million expansion
Appleton Alliance Church in Grand Chute has started work on a $22 million expansion project.
The expansion will total 120,000-square-feet and includes an 1,800-seat worship center, gymnasium, finished athletic fields and an expansion of its Discovery Land.
The Boldt Company is serving as construction manager for the project, which was designed by Michigan-based architect Progressive AE.

School Specialty CEO to retire next spring
David J. Vander Zanden, who has been with Greenville’s School Specialty since the company’s initial public offering in 1998, will retire April 28, 2012 – the end of the company’s next fiscal year.
Vander Zanden, 56, first joined School Specialty as president and chief operating office in 1998 before becoming president and chief executive officer nine years ago.
“After 13 years with School Specialty, the time is right for me to move on to the next phase of my life. My objective has been to help steer the company out of this deep recession and into a period of sustained growth, and by the time I retire 10 months from now, I’m optimistic that educational budgets will be much improved and School Specialty will be very well positioned to accelerate its growth and continue its development as a nationally recognized education leader,” Vander Zanden says.
School Specialty’s board of directors hired a national search firm to assist in finding a new leader for the company and will consider both internal and external candidates. Vander Zanden will be with School Specialty for the next 10 months and will help with the transition.

J.F. Ahern looks at possible expansion in Fond du Lac
Mechanical and fire protection contractor J.F. Ahern has signed a purchase option agreement with the City of Fond du Lac for 50 acres of land in the Fox Ridge Business Park.
The location is slated to handle the growth of Ahern’s manufacturing operations. It’s about 2.5 miles away from the company’s headquarters.
While the final purchase decision is dependent on economic conditions, the company has identified this acreage as being well suited for future development, according to a statement from the company.
“As the company continues to grow, we have found ourselves in a position to look beyond our Morris Street location for future expansion needs,” says Pipe Fabrication Executive Vice President Tony Ahern. “The company invests heavily in its future, but does so with caution and sound analysis. Before exercising this option, we need greater assurance that the economic and industry forecasts will support this decision.”

SRC Technologies moving to new headquarters
SRC Technologies has outgrown its existing space at the Business Advance Center in Green Bay and is moving to new offices this fall in Lawrence, which is south of De Pere.
SRC Technologies, which manages IT infrastructure for client organizations and their employees across the globe, has doubled its sales every year since 2008.
The company will move into the former SMET Construction headquarters in September. SMET is moving to new offices in downtown Green Bay.
“We are excited that our new offices will be between the Fox Cities and Green Bay,” says SRC Technologies President B.J. Havlik. “This location provides easy access for all of our employees.”

Austin Straubel completes aviation ramp project
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation approved a $965,000 project to build a general aviation ramp at Austin Straubel International Airport.
The move allows more space for general aviation aircraft to park on the east side of the airport terminal, providing access to the airport’s fixed-based operator.
The state is providing $772,000 for the project while Brown County will contribute the remaining $193,000.

Altepeter leaving CitizensFirst to lead Spokane institution
After nearly two decades at the helm of CitizensFirst Credit Union in Oshkosh, Carla Altepeter has been named president/CEO of Numerica Credit Union, a $1.1 billion financial institution headquartered in Spokane, Wash. Altepeter takes the reins Sept. 1.
“Carla has provided tremendous leadership to CitizensFirst over the last two decades,” says Brenda Haines, CitizensFirst board chairperson. “This new position is a testament to her outstanding accomplishments at CitizensFirst. We will miss her vision and leadership both at the credit union and throughout the community. We wish her continued success in her new position.”
Under Altepeter’s tenure, CitizensFirst grew from $91 million in assets in 1992 to $350 million in assets today.
In addition to asset growth, Altepeter oversaw expansion of the credit union to include three branches in Oshkosh and two in Fond du Lac — the most recent under construction on East Johnson Street, to be completed by December 2011.

Prevea, Western Racquet team up for expansion
Western Racquet & Fitness Club and Prevea Health have come together on a project in Ashwaubenon that will expand the current fitness center and add space for an onsite clinic.
Western Racquet & Fitness Club recently completed its portion of the $6.3 million expansion while Prevea’s clinic will be finished this winter at the site on Ashland Avenue.
Prevea’s clinic will be about 25,000 square feet while Western Racquet & Fitness added about 5,000 square feet to its club. Prevea and Western Racquet & Fitness have partnered together since 2010.

Oshkosh looks to expand its Universal Business Park
The Oshkosh Common Council is setting aside tax incremental financing district funds to purchase and demolish a former semi-truck terminal with an intent to add the land to the Universal Business Park.
The council will use excess funds from the Southwest Industrial Park TIF to purchase the former Roadway Express trucking terminal on Highway 44 for $625,000. Members also voted to spend $250,000 to demolish the building and prepare the 8.5-acre site for future development opportunities.
The land is close to the Universal Business Park, so adding it to that development makes sense, says Rob Kleman, Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corp. executive director. The parcel’s addition doubles the amount of available land in the park.

THE LAKESHORE
Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan counties

Dermatology Associates dedicates new headquarters
Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. recently opened its new headquarters in downtown Manitowoc.
The business offers medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatological services at clinics throughout Northeast Wisconsin. The new 33,000-square-foot, five-story office building includes underground parking and will house corporate offices, a call center and processing laboratory. The project cost was $7.5 million.

Burger Boat teams up with designer to offer new yachts
Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, in association with Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture & Yacht Design of Vancouver, has unveiled plans for a new contemporary-style 40-meter raised pilothouse motor yacht design.
The design includes features, such as a spacious main salon, formal dining room and main deck master stateroom that are often found only on much larger yachts.
The yacht is powered by twin MTU 16V2000 M94 main engines and has a cruising speed of 22 knots.
Lakeland College partners with Boldt for upgrade
Lakeland College in Sheboygan is undergoing a phased-in construction plan to upgrade wayfinding through the grounds of the 150-year-old school.
The college connected with The Boldt Company to discuss restoration options to correct spring flooding problems at the main entrance as well as correcting overgrown landscaping. Boldt worked with landscape architects and the college to use innovative construction practices but keep the historic look of the campus, says project manager Nick Mueller.
Boldt’s crews worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to reroute a stream to correct spring flooding issues and then built a bridge over it. The project will be complete this fall.

THE NORTHWOODS
Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto counties

Oconto commercial printer planning expansion
Graphic Management Specialty Products is expanding its manufacturing facility in Oconto.
The business, which focuses on commercial printing, contract manufacturing and tabletop products, is adding 20,000 square feet to its facility.
When completed, Graphic Management Specialty Products’ production and warehouse facility will total 125,000 square feet.

Marinette Marine earns honor for federal work
The State of Wisconsin is honoring Marinette Marine Corporation for its growth in federal business.
Gov. Scott Walker recently awarded Marinette Marine the Governor’s Procurement Award in the large federal contractor division. The award recognizes the company for not only showing significant growth in federal sales, but also as outstanding suppliers to the federal government.
In 2010, the U.S. Navy awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin of up to 10 littoral combat ships by 2015. The ships will be constructed by MMC in Marinette and create significant opportunities in supply chain support and employment.
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