Regional Roundup February

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 :: Up Front
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

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THE NEW NORTH: News affecting all 18 counties of the New North region

Manufacturers earn grants for energy programs
Three New North manufacturers – the Kohler Co., Thilmany Paper of Kaukauna and Renewegy of Oshkosh – have received a combined $3.3 million in energy funding through state and federal programs.

Kohler received $1.7 million to replace more than 800 light fixtures with energy-efficient models and two steam-powered hot water systems with natural gas equipment.

Thilmany received $1.1 million to install air-to-air exchangers to improve mill efficiency, which will decrease carbon dioxide emissions by 8,600 pounds per year.

Renewegy, a newly-formed light commercial wind turbine manufacturer in Oshkosh, will receive $525,000 in state energy program funds to purchase manufacturing equipment. The company is investing more than $3 million on new equipment and hopes to create up to 40 new jobs.

The funding received by Renewegy is part of the State Energy Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Businesses honored for cutting energy output
Clean, Responsible Energy for Wisconsin’s Economy (CREWE) is honoring New North manufacturers who have committed to reducing their industrial energy intensity by 25 percent over the next 10 years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Save Energy Now LEADER Program.

Area companies honored include Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry, Neenah Foundry, Quad/Graphics Inc.’s operations in Neenah, Thilmany Papers in Kaukauna, ThyssenKrupp Waupaca and BPM Inc. of Peshtigo.

A non-profit organization, CREWE was formed by business stakeholders to partner with the administration, lawmakers and other businesses as energy policies are developed that transition Wisconsin to a sound economy powered by new green jobs and investment.

HIGHWAY 41 CORRIDOR: Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Pacon Corp. receives tax credits to create jobs
Pacon Corp. is receiving $500,000 in tax credits from the State of Wisconsin for an expansion project that will create 80 jobs at its Neenah facility.

Based in Appleton, the company has discontinued a Mount Pleasant, Iowa, operation and consolidated that operation in Neenah. The project is expected to create 80 jobs and represents $2 million in total investment.

Pacon supplies school papers and educational aids to early education providers.

Kaysun Medical joins Green Bay incubator
Kaysun Medical has joined the Advance Business Center, a business incubation program in Green Bay.

Kaysun Medical, a new division of Kaysun Corporation, is being led by Jeff Anderson. Kaysun Corporation designs and manufactures highly engineered, critical use plastic injection molded parts and related assemblies.

The company will now expand into the medical market with the new Kaysun Medical division as the medical culture is unique and requires a separate Kaysun identity.

SCA Tissue adds wind turbines to the mix
SCA Tissue will erect four wind turbines this spring at its Service Excellence Center on U.S. 10 west of Menasha.

SCA is working with three other businesses on the project. The turbines were purchased from Oshkosh-based Renewegy LLC while Faith Technologies will handle the project’s electrical work and Miron Construction prepared the foundations for the turbines before the ground froze.

Each turbine will have a capacity of 20 kilowatts anytime the wind is blowing faster than 26 miles an hour. Each is capable of powering two large homes or five smaller houses given an average wind speed.

Green Bay Convention Bureau earns honor
The Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded re-accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP), making it one of only 101 CVBs accredited in the world.

DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington-based Destination Marketing Association International.

The Greater Green Bay CVB works to promote businesses in and around Brown County that welcome out-of-town visitors.

The monies spent in local restaurants, hotels, attractions and retail stores generate an annual economic impact of $557.7 million and support nearly 9,000 jobs.

THE NORTH WOODS: Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Marinette Marine receives $123 million vessel order
Marinette Marine Corp. will build a 254-foot Alaska Region Research Vessel for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks beginning this fall.

When completed, the $123 million vessel will be one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world and will be capable of breaking ice up to 2.5 feet thick.

It will be used by scientists in the U.S. and international oceanographic community through the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System. The vessel will be owned by the university and used in the waters around Alaska.

Wausaukee Composites earns energy tax credit
Wausaukee Composites Inc. has received an Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit of $930,810 from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Internal Revenue Service.

The funds will be used to expand Wausaukee’s wind turbine components plant in Cuba City. The proposed $4.9 million expansion would roughly double production capacity at that site and could add up to 150 manufacturing jobs. The project is dependent upon market recovery and renewed order activity for wind turbine components from the major U.S.-based turbine manufacturers.

Wausaukee Composites is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered composite plastic and fiberglass components for Original Equipment Manufacturer customers and operates four manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and Michigan.

THE LAKESHORE: Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Orion Energy adding turbine to headquarters
Orion Energy Systems is building a wind turbine at the company’s headquarters on Woodland Drive in Manitowoc.

The move was approved last month by the Manitowoc City Council.

Orion’s wind turbine is expected to generate 20 kilowatts of electricity that will be used to help power the company’s technology center and manufacturing facility.

“By installing the wind turbines adjacent to our facility, we are demonstrating how renewable sources can be connected directly to consumer load,” says CEO Neal Verfuerth.

The 115 feet turbine is being manufactured by Oshkosh-based Renewegy LLC.

Former grocery store becoming office space
Lakeland Care is building a 13,000-square-foot office inside the former Copps Food Center in Manitowoc to house its local operations including a staff of 40.

Lakeland Care provides family care services to eligible seniors and people with physical or developmental disabilities.

WEST CENTRAL: Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Vacant Shawano site gets new owner
American Marine and Motor Sports recently purchased the former American Hardwoods site in Shawano for use as a showroom for pre-owned merchandise.

The 70,000-square-foot facility is filled with a variety of water-related sports vehicles. Owner Tony Zielinski is hopeful another manufacturer may purchase the building and the attached 11 acres. American Hardwoods closed last year.

State grant aids Pulaski business expansion
MCL Industries of Pulaski is building a $2 million, 27,000-square-foot-expansion project to help handle increased orders from Oshkosh Corp.

MCL Industries manufactures electrical control boxes for Oshkosh’s MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle.

The company received an industrial revenue bond from the state worth $1.65 million, plus an economic development credit of $86,000.

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